Candidate Responses - April Freeman
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:
I have always been an advocate for a Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizens United -- It is the only way we are going to protect, defend and preserve our democracy.
Seeking broader rights and better wages for workers:
I've been advocating for a $15 progressive minimum wage since I decided to run for Congress in 2012. Working Americans should not have to work several jobs just to make ends meet. I'm the granddaughter, daughter, wife and mother of Union Workers from several AFL-CIO affiliated unions. I understand and support workers earned benefits, and have witnessed firsthand the importance of protecting workers. We need to give working families the ability to have trusted day care, so the children remain safe and thrive as they grow.
Seeking to maintain a strong economy:
I have always supported keeping good paying jobs right here in the USA. Closing tax code loopholes that permit corporations to create offshore tax havens with the intent to avoid their tax obligations are long overdue. Repairing our infrastructure is a necessity. We need to repair and rebuild roads, bridges and rails, but we also need to ensure new construction is safe to avoid disasters like the pedestrian bridge collapse at Florida International University.
Seeking to provide a quality public education for all children, as guaranteed by our State Constitution:
Due to the current state of our economy, now more than ever, we need to educate non-college bound students with the ability to work in a skilled trade. This will provide them with the skills they'll need to be productive and contributing members of our society.
Seeking justice and equality for all:
The private prison system, is responsible for unjust arrest and extreme sentences for the sole purpose of filling a bed quota. These prisons are not only under staffed, they are also responsible for abusive and unhealthy treatment of inmates. I always have, and I will not waiver on the issue of equal pay for equal work/worth. Women should not be making 70 cents to every dollar men make. As a woman and mother of two daughters, and former President of the Naples/Fort Myers chapter of the National Organization for Women, I have always supported and advocated the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would prevent states from imposing unnecessary restrictions and regulations on abortion rights --I always will.
Seeking recognition of the fundamental right to affordable housing, health care and retirement security:
I campaign and advocate daily in support of a Medicare-For-All system. Currently, legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate prices for prescription drugs is the only way we will get a handle on run-a-way pricing of prescription drugs, so everyone can afford treatment. I support importation of prescription drugs for individual use.
Seeking a clean and safe environment:
It's time we truly take advantage of solar energy and begin investing in a solar infrastructure in our state and across the country. I will support investments in solar technologies and clean energy sources. As a nation we need to take the lead on reducing greenhouse gas emissions before it's too late. We are running out the clock.
Seeking a peaceful and secure world:
I believe in finding peaceful solutions to stabilize conflicts. I believe a solid YES is the best answer to the question “Do you oppose torture in all instances and support the prosecution of any officials who aid and abet torture? Do you define ‘enhanced interrogation’ as torture?” -- officials who aid in torture are guilty of war crimes and deserve harsh prosecution. I do not believe it's the job of state and local agencies to act as our military --they are not trained for that.