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As State Representative for District 4, I will work to create ambitious, optimistic, and justice-based policies. I will advocate for accessibility, affordability, and equity in housing, environment, government, workforce, education, and mobility.

I will go beyond good ideas and good rhetoric, I will apply the courage and the work ethic to implement my values.

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Housing

Historically, Detroit has led the nation in home ownership and still has sufficient land to accommodate all residents. However, there is a lack of affordable housing, and homeowners are losing their homes by the thousands each year. We need to support homeowners through tax foreclosure reform, but we also need to support renters by enforcing standards which prohibit slumlord behavior and predatory land contracts. Everyone wins when we fight to support homeowners and renters, as the resulting neighborhood stability will benefit our state as a whole. 

There is a land grab happening in Detroit and it is fueled by lax state laws around land banking, brownfield development credits and tax foreclosure.

More detailed policy discussion here.

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Environmental Quality


Our state laws must reflect the value of Michigan’s abundant natural resources. Current policies need to be changed to better protect our air, water, and other environmental assets. These policies should include improved standards for renewable energy, protections for community members who live in areas of industry, and the right of every citizen to access safe, clean, and affordable water.

Our most precious resources are at risk from extremely weak permitting laws for pollution and extraction, and already our most basic needs (such as clean water) are being compromised at a large scale.

More detailed policy discussion here.

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Democracy

I believe that emergency management in Detroit needs to end. It is an undemocratic policy that has stolen countless votes from Detroit and Hamtramck residents, trapping them in a system of state oversight with no clear exit strategy. Similarly, gerrymandering has severely reduced the power of voters across the state, leading to a non-representative democracy which perpetuates this problem on a larger scale. We need policies that respect our democracy and restore the power of the vote. 

Even unaffordable car insurance is a form of voter suppression, as many residents can’t afford to admit that they live where they live. 

We need to return the power of the vote to our citizens. This year’s election will have a large impact on who will be in office during the next census/redistricting process. We need advocates for true democracy.

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Education

There is nothing more critical to the future of our region than education. State laws and oversight stemming from privatization and emergency management have negatively impacted local schools with solutions that hurt more than help, including careless school closures and wasted resources. We need to work with educators and communities to create policies which allow schools to grow and improve rather than shutting them down, and we need to overhaul financing to close the income-education gap. 

Literacy is mandatory. Schools that can’t provide it should be funded and nourished, not decimated. 

We must tap into the mysterious State Lottery fund to make sure that money intended for our children is being spent to their benefit.

More detailed policy discussion here.

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Transportation

Despite being at the heart of the automotive industry, many Detroit and Hamtramck residents are unable to afford the costs of driving. We need a transportation system that brings us together rather than keeping us apart. I will push for policies that address insurance redlining, road repair, and quality public transportation.

On day one I would like to advance legislation that reducing racist redlining practices that lead to rates that are doubled or tripled because of someone’s zip code or credit score. 

Even if driving is affordable, we still need effective, affordable public transit for those who cannot drive and for environmental reasons. We must incentivize regional transit for whichever regions want it.

We need increased road funding, which we can finance with money from the MCCA fund anytime it is under the annual dispensation, as well as from a “gas floor” price structure to invest in infrastructure.

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Labor

A strong labor workforce is integral to a strong economy and quality of life for Michigan residents. I believe that a person who works full time should earn enough money to provide for themselves and their family. I will work to support organized labor and also reinforce policies at a state level that reinforce the values that organized labor works for including fair and equitable wages, paid sick leave, and others. 

I want to increase minimum wage and other benefits to reduce the price disparity between organized and unorganized labor. I will support resuming Right to Work price strugtures for public works projects to ensure qualify workmanship and fair pay for professional work.

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Equity

I will be a fierce defender of immigrants, minorities, women, children, LGBTQ, returning citizens and any other populations that are vulnerable to discrimination or reduced access to opportunity. I believe in inclusive, equitable society that uplifts and embraces different histories, religions, politics, identities and perspectives.

Part of our basic rights includes our right not to be wrongfully incarcerated. We need to vastly reduce our prison population by ending mandatory minimum sentencing, allowing for retroactivity in cases where laws change, and if we cannot afford to incarcerate someone in a way that sustains their basic human needs, we cannot incarcerate them.