Alexandra Owensby ~ U.S. House, District 4
As a single mother of two, Alexandra put herself through school to get a second Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and went on to become a RN in the Neuro/Trauma ICU as a bedside nurse. She eventually achieved a Doctorate and became a Nurse Practitioner in Neurology at the University of Cincinnati. Her own experience with the depths of poverty, student loans, and reliance on public assistance inspired her to get involved in politics. Alexandra aspires to be a voice in Washington for working and middle class citizens.
On healthcare . . .
“It is undeniable over the next few years that healthcare will get reinvented at a Federal level. It is absolutely essential we elect Doctors and Nurses into Congress to help participate in this process. While lawyers are great at formatting bills, we need front line healthcare workers involved in the process if we are ever going to come up with a plan that works to ensure protection of affordable healthcare access for all American citizens. As a bedside nurse for many years, and now a nurse practitioner in the field of Neurology, I am familiar with the ins and outs of the healthcare system and the impact it has on everyday citizens when they don't have timely access to healthcare or when they are forced to choose between food and medicine.”
On the environment . . .
“Climate change isn't a threat in the future, Climate change is already happening. Natural disasters are happening more often than before and storms are getting stronger. Rather than burying our heads in the sand and hoping it goes away, we need to address this issue head on. America should be the land of innovation, not on the tailing end of change.”
Plans for the economy
My journey through the depths of poverty and rising from poverty to struggling middle class inspired me to get involved in politics. This couldn't be the "American Dream" our Founding Fathers had in mind! There is no way the cycle of poverty should not be able to be broken, even in the face of hard work and education . . . There are too many citizens in my shoes and so many more who remain in the cycle of poverty because the cost of breaking the cycle surpasses remaining there . . . Until the balance of representation mirrors the financial and gender balance of the average population, Congress and the Senate have little chance of looking out for the interest of the average citizen.
“I am a strong supporter of teachers and public education. I believe if we truly want to move America forward, the best way to do this is by investing in our teachers and our school . . . Education is the key to keeping people out of jails and off public assistance. America can choose to invest heavily in education, or invest heavily in public assistance. I vote for investing in education.