ISSUES

 

I recognize the need to make my commitments clear, so I have organized them by the issues listed below. Each heading will lead you to a page outlining my approach and then, in some cases, to a deeper analysis.  

 
 
 

Our Founders set us on a path toward ever increasing equality, liberty, and justice for all. But to stay on that path we need to work hard and follow two core principles.

First, we each do better when we all do better. Our commonwealth will prosper when everyone has access to the essential building blocks of a good life. Government has a role to play because, left to themselves, individuals can’t build infrastructure, businesses won’t level the playing field, and communities should not have to compete for essential resources. We must work together to reverse our current upside-down economy that favors Wall Street over Main Street and fight a federal government in the pockets of corporate elites.

 
Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth... these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.
— Ban Ki-Moon, eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, 2007 to 2016
 

Second, everything in our world is interconnected. This is the core principle of sustainability. Whenever we start tackling one problem, we have the possibility
to make progress in another.  For children to thrive and learn in school they need
a safe and secure home, healthy food, available parents, and good schools. Their parents need childcare support, affordable healthcare, and access to good jobs.
To start a small business, entrepreneurs need high speed internet, local capital, a trained workforce, and reliable infrastructure. Everything links to everything else. We cannot treat opioid addiction, reduce mass incarceration, increase affordable housing or battle climate change, one issue at a time.  We need a coordinated approach and a holistic vision.

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