Criminal Justice Reform
We must expunge the records for all non-violent drug offenders. We need stronger criminal sentencing for rape and assault, and stronger protections for women, children, minorities, and individuals. Chris was Military Law Enforcement and has an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
Prosperity means making sure every American family has economic peace of mind now and in the future. For too long, the typical worker’s wages have not kept up with expenses like health care, housing, and education. We must also have an honest conversation about how to solve the bigger issue of automation and economic disruption.
Community health and wellness
Chris believes in “Medicare for All” as basic coverage with preventative care and emergency treatment covered, and private insurance available for anything beyond that. The health care system we have today is both unjust and inefficient. For the first time since World War I, life expectancy is falling. If you’re uninsured, you’re paying too much for health care. If you’re insured, you’re still paying too much. This burdens hard-working families, especially in communities of color, the most. Other developed countries provide universal coverage for less than what Americans currently pay -- and with better results. The American people should not have to settle for less. Freedom means not having to choose between healthcare and financial survival.
Protect Our Service Members
As a USAF veteran with a Masters of Science in Homeland Security, Chris understands being involved in multiple prolonged military engagements hurt our service members and their families. He also understand the shortfalls of our Veterans Administration. We must support those who protect us from overseas threats. Chris served at Fairchild Air Force Base for six years and deployed twice to the Middle East.
Cannabis Free Trade
Washington State Cannabis growers are some of the best in the world. Our growers should be able to export their cannabis to any cannabis legal state or country. In addition, all criminal cannabis convictions need to be expunged immediately. Chris supports nationwide cannabis legalization and free trade.
For lower-income families, we must make public college truly debt-free. We can do this through a state-federal partnership that makes public tuition affordable for all and completely free at lower incomes -- combined with a large increase in Pell Grants that provides for basic living expenses and keeps up with inflation. Middle-income families at public colleges will pay zero tuition.