I want you to know what makes me tick, so I’ve prepared a summary of the values that guide me in my life, and will guide me as your State Senator.
1. Listen to all sides of issues I have been known as an individual who listens to many people, with many different views of any issue. I will listen to all sides of each issue, and research any previously unconsidered points of view.
2. Work for the best solution for humans Corporations rely on humans to make a profit for them. Humans do not rely on corporations for profit. With this thought in mind, I will always seek to come up with the ideas and solutions at the state level that contribute to at least one of these three concepts. I will always look for a way to balance all three, believing that to be the best solution for humans.
Best job solutions - safe, healthy, well paying employment which maximizes the individual, in compensation, satisfaction, and security of the job. People need career paths, not short term jobs.
Best education solutions - without strong public education, individuals do not thrive, and the community of Senate District 7 will not thrive. Without adequate, high quality public education, new companies will not move here, existing companies will not expand.
How will the decision I make affect the lives of others - any decision made by a legislator must take into consideration how that decision will affect the lives, futures, health and well being of the constituents of the district they represent.
3. Work with people with divergent ideas
In the Senate, as in any other governing body, there are many of those representing various districts will have divergent wants, desires. To be a successful Senator, to represent you to the highest degree, I will promise to work with as many of these as are willing to work together to come up with the best solution. Political results, generally are the art of the possible, not the art of a dictator. To that end, I cannot have a closed mind, but an open mind, seeking the best possible solution for those I represent.
4. Value future generations We will not be the last generation to inhabit this planet, and must assure when we legislate that the consideration of the future generations is always at the front of our minds. We must leave a place here for future generations to thrive, prosper, and succeed.
5. Base decisions on facts, not hype, pressure, or ‘beliefs’ Legislative decisions not made on fact are not good for us now, not good for future generations.