My Plan to Put the People First
See my positions on various issues below the Candidate Forum questions
In a Candidate Forum on November 30, 2017 the audience submitted a number of questions to me and the rest of the candidates. My answers are detailed HERE.
Health & Wellness
- Expand Medicare and reduce reliance on for-profit insurance companies. Move toward universal health insurance coverage.
- Increase mental healthcare, and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness through education.
- Protect a woman’s right to make decisions about her health.
- Address the opioid and meth crises through education and prevention.
- Work to provide broad access to overdose and anti-addiction medication.
- Legalize marijuana and limit sentences for non-violent drug crimes.
Open & Fair Government
- Expand sunshine laws and press access.
- Push for a strong 2020 census in Missouri, and work to end gerrymandering.
- Challenge the legislature to draft bills that are based in fact and science.
Fair Wages & Income Inequality
- Establish a livable minimum wage.
- Repeal "Right to Work" and support unions.
- Reduce reliance on government programs by increasing wages and addressing tax and income inequality.
- Commission a study to identify any gender wage gaps in employment across Missouri.
Civil Rights & Protections
- Fight to strengthen non-discrimination legislation for minority and LGBTQ citizens.
- Repeal Senate Bill 43, and work on race-related problems at the University of Missouri.
- Hold the police and justice system accountable for their actions, particularly regarding minorities. Provide tools and budget emphasizing de-escalation in conflict resolution.
- Advocate for the Second Amendment, universal background checks, and national concealed carry reciprocity.
- End the use of private for-profit prisons.
- Improve public school education through increased funding and teacher pay.
- Work to enhance access to higher education. Support debt-free college and technical training for all Missouri high school graduates.
- Emphasize school choice programs over vouchers or other incentives.
Local & Regional Prosperity
- Expand bike trails, and preserve and enlarge State parks.
- Invest in infrastructure; use local businesses and workers when possible.
- Support small business growth.
When wealth is passed off as merit, bad luck is seen as bad character. This is how ideologues justify punishing the sick and the poor. But poverty is neither a crime nor a character flaw. Stigmatise those who let people die, not those who struggle to live.
Sarah Kendzior, Writer and Reporter