- Why are you running for State Assembly?
- How do you feel about the 2nd Amendment?
- How do you feel about Bail Reform?
- How do you feel about the SAFE Act?
- How do you feel about the legalization of marijuana?
- What issues mean the most to you in politics?
- I don't vote Democrat, why should I vote for you?
To put it simply, I’m working class, I always have been. I’ve lived paycheck-to-paycheck. I’ve had to make the grueling decision of paying my rent or buying groceries. I know what it feels like to finally see the light at the end of the tunnel only for your “check engine” light to come on. Isn’t that a better representation of the American people instead of your standard politician? How can we expect anyone to fight for the little man if they’ve never been the little man? I care about Chautauqua County, this is my home. The people of this county deserve honest, transparent, and respectful representation.
I’m pro-Second Amendment. I grew up in a pro-gun household. My father has hunted my entire life, he still does. We went to shooting ranges often when I was younger.
I remember when I was around 10, my dad sat down with me and carefully showed me one of his rifles. I will never forget what he told me. He said, "Never joke around. And never, ever, point a gun at any person or animal, unless you intend to kill it." I remember I responded, "But dad, I'd never want to kill anything." And he said "Exactly. That's how serious this is."
My father raised me to be a responsible gun-owner, I'm an advocate for smart and well-trained ownership. If you’re going to be a gun-owner, you need to have the knowledge and respect required to do so. They’re a dangerous tool, and all gun-owners need to honor the seriousness of this.
Bail reform had the best-of intentions. Unfortunately, the execution is poor. The point was to combat poverty -- releasing individuals who couldn’t afford bail. Currently, we're seeing the immediate release of some individuals who should not be released. Bail reform should have concentrated on the Judges of NY State. It should have focused on funding, resources, and information to allow for informed decisions on a case-by-case basis. Instead, bail reform has completely removed a Judge's discretion. Bail reform needs drastic adjustments.
The SAFE Act was implemented to stop these horrific mass shootings, and we can all agree that’s top priority. I find the SAFE Act to be overly broad. I would like to amend the SAFE Act. We should find a good balance between safety, protection, and freedom. We should make it impossible for unstable people to commit mass shootings, but, we should find a way for responsible gun-owners to feel their rights are respected.
I support the legalization of marijuana. We should consider the possible economic benefits. The manufacturing of hemp, specifically. Additionally, discussion of legalization needs to include justice reform. A lot of people are currently incarcerated for the possession/sale of marijuana, and a lot of these inmates happen to be People of Color. If we’re going to legalize marijuana, we also need to expunge the records of those who were jailed for marijuana-related crimes.
I will never vote in favor of any type of legislation that includes the degradation or disenfranchisement of the people. You deserve wonderful work benefits. You deserve extensive and affordable healthcare. You deserve lower taxes. You deserve more job opportunities. You deserve more money. You deserve every chance to succeed. My entire goal is to improve the quality of life for the people of Chautauqua County.