On The Issues
There are four major threats to our fair and free democracy:
- Gerrymandering. Both parties do it, and it isn’t right or fair. By participating in gerrymandering, politicians redraw district lines to favor themselves and keep members of their own party in power. This undermines democracy and cheapens the voting process. If you elect me to office, and I’m still there after the 2020 census, I will work to draw fair and simple district lines that benefit Hoosiers, not lawmakers.
- Money. It’s no secret that there’s too much money involved in politics. Running a campaign is terribly expensive, and with Citizens United, it’s possible for huge corporations to funnel large, undisclosed amounts of money to candidates. PACs and super PACs provide corporations and special interest groups the means to buy elections and control the lawmaking process. It’s time to get big money out of politics. As such, I’m only accepting donations from regular people like me and you. I believe we can run a successful campaign on small donations.
- Term limits. Or, rather, the lack thereof. Incumbents win something like 95% of congressional races and 90% of senate races. This leads to politicians serving 20, 30, or even 40 years in office. We set term limits for the President. Why not have them for the House and the Senate, too. It seems that once one election is over, politicians immediately star planning for the next election cycle. How can lawmakers fulfill their duties when they’re constantly on the campaign trail?
- Division. Too often, politics comes down to party. And while I share many of the same ideals with other democrats, there are some issues I disagree with them on. And, there are some issues I agree with some republicans on. What’s important to understand is that no two people are going to agree or disagree on every issue. We’re all different, and that’s okay. I don’t expect constituents to agree with all of my views, and I don’t expect to agree with all of theirs. But, in cases where the ideals of my constituents conflict with mine, I will side with my constituents. That is what representation is all about. It’s important that we open up a dialogue and talk about the issues. That’s the only way we can cross the aisle, work together, and get anything done. In office, my allegiance isn’t to my party or my donors. My allegiance is to the Hoosiers in Indiana’s 8th District.