Political Party: Legal Marijuana NOW
Previous Related Work Experience/Political Offices Held:
I have run for local, state and federal offices and have advocated for many policies. I am an Air Force and Army National Guard veteran. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Major in Political Science and Minor in Criminology with a concentration in Government Affairs and Civic Engagement. I studied law, constitutional law, international law, police policies and procedures. I have conducted several research analyzes to help advocate for policy change that will help me achieve my goals.
- Was part of the planning commission of the city of Alliance for several years
- Nebraska District 3 LMN Party Chairman
- I have helped raise funds for the Nebraska Boys Ranch, YMCA, ABATE and DAVA for disabled veterans.
- Volunteer on the Activate Alliance initiative. One of the programs I’ve worked on is creating a bike share program for the city of Alliance.
- Donated free rental space for the BBC tower to provide internet access for local government in Alliance, NE.
- Volunteering in the police services (VIPS). This organization voluntarily assists local law enforcement in times of need.
- Donation of training materials to several police departments and law enforcement academies.
Why are you running for election?
I focus on law reform, trying major cases, and working with programs that reduce recidivism.
Over the past 20 years, our government has focused on tougher sentences, adding more offenses to the law and lacking diversion programs. So we ended up with a higher recidivism rate, which made Nebraska the highest prison population per capita in the country. We need to focus more on law reform, working primarily on victimless crimes. We need to put pressure on diversion programs to reduce the possibility of someone being a repeat offender. When we make change, we reduce recidivism and save the state a significant amount of money, because each person in prison costs taxpayers $28,000 a year. Rehabilitation and other diversion programs are much more successful and cost much less.
Law reform will be a big undertaking and I would need legal staff familiar with laws, procedures and statistics. They would need to be motivated for the change and that could mean a redesign of the legal staff to meet both what I expect, what I need to achieve my goals and what is needed to meet to people’s needs. I hope to get some new faces from our Nebraska law schools.
What will be your main problem to solve if you are elected?
- I’m waiting to try all the important cases. There will be no cases approved solely on the basis of political affiliation. Cases are based on what is a constitutional offense or a possible offence. Here are some examples of cases that I would try: problems with fraudulent enrichment practices and breaches of business ethics in our banking sectors. This would include extortion from contractors and ethical violations in foreclosure practices. I would examine the problems of pharmaceutical companies with price gouging and unethical political activity. I would sue a government that willfully violates Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001. 1) knowingly and willfully; 2) make a materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation; 3) in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the United States. IRS ethics violations and enrichment violations in their billing practices. I would examine the Mead environmental disaster and EPA policy violations in more detail. I would look at the responsibility of society and the responsibility of government. The government has an obligation to act when a company fails to do so.
- Law enforcement reform. Continue training on the presidential task force on community policing of the 21
- Bail Reform: There is a problem in our bail system where if you are rich you can post bail and see no jail time while if you are poor you go to jail. We need a better program that treats the poor and the rich equally when a crime is committed.
- Reform to reduce recidivism: I would support diversion programs. We need to review our current correctional situation. If we need a new correctional facility. We may need a new correctional facility because the old one is in disrepair. But we need to put in place a diversion program. Statistically, we need to implement more diversion programs because they have been shown to reduce recidivism by up to 60%.
- Fund for Veterans: An issue was raised regarding donations to assist Veterans not being used to assist Veterans. For every $100,000 donated, only $9,000 actually goes to veterans. I will launch an audit to find those funds and hold those responsible for not doing what they promised to do.
- Cases of Discrimination: There are several cases of discrimination that I would like to push. In our country, we have an amendment that says everyone has equal protection under the law. Many organizations and legislators have forgotten this. I will be the reminder that discrimination will not be tolerated.