Rural Blueprint


Healthcare Access

  1. Support Medicaid expansion initiative and make sure families know their eligibility.

  2. Increase the number of mental health providers in rural areas, particularly for children and adolescents.

  3. Utilize the expansion of Nurse Practitioner authority under H.B. 793 - 2018 to attract more rural medical services to our district.

Well-Funded Schools

  1. Return public school per pupil funding to pre-recession (2008 - 09) levels.

  2. Acquire funding for older schools in order to bring them up to 21st century technological and energy-efficient standards.

  3. Retain quality teachers in rural areas with competitive pay and benefits.

Workforce Development

  1. Provide our young people, through more accessible and affordable career and technical education programs, with the skills and work ethic to enter their career of choice.

  2. Allow small businesses and farms the help they need to hire skilled labor, generate profits, and pay their employees a living wage.

  3. Ensure a living wage is paid to all workers.

Reliable Broadband

  1. Broadband is a necessity, not a luxury, and should be mandated to be installed.

  2. This is a social justice issue for this district so everyone has equitable access.

  3. We cannot talk about improving our schools, providing free tuition for community colleges, or even fostering small businesses and ensuring the legacy of family farms without addressing broadband.  

Clean Energy

  1. Pipelines threaten our land, our water, our air, our livestock and other wildlife.  They pose a risk of explosion and we should stand up to being exploited because we live in a rural area.

  2. Renewable energy will bring jobs to our area with investments in solar and wind.

  3. Environmental responsibility is better for our farms and forests as we need the land to provide for us economically and protecting it will assure our agritourism and outdoor recreation industries can thrive.