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Missouri State House District 22

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    Yolanda Young
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What areas of public policy are you personally passionate about and why?

What would be your approach to addressing the current challenges facing our state?

Campaign Website: http://yolandayoungMOrep.com
Campaign email address yolandayoungMOrep@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (816) 200-2067
Public Elected Offices Held MO House of Representatives
Incumbent? Yes
Education Associate of Arts
Age 59
The working middle class have not been able to keep up with the cost of living, thus placing on them an undue burden of trying to make ends meet. Many must work second jobs; many can't find work at all. We need to create jobs that allow them to earn a livable wage. Additionally, those worker's rights need to be protected.

Missourians should have access to quality, affordable healthcare -- including mental healthcare. This has been unreachable for many Missouri families even for those who have insurance. We need ways to remove barriers, we need to improve our mental health services, and we need to find a way to address the rising cost of prescription drugs.

Missourians want a safe place to live, but with our high crime rate, residents don't feel protected. In order to combat our high crime rate, we need to seek ways to reform our criminal justice system by providing alternatives to penalties, prosecution, and prison. I keep this at the forefront when I sponsor or vote on bills.
Our current challenges are multi-faceted; accordingly, the approach to addressing them will need to reflect that because I don't believe there is a "one-size-fits-all" solution. We are facing a crisis like none other (primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects) and it is unclear when we will recover. When facing a challenge or a crisis, I have been taught to first recognize that you have one, describe it and define it. The next step in this approach is to prioritize and address the immediate concern(s). With that in mind, I believe the immediate concern right now is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 -- which is a public health threat. Addressing this immediate concern should be followed by creating a plan for long term solutions. Finally, I am fully aware that what you anticipate needs to be done can change at any moment. We have seen evidence of this throughout the pandemic. Therefore, my approach is to be flexible, redirect, and adjust plans as needed.