Back to Work:
We all want to get Wisconsin back to work safely. This means making sure we open Wisconsin businesses in a way that does not overrun our health care capacity, is based on sound scientific evidence, and adapts business practices to slow the spread of infection.
Common Sense Gun Laws:
When I met with Jim Ott just a few days before the special session on gun safety, I asked him to support background checks and extreme risk protection orders. Jim Ott said no. I am a gun owner, and I will say YES to measures that reduce gun violence while protecting our second amendment rights.
We all need to feel safe in our homes, on our roadways, in our schools, and in our places of worship. To help prevent mass shootings, and to help reduce the epidemic of suicide in our state, I support measures such as red flag laws that allow a judge, using evidence and due-process protections, to remove guns from individuals who are a threat to themselves or others.
I support strengthening our drunk/ distracted/ impaired driving laws to keep repeat offenders off the roads. I am the mother of a teenage driver and I worry every time she is out on the road, especially at night. I want Wisconsin’s roads to be safe for everyone at every hour.
Safe and Fair Elections:
We want to spread democracy, not disease, on election day. Jim Ott voted against voting by mail -- from the safety of his home. Let’s make sure every eligible person can vote, and vote safely, with maps that are fair. And let the best candidate win.
Reliable Education Funding:
Right now the state’s share of funding remains below 2011’s level, despite recent claims of “historic investments in public schools.” The state should invest more in public education, and ensure our local schools are equipped to prepare students for a global economy.
Support for Public Schools and Teachers:
There are great teachers in our schools who are being hired and fired because our elected leaders are playing politics with school budgets. At the same time, I know students who desperately need special education intervention, but there isn’t enough funding or trained staff to meet their needs. Education should not be a partisan issue. All students deserve high quality schools, and our district’s excellent schools require better, more consistent support.
Preparation for 21st Century Jobs in a Global Economy:
COVID-19 highlighted how connected we are globally. Students need skills such as flexibility, collaboration, adaptability and critical thinking skills. We need to equip students and teachers with the technology to prepare students for careers that have not been invented yet. Investing in our students today will help them create jobs for tomorrow.
Prioritizing Public Health and Disease Prevention:
Our political leaders have failed us. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed massive shortcomings in our healthcare infrastructure. When we should be coming together for the public good, elected representatives are trying to score political points at the expense of public health. Much of the failure rests at the federal level, but there is much that the state can do better. For years public health departments have been understaffed and underfunded. This needs to change.
High Quality Affordable Health Care:
My family is incredibly fortunate to have health insurance through my husband’s job, but for too many Wisconsin families this isn’t the case. Millions are losing their jobs -- and also their health insurance -- because of the pandemic. Now more than ever before, we must expand BadgerCare and accept federal Medicaid dollars to help more families access health insurance. Doing so will save millions of state dollars while providing additional federal dollars that can be used to help in the fight against COVID-19. To prevent further spread of the disease we also must make sure that testing and treatment for COVID-19 is available to everyone, regardless of coverage, at little to no cost.
Restoring Wisconsin’s Environmental Legacy:
My first “real” job out of college was in Washington DC at the Solar Energy Industries Association, and later I became communications director at the Environmental Law and Policy Center of the Midwest. I learned how green technology can create great 21st century jobs while driving economic development, and I worked to preserve natural areas such as the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and valuable prairie land along the Mississippi.
Jim Ott is a former TV weatherman who denies that climate change is real. In fact he used to publish a newsletter “debunking” climate scientists. He says he loves to go fishing, but he votes against measures that would protect our waterways and our air from pollution. Our district has more than 20 miles of Lake Michigan coastline that need our protection. I will vote to protect our natural areas while driving economic development with sustainable jobs for our future.
For all of these reasons and more, I am running for state assembly to make Wisconsin safer, smarter and healthier. My daughter Mia will turn 18 just a few weeks before election day, and I want her very first vote to be cast for her Mom. She likes to remind me that I have to earn her vote, just like I plan to earn yours. I hope you will vote for me, Deb Andraca, for State Assembly on November 3rd.