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  • Scott Cirksena
    (Rep)

  • Sarah Garriott
    (Dem)

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    Sarah Trone Garriott
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are the most important challenges facing our state and how do you propose to address them?

What will you do to support an equitable and vibrant economy in our state?

What reforms will you pursue to address social and racial inequality in our state?

What will you do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our state?

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Campaign Phone (515) 207-9464
Campaign Website http://www.sarahforiowa.com
Campaign Email info@sarahforiowa.com
Campaign Twitter @sarahforiowa
Healthcare is the top issue with the public health crisis of COVID-19 impacting everything else. There is a critical shortage of testing, and inaccurate or delayed results for those who can get it. Families are struggling to make ends meet in a devastated economy. Despite out of control community spread in our state, many have no choice whether to keep their children home or send them back to in-person school/childcare. COVID-19 is magnifying crises that we were already present in our state: lack of affordable, accessible health care, incomes not meeting the cost of living, and an underfunded public education system. It is time to invest in the things that benefit Iowans: healthcare, affordable housing, public education, and childcare.
We’ve been promised for years that big tax cuts for corporations will eventually trickle down to the rest of us, but it’s never worked out that way. Tax cuts for corporations just mean tax shifts on to the rest of us. What does make a huge positive impact for our economy is investing in the things that matter to our neighbors: health care, affordable housing, public education, and childcare. The pandemic has made it clear that our economy depends on ordinary people. We need to ensure that a long illness or hospital stay, especially in this time, will not leave a family bankrupt. We can make sure parents are able to go to work because their kids have a safe place to be. And all of it depends on stable housing.
Social and racial inequality is linked to economic inequality. The One Economy report shows that Iowa is failing our Black neighbors in jobs, health care, housing, the justice system, and education. I am working to educate myself on the historical factors that have shaped our economy such as racially biased restrictions in lending, red-lining, and urban renew projects that displaced BIPOC businesses and communities. I will seek input from minoritized communities and listen for concerns and opportunities in proposed legislation. I am interested in piloting social impact/public health statements in conjunction with proposed legislation to make sure our efforts benefit all of our neighbors.
I am a former hospital chaplain, the daughter of a nurse, a member of the Board of Directors for long-term care facility. Our family health insurance premiums and out of pocket expenses increase every year. Making health care accessible and affordable is my top priority. I will protect healthcare coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. After years of neglect, I will invest in mental health facilities and programs that recruit and retain service providers. Medicaid privatization has been a disaster for providers and patients, especially in rural communities. I commit to building an accountable and efficient Medicaid program.
I am committed to protecting voting rights and making the practice of voting accessible to all citizens. During the Primary election voter participation was extremely robust through absentee ballots, due in large part to postage paid requests sent to all registered voters by our Secretary of State. While this was a pandemic response, it demonstrated the benefits of making absentee voting more accessible. I support continuing this practice as a regular occurrence for all state-level elections, maintained in Iowa code. I oppose any efforts to place additional requirement on voters or limitations on County Auditors who are acting in good faith.