Gun Control

Kristen is honored to be one of the “Moms Demand Action” certified congressional candidates.  A single mother of three, Kristen would advocate for: Background checks and a ban on assault weapons. Push for an excise tax on bullets that would fund security in our schools. Schools needing police officers, mental health counselors, panic button systems for teachers, and metal detectors. …

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Medicare for All

Medicare for All We need a health care system that puts people over profits. Right now, more than 46 million Americans are without health care in the richest county in the world. Instead of focusing on patients and doctors, our health care system priorities special interests. The insurance industry, hospital systems, medical device companies and big pharmaceuticals make more than …

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Climate Change & Sea Level Rise

Climate Change Climate change is real and mankind is causing it.  Since the start of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th Century to today, about 200 years, we have burned carbon in the form of oil, gas, and coal that Nature took billions of years to lock away. The planet’s temperature is rising.  More carbon in our atmosphere also means …

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Free Community College

Community college is the key to social equity in the United States of America. Right now, students across the country graduate from high school without the skills to earn a living wage, having no choice but to seek out minimum wage jobs as careers. While we need to raise the minimum wage, is only a band-aid for a larger problem. …

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Environment

South Florida is almost Paradise.  We’re blessed with warm, year-round temperatures, a beautiful blue ocean to our east and the exotic ecology of the Everglades to our west.  Our location gives our residents unprecedented health, lifestyle, and recreational benefits.  We live in the most special ecosystem on Planet Earth. But our paradise is also fragile.  We sit on our drinking …

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K-12 Education

As a former high school teacher and a professor at Miami-Dade College, I know the importance of education. And I’ve also seen how our present education system is failing a lot of our children. The answer that the Republicans offer is cut funding, transfer needed tax dollars into charter schools, many of which are for-profit entities, and to bad-mouth teachers. …

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Immigration

Orderly immigration has been the foundation of American growth since its founding.  Since most illegal immigrants overstay their visas, building a wall on the Mexican border, at an estimated cost of $70 billion, is no way to handle the problem. I believe in a fair immigration plan that will allow DREAMERS to stay, find a path to citizenship for those …

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LGBTQ

Even before the landmark case of Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015, our nation has had a long, tragic history of denigrating members of the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender communities.  Although the Supreme Court’s decision on constitutional Equal Protection grounds would appear to have settled the matter, there are still some on the Far Right who are intent on re-opening …

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Veterans

We should do everything we can to support our men and women in the military service, both while they wear their uniforms and when they come home. Too many members of Congress see taking care of veterans as a burden, instead of what it truly is: our sacred duty and our honor.  The men and women who served during World …

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Transportation

Anyone who has spent the rush hour on South Florida’s roads knows that we need to expand and upgrade our transportation infrastructure.  Long commute times contribute to air and water pollution, lessen our quality of life, and decrease productivity. The federal government needs to make an investment in urban areas, like Greater Miami.  We should be looking for creative solutions …

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