Health doesn’t start in the doctor’s office, it starts where we live, learn, work, and play. In order to stay healthy, we need access to clean air and water, opportunities to exercise and recreate, workplaces that are committed to safety and offer livable wages, and the opportunity to make healthy choices for ourselves and our families.
When we do get sick, Wyomingites face many barriers to seeing a doctor: lack of insurance, not enough providers, and long travel distances to care. As a public health professional in the legislature, I will work to expand affordable insurance options, increase access to innovative care like telehealth, and fight for policies that support healthy communities.
Wyomingites deserve access to the American Dream; working hard to improve yourself and your community should lead to economic opportunity. Unfortunately, we know that all too often we find our neighbors, family, and ourselves working hard but merely treading water. The economy was the number one concern of Wyomingites prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has only exacerbated economic uncertainty in our state.
In the Legislature, I will work to diversify the economy. As we look to the future, we need to move beyond our reliance on fossil fuels to a broad range of sectors that provide access to upward mobility and middle-class wages in our Wyoming communities.
Wyoming faces complex problems. State leadership must make challenging decisions with major impacts on state programs ranging from transportation to education. None of us alone have the right answers, that is why we need elected officials who reflect the communities they serve. Diverse decision-makers bring unique perspectives, leading to innovative solutions that better serve our communities. In the legislature, I will work to cultivate this representation by limiting barriers to ensure all Wyoming voters can make their vote count on election day.
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