We fight to protect the jobs in the fishing and agriculture industries with careful attention to preserving and protecting the environment and focusing on the development and creation of small business opportunities across the region. The improvement of business opportunities should be fair regardless of business size meaning we must find a way for all businesses to have equitable access to capital and markets. I believe that a strong, equitable jobs economy creates a strong, equitable community. Furthermore, we have to create pathways for careers starting as soon as possible in the lives of our youth. Our work across the region has focused on thinking about jobs and careers in a future sense. Jobs and careers must focus not only on what we need now, but also what we need for tomorrow.
As a public school teacher, I believe in the power and promise of education. However, we need to consider how to improve the system by reforming how and what we do. As a member of the Northumberland County Public Schools Equity Committee, we are working to create equitable access for all students regardless of historic challenges that stand in their way. I have worked with students, parents, teachers, administrators, community members, and elected officials to create improved strategies. I will work to improve how we educate our children and prepare them for tomorrow.
We will work to expand access to broadband. Presently, access is not equitable and where you live, in relation to the main highway, determines whether you can or cannot access the internet. This requires the work of public-private partnerships not only to expand and incentivize the work for providers, but also to make that access affordable for families.
Our work on racial justice has been quite extensive. We have worked to create productive spaces of conversations on race to guide communities into areas of reforming policies that prohibit equitable access to jobs, careers, education, and housing. We may not have created the system, but we are able to make it fairer for all to achieve the America Dream regardless of race.
We have worked to ensure gender equity, and the resources needed, to ensure fair and equal access. This includes ensuring policies are in place for equal pay for equal work regardless of gender.
We need policies and training that protect all communities. Criminal justice reform is not only a reform of policing (the executive branch). but also a reform of the courts (the judicial branch). I believe this reform happens in the legislative branch: House of Delegates. I would back and support policies that address intersectional concerns across communities to make sure that the system is both fair and just and neither overlooks nor overanalyzes one community or another. Our current work on the ground is leading to the first Community Review Board in the region, where critical conversations and training will begin soon!