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Why Am I Running?

I am running to bring urgency and to provide a voice on the pressing issues. Our healthcare, elections, and criminal justice systems are broken. Climate change is here. Our communities aren't being supported. We need leaders that are willing to bring the urgency and boldness to fight for plans that provide true change. I am in it to win and we do that by championing ideas and solutions that address the many different issues we are all facing today. I am the candidate with the plans. It's incredibly important that I lead by example as your representative, to get things done we must put in the work and I am doing just that. It's time the 6th district has someone that stands up for them and brings the passion and heart back to Wisconsin.

People first. Solutions focused.


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  • Priorities

    Healthcare

    • Single-payer
    • Free at the point of service
    • No deductibles, no premiums, no co-pays, no networks, no confusion
    • Choose any doctor you'd like
    • Includes medical, dental, vision, hearing, emergency, mental health, and more
    • Cap on pharmaceutical costs each year
    • According to recent Yale study, we would save $450 billion a year and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths

    Environment & Sustainability

    • Green New Deal (H.R. 109)
    • Achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, 40 to 60 percent by 2030
    • Investing in zero-emission vehicle infrastructure and manufacturing, as well as clean, affordable, and accessible public transit and high-speed rail
    • Create millions of high-wage jobs
    • Introduce a Carbon Tax (H.R. 763)
    • Cost and impact will be devastatingly higher with inaction

    Agriculture

    • Ensure farmers have the Right to Repair their own equipment
    • Protect farmers from predatory patent lawsuits from seed corporations
    • Reform federal subsidies to go to small and mid sized farms instead of disproportionately going to the largest producers
    • Current food system accounts for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions- help farms of all sizes transition to sustainable agricultural practices
    • Enforce the Clean Air and Water Acts for large factory farms to ensure proper oversight of pollution

    Education

    • Place a 1.5% cap on student loan interest - public or private loans
    • Increase funding to K-12 public schooling
    • Set a starting salary floor for public teachers
    • Stop tying federal funding to standardized testing
    • End public school funding via property taxes and equally fund per student- funding through property taxes results in unequal funding for schools that need it most
    • Expand after-school programs

    Rural Communities

    • Ensure high-speed broadband internet access
    • Raise minimum wage and tie to productivity for future growth (it would be at $24/hr today if it stayed tied to productivity since 1968)
    • Stop consolidating rural schools and start building rural schools that can access and utilize distance learning opportunities
    • Incentivize cooperative business models and utilities- food co-ops, credit unions, and farm co-ops
    • Compensate farmers for improving ecosystems
    • Invest in public transportation to better connect residents and provide access to jobs, schools, medical facilities, shopping, recreation, and more

    Voting Reform

    • Automatic voter registration at 18
    • Full automatic Vote-by-Mail
    • Expand early voting hours and locations to reduce election day lines
    • Ranked choice voting
    • Abolish the Electoral College
    • Overturn Citizens United
    • End Gerrymandering

    Criminal Justice Reform

    • Pass the Emmett Till Antilynching Act (H.R. 35)
    • Marijuana record expungement
    • Restore voting rights for felons
    • End for-profit private prisons
    • Independent investigations and prosecutions for police killings
    • Demilitarize police
    • Require police budgets to bear the cost of misconduct, not being able to use the general fund
    • Establish a community oversight committee

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  • Meet Michael

    I live and work in Oshkosh with my wife, Megan, and dog, Coach. We have called Oshkosh home for 8 years and have grown up in the Fox Valley our entire lives. I grew up in rural Freedom, WI before graduating from UW - Oshkosh with my business degree in Information Systems, which leads me to where I am today. I work as an IT Consultant for a global company with clients all over the world. It's safe to say a run for public office wasn't in my career plans, but there are moments in life where you can't sit back and watch the world go by. I saw a desperate need for a new voice in the 6th district, one that focused on finding concrete solutions for healthcare, climate change, rural communities, manufacturing, and so much more. Our social and economic systems are being exposed in real time and I wasn't seeing any answers being provided, so I became tired of waiting and decided now is the moment for me to step into that role.

    My life story is intertwined within all of the different plans and ideas I advocate for, everything I stand for and do today is because of the strong and inspiring figures in my life. My mother instilled in me at a very young age what it means to be empathetic to others and the importance of injecting the world with kindness, so that you can receive it back. No one else has shaped how I am today as much as her. Everything I do today is focused on helping others, putting people first, and genuinely caring for those around me. These are now the type of people I gravitate towards and surround myself with. My wife is relentless in her passion to help out children every day at the Boys & Girls Club and the impact she has on people around her is extraordinary. It's comforting and inspiring to have strong women in my life that dedicate their lives to making the world a better place around them. That is what I too strive for and what motivates me in life and this campaign.

    This race isn't about me though. We are only as strong as those around us which is why it is so crucial that we not only understand each other's struggles, but how we can address them. I am a normal guy fighting for the great people in our communities. Effective governance requires practical experience in the real world. We don't need someone that has spent their life in politics and knows how to play the system. We need someone that truly knows the every day struggles we are going through, will put people first, will lead by example, and will bring an urgent voice to Washington for the people of the 6th district. I will be honored for you to vote for me so we can make that happen.

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