LOUISA ON THE ISSUES
I am honored to be your candidate for Georgia State House Representative for District 100. I look forward to serving the community as I'm committed to work to align our community on the critical areas that are important to all of us. I believe that we are all connected and want the best for the children and families in the community. That being said, my background in Human Resources has prepared me well to work to find common ground to resolve many challenges facing our state as we continue to grow.
Reproductive Rights and Healthcare
I support every woman's right to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and bodily autonomy to decide for herself when and if to carry a pregnancy to term. This is a central issue of privacy and personal freedom for each woman to make with her medical care providers and guided by her own personal faith. The community needs good quality access to healthcare including abortion and mental health. It is incumbent upon us to ensure that reproductive freedom and choice is protected. People should not be forced to endure the lifelong implications of extreme hardship physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially by being denied the right to an abortion. Every situation is different and very sensitive and personal to those involved and must be regarded as such. Mental Health is integral in the community’s wellbeing and broadened access to resources and treatment is critical for all. We all can make a difference and take action which I intend to do as your State House Representative.
Safety and Security of Our Community
I believe we must be vigilant in ensuring that we continue to train and monitor the threat of violence in our schools and community. The unpredictable nature of the epidemic cannot be ignored or minimized. I will pursue more stringent gun controls and to ban assault rifles and weapons that have no place in the hands of civilians and to ensure that proper protocols are followed in the purchase and possession of guns and more awareness is made to the schools and community of potential threat. The second amendment was meant to protect and provide security in the face of actual threat, not to kill children in schools or citizens in general. We are able to make swift, smart regulatory changes to protect the people of Georgia and I intend to support and engage in those collaborative efforts along with my fellow lawmakers.
As Georgians living in the cradle of the civil rights movement, our right to vote is sacred and it should not be manipulated or infringed upon by a cynical political party afraid they will lose on the issues when more citizens vote. Safe, secure, free, and fair elections are the cornerstone of any Democracy, particularly in the United States of America. From vote by mail and expanded polling places, to adding (not removing) voter drop-boxes, to expanding (not reducing) hours of early voting, elections in Georgia should be made more accessible for all citizens rather than less accessible for marginalized groups of people or longer lines to vote in "certain counties".
It is a top priority in Georgia to ensure that we support and fully fund schools to continue to provide first in class curriculum to the students. Our teachers work very hard to provide a safe and supportive environment where all students can thrive. There has been recent aggressive actions taken to attempt to diminish our school system and those in leadership instead of working collaboratively on resolving issues. I will also ensure that technology platforms continue to be available for instruction. DEI initiatives are also important to prepare the students for a global economy.
I believe that in "the land of the free", each adult should have the Constitutional right to marry who they love and live equally under the law free from discrimination and harassment. No state should be able to make laws to take those rights away. Love is love. It's just basic decency, compassion, respecting the differences and the human dignity of our fellow Americans. I believe that as a nation and as a state, our kindness to each other matters, our diversity makes us stronger, and therefore I support our LGTBQ+ youth and adults and their equality under the law.
The Medicaid program was signed into law in 1965 by Democratic President, Lyndon B. Johnson, LBJ, to provide healthcare coverage to poor, low income, and disabled Americans. Similar to their plans to gut Social Security and Medicare, Republicans are consistent with their cruel position that they don't want to expand Medicaid coverage. Georgia is currently one of 12 Republican-led states that have refused to help its most vulnerable residents by expanding Medicaid. Georgia Republicans continue to turn away billions of dollars annually in Federal money in their cruel, stubborn determination to not accept Federal resources to expand Medicaid coverage. This is one of Stacey Abrams top priorities when she becomes Governor and I will fully support her efforts and vote to expand Medicaid to more poor, underserved Georgians.
Veterans, Active Duty, & Military Families Issues
Our Georgia veterans, active duty military, and military families need Representatives in the Georgia State House who are going to honor the sacred oath to have their backs. Be it access to VA medical care, taking care of our homeless veterans, addressing high rates of suicide, treating mental health issues, assistance reacclimating to society after multiple deployments, continuing education, finding good job opportunities, our veterans and military families need our ongoing support. And our female veterans in Georgia face a number of issues unique to their military experiences. I am committed to advocate on behalf of all veterans, active duty military, and military families. You can count on me to have your back and vote to pass legislation to make your lives better.
"Moderation" is the Georgia Motto, Not Extremism
There are many more issues that concern Georgia voters, but I hope that my position statements above give you a good idea of how I will address a variety of our most pressing issues. I am a common sense Democrat who wants to bring people together to find common ground to solve the tough challenges that face our state. I believe that we need to respect our state motto of "moderation" and that Republicans in Georgia's State House have left that ideal far behind for extremism.
I would be honored to represent you in the Georgia House of Representatives and you have my commitment that I will serve everyone in District 100 with integrity, decency, compassion, and professionalism.