Jonathan's Top 3 Priorities
#1 Our Workforce
"The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the thirties the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society."
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Developing and supporting apprenticeships in our high schools builds a stronger, more diverse workforce. Our youth need a better understanding of career options before graduating high school.
Training and Re-Training
Access to technical and community college courses in rural communities will help our workers remain competitive in the job market. New and existing pathway programs would allow indiviuals to add skills, certificates or degrees while working, building their careers.
Developing new transportation services and improving our infrastructure, including access to internet, will ensure that our workers are able to get where they need to go.
Retiring with Dignity
Everyone in our communities should have the opportunity to retire with dignity. This starts with access to great K-12 schools, pathway training programs, and reliable ways to get to work. We all need affordable healthcare and manageable rent or mortgage.
Further, well-rounded labor programs, policies and laws will give our workforce the chance to retire with dignity.
#2 Our Schools
Today’s students are
Supporting education results in an improved workforce, which in turn brings more money into our economy. This requires that our rural schools receive equal funding per pupil as other schools in this state.
Our county departments and local schools also need support to address truancy because rural areas are uniquely impacted by this issue.
# 3 Our Roads
I toured our district's small towns and met with our County Engineers. Our infrastructure is crumbling and lacks funding support from the state.
Our rural district also requires reliable internet. This is imperative for our small town businesses to grow. Our workforce must have access to train and retrain.
We must catch-up and simultaneously move forward with our infrastructure.