I attended Lake Howell High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Florida State University.
Civic Organizations (limit 75 words)
Member of the National Organization of Women
Member of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida
Member of the League of Women Voters of Orange County
Former Board Member of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida
Former President of the Orange County Young Democrats
Member of the Orange County Democratic Executive Committee
Former Treasurer of the Democratic Women’s Club of Greater Orlando
Former State Board Chair of the Florida Public Interest Research Group
Former Vice Chair of the US Public Interest Research Group
Former Committee Chair of the Natural Resources Committee of the League of Women Voters Orange County
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)
Yes, there should be reasonable limitations on the Second Amendment. First, we must reinstate the ban on assault weapons. Assault rifles have been used in ten of the most recent and deadly mass shootings in America – in a movie theatre in Colorado, a community center in California, a first grade classroom in Connecticut, and in June, an assault rifle was used to carry out the largest mass shooting in U.S. history right here in Orlando. One man, armed with a weapon of war, murdered forty-nine innocent people, and injured dozens more. That has to end. Second, I strongly support expanding background checks for all gun sales to include those made online and at gun shows. An estimated 40% of gun sales are now sold online or at gun shows, and when those guns are used in crimes, it’s difficult for law enforcement to trace them back to their owner. ” I would support legislation to prevent known terrorists from getting guns. However, I have serious concerns about using the “No-Fly List” as a basis to deny citizens’ constitutional rights, given the serious substantive due process failures of the list, and the fact that it disproportionately affects communities of color. Finally, I would work to overturn the “ban” on congressional funding of gun violence research at the CDC. Gun violence is a public health and safety problem. It’s time to treat it as one.
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)
I support the Affordable Care Act, which extended health care coverage to an estimated 16 million previously-uninsured Americans. I was extremely disappointed to see Florida’s Republican-controlled Legislature reject Medicaid expansion, which would have provided health care to nearly 1 million Floridians who now fall into the so-called “Medicaid Gap.” I would strongly support efforts to expand Medicaid in our state and provide health care to these 1 million Floridians who desperately need it.
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)
I do not support eliminating the U.S. Department of Education, which is responsible for a number of important functions – from administering Pell Grants and financial aid to college students, to ensuring that schools do not discriminate against students on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, or disability. In terms of specific federal policies:
College Affordability: College students are graduating with crushing student loan debt that constrains their futures and ultimately hurts our economy. One way we can begin to make college more affordable is by allowing student loans to be refinanced when interest rates drop (like mortgages or other kinds of loans). Congress could do this by amending title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which governs student aid programs. Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced similar legislation to allow student and parent borrowers to refinance student loans at competitive rates.
Universal Pre-K: I believe that every child should have access to high-quality pre-kindergarten – not just those lucky few who can afford it. I would support the Strong Start for America’s Children Act (S. 1380/H.R. 2411), which would establish a new federal-state partnership to accelerate progress in this area, and help fund high-quality prekindergarten for children from low to moderate income families. Studies prove that high-quality pre-K gives kids a jumpstart on their education and has incredible long-term impacts: kids who attend pre-k are less likely to
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)
I would support a budget, much like the one offered by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which not only creates jobs, but reduces the deficit by $4.08 trillion over the next 10 years. I also support closing corporate tax loopholes, and requiring the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share of taxes.