B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University
M.A. in Public Administration from Webster University
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
Alumna of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, Orlando Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, NAACP Silver Life Member, Florida Bar Citizens Advisory Committee, Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Middle District of Florida, Heart of Florida United Way Board, Woman of the year, National Organization of Black law Enforcement, National Association of Women in Law Enforcement Executives, National Congress of Black Women, Former Co-Chair of Central Florida Commission on Homelessness
An estimated 300,000 people have died from gun violence between 2004 and 2014. Do you believe the Second Amendment leaves any room for limits on gun rights? If so, please outline what those limits should be. (limit 150 words)
I believe while it is important to protect the Second Amendment, there are a number of reforms we can embrace which would decrease the frequency and devastation of gun violence in America. First, all gun sales, including gun shows and private transfers, should require a background check. Second, people who are on the “No Fly” list or the terrorist watch list should not be allowed to purchase firearms. Furthermore we need to consider reevaluating people who are allowed to buy firearms under current law and consider also prohibiting those who have been convicted of domestic abuse or are being investigated by the FBI. Finally we need to reinstate the ban on assault weapons, ordinary citizens have no need for weapons that were designed for the battlefield.
Some 30 million Americans remain uninsured. Would you support or oppose the Affordable Healthcare Act as currently written? Explain why you would support its continuation or what kind of plan, if any, should replace it. (limit 150 words)
Access to health care is still a serious concern in our community. We need to make it more affordable and accessible for all. Because of Obamacare 1.5 million people in Florida have purchased plans on the health care exchange. I would not take away these people’s health care by repealing the bill. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it’s a good first step. It prevents insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, allows young adults to stay on their parent’s health insurance until age 26, and closes the donut hole for seniors. While I believe the Affordable Care Act is a good thing I also recognize it is important we continue to work on the bill to ensure is it doing the maximum amount of good.
Some presidential candidates have said they would favor getting rid of the U.S. Department of Education. Explain what kind of role you believe the federal government should play in education and what federal education policies you would support or oppose. (limit 150 words)
The goal of America’s public education system should be to ensure every child has the opportunity to attend a great school regardless of their zip code. I believe the U.S Department of Education has an important role to play in making this goal a reality by providing targeted investments to help the states and localities support schools and students in high risk areas. Furthermore the DOE should play a role in making sure the curriculum and quality of schools across the country are meeting the standards necessary to ensure students are getting a quality education. While much of American’s public education policy exists in the states and local governments the Federal Government has an important role to play in ensuring our schools across the country are adequate in both funding and standards.
The U.S. debt is approaching $20 trillion, and interest payments on the debt were $223 billion in 2015. What measures would you support to reduce the annual budget deficit that contributes to the national debt? (limit 150 words)
When I was chief of police Orlando was experiencing a funding crisis. But we got smart with our budgets and were able to keep the same number of officers on the streets. We have to be smart with our money and learn to do more with less while protecting our essential services, just like we did at the OPD. As of 2015 the GAO has identified 500 actions Congress could take across 200 areas of the federal government to improve efficiency. Examples include ending duplicative efforts in consumer product oversight, medical transportation, and laboratory inspections. I would support examining these areas for action. I would also support ending corporate tax inversions which would raise an estimated $41 billion in revenue. Billion dollar corporations, who reap enormous benefits from the American taxpayer shouldn’t be able to hide their profits in off shore accounts through paper companies that exist in name only.