No one should be dismissed. I want to know what issues are important to you. Please reach out and tell me your story and your community's challenges and how your Congressman might be able to help.
State neglect and misconceived federal programs have left North Carolina public schools in disarray. Both state and federal governments need to increase investment in public education, vocational training, facility modernization, teacher pay, classroom supplies, textbooks, and post-graduate teacher development. There also needs to be coordination between the UNC Schools of Education, Dept. of Public Instruction, State Board of Education, NC Association of Educators, and local districts and principals with assistance from the NC General Assembly and the US Dept. of Education. Together, we can rebuild public education into an effective and efficient system serving all NC students.
I strongly support universal access to pre-K, child care and public college regardless of income. As a product of public education, I know how education can be the bridge from poverty to a better life. The payoff is a stronger economy!
We must breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a pollution-free environment. Environmental justice is the foundation of infrastructure and economic development. We are facing climate catastrophe. When the East Coast is hit with hurricanes and heavy rainfalls, the West Coast is under deadly heatwaves, droughts, and wildfires. The only way to resolve this climate crisis is to transition away from fossil fuels to green renewable energy through wind and solar power that will not degrade the conditions for life on our planet and will also create millions of new green jobs. As your Representative, I pledge to electrify the economy by taking on the fossil fuel industry and stand up for decarbonizing electricity.
I support an infrastructure program that will address underserved and rural areas. Small business owners need broadband to build back better, students need access to the internet, and many residents live in areas that lack access to transportation and health facilities. My information technology background allows me to present fresh solutions for a vibrant future.
My experience as a young immigrant made me passionate about creating equity and opportunities for success for everyone. People in our state continue to struggle to meet their basic needs.
As your Congressman I will advocate for a livable minimum wage, affordable public college/university for ALL income levels, expanded childcare support, affordable housing, tax reforms that reward work (not wealth), and strengthened safety net programs like Social Security and Medicare.
I will also support the Equal Rights Amendment and pay equity.
Healthcare costs are the #1 reason for personal bankruptcy. Yet Republican leadership in the NC legislature has blocked Medicaid Expansion leading to the closure of medical services in many rural areas. Local hospitals and clinics carry the costs of uninsured patients, making it harder to stay in business. At minimum, the NC General Assembly needs to accept federal Medicaid funding to expand coverage.
The Medicare for All Act would deliver comprehensive healthcare to all Americans with better outcomes for the least cost (no premiums, no deductibles, no co-pays, everyone included!). I challenge Republicans and others to present their proposals and see how they stack up against Medicare for All. I strongly believe it's time for comprehensive healthcare in the U.S. like other developed nations.
I strongly believe in every woman’s right to control her own body and make her own very personal health decisions. As your Congressman, I will strongly advocate for reproductive rights.
Efforts of politicians across the country to suppress the vote is a violation of our sacred right as Americans to participate in our democracy. I will work tirelessly to protect our right to vote via legislation like HR – 1 For the People Act and HR 4 – John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
Redistricting should be done by independent nonpartisan commissions – not politicians! Gerrymandering must end and be replaced with a transparent process using fair criteria and citizen input.
As an immigrant who suffered through racism, discrimination, and marginalization, I stand strong for Equality for All. We must pass the Equality Act in Congress. Systemic racism has prevented America from reaching the promise of our constitution. African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and minorities such as LGBTQ have suffered from discriminatory practices that have been built into our institutions. I pledge to treat everyone equally and to listen to all people to effectively address challenges and needs.
In 1961, President John F Kennedy ordered federal contractors to take "affirmative action to ensure that applicants are treated equally without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin." Affirmative Action is a reasonable step we can take to increase equitable opportunities. I support HR 40 that would form a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans.
I support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and other criminal justice reforms to increase fairness in prosecutions and sentencing. It is time to move towards restorative justice and eliminate the death penalty. The Anti-Racism in Public Health Act would help address disparities in health. We also need to address racial disparities in our schools, work places and the impacts of the climate crisis.
Our democracy stands because of those who have served and those who serve us now. It is our sacred duty to provide our veterans with the best care. I fully support improving access to veteran’s benefits in NC. We must improve veterans' access to healthcare including mental health resources to treat PTSD and depression.
When 1 out of every 6 people is prescribed antidepressants or painkillers, it is easy to understand why we have an opioid crisis in America. Study after study has shown that addiction to prescription painkillers leads to more lethal drugs like heroin and crystal meth. The epidemic has put enormous burdens on our families, healthcare facilities, social services and county jails. I will work to expand federal grants to assist our communities in effectively preventing and treating Opioid addiction.
The federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe is long overdue. As a Congressman, I will not rest until legislation is passed to make the Lumbee Tribe a federally recognized tribe of North Carolina. I will also work to extend and expand federal grants to assist the Lumbee Tribe that has been financially impacted by the pandemic.
I will oppose all attempts to cut or privatize Social Security or Medicare programs that our Seniors so heavily depend on. This will be one of the top priorities for me in office. We also need to find ways to strengthen social safety net programs like unemployment benefits, food assistance, and family medical leave to help citizens weather the ups and downs of an ever changing economy. A guaranteed minimum income may cost less than the complex social safety net bureaucracy we now use.