Connie will fight for progressive policies that make a difference in the lives of Georgians.
Every Georgian needs affordable & accessible healthcare. Now.
Georgians should have access to quality, affordable healthcare. We have an obligation to protect and provide for the most vulnerable in our state. Instead, nearly 1.4 million Georgians are uninsured and cannot afford the costs of basic care.
Expanding Medicaid would bring in millions of dollars for health care providers, billions more in federal dollars, and create robust healthcare jobs. Expansion would provide coverage to more Georgians, reduce health disparities experienced by Black and Hispanic Georgians, and improve our COVID-19 response efforts. Investing in healthcare ensures that all Georgians get an opportunity to lead a healthy life. We have a moral responsibility to do better… and we can do better.
Women should always have the right to choose.
We need leaders who will stand up for a woman’s right to choose. I will block any efforts to restrict women’s freedom to control their own bodies, and I will fight for full reproductive rights including access to abortion, affordable contraception, and comprehensive reproductive healthcare.
Paid family leave is a critical component of reproductive freedom, and everyone deserves the dignity and financial stability that it offers. When parents are forced to abandon caring for their children or relatives for a paycheck, the whole family suffers. Mothers need time to heal from childbirth, and families deserve time to bond with their babies. I will be a strong advocate for paid leave for every family.
Every child deserves to thrive in our public schools.
Let's create the schools our children deserve. For too long our state legislature has short-changed Georgia’s students and educators by failing to invest in public education. Schools need full and equitable funding so that our teachers have the resources they need to support student learning.
I want every child to attend schools with robust class offerings, including art and music programs. I want schools to have adequate funds to meet the needs of diverse learners. I want teachers to have a voice. And I want parents, teachers, and community members to work together to create equitable and culturally responsive schools. We need proactive leaders with a commitment to education to make it happen.
Georgians should be able to live in a state that is
habitable and flourishing.
Everybody deserves clean air and clean water, and it’s an easy goal to achieve through a robust regulatory process. We need leaders who will prioritize environmental issues and create & protect legislation that provides for a more Green Georgia.
I also care deeply about environmental justice. Too often, those who live and work in underserved communities are subjected to the worst conditions--polluted air, unsafe drinking water, toxins in their communities--I plan to take action to make sure that everyone’s environment is safe and healthy.
Voting is a fundamental right.
We need to remove the barriers to voting and make it easier for people to vote rather than disenfranchising them at every step. People should be encouraged to vote, not shut out of the process and told their voice doesn’t matter. Elections are often won by thin margins and each vote must be counted.
We must restore the Voting Rights Act and rewrite our voting laws. Working people, caregivers, people with families, people on the margins of society, and people who have paid their debt to society should be able to access the polls easily, without confusion and massive inconvenience.
Political parties should not get to determine who wins an election before it actually takes place.
There must be a nonpartisan process for fair districting, where everyone can compete on a level playing field. I will fight to eliminate the racial gerrymandering that dilutes minority voices and negatively impacts so many Georgians. The political re-drawing of maps to the benefit of one party or another is biased and unfair to everyone. It’s time for a change: we need fairer and more transparent redistricting processes.
Money in Politics
Government should be run by the people, not by the rich.
Ordinary Georgians should have a much louder voice in campaigns, and we need to ensure that the wealthy won’t tip an election through outside influence. We need to reform our elections and bring more people into the democratic process. Qualified candidates should not eliminate themselves from running for office on the sole criteria that they cannot afford to do so, especially when it is their voices we so desperately need to hear.
All Georgians should have equal protection under the law.
While the historic Hate Crimes bill was passed in June, Georgia still has a long way to go to end systemic racism in our Justice System. We need leadership that will ensure that police departments work collaboratively, democratically, and transparently with the communities they serve. Police officers that abuse their power must be met with real penalties and consequences.
Georgia must reform our for-profit prison system and counterproductive policies that harm the communities that police are responsible for protecting. Everyone must have the right to proper counsel in court and fair representation under the law.
Common Sense Gun Legislation
We must encourage gun safety and responsible gun ownership.
This isn’t about “gun control.” It’s about making sure that guns stay out of the hands of people who are likely to harm themselves or others. The gun homicide rate in the U.S. is 25 times higher than that of other developed countries, but research shows that common-sense public safety laws can reduce gun violence and save lives.
We all want to keep our families safe. That’s why I will fight for policies that are proven to reduce gun violence, protect children, and make our communities safer. There is no one law that can end gun violence, but there are critical steps that we can take now for a safer future.
Anyone living in Georgia should be able to afford housing while making minimum wage.
As our population grows, many residents are experiencing challenges related to affordable housing. There is a growing gap between what people are making and the cost of living. Georgians have been forced to spend a greater percentage of their income on housing costs.
I will fight to raise the minimum wage to at least $15/hour and to close the ever-widening wage gap that exists in Georgia. We need leaders who will support the creation of higher paying jobs and improve the development of affordable housing.
Black Lives Matter
“Race-blind” policies are detrimental to communities of color, especially the Black community.
When elected, I will fight to protect the rights and freedoms of all people of color, no matter what. It is past time to include traditionally marginalized communities in our policies and decision-making processes. We not only need more leaders of color, but we also need more leaders who are willing to collaborate and fight for the rights of every single Georgian, no matter their race or ethnicity.
Human Rights & Equality
Hate has no place in our state.
I will fight for civil rights protections and equality for all Georgians. No one should be discriminated against based on their sexual orientation, gender, race, or religion. All members of our community, including our LGBTQ+ community, deserve equal rights, including equal access to healthcare, employment protections and freedom of expression without discrimination. Georgia has so much diversity and beauty that should be uplifted and acknowledged by our policies and laws.