As State Representative for District 4, I will work for ambitious, affordable, and justice-based policies. I will advocate for affordability, accessibility and equity in housing, water, health and education.
I have the courage, experience, and work ethic to implement policies that put people first and focus on our essential needs.
Affordable quality housing is a human need and human right. A stable home is the foundation for healthy, thriving families. There is room in Detroit for everyone, yet we lead the nation in foreclosures, eviction, and blight. We must work to keep families and homes together, build homeownership opportunities, and extend access to affordable rental housing.
Water is life. Air is life. Water rates in Detroit and Hamtramck are unaffordable, water shut-offs occur at epidemic levels, and residents suffer high asthma rates from air contamination. We must eliminate environmental racism and work toward clean water and air for all.
The future of our state rests in our education system. We must vastly improve the investment and quality of our education for its own sake and for the cause of reducing racial, criminal, and economic disparities.
Democracy is the skeleton and funding is the lifeblood of our communities. We must maintain proper funding to our local communities and governments and sustain democracy, especially in these difficult economic times.
This is the most incredibly diverse district in the state and perhaps the county. We have so much to be proud of, and through this diversity we can be leaders in an end of racism, sexism, Islamophobia, homophobia, classism, anti-Immigrant views and other divisions. We can continue to build an inclusive society that embraces all identities. We need to fight fiercely for criminal justice reform. We must fight inequality and discrimination in policy and ensure equal opportunities to all.
Michigan is in the midst of a very delicate economic period. We must balance economic and public health demands, provide support for unemployed individuals and reduced-capacity business. Our economy must also balance profit with fair wages and safe working conditions.
We are in the heart of the automotive industry, yet many Detroit and Hamtramck residents are unable to afford the costs of driving due to car insurance rates. We lack adequate public transportation to meaningfully provide alternatives to driving.
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