Job Growth & Development
"I want everyone to have the same opportunities that I did."
Kenan knows what it takes to work his way up in the business world. It's important to bring quality good paying jobs with benefits to our community. At the foundation of that is two things: a strong business owner community and training programs for workers.
Everyone should have the opportunity to take pride in their work and be rewarded for their hard work.
Politicians have lost focus of what it takes to bring good paying jobs to our communities. That means investing in education so that our children have the skills needed for the 21st century economy and we need to invest in apprenticeship programs that train workers for the jobs of tomorrow.
Strengthen Our Schools
"Our daughters graduated from Waukee High School. That sense of community and education helped to shape their lives."
The Waukee School District is one of the best in the state. We as a community take pride in that, but there is always room for improvement. Supporting our teachers should be at the center of our efforts.
It's important we protect parents and the rising cost of higher education in Iowa. We need to start paying attention to the unaffordable state of college education in this country. Middle class families shouldn't have to go broke from sending their children to college in Iowa. We need to become committed to controlling rising costs of tuition at our public universities. Let's work together to find a reasonable solution to this and put our kids first.
Healthcare that works for everyone
"Healthcare and wellness programs don't have to be free for everyone, but they should work for everyone at an affordable cost."
Wellness is more than doctor visits. It also includes exercise and a healthy diet. These opportunities should not be exclusive to the wealthy. Wellness and healthcare should be affordable for all Iowans - especially those with disabilities and mental illness.
We need to address the poor state of our healthcare system in Iowa. Healthcare costs are skyrocketing and for too many Iowans healthcare is either unaffordable or inaccessible. The privatization of Medicaid has hurt the most vulnerable people in this state. That's not how Iowans treat Iowans. We need to work towards a bipartisan solution that fixes the sorry state of mental health in Iowa, that includes ensuring accessible substance abuse treatment facilities, confronts our opioid epidemic and provides proper and abundant psychiatric care.