Our Campaign is about fighting for the marginalized, the people who continue to be ignored. We are committed to fight for social, racial and economic justice. We hope you will join us in this fight.
If elected to Congress, I will work to defend the Affordable Care Act and to expand it to provide Americans with more affordable options including a public option. I will work to lower prescription drug costs for all Americans by taking on big Pharma. I will also strive to ensure that mental healthcare is treated the same as other healthcare.
Investment in Rural Utah and Rural America
Without a healthy and thriving Rural America, our Country cannot thrive. While around 20% of the American population is considered rural, that number drops to 10% in Utah. That number continues to drop and has dropped from 60% in the early 1900's to where we are today. I will be a voice for rural Utahns. I will ensure that we invest in their communities, bringing greener/higher paying jobs. I will fight to increase critical access hospitals, rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers outside of urbanized areas. I will also fight to increase short term hospitals outside of urban areas. I will also fight to expand Telehealth options so that rural Utahns can have another access to help their overall health.
Based on reports, 11.6% of rural Utah lives in poverty, almost 10% of the rural population has not completed high school and the unemployment rate is almost a full percentage point higher than in urban Utah. I believe that critical access to high speed internet is integral in closing those gaps. High speed broadband in essential in our economy and I would support proposals to bring high speed broadband and fiber broadband connections to communities across rural Utah and America. Access to high speed and fiber broadband will give rural Utahns access to educational opportunities otherwise unavailable, access to higher paying tech jobs and access to Telehealth options for those that live too far from medical providers.
It's inconceivable that people in our state live without running water or electricity. Rural Utah also needs infrastructure investments from the Federal government and our State government.
These issues are important to me and that's why I am proud to be endorsed by the Utah Democratic Rural Caucus and will work hard to be a voice for rural Utahns in my district.
I heard the other day that an ally is always an ally, regardless of whether something directly impacts your life. I support people's choice to live how they were born to live and to love who they were born to love. I support gay marriage and will protect that right in Congress. In an effort to assimilate Native Americans, young Native children, students, were sent to boarding schools and stripped of all things associated with Native life. In an article from The Atlantic it tells the story of these children: "They exchanged traditional clothing for uniforms, and embarked on a life influenced by strict regimentation. Students were physically punished for speaking their Native languages. Contact with family and community members was discouraged or forbidden altogether." This happened in hopes to "fix" Native Americans.
I could not in good conscience support similar practices against people in the LGBTQ community to "fix" them. As your Congressman, I would make great efforts and work with members of both political parties to create legislation banning the use of conversion therapy in the United State of America.
I am honored to have the endorsement of The Utah Stonewall Democrats.
Climate Change is a very real challenge for our country and for the entire world. The United States should be a leader in the battle to combat Climate Change. We can do so by:
Adopting Emissions-reduction goals with measurable results.
State and Federal Governments leading by example.
Creating and funding air quality/climate change solutions laboratories.
Accelerating quality growth efforts: preserving open spaces, increasing housing options and linking transportation.
Increasing the use of Electric Vehicles and technologies, increasing charging stations, incentivizing development and EV owners and engaging and working with auto manufacturers and unions.
Investing and partnering with rural communities to help with energy-transition (Coal/Oil producing communities)
Engaging in a national dialogue about market-based approaches to reduce emissions. R&D.
Getting involved: don’t invest in companies that pollute, support activism.
I am honored to have the endorsement of the Bear River Hub of the Sunrise Movement.
In a recent debate, the moderator, Mr. Arquette, asked how we as candidates would address our immigration system, something that every American can agree is broken. He then asked, “would you look at DACA, the wall…” I then said, “Yes to those first two,” and then discussed what I believe to be legitimate options to address our broken immigration system.
I want to be explicitly clear for all Utahns and especially for my opponent’s campaign and her supporters, Never, ever, in public nor in private, have I ever supported a border wall. The wall is a racist representation on American Colonization. As a Native American tribal leader, I cannot stand for such a thing. Again, I oppose the border wall, but I am grateful for the opportunity to discuss my immigration policy in more detail than time allowed during the debate.
DACA and DAPA
I support defending our Dreamers. In a poll conducted in 2017, 71% of Utahns believed in protecting these men and women, boys and girls, who immigrated to our country with their parents. I also support DAPA, where parents of lawful citizens and permanent citizens can apply for legal status in our country. Soon, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on an important DACA case and its existence lays in the balance. It is up to Congress to step up and defend DACA recipients and a vote for me is a vote to defend dreamers.
BLUE CARD PROGRAM
Also in the debate, my opponent made it clear that she does not believe a “Blue Card” immigration program would work. In 2019, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) joined Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA.) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA.) in introducing the bill to Congress.
Under the Agricultural Worker Program Act, farmworkers who have worked in agriculture for at least 100 days in the past two years may earn “Blue Card” status that allows them to continue to legally work in the United States. Farmworkers who maintain Blue Card status for the next three -five years-depending on hours worked in agriculture would be eligible to adjust to lawful permanent residence (Green Card).
This bill would protect agricultural and dairy workers here in Utah, an important part of our community and economy. It is a viable start and I believe it will work.
Senator Sanders said, “It is no secret that undocumented farmworkers contribute enormously to Vermont’s agricultural economy and rural communities. However, our dysfunctional immigration system forces them to live in the shadows without any of the legal rights and protections most other workers have. Meanwhile, Trump’s shameful immigration policies have targeted farmworkers for deportation, often tearing apart families and communities in the process. While we clearly need comprehensive immigration reform, this bill is a very good step in giving hardworking people who put food on our tables the opportunity to earn legal status and ensuring farms have the workforce needed to survive.
During the debate I mentioned the topic of border security, something my opponent is opposed to. I do not believe in an open border immigration policy. I believe that we can protect our border & control human/drug trafficking through humanitarian efforts, not by further militarizing our borders. I believe in keeping families together and retrofitting Border Control stations and Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities to accommodate the increased needs of families and children seeking refuge and asylum in our country. In addition, increased medical services, quick turn-around to legally reunite children with their families, more coordinated response with non-profit organizations who facilitate placement of these families as they wait for their asylum case to be heard.
Finally, I would like to mention building bridges, which is the major theme of my campaign. My goal in Congress is to ensure safe, humane, orderly and legal migration to our country from all ports of entry. I believe that I can work with people, regardless of their party affiliation, race or gender to ensure the success of my plans and ideas. Utah believes in immigration reform. In the poll conducted by Dan Jones and associates in 2017, I mentioned that 71% of respondents believed that DACA recipients should be allowed to live in the United States. 97% of “somewhat liberal” people an 82% of “moderate” people and 66% of “somewhat conservative” people, and 53% of “very conservative” people agreed with this poll. I believe that my message will resonate and bring people together and unite in a way that have never united in an election before.
Utah needs a new voice to fight for issues like criminal justice reform, climate change action, defense of our public lands, and especially immigration reform which is intrinsically linked to
climate change. I am that voice and I would appreciate your vote and support in our mail-in only primary on June 30th.
Public Lands need to stay in Public Hands. Here’s what we can do to ensure that it happens and Utah needs to be on the frontlines of this fight.
Protect our public lands from transfers, sales, or losing federal designations. Utahn’s of all backgrounds enjoy these lands for a variety of uses. Future generations should also be able to enjoy these public lands in a healthy and preserved state.
Recognize that hunters and anglers support our public lands as conservationists, and work to defend their interests. Nationally, the number of sportsmen and women afield are shrinking which is reducing critical funding for conservation programs.
Oppose Bear River development, which would divert water from the Bear River to the Wasatch Front. This would lower levels in the Great Salt Lake and threaten the health of Utah’s wetlands, at the cost of waterfowl and other migratory birds.
Support the Roadless Rule and oppose changes to the rule that would open Utah’s most valuable national forest lands to logging interests, an increased threat of wildfire, and watershed disruption associated with new roads being constructed.
Public lands benefit all Utahns by providing access for everyone to enjoy the outdoors whether they hunt, fish, hike, climb, or trail run. It should be our priority to protect public lands and the shared heritage they provide for Utahns of all backgrounds.