On healthcare . . .
“Celeste supports healthcare reform that ensures universal coverage, improves quality of care and lowers costs…” As a nurse, Celeste has detailed ideas based on a concrete understanding of what is currently working in our healthcare system, and what can and needs to be fixed. Just a few of her ideas are: automatically enrolling all newborn babies into Medicare, expanding access to care in rural communities through telemedicine and incentives for healthcare professionals to practice in remote areas, and creating a public non-profit pharmaceutical company that can manufacture key generic drugs.
On the environment . . .
“Our environment is our most precious resource and keeping our planet habitable must be our top priority. In Congress, Celeste will support measures that fight the destruction caused by climate change and champion government action that mitigates its effects and will reject efforts to rollback environmental protections that keep us safe.”
“Celeste is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
She works as a family nurse practitioner, and is a member of the American Nurses Association, Arkansas Nurses Association, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She is active in her community through Rotary and her church. She lives just outside of Bella Vista with her husband, four children, chickens, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, 2 peacocks, 3 ducks, 2 rabbits, and a bearded dragon.”
Plans for Economy
“Growing up in a rural community, graduating from high school class of 19 and …milking cows on the neighboring dairy farm, Celeste understands the unique issues, needs and concerns of rural communities. Celeste believes in “trickle-up” economics…Increasing wages, expanding markets for agriculture and clean energy products, and lowering the cost of daily living expenses like childcare, healthcare, housing and transportation, are the keys to helping smaller communities grow and prosper.”
As a proud product of public schools, Celeste believes that world-class public education must be available to all regardless of zip code, race, ethnicity or family income. She also believes investing in universal pre-K and after school programs are crucial to children’s success.
Arkansas currently ranks 47th in the nation…Teachers within our state have one of the lowest starting salaries in the nation. The racial and income disparity in our schools is evident: there are no A-rated Arkansas schools with majority black or low-income students.