U.S. House of representatives - District 13 candidates

U.S. Representatives are elected to Congress to pass laws and adopt the budget for the whole country. The House of Representatives has 435 members, apportioned by population. Michigan sends 14 House Representatives to Congress, and Districts 13 and 14 represent Detroit. 

This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Congress & Compromise

QUESTION: The political party that gains majority is allowed to set the legislative agenda, decide which political topics get addressed, and schedule votes regarding those issues. Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and President Trump to get legislation signed into law and on what issues would you be willing to compromise?

ANSWER: As individuals and public servants we are never going to agree 100% on everything, so we work to build coalitions on the areas we can find agreement on and look to the Constitution as our foundation to build on.

Unlike a democracy, which is not mentioned in any of the founding documents, under a Constitutional Republic we adhere to the rule of law rather than the tyranny of the majority which when they are wrong can be dangerous. This means there are some areas which should never be compromised, such as property rights, contract law, the freedom of association, the right for families to defend themselves and their property, our labor including the value of our money, and our foreign policy.

This approach limits "compromise" to the 18 enumerated privileges We the People granted the federal government and as long as the individual liberty of every citizen is defended, I am more than happy to find compromises with my fellow public servants.

One area I would strongly advocate for is to follow through on our governments past promises to those whom have become reliant on Socials Security, which has been treated as a ponzi-scheme by government. The system is broke and the money has been spent, its conception was not authorized by our Constitution, but I am willing to vote to transfer funding from our wasteful military budget, which is responsible for billion dollar embassies overseas, and supporting the military industrial complex, The "military" budget is a separate budget from defense and we can cut the waste to replenish Social Security in order to fulfill our promises while allowing our youth to opt out of the system. The system cannot be maintained and we must seek a more sustainable approach such as allowing people to keep more of the fruit of their labor and make their own choices for themselves and their families.

Medicaid & the Affordable Care Act

QUESTION: According to a 2017 article from Vox magazine, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in Detroit fell from 22% to 7.4%. Through subsequent Medicaid expansion policies, upwards of 500,000 Michiganders were extended Health Care coverage. This Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the ACA are under threat by lawmakers. Do you support the ACA’s Medicaid expansion policies? What additional legislation, if any would you sponsor or support to continue healthy outcomes for your district?

ANSWER: This question assumes the "Vox" study is accurate. First, "coverage" does not constitute care. Medical care isn't free to recipients-- it costs time, privacy, and personal autonomy. And Medical care doesn't help health more than no coverage. (Oregon study.).

We need to get the government out of the health insurance business, anytime government gets into business, costs skyrocket while quality goes down.

Teaching prevention, nutrition and allowing people to keep more of the fruit of their labor and then allow them to make choices for their own situation.

Those who are out of work, if an emergency arises can be seen in the hospitals, no one is ever turned away. Prior to the governments involvement, there were church hospitals and charitable centers, everyone was seen and paid what they could, today we have long lines, little treatment while insurance companies and government are raking in millions from taxpayers, meantime the system still suffers.

I would support creative solutions such as direct primary care.

NAFTA

QUESTION: A recent report from Moody’s Investor Sector found that 180,000 Michigan jobs are dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico, and termination of NAFTA could hurt Michigan’s jobs, economy, and state tax revenues. As President Trump works to renegotiate NAFTA, what specific provisions would you be looking for in a new NAFTA agreement? Would you support termination of NAFTA?

ANSWER: The premise of the question is leading, and assumes that NAFTA is an equal agreement. NAFTA is a one way street and does not benefit US labor.

80% of jobs lost were in manufacturing, and Michigan was one of the hardest hit states. Companies used the threat of cheap labor in other countries to leverage unions against organizing for higher wages,

Thanks to NAFTA, Mexico lost 1.3 million farm jobs. The 2002 Farm Bill subsidized U.S. agribusiness by as much as 40 percent of net farm income. When NAFTA removed trade tariffs, companies exported corn and other grains to Mexico below cost. Rural Mexican farmers could not compete. At the same time, Mexico reduced its subsidies to farmers from 33.2 percent of total farm income in 1990 to 13.2 percent in 2001. Most of those subsidies went to Mexico's large farms. These changes meant many small Mexican farmers were put out of business by highly subsidized American farmers.

NAFTA expanded the maquiladora program by removing tariffs. Maquiladora is where United States-owned companies employ Mexican workers near the border. They cheaply assemble products for export back into the United States. The program grew to employ 30 percent of Mexico's labor force. The workers had "no labor rights or health protections," according to Continental Social Alliance. In addition, the "workdays stretch out 12 hours or more, and if you are a woman, you could be forced to take a pregnancy test when applying for a job."

I do not support so-called "fair" trade, the fairness is subjective to the country writing the deal. I endorse FREE TRADE., and getting the government out of the process altogether.


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7th 2018, in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Congress & Compromise

QUESTION: The political party that gains majority is allowed to set the legislative agenda, decide which political topics get addressed, and schedule votes regarding those issues. Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and President Trump to get legislation signed into law and on what issues would you be willing to compromise?

ANSWER: I won't let being in the minority be an excuse for inaction. I will operate three free, fully-staffed neighborhood service centers in Western Wayne, Downriver, and Detroit, where residents can come get help with any problem they're facing. I will use my legal training to advocate in the courts to stop the most damaging actions of the Trump GOP, and I'll use my experience as a community organizer to build grassroots strength and make change in our neighborhoods. I will listen if there is legislation offered by a Republican-majority that will help the residents of the 13th district, but I will never sell-out our families, and I won't compromise on bills that hurt our community.

Medicaid & the Affordable Care Act

QUESTION: According to a 2017 article from Vox magazine, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in Detroit fell from 22% to 7.4%. Through subsequent Medicaid expansion policies, upwards of 500,000 Michiganders were extended Health Care coverage. This Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the ACA are under threat by lawmakers. Do you support the ACA’s Medicaid expansion policies? What additional legislation, if any would you sponsor or support to continue healthy outcomes for your district?

ANSWER: I fully support the Healthy Michigan Medicaid expansion, and I spoke out against the Michigan GOP imposing work requirements on Healthy Michigan recipients who shouldn't have their healthcare threatened to make Republican mega-donors happy. The gains we've made with the President Obama's Affordable Care Act must be protected, and we have to continue until nobody is going without healthcare. I will support Congressman Ellison's Medicare for All bill that will extend healthcare coverage to all Americans, regardless of income or preexisting conditions, because we cannot leave anyone behind, and I will support legislation that lowers prescription drug prices and expands dental health coverage as well.

NAFTA

QUESTION: A recent report from Moody’s Investor Sector found that 180,000 Michigan jobs are dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico, and termination of NAFTA could hurt Michigan’s jobs, economy, and state tax revenues. As President Trump works to renegotiate NAFTA, what specific provisions would you be looking for in a new NAFTA agreement? Would you support termination of NAFTA?

ANSWER: I support reforming NAFTA to protect American families and jobs, and I'm especially concerned about the provisions that enable secret tribunals to allow corporations to ignore American laws they say infringe on their trade rights, and the provisions that allow corporations to bypass food safety, health, and environmental protections.


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Congress & Compromise

QUESTION: The political party that gains majority is allowed to set the legislative agenda, decide which political topics get addressed, and schedule votes regarding those issues. Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and President Trump to get legislation signed into law and on what issues would you be willing to compromise?

ANSWER: No Response

Medicaid & the Affordable Care Act

QUESTION: According to a 2017 article from Vox magazine, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in Detroit fell from 22% to 7.4%. Through subsequent Medicaid expansion policies, upwards of 500,000 Michiganders were extended Health Care coverage. This Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the ACA are under threat by lawmakers. Do you support the ACA’s Medicaid expansion policies? What additional legislation, if any would you sponsor or support to continue healthy outcomes for your district?

ANSWER: No Response

NAFTA

QUESTION: A recent report from Moody’s Investor Sector found that 180,000 Michigan jobs are dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico, and termination of NAFTA could hurt Michigan’s jobs, economy, and state tax revenues. As President Trump works to renegotiate NAFTA, what specific provisions would you be looking for in a new NAFTA agreement? Would you support termination of NAFTA?

ANSWER: No Response

Partial Term Candidate, 11-7-18 to 1-3-19

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Congress & Compromise

QUESTION: The political party that gains majority is allowed to set the legislative agenda, decide which political topics get addressed, and schedule votes regarding those issues. Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and President Trump to get legislation signed into law and on what issues would you be willing to compromise?

Despite whether democrats are in the majority, I will always work in the interest of Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. Unfortunately, many of our principles are under attack. However, where members of Congress can find common ground and work together, they should. As the president of the Detroit City Council, I strive to keep the council working with decorum and courtesy. In Congress, I will reach across the aisle, with the same sense of civility, to pass legislation that will benefit this district.

Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act

QUESTION: According to a 2017 article from Vox magazine, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in Detroit fell from 22% to 7.4%. Through subsequent Medicaid expansion policies, upwards of 500,000 Michiganders were extended Health Care coverage. This Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the ACA are under threat by lawmakers. Do you support the ACA’s Medicaid expansion policies? What additional legislation, if any would you sponsor or support to continue healthy outcomes for your district?

Yes, I support Medicaid expansion. The ACA’s Medicaid expansion was one of the greatest steps toward universal healthcare coverage that this country has made. Many states’ governors decided that large segments of their citizens did not deserve coverage under that expansion. Having such non-uniformity in the Medicaid expansion has further fractured coverage across the country. Additionally, the termination of the ACA’s individual mandate has created uncertainty in the cost and stability of premiums for enrolled citizens. It is time for us to move in the right direction together, so no American is left out. I support implementing a universal healthcare coverage system that covers every American, regardless of income.

NAFTA

QUESTION: A recent report from Moody’s Investor Sector found that 180,000 Michigan jobs are dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico, and termination of NAFTA could hurt Michigan’s jobs, economy, and state tax revenues. As President Trump works to renegotiate NAFTA, what specific provisions would you be looking for in a new NAFTA agreement? Would you support termination of NAFTA?

As the former president of a labor union, I believe the U.S. should use NAFTA to strengthen labor standards across the nations. Improving labor standards in Mexico will not only ensure that U.S. producers are not priced out by less expensive labor, but will also provide relief for our immigration system. I support renegotiating NAFTA to create the best trade agreement that we can get, while promoting commerce across North America. Termination of the agreement, without a stronger agreement in place, could lead to market uncertainty and trade wars with our neighboring allies.


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election

Congress & Compromise

QUESTION: The political party that gains majority is allowed to set the legislative agenda, decide which political topics get addressed, and schedule votes regarding those issues. Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and President Trump to get legislation signed into law and on what issues would you be willing to compromise?

ANSWER: No Response

Medicaid & the Affordable Care Act

QUESTION: According to a 2017 article from Vox magazine, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in Detroit fell from 22% to 7.4%. Through subsequent Medicaid expansion policies, upwards of 500,000 Michiganders were extended Health Care coverage. This Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the ACA are under threat by lawmakers. Do you support the ACA’s Medicaid expansion policies? What additional legislation, if any would you sponsor or support to continue healthy outcomes for your district?

ANSWER: No Response

NAFTA

QUESTION: A recent report from Moody’s Investor Sector found that 180,000 Michigan jobs are dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico, and termination of NAFTA could hurt Michigan’s jobs, economy, and state tax revenues. As President Trump works to renegotiate NAFTA, what specific provisions would you be looking for in a new NAFTA agreement? Would you support termination of NAFTA?

ANSWER: No Response


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Congress & Compromise

QUESTION: The political party that gains majority is allowed to set the legislative agenda, decide which political topics get addressed, and schedule votes regarding those issues. Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and President Trump to get legislation signed into law and on what issues would you be willing to compromise?

ANSWER: No Response

Medicaid & the Affordable Care Act

QUESTION: According to a 2017 article from Vox magazine, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in Detroit fell from 22% to 7.4%. Through subsequent Medicaid expansion policies, upwards of 500,000 Michiganders were extended Health Care coverage. This Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the ACA are under threat by lawmakers. Do you support the ACA’s Medicaid expansion policies? What additional legislation, if any would you sponsor or support to continue healthy outcomes for your district?

ANSWER: No Response

NAFTA

QUESTION: A recent report from Moody’s Investor Sector found that 180,000 Michigan jobs are dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico, and termination of NAFTA could hurt Michigan’s jobs, economy, and state tax revenues. As President Trump works to renegotiate NAFTA, what specific provisions would you be looking for in a new NAFTA agreement? Would you support termination of NAFTA?

ANSWER: No Response