Every Alabamian deserves equal access to quality healthcare, regardless of their zip code, race, or age.
Alabama is leaving money on the table by refusing to expand Medicaid. I’ll do everything I can as your representative to encourage the Governor and my fellow legislators to make the common-sense decision to expand Medicaid and bring free federal dollars to Alabama. It shouldn’t be controversial: independent reports have shown that expanding Medicaid will create jobs, boost our economy, and provide much-needed resources to tackle the maternal mortality crisis currently devastating families across Alabama.
We'll invest in medical transport for our disabled and senior citizens, making sure they can get where they need to go. As your representative, I’ll prioritize funding high-quality mental healthcare across the state, lifting Alabama from its 47th ranking, to ensure every individual gets the support they need. Expanding Medicaid isn't just about health; it's about economic growth and the well-being of our people.
Community-Powered Solutions for Safer Streets
We'll reimagine policing through community-driven efforts that prioritize rehabilitation and non-incarcerative diversion programs. Alabama’s prison system is fundamentally inhumane, and I cannot morally or ethically support the incarceration of individuals in its current form. As your representative, I will work tirelessly to pursue a restorative justice model that treats every community member as a human being, while weighing the public’s right to live and thrive in a safe environment. My vision for our future addresses the root causes of crime by investing in education, economics, and health, while decriminalizing nonviolent drug offenses and providing robust funding for drug and mental health rehabilitation programs. Our officers also need additional mental health training, focused deployment in high-impact areas, support from trained non-police responders, and additional oversight with increased community accountability. I fully support Mayor Woodfin’s reforms of pardoning nonviolent marijuana offenses and banning no-knock raids like the kind used in murdering Breonna Taylor – but more needs to be done. I support full decriminalization and expanded medical licensing for marijuana. In the licensing process, I also want to make sure that priority is given to the communities most impacted by the War on Drugs, and will push for a system that provides the first legal licensing opportunities to BIPOC entrepreneurs and formerly convicted felons with nonviolent records. As your representative, I’ll push for the highest standards of transparency and accountability in reforming Alabama’s criminal justice system to one that is – at the bare minimum – ethical and humane.
Empowering Students, Teachers, and Communities
Education is the key to unlocking opportunities. We'll revolutionize workforce development by partnering with our local community colleges to offer training in skilled trades, providing an affordable path to success. Our commitment to teachers includes increasing wages to attract and retain the best educators. As your legislator, I’ll explore innovative funding solutions like a lottery and community-led initiatives, ensuring every child has access to a world-class education.
We will work to "ban the box" because citizens who have been convicted of a felony should not be denied a better future because of their past. Lastly, I will use the Jefferson County Community Service Fund to empower organizations working in housing, education, and public health.
Voting Rights and Sustainable Growth
The right to vote is under attack. We are committed to expanding access to voting, not restricting it, by advocating for mail-in voting, automatic registration, and early voting to make our democracy stronger and more inclusive. While the state government defies the Supreme Court and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, I will continue to speak out about this disenfranchisement and to work to increase voter contact and turnout throughout our district.
We'll uplift neighborhoods through homeownership initiatives, investments in women and minority-owned small businesses, and prioritization of public transportation for a more connected, vibrant Alabama.