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    • Education
      • Work with Glenda Ritz to address the challenges and opportunities that face Hoosier students, teachers, and schools.
      • Work to maintain local control of schools.
      • Safety & Security.  
        • We must work to keep our communities, public spaces, and schools safe.    
      • Work to make Hoosier schools the envy of the world.
      • Work to make college free for students that maintain a B average and work within our state after graduation.  
        • Likely by utilizing tax breaks, or other means,  we can  keep Indiana's best and brightest in the state. 
      • I believe that curriculum must be set based on student need and  ability. The one size fits all methodology pushed by the Governor hurts our children. When my son was a little behind, he needed to read books on his level to improve. My little girl is in the 5th grade but reads on the 10th grade level. One size does not fit all! 
      • We need to ensure we have qualified people teaching our children.
      • We need to do a better job recruiting minority teachers and administrators.
      • Public education is a civic obligation not a "consumer choice." Public schools belong to the public. They are the foundation of a strong economy and a free society.  
      • Work to close the achievement gap across various socio-economic and demographic populations.
      • It should be about the kids in our community, not lobbyists and politics in Indianapolis.  
      • Tough child protection laws that keep monsters in prison for life and away from our children. We should never again suffer a repeat offender.
    • Strengthen the Middle Class
      • I will personally recruit businesses to come to our community.
      • Work to ensure any tax relief targets the middle class.
      • Raise the minimum wage.
      • Fight for Equal Pay for Equal Work.
      • Work to increase industry in Indiana.
      • Support the right to collectively bargain.
      • Encourage the support of Indiana businesses and the purchase of Indiana made/grown products with a "shop Indiana ad campaign."
      • Through our State Universities, make Indiana a research and development hot spot.
      • Rebuild and redesign our state's infrastructure. This puts people to work, and helps ensure future economic growth.
        • This includes advanced broadband access to every community.
      • Vigorously oppose any action that will take more money from our middle class families.
      • Work to support free enterprise and the rights of property owners.
      • Work to strengthen the housing and commercial property market.
        • Through tax breaks, grants, and low interest loans we can improve the look and energy efficiency of our States private property. This will strengthen the market, increase revenue, reduce cost  and help the environment.  A win for every Hoosier.
    • Farmers
      • Prevent the unjust taxation of Indiana farmers through the use of the soil productivity factor.  
      • Help make the Indiana farmer energy independent!
        • Through tax breaks, grants, and low interest loans we can help every farmer in the State reduce the cost of operations by  securing their own clean, renewable sources or energy.
      • Reform tax increment financing statue (TIF) to allow for the expansion of broadband that will benefit rural areas. Ensure TIF can be used to pay for infrastructure improvements that will benefit our regions farmers.
      • Ensure enforcement of robust trespassing laws.
      • Support measures to rein in annexation.
      • It is time to decriminalize Cannabis! I have decided to formally support the medical and industrial use of marijuana. We need to create more jobs in our area. Hemp can be utilized in the making of textiles, paper, paints, cosmetics, foodstuffs, insulation, fuel, and countless other items. Marijuana's therapeutic properties have been found to treat a wide range of issues, including neuropathic pain. I also feel it is time for the legislature to hold hearings and debate the decriminalization of the drug altogether. I would like to see all tax revenues and proceeds from the cannabis industry go to support Indiana's public schools and our volunteer firefighters.
    • Seniors
      • Every Hoosier deserves a secure, healthy and dignified retirement.  Indiana's seniors have earned their Medicare and Social Security though a life time of work and service.
        • Social Security must not be taxed!      
        • We must work to reduce the cost of living for our seniors.
    • Veterans
      • Make it easier for veterans to start businesses in Indiana.
      • Work to protect anguished families from funeral protesters.
      • Work to ensure we have NO homeless veterans in Indiana.
      • Work to form an effective partnership between the public, profit, and non-profit sectors to help Veterans with PTSD or other disabilities      
    • Liberty
      • I support every individual's right to marriage or civil union.
      • Work to ensure the Civil Rights of every citizen is protected.
      • Work for the people of our district by encouraging constituents to contact my office when they need help. 
    • Ensure the rights of hunters, fishers and anyone that enjoys our State's natural resources.  
      • When my son was born and money was tight, I remember feeding my new family with venison.  Whether for need or just the pleasure, everyone has the right to responsibly use our State's resources.    
      • Work to ensure a rich supply of clean air and water for our citizens.
      • Strongly support ownership of guns by law abiding, emotionally balanced,  citizens.
      • Understand that our environment is among our most precious resources; in terms of tourism, economic expansion, and quality of life. We are entrusted to pass on this resource to the next generation
    • Reduce the cost of Government through Performance based Management
      • Using proven private sector techniques, such as LEAN, to improve operations.
        • LEAN: A continuous improvement system used in the private sector by companies like Ford & Toyota.  It seeks the involvement of employees to eliminate waste and add value.  LEAN provides a structure to fundamentally rethink how an organization operates. 
      • Work to establish a state continuous improvement team (Kaizen Team) to support the development and implementation of continuous improvement. The team will leverage a small number of highly skilled staff to create a common framework and develop capacity for an ongoing process improvement program based on the “Lean” methodology.
        • Use oversight to promote a culture of continues improvement.  Doing more with less, is something I have learned to do in the private sector and it is possible in State government as well.  
      • Going Green to reduce cost and improve sustainability.  
      • Rather than the traditional incremental increases government organizations normally use, every budget item should be completely justified and grounded in both need and cost benefit to the community. 
      • Courteous, Professional Service.  Comment cards and/or an online complaint registry system should be established.  This will help make Indiana's government more responsive.  Increasing the likely hood business will be done in Indiana.

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