4th Essex District:
4th Essex District Priorities
"The 4th Essex District needs a Representative who is ready to lead from their first day in office. We need a Representative who can help constituents, focus on COVID recovery, support our public health infrastructure, address climate change, take care of our seniors, and fight for our working families. I have been meeting with and listening to community members, sitting with town managers and meeting with elected officials. If elected, it will be my job to take the challenges and issues to the Statehouse and advocate for services, funding and attention to the unique needs of the 4th Essex district. I have worked on budget and policy at both the federal and state level for 2 decades. I know how to connect the dots, and be a part of integral conversations. I know what it takes to find solutions to address tough problems and get things done."- Jamie
Funding a robust public education system is one of the most important investments any community can make. I commit to working with local, state and federal officials to make sure our public schools (K-12), regional school systems, transportation, special education needs and public higher education institutions are receiving the funding and attention they need to serve 21st century students.
I am committed to making sure our towns have a sustainable waste water treatment infrastructure and support all measures to improving water quality. Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS's) are a major issue that need to be addressed across the entire 4th Essex district. We need to protect our towns from flooding and rising ocean levels. The time is now to address carbon emissions and clean energy infrastructure. This includes: Atlantic offshore wind energy, expansion of solar energy and electric vehicle fleets, and investments in conservation, research and development.
No one should be exempt from treatment and recovery due to inadequate healthcare coverage. I will tirelessly advocate for funding to support the prevention, treatment, and transitional programs to ensure successful recovery for those struggling. We need to deliver 360 degree support for affected parents and children, so they can get back on their feet. I will make sure support for maternal health substance use support programs such as the Moms Do Care (™) program at the Beth Israel Lahey Health’s Beverly Hospital are being funded and expanded. I will partner with our local law enforcement and public safety sectors to make sure constituents are receiving the help and medical access they need, and not incarceration. I will push for legislation that forces pharmaceutical companies to be a part of the solution to the crisis that they created.
The Right to Choose
We cannot continue to leave questions of bodily autonomy in the hands of the courts. We need legislators who will defend the law and rights women helped establish, which clearly states the right to choose.
Mental health access should be as readily available as getting a same day appointment at a primary care physician’s office. Approximately 50% of the population will experience a mental health challenge in their life. There should be no stigma attached to these common challenges. Untreated mental health is directly correlated to physical illness such as hypertension, cardiac issues, obesity and increased mortality. I support implementing Mental Health and Wellness Activities: into our school systems, our physical wellness check-ups, and our day-to-day workplaces. Developing Dedicated Mental Health Supports into public K-12 and higher education systems and the creation of and access to Mental Health Tools and Programs online and peer support mental health tools, such as “Well Connect”.
Housing shortages and rising costs in the greater Boston area place growing economic stress on the communities of the 4th Essex District. We need to advocate for diverse housing options at a variety of price points to support our families, seniors, and our workforce. With direct access to the MBTA commuter rail, we need to leverage our location to build housing that is accessible, transit-focused, and environmentally sustainable. I will support state legislation and funding opportunities that encourage local municipalities to modernize their zoning to support smart growth and protect open space. Above all, I will fight for fair and inclusive housing that ensures everyone is welcome and able to make this District their home.
Access to healthcare is a human right. No one should face financial or geographic obstacles when it comes to accessing equitable healthcare services. Small business owners and individuals should have access to affordable quality healthcare. We need a healthcare system that is not just driven by shareholder profits, but instead, by caring for all of our citizens. I will work hard to look at ways to end financially prohibitive access to needed prescription medication and to burdensome medical costs.
Gun violence in the United States is a public health crisis. Gun control makes schools safer for kids and public places safer for everyone There is no place for weapons of war in our communities. I am a staunch supporter of background checks, and requiring any and all gun parts and kits purchased, in possession of and sold in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have a serial number to track and are traceable by law enforcement.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Care
The 4th Essex district and the Commonwealth should be a safe place to be have a baby and grow a family. I will make sure that 4th Essex district families have equitable and systemic maternal health care access, consistent best practices, and congruent standards of care to support pregnant and postpartum birthing people during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, and to address geographic, economic, cultural and racial inequities in perinatal outcomes.
Redistricting and Voting Access
There should be no difference in how voting works between rural and urban places. There should be no waiting in long lines in one part of town and easy access in another. Our legislature must commit to a transparent and fair redistricting process that creates accessibility for every eligible citizen the opportunity to exercise their most basic right: the right to vote.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Everyone in this district deserves to feel respected and safe where they live. No one should be discriminated against by race, gender, identity, family, who they love or religious beliefs. I commit to creating positive policy outcomes that address diversity, equity and inclusion for our communities in the halls of the Massachusetts Statehouse.
Both of my grandfather's served in WWII, one in the 4th Marine Division, serving in both Iwo Jima and Tinian. My father is a Vietnam vet, served in the Navy on the USS New Jersey and my sibling was an MP serving in the US Army. I am very proud of my family's service and commit to being there for our veterans.