I was born in Switzerland and moved to the United States when I was 2 years old. I naturalized to be a US citizen in the 7th grade. I graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Economics, which I used as a player analyst for Sporting KC.
I am currently the only naturalized immigrant serving in the Kansas House, where I have focused my efforts on combating and reversing climate change.
Economics - University of Southern California
Metropolitan Energy Center - Board Member
Literacy KC - Marketing Advisory Board
4724 Belinder Ave.
Westwood, KS 66205
COVID-19 has shone a light on many of our society's weak spots; not only is our state feeling a budget crunch as a result of falling tax revenues, but we have families losing jobs which means losing health care, we've seen how much our society relies on schools for child care so that parents can work, we've seen how a few bad weeks can lead to a family losing their apartment or going in arrears on their utility bills.
My first priority, and I fully recognize that this isn't necessarily the sexiest answer, is modernizing the state's IT infrastructure so that it can handle the unemployment cases during recessions. When everything went south with COVID-19, families struggled to get their unemployment payments, which exacerbated all the other stresses in their life. Along with that, expanding Medicaid would have given them access to health care if they lost their jobs, which gives families a backstop in case anyone got sick.
Yes, I support overturning the SAFE Act. In fact, I was unable vote in 2014 because I apparently did not upload proof of citizenship when I registered to vote.
The biggest thing would be to allow for same day voter registration. I think it would increase voter turnout and make the ballot much more accessible to more citizens.
I strongly support Medicaid Expansion. Far too many Kansans don't have access to health care and with the federal government picking up 90% of the tab, we can get 150,000+ more of our friends and family the care that they need.
Not only is that the morally right thing to do, but it also makes business sense; healthier citizens makes for more productive workers, which benefits our business community tremendously.
Expanded broadband access and expanded telemedicine practice can help with rural health care access. There is obviously a much great distance to travel in rural Kansas, but technology can help bridge that gap.
I think the issue of guns is best divided into two separate parts: access and lethality.
In terms of access, I support responsible gun owners, but it is far too easy for irresponsible or impaired people to get access to firearms. I support mandatory licensure to own a firearm as well as red flag laws to take guns out of the hands of those who are at risk of harming others.
In terms of lethality, I would support a ban on assault weapons. These are only a tool of mass killing, and have no place in the hands of civilians.
I would also support repealing the statute that removed the ability for local cities and counties to implement their own stricter gun laws.
One of the simplest solutions is to do what Nebraska does; committee members get to vote on their own committee leader. I think this would create a far more moderate and bipartisan group of committee leaders and a lot more gets done. In the current structure, committee leaders answer to the Speaker; with this new structure, committee leaders answer to the committee.
Yes! I'm always in favor of more transparency. The current system is fairly opaque for me, and I'm there every single day! It's 10x more difficult for the average Kansan.
Some other ideas that are more transparent:
- Recording all committee votes
- Recorded streams of all committee hearings
- Being able to better track when bills get bundled or go through a gut-and-go.
When governments (or any institution, public or private) are funded at a bare bones level, then there's never any ability to invest in capital upgrades that will lead to increased efficiency or greater growth. If problems arise, there might be enough money to paint over the issue, but not enough for a new system that gets rid of the issue.
In the long-run, it costs the system and society MORE, rather than making the cost-effective upgrades when they need to happen.
Firstly, we can pass the LGBTQ non-discrimination act. This is long overdue.
Secondly, I support the Governor's Racial Equity and Justice Commission, and look forward to the recommendations they roll out.
Thirdly, the policies that get written in statute will be more diverse, more equitable, and more inclusive if the makeup of the legislature matches those three descriptions. Currently, the pay structure of the legislature incentivizes people joining the legislature who are not already retired or independently wealthy. By increasing legislative pay to match that of neighboring Missouri, a more diverse group of people will be able to afford running for office.
By electing people based not on ideology, but by their ideas, their capacity for empathy, and their desire for public service.
Yes. Yes. Yes. 100x yes