I was born in Lawrence, KS, and raised in District 10 my entire life. I was raised on social programs such as WIC, Section 8 Housing funding, and tribal clothing program. I am a proud product of the K-12 public schools and starting my higher educational journey in the district. As a public health professional, I have experience at all levels of government in research and policy. Not only do we need public health leadership now more than ever, but I am also ready to provide it.
A.S. in Community Health from Haskell Indian Nations University (2014), B.S. in Public Health from Arizona State University (2018), M.P.H. in Management from the University of Kansas Medical Center (2020)
League of Women Voters - Douglas County (Voter Registration Volunteer), United Way USD 497 Free Lunch Program (Volunteer), USD 348 Free Summer Lunch 2020 (Volunteer), Kansas Democrats Washington Days 2020 (Volunteer), Kansas Democratic Native American Caucus (Member), Lawrence High Intern-Tribal Club 2020 (Volunteer/Mentor), Advocated for HB 2646 to include Urban American Indians 2020, Pre-Thanksgiving Voter Registration 2019 (Volunteer), Spoke at KUMed Native American Heritage Month Panel (2019), Advocating to Congressional members and staff on Kansas environmental issues, tribal sovereignty, Urban American Indian health, and women's rights (2019), and frequently attended Rep. Horn's Saturday morning coffee talks.
Lawrence, KS 66046
Ensuring we cautiously reopen our state through public health recommendations and making evidence-based decisions. We need to make hard public health decisions to save as many lives as possible while not overwhelming our health care professionals. The virus' effects are still widely unknown that waiting weeks to make a public health decision is costing lives. All aspects of our lives have been impacted by the virus such as working from home, K-12 schools moving online, or filling for unemployment. Issues such as broadband, financial relief, and the expansion of Medicaid have all been prominent during this pandemic. The health and safety of all Kansas should be put first of priority. We need healthy Kansas first if we want to fully reopen our economy.
Yes, I would support overturning the SAFE Act as it was an attack on the immigrant, minority, low-income, and elderly communities of Kansas. The argument of election fraud in Kansas is not supported by the data. I would support the change to allowing a vote by mail system to be a known way of voting in advance and not at a polling location. I believe calling it an absentee ballot causes some confusion and having to request an absentee ballot every time you vote is an added unnecessary step. I would support same-day voter registration on election day and increasing polling locations and ballot drop boxes.
I strongly support Medicaid expansion and find it shameful that it has not passed, especially during a pandemic. If we want to get our economy back on track, we need healthy Kansas to do so. Our state has lost out on over 4 billion dollars of federal funding since January 1, 2014 (1) that is suppose to help close the coverage gap. Medicaid expansion would help our rural hospitals stay open which leads to more jobs and contributions to the community's economy.
Gun violence is a public health issue that must be addressed through preventable measures. I support the 2nd Amendment as well as universal background checks and preventing gun sales to people with violent misdemeanors and felonies. Firearm-related deaths, especially suicide, are higher in Kansas per capita than in the rest of the United States. We must create more barriers to impulse-related deaths and murders by requiring a three-day waiting period.
There needs to be a balance of powers between committee members and leaders. Committee members should elect their committee chairs and vice-chairs. This will assist with tough bills to have a hearing and vote.
Yes, I support the live recording, summaries, committee voting records, and transcripts in accommodating languages to be provided to the people with transparency.
We have failed the children who are in the foster care system and we must do better. The DCF and Kansas foster care is underfunded which we need to invest in the workforce and put in protective legislation for the safety of the children. We need to invest in our computer systems and technologies. This will allow everyone to do their job effectively and provide quality service to Kansans.
There needs to be more representation of diversity within our statehouse and political process. There need to be more pipelines for peoples of unrepresented groups to be included and involved in the political process at all levels of government. We need to pass anti-discrimination laws to protect marginalized communities such as the LGBTQ+ community. We need to battle the systemic racism that the data can show BIPOCs too often make up disproportion rates for incarceration, poverty, and health illnesses.
Through respect, empathy, and compassion. We are all people at the end of the day and as elected officials, we will be representing people from both parties and everyone else in between. We need to find common ground and build relationships to make the best decisions that will impact Kansans' lives. I look forward to building these relationships and participate in bipartisan work.
Yes, we need to have an impartial committee to prevent gerrymandering.