“I am compassionate, solution oriented, and forward thinking. I am running for State Senate to be an advocate for everyone in District 22, helping them attain a better quality of life.”
Juanita’s number one infrastructure concern is access to Broadband Internet in rural areas. Internet access has become as important as electricity and water. It is a must to be connected in today’s society.
Students in rural areas are being denied educational opportunities because of their inability to connect to the internet. Adequate high speed internet provides new and exciting opportunities for students, families, and businesses, opening the door to a whole new world. Juanita serves on a committee that has addressing this concern for years. While some progress has been made, there is much work to be done.
Roads and traffic will always need attention. As a state lawmaker, Juanita will work with city and county governments to improve local transportation. Expansion of I-24 and the completion of the
Purple Heart Parkway will provide easier access for Stewart and Houston County commuters and residents.
One of the most important actions Tennessee legislators should take is passing Medicaid Expansion. Refusing to accept this federal program has been a detriment to our state. Hospitals are closing and individuals
without insurance are going without care. The Nashville Tennessean reported that Tennessee is one of the unhealthiest states with nearly 7% of the population, about 450,000 people, without health coverage. With an estimated ⅔ of Tennesseans in favor of expansion, according to Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Juanita will work across the aisle to get this passed.
The Tennessee Department of Health calls it an opioid epidemic. In 2015, TN had the tenth highest drug overdose mortality rate in the US, most of which was due to prescription drugs. (TN Dept of Health Statistic)
Juanita considers this an urgent issue which requires immediate attention. Legalizing marijuana will help fight the opioid crisis, create jobs, improve our economy, and lead to criminal justice reform. Marijuana is also an effective medicine in helping our veterans and others with various illnesses, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Although Tennessee has made great strides in helping students with their goals for a secondary education through Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, more issues need to be addressed such as
college debt. Crippling debt often follows obtaining a college degree because the cost of a college education is the most expensive it's ever been. We need to get college costs under control, as well as cut the interest rates on student loans to make the possibility of actually paying off the student loans more attainable.
Public Education is the cornerstone of a democratic society and should be supported and protected. Juanita believes that public dollars should stay in public schools. Vouchers do not solve problems for
school systems; they only take away valuable resources. Our goal must be to improve our schools for ALL of our students, regardless of zip code. Addressing teacher pay and student testing will help to meet that goal.
It is our duty to meet the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of our veterans who have served our country. Juanita is a veteran and so is her husband; she's been a soldier and a military spouse.
She understands the struggles of our military and our veterans and will work tirelessly to support them.
Our Declaration of Independence begins:
"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator
with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Juanita believes that these words apply to ALL citizens in the United States. She will work to guarantee these rights for everyone. One way is to protect the rules of democracy in this country and state. Justice is not simply a word, it is one of the most important concepts that Americans live by. Juanita is proud to uphold The Constitution for all of her future constituents.