We need to ensure we are building a 21ˢᵗ century economy that works for everyone here in Southeast Michigan.
Adrian will fight to bring the cost of healthcare down for entrepreneurs, families, seniors, and all Michiganders.
We need to follow the science and get vaccinated to help put COVID-19 behind us.
We need to ensure that everyone is safe at home, in school, at their place of work, and in public.
The primary role of our government should be to keep people safe and give us the ability to succeed.
Adrian will bridge the divide between federal, state, and local government to help provide more affordable housing.
Every student, regardless of their zip code, skin tone, or income should be able to get a great public education.
Arts, entertainment, and the gig economy are a multi-trillion dollar worldwide industry and Detroit can be an epicenter. We're the home of Motown and have seen musical and entertainment legends come and go. In Congress, I will make sure that we are giving our culture creators the ability to sustainably live, work, and play here in Southeast Michigan and reinvest in our economy. Part of this means ensuring that those in our creative economy have equity in what they create and can build a life for them and their families.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us in numerous ways and how we deal with this crisis will define us. The first step to making sure we get it under control and can regain the parts of the world that we all love. The science is clear, vaccines save lives and prevent hospitalization. We need to continue to follow the science and use best practices to protect our families and others.
Finally, I’ll continue to support our businesses, schools, and frontline workers during the necessary time while we are not yet "back to normal." As we've seen with the variants, a positive trend can snap back to rising case counts and harm our businesses and workers. I will ensure that there is a safety-net for those impacted.
Attitudes around cannabis have changed since the days of Reefer Madness. Across the country, we see states experimenting with various forms of decriminalization and legalization, just like here in Michigan.
In Congress, I will champion the legalization of marijuana at the federal level so that businesses across the country can play by the same set of rules and we can reinvent tax dollars back into our community. We need to give our entrepreneurs both large and small, the opportunity to succeed.
To be clear, I am not for the legalization of cannabis or any other controlled substances without a framework in place to appropriately oversee production and potency, tax accordingly, and help with safe consumption. There is a happy medium here that we must work to find.
Climate change is the greatest threat to our planet. It's not existential - it's real and it's impacting us here in Southeast Michigan. We've seen hotter summers, more heat waves, and worse air quality, all leading to health and environmental challenges. Too often, the largest burden falls on our poorest communities and communities of color. As your Congressman, I'll fight for environmental justice so that everyone has access to safe and clean air and water.
Even the companies that have kept our economy rolling for over a century acknowledge the impacts that come from climate change and have invested in electric and renewable manufacturing and cars. However, we can harness our renewed focus on the planet by helping to bring good-paying jobs back to Southeast Michigan. Whether that's improving our electrical grid, or clean manufacturing jobs, or technologies companies focused on solving our climate crisis, the Detroit-metro can be a hub for how to harness the power of a new, clean economy. Being the change starts at home.
To make our area more prosperous for everybody we need to ensure that everyone is safe at home, in school, at their place of work, and in public. That begins with ensuring we have community policing and treat mental illness as a health issue, not a criminal one. I will sponsor a bill in Congress to require police forces to have trained healthcare workers on staff and ensure they respond to situations that could otherwise end with violence.
While working in Detroit, I’ve supported the reforms made by police commissioners and the Mayor as blueprints for a healthy way of policing. I will support laws that ensure officers have background screenings and the support they need to do their jobs, but also make sure that problematic officers aren't able to move from department to department.
I also know that policing and police reform alone will not make our communities as safe as they can be. We need stronger laws to get illegal guns off the streets and support for local groups. As your Congressman, I'll work so that community violence prevention groups have the resources they need to be active in making our communities safer, more prosperous places.
Growing up in Detroit, I have always been part of the fabric of the community. I have served Black and Brown communities through my deep relationships in business, government, and family throughout my life. An intentional ally of marginalized communities, I lead with respect, empathy, and mutual understanding to build relationships that empower everyone.
As the first 24-Hour Economy Ambassador for the city of Detroit, and as a business owner myself, I know how to create jobs, equity, and give people the opportunity to succeed. Detroit and Southeast Michigan are experiencing a renaissance, but we need to make sure every corner of our community is included.
I'll fight to ensure that working families take home more of their hard-earned pay and that businesses aren't overburdened by red-tape and regulation. There is a dramatic wealth gap between white and non-white America. We need to ensure that no matter the color of your skin or your immigration status, you have the ability to build generational wealth and invest resources into your community that your children and grandchildren can reap.
Unions built America and I'm a proud supporter of our labor movement. I've worked with organized labor to bring and retain business in the City of Detroit. In Congress, I'll vote to make sure we hold countries like China accountable for cheating the system and undercutting our workers and I’ll ensure that the ultra-wealthy and corporations pay their fair share in taxes. In this country, we are all in it together and, working together, we can again make Southeast Michigan one of best places in the country to do business and raise a family.
Access to education is access to a brighter future. We need to ensure that children in every zip code have access to schools that are safe and fully-funded.
It's well-known that early access to education is directly related to future achievement. In Congress, I will ensure that all students who want to have access to pre-school have it. As our world gets more technological, kids are doing more and more of their work online, which means families need affordable access to high-speed internet. I'll propose a bill to give families and school-age children better access to the technology needed for their children to complete schoolwork.
In higher education, we need to consider how we support universities. Should schools that have billions upon billions in endowment funds be raising tuition each year? Should there be a program to provide free or low-cost access to community colleges and training academies? We also need to focus on how we can help support access to apprenticeships to build skilled workers for the future.
The primary role of our government should be to keep people safe. That can mean many different things, but to me that means putting guardrails in place and ensuring that everyone plays by the same set of rules so that everyone has the chance to get ahead.
I don't believe that we need more government necessarily, just a government that works in a better and more efficient manner. A government that works for you, just as I’ve championed in my customer service roles over the past four decades.
As your representative in Washington, I will have my sleeves rolled up and work hard to bring home investments to support Southeast Michigan. I know that local, state, and the federal government must work together to help better the lives of Michiganders. I will work with those officials to use the levers of government for your benefit.
The number one cause of bankruptcy in our country is due to medical expenses. It's an absolute travesty that in the wealthiest country in the world, millions of people each year need to make a choice between food and healthcare.
The truth is that no one policy will fix the sprawling and complex healthcare landscape and everything we do will have consequences, whether intended or not. But there are concrete policies that I support that can make an immediate difference to Michigan families.
More than half of the medical costs in this country are for our seniors and elderly. To help them manage these costs and provide care, I support allowing Medicare to negotiate drug pricing. Bringing down and controlling drug costs will not only help older Americans, but will also allow working families to spend less of their hard earned income on life-saving medication.
We also need to recognize that in the 21ˢᵗ century more and more people are working for themselves or as independent contractors. Driving a ride share, being a musician, working in a restaurant, so many of these jobs don't offer health insurance and we need to re-image how individuals access affordable care.
In Congress, I'll also crack down on price-gouging and abuse. Does the sterilization of a medical device really cost five times as much in the United State as it is in another country? We need to hold corporations accountable for preying on the American people when they are in their time of need. By bringing down the cost of everything from overhead, to equipment, to testing, we can lower the overall cost of care and make it more affordable for Michiganders to get the care they need.
I also unequivocally support a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions. With the Roe v. Wade decision in peril due to an illegally packed Supreme Court, I will stand up to anti-choice radicals and protect women's healthcare choices in Congress.
I know that housing is such an important issue for the people of Detroit and the surrounding communities. We have a right to live in safe, affordable housing, regardless of income. That's why in Congress, I will work with the Department of Housing and Urban Development to bring more funds to Southeastern Michigan and champion a community-based approach.
Multi-use developments help create areas where families can live, work, and play, and help build a sense of community and ownership over neighborhood well-being. I have been a proponent of the DreamTroit development and wants to see more community-based developments in the district. Seniors with fixed incomes often have a more difficult time affording housing because of rising costs, gentrification, and landlord issues. In Congress, I will champion sustainable living specifically for seniors and push for HUD to ensure that senior living buildings can't be developed into commercial use at a developer’s whim.
New and refurbished buildings have a place in our community and can help it grow, but we must do what we can to help install affordability measures so that everyone can take advantage.
President Biden's infrastructure bill is a great first step to fixing our broken transportation system. In Congress, I'll find a way to better fund our roads further into the future and help to make public transit safer and more accessible, especially here in Southeast Michigan.
We need to take a commonsense approach to planning for the transportation for tomorrow, not 1950. That's why I support initiatives to build more electric cars, chargers, and public transit options across the country.
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