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In your view, what are the 3 biggest issues facing Tennessee?

What, if anything, do you think the state of Tennessee should do to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Why are you running?

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One of the biggest issues impacting Tennesseans is affordable, quality health care. Covid has exposed the cracks in our system that existed prior to the pandemic. Every Tennessean deserves access to health care. Another main issue is public education. Education allows our students to dream, and Tennessee must fully fund our public schools in order to allow our educators to focus on helping students achieve these dreams. Lastly, we must do more to reform our criminal justice system. We see our Black and Brown communities disproportionately impacted by unfair systems (such as cash bail and incarceration for minor drug offenses), and it is time we remedy this. I see economic mobility as impacting and interconnecting each one of these issues.
First and foremost, we need greater control over Covid-19 regulations across the state. We need a uniform response in order to guarantee that all Tennesseans are safe. Such state-mandated regulations would not only ensure the safety of Tennesseans, but they would also help protect the small businesses who are currently forced to enact their own regulations. The legislature must also explore options to assist small businesses which are seeing the financial impact of the pandemic. Lastly, Tennessee must expand Medicaid. We currently have a nearly 10% unemployment rate. As people lose their jobs, they lose their healthcare coverage as well. More than ever, we need to guarantee that Tennesseans have access to high-quality health care.
Growing up in Chattanooga, my family were working people. My granddad drove a cab every day, never taking off on Sundays. I was surrounded by people with strong work ethics, people dedicated to their families and their communities, people like my granddad. Over time, job opportunities in our communities dwindled, and alongside that, we saw things like crime increase. My career with the Chattanooga Police Department has been motivated by serving the community. I've learned, however, that some problems can't be solved by law enforcement: lack of resources, lack of jobs with livable wages, inadequately funded public schools, and limited access to quality healthcare. And that’s why I’m running for office. Because our communities deserve better.