KALI ON THE ISSUES
As a teacher for the past 12 years who began her career during the 2008 Great Recession and Brownback tax experiment, I know how hard it is for teachers just to get by. In Congress, I will fight to put our kids’ education and futures first, and help build a more supportive and sustainable environment for teachers, students, and staff.
I’m the daughter of third-generation Kansas wheat farmers and growing up, I saw firsthand the struggle of trying to keep a farm afloat in southwest Kansas. My family lost our farm when I was 17, forcing us to declare bankruptcy, the stress of which triggered a deadly heart attack in my father. I will fight for our farmers because they are the backbone of our community and they need a real advocate in Washington that puts their interests above giant corporate agribusiness.
The crisis of COVID-19 has made it all the more evident that healthcare should not be tied to employment. We need to build on the foundations of the Affordable Care Act while we work to create and implement a robust and comprehensive public option. Dental, mental, and eye care are not luxuries for those who can afford it, but are crucial to maintaining our overall personal health and wellbeing.
In America, it shouldn’t be so hard to make an honest living that allows us to care for our family, to receive quality healthcare when we need it, and to save for our future. I’m running because the First District needs real change. I will fight for our rural areas by investing in physical infrastructure and expanding access to broadband. I will fight to ensure that our communities are inclusive spaces to all people, and that our future generations do not inherit an uninhabitable Earth.