As an educator and a farmer, Audrey understands the challenges people face in the North State.
Forest health & fire prevention
In Northern California, our forests have the potential to benefit us or destroy us. Our forests currently are in a state of crisis. Instead of providing us with necessary natural, social, and economic resources, they have become a public safety hazard. Unfortunately, we can expect to see increased extreme weather conditions that continue to spark catastrophic fires, threaten our communities and claim lives. If we use scientific practices to manage our forests back to their natural state of health - we turn that threat into the center of our environmental and economic prosperity.
Healthcare & rural health
Every American deserves high-quality healthcare and no one should go bankrupt because of health issues or be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. I will work to decrease prescription drug costs and fight to protect and expand Medicare as an option for everyone. I will work to keep our health care dollars in our district to support preventive care, and improve access to quality medical care, mental health services, and addiction recovery.
Rural economic development & combating climate change
Click this image to read more about Audrey and the Green New Deal Changes in climate as well as lack of appropriate policy action have led to devastating losses to life, property, and our local economy in California’s first district. Last year, 93 people died in our district in two devastating and historic wildfires. Forest-based industry in our district has been constricted by a lack of federal funding for forest management and overly-restrictive federal policies. The 11 counties of the north state that make up our district are rich in natural resources and natural beauty. Half of the land area of our district is federal public land, badly in need of management, while our communities suffer from levels of poverty and unemployment much higher than the rest of the state. The forests of our district have become increasingly unhealthy in the last decade and are now at the point of […]
Getting money out of politics
We all deserve an equal voice in our government. But thanks to court rulings, corporations and wealthy special interests have flooded the system with money and have bought the politicians, drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. I have pledged not to accept corporate PAC contributions, because it is my firm belief that our elected officials should serve the voters, not corporations or special interests.
Every child deserves equitable access to the education necessary to achieve their full potential. As a former educator at Chico State, I know first-hand the value of a high-quality education. I will support legislation that invests in our teachers and schools and develop partnerships with the private sector to enhance career and technical education and apprenticeship programs so students can be prepared for good-paying jobs in our district.
We have a responsibility to take care of those who have served in our military. As the proud daughter of a Vietnam veteran who depends on the VA healthcare system, I will fight back against any attempt to privatize the VA and take care away from our veterans. I will ensure our veterans have the best physical and mental health care, housing assistance, and career and technical education to help them re-enter civilian life.
We all have a duty to take care of our most vulnerable populations, including our seniors. I will stand against any attempt to take money away from hardworking seniors and families who paid into the system their entire lives and protect Social Security and Medicare to ensure it’s a rock-solid benefit seniors can count on. We can’t break our promises.
Infrastructure & rural broadband
Inadequate highways, dangerous rural roads, poor cell or internet service, and aging water systems plague most of our district. Our crumbling infrastructure puts us at an economic disadvantage and threatens lives. I will fight to secure federal funding for highway and water infrastructure improvement and encourage public and private investment in communications infrastructure.
Payment in lieu of taxes & secure rural schools
Just over half of the land area of District 1 is federal public land. In counties such as ours, with a high percentage of federal land, local governments struggle to obtain enough revenue through property taxes to run schools and county services. Counties provide critical services to federal lands, like search and rescue, firefighting, and law enforcement. Not only is it unfair that counties must bear the burden of this expense without an ability to raise revenue, these demands stretch counties thin forcing them to make difficult decisions between road safety and schools, between fire prevention and law enforcement. The rural roads in California are some of the most deadly in the nation because of these funding shortages. The PILT program was created in 1976 and SRS in 2000 to provide payments to local governments and counties to offset losses in revenue caused by public lands. PILT and SRS funding […]
I grew up farming, earned my degrees in agriculture and understand that farmers and ranchers facing a volatile era for commodities deserve our support. In Congress, I will fight for our farmers, including supporting infrastructure to increase production of value-added products, fighting reckless trade policies and regulations that hurt agriculture, supporting a simplified visa program for foreign workers, and investing in technical assistance for farmers to improve agricultural productivity.
Environment & public lands
Public lands provide jobs, recreation, wildlife habitat, and support businesses. If properly managed, they can be a source of economic prosperity in the north state. Inadequate funding, climate change, and a complex tangle of jurisdictional and regulatory issues have caused inadequate management of our public lands. This has caused a drain on local government resources, leading to serious public safety and environmental concerns. There are a number of layers of issues related to environment and our public lands (see topics below). My response to these issues is at its core two pronged. First, I believe that creation has intrinsic value and that care of the land in order to safeguard it for future generations is an enduring rural value. Second, I believe that local control is an essential part of any course of action. Local entities understand their ecosystems and are best equipped to respond in order to protect, manage, […]
Northern California’s water is used to supply water all over the state, but years of drought have strained our aging water system. In Congress, I will fight make it a priority to secure federal funding to invest in California’s water system and support measures for maintaining and repairing our water infrastructure and storage with new technology, and restore the land in our headwaters region to facilitate groundwater recharge. Our region also suffers from terrible floods and I will work with local stakeholders to identify flood management solutions that provide multiple benefits. We will work together to identify projects for the Water Resources Development Act and I will fight to include our projects in this key legislation.
Working families & workers’ rights
It is wrong that we live in a system where full-time workers live below the poverty line, while big businesses make record profits. It’s time that people are fairly compensated for the work that they do. I will fight for working families by increasing job readiness and workforce development, and supporting small businesses instead of big corporate tax breaks. I will elevate the North State as a place for businesses to start and grow.
Maternity leave & paid family leave
The United States is one of only three countries in the world that have not passed laws requiring organizations to offer paid maternity leave to their employees. I’ve watched my friends struggle to afford to deliver their babies, miss work to care for their newborns, and provide childcare when they go back to work. Celebrating our mothers on Mother’s Day is not enough, we must pass legislation to support maternity leave and women’s health. Not only do we have the highest maternal mortality in the developed world, we are the only developed country that is seeing increases in maternal mortality. We are also experiencing shocking rates of postpartum depression (as high as 1 in 5 in some states!). We have to be better at creating conditions where new moms can care for their physical and mental well-being and that starts with paid maternity leave. My priorities: Increase funding to agencies […]
I believe hardworking families need a break. The GOP Tax Bill increased our national debt by $1.5 trillion to give 83% of the benefits not to the middle class but to the wealthiest few and special interests. The corporate tax rate was slashed by 40%, and companies that take their business overseas were rewarded.
I grew up in a family that safely and responsibly used firearms, and I am a gun owner. I respect farmers, ranchers, and sports enthusiasts right to own firearms. Yet every American can agree that no one wants innocent lives taken at the when guns get into the wrong hands, and there are things we can do at a federal level to keep our kids safe at schools.
National security & foreign affairs
When I signed my declaration of candidacy, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. That is my highest commitment. One of the best ways to protect our country and make the world a safer place is to reclaim our long-held leadership role in the world, with an active diplomatic corps, and as proponents of human rights.
From our nation’s founding, to today, immigrants have played a crucial role in the growth and success of our nation. Whether first generation immigrants or tenth generation, American families celebrate the stories of those who came to this country looking for a better life. It is time that our immigration system reflect the value immigrants have always had to our nation. An effective immigration system does not create cruelty, but prevents it.