Fast Facts about Jesse
- Albuquerque Raised — Graduate of La Cueva HS, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard.
- I Can & Will Fix Healthcare — Doctorate in Global Health: Health Economics.
- Solved Global Health issues on 4 continents — Consulted for World Bank and Gates Foundation.
- Gay since birth, out since 2009.
- Feminist since learning what feminism is.
- Loud voice of the Christian Left. Yes, we exist.
- I care about people — Started my career working in a homeless shelter as bilingual client advocate.
Free and Fair Elections
My Policy Priorities for District 1
Better Healthcare, Including & Beyond Better Insurance
I’m for single-payer healthcare via Medicare for All, and I will fight for that. But there’s so much more to good healthcare than good insurance. Plus, with only 8 Republican Senators up for re-election in 2018, Democrats won’t get a filibuster-proof majority, much less a veto-proof majority that can successfully force a radical switch to single-payer. Democrats need other ideas that can improve care under all types of insurance. I have them, and you can read about them here.
A Fair And Stronger Economy
The minimum wage doesn’t meet workers’ minimum needs, and we need to raise it. Further, I intend to repeal the massive tax giveaways to the ultra-wealthy just passed by the Republican party and get them paying their fair share. I see a path to grow the economy by doing the one thing both parties can agree on – investing in maintaining and expanding our nation’s infrastructure. I believe that people should be allowed to organize into unions, and that organized corporations should not count as people. Read more about my economic policies here.
A Path To Citizenship
The first Heitner in my family to reach the U.S. got here illegally from Austria-Hungary during WWI by learning English, tattooing an American flag on his back, and convincing crew-members on a U.S. naval ship that he was already an American immigrant and needed a ride home. I fully support a clean Dream Act and a path to citizenship for all people willing to contribute to making America actually great.
Free & Fair Elections
Americans deserve a system where voters choose their congresspeople via voting, rather than one where congresspeople choose their voters via gerrymandering districts. Americans deserve elections where they know their vote counted and wasn’t hacked by foreign powers. Americans deserve a system where who gets to run for office isn’t decided by billionaires or super-delegates, but by the people.
Crime & Justice
Anyone worried about “rapists and murderers” shouldn’t spend billions building a racist wall. They should fund testing this country’s huge backlog of untested rape kits. They should also realize that over 50% of murder victims are killed by someone they know, with roughly a full quarter by a family member. Responding to that fact includes a focus on proper response to domestic violence calls, which is the number one call to police in New Mexico. No police enforcement agency should be wasting resources fighting a war on pot that’s been about as popular and successful as the Prohibition. Likewise, policies and laws which violate the “equal protection” clause of the 14th Amendment and disproportionately hurt the poor and communities of color must be removed.
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