Candidate Responses - Jared West
In addition to answering the 20 survey questions, this candidate provided the following elaboration on several progressive issues.
Seeking a fair, honest, and open government that works for all:
ALL Americans should be able to vote, at any time. There should never be someone turned away from the polls due to race. In addition, it is shameful what the Republicans have tried to turn Amendment 4 into. You should automatically be registered to vote at 18 years of age, or 17 if 18 before the general election. Gerrymandering is an incredibly toxic tool against democracy, and it's something that needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.
Seeking broader rights and better wages for workers:
All workers deserve to make a LIVING WAGE, regardless of the job. No one should have to work 3 jobs to survive. I 100% support a $15.00 an hour minimum wage. My husband is an IBEW Electrician. Without IBEW, he would not have a lot of the protections he does and a great wage. Right To Work should be abolished, and all workers should have the right to unionize and demand fair wage. Universal Day Care will create more jobs and allow more people to work. It's a win-win.
Seeking to maintain a strong economy:
We need to take care of our infrastructure and grow it. In addition, we need to stop building toll roads and start building more public transportation.
Seeking to provide a quality public education for all children, as guaranteed by our State Constitution:
Charter and Private Schools have NO BUSINESS receiving tax dollars. It is as simple as that. Not to mention, these schools just pop up on busy roads, turning them into school zones. We need more programs to prepare kids for the world, apprenticeship programs, college prep, and trade programs. Counseling is also important, and kids should be mentored, not punished.
Seeking justice and equality for all:
As a gay man, I 100% support and encourage any legislation that prevents any sort of discrimination. It should be expanded to include landlords, businesses, etc. Everyone deserves equal legal rights, and equal treatment and pay. YOUR BODY YOUR CHOICE. I'm passionate about this one. I used to organize protests in Indiana against Mike Pence and his oppressive reproductive health laws. Private Jails and Prisons do not rehabilitate, and further encourage mass incarceration. No one should be profiting on the misfortune of others.
Seeking recognition of the fundamental right to affordable housing, health care and retirement security:
Polk County has a massive shortage of affordable housing. We need to fix this as soon as possible. Medicare-For-All is essential. Your healthcare should not be linked to your job, especially now with so many people furloughed.
Seeking a clean and safe environment:
I support funding for the Land and Water Conservation Initiative as the voters intended (see 2014 Amendment 1). We need to protect our water and aquifer. I am 100% opposed to offshore drilling anywhere near Florida. I'm also 100% opposed to Fracking. We should not allow utility companies to establish a voluntary target for generating a designated percentage from clean, renewable sources. We should require them to do it, faster.
Seeking a peaceful and secure world:
Stand Your Ground Law is systematic racism. It enables people to be violent and get out of trouble, and usually favors the person who killed the victim. Semi-Automatic Weapons have no business being in the hands of civilians. In addition, we need to enhance gun law and require mental health checks, a registry, etc.