Douglas County resident Patricia Ackerman made it “on-the-street official” that she has filed her candidacy for U.S. Congress District 2. She will be running against incumbent Congressman Mark Amodei in the November election.
Standing in front of a supportive crowd Ackerman lamented that most Americans began losing their faith in government long before Trump was elected in 2016. Ackerman pointed out that fair and viable incomes have been falling in buying power over the past couple of decades causing millions of American families to be home renters rather than home buyers, not to mention the growing legions of families having to resort to homeless shelters.
Ackerman says many Americans are today suffering under swelling poverty, violence and disease due to lack of health care. Ackerman told her supporters that the country desperately needs to increase the nation’s minimum wage to $12/hour and soon-after to $15/hour.
“Health care for everyone is long overdue in this country,” said Ackerman. “What is loosely referred to as ‘American health care is really just disease management which is extremely profitable for the medical sector while causing death and family bankruptcies at an alarming rate. By the way, insurance companies are making a killing – literally. I believe when we offer all Americans universal health care, a number of very good things will happen:
1) Medical costs will fall dramatically,
2) Truly accessible health care will mean healthier lives for all Americans and
3) Medical care will no longer bankrupt countless American families. Our current congressman voted over a dozen times against our well-being and lied straight-faced about how his votes would affect Nevadans.”
“As for prescription drugs our congressman voted against a bill which was designed to lower prescription drug prices to relieve financial pressure on struggling families.”
Ackerman went on to mention her support for labor unions which have been decimated over the past twenty-five years. Ackerman called for protecting the rights of labor union members which is the most effective way to enhance family wages and to push-back on corporate economic dominance. Ackerman said she was a longtime member of two major unions and understands very clearly why supporting union membership means better support for our families and our country as a whole.
When it comes to Public Lands Ackerman accused incumbent Congressman Mark Amodei of favoring wealthy special interests, putting their desires ahead of tourism, outdoor recreation and treating Nevada’s open spaces as exploitable assets rather than welcoming areas for Nevada residents and visiting tourists from around the world.
Ackerman went on to outline the existential threat to our Planet Earth due to human effects on climate. Ackermen said “We have very little time to make dramatic changes from fossil fuels to sustainable, clean renewable sources of energy.”
Ackerman said that transitioning to non-fossil fuels will produce at least 8,000 new, stable jobs in Nevada once we commit to renewables. She also pointed out that putting oil and coal in our rear-view mirror also means dramatically reducing economic threats from foreign sources of fossil fuels.
Ackerman went on to point out that Nevada is a geothermal center of gravity for Nevada and our nation – that underground energy is the smart alternative to our country’s energy challenges. Ackerman says current Congressman Mark Amodei voted at least nine times to block renewable energy funding.
On the topic of Education Ackerman pointed out that the quality of Nevada’s education system is rated second from the bottom among all 50 states. To turn that that situation around Ackerman proposes
1) Debt-free community colleges and trade schools,
2) Universal Pre-Kindergarten,
3) Social services to ensure our kids have the classroom and tutorial support they need to stay focused on learning which involves healthy food, stable housing, mental health support and violence-free environments and
4) Better federal support for students Kindergarten to 12th grade.
On Immigration, Ackerman calls for pathways to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in America. Research on contributions to the American economy are well documented.
As for womens’ reproductive rights, Ackerman says “A woman’s body is sacred to herself and that others have no right to tell her if or when to have a child.” Ackerman also says she’s a strong supporter for equal pay for equal work, not only for women but for African American women, Latinas, Native Americans, Homosexual men and woman and Transgenders.
Mining has made Nevada unique among the states. But Ackerman says she’s troubled by the Bureau of Land Management’s inadequate staffing levels that often can’t sufficiently monitor and control mining activities that have caused pollution problems. She’s also alarmed that exotic metals mined in Nevada that are refined to build high tech jet fighters assembled in Chinese manufacturing plants, don’t have to export the planes or technology back to America. That’s contained in a recent bill that was passed in the Congress with the support of Rep. Mark Amodei. The same exotic elements are included in the construction of high tech equipment that treat human tumors with neutron therapy.
Ackerman adds, “I pledge, in the interest of bipartisan national security interests that our own domestic natural resources are not used to promote or increase Chinese and Iranian business interests at the expense of American taxpayers. I want to ensure that American minerals stay HERE and help make OUR supply chain stable.
When it come to Yucca Mountain in southern Nevada, Ackerman says she’s absolutely opposed to the area being used as a nuclear waste repository.
On Veterans priorities, Ackerman says the government should:
1. Authorize the Veterans Administration to receive reimbursements from TRICARE and Medicare.
2. Modernize VA health IT systems so they function in our 21st century digital environment.
3. Expand tele-medicine and tele-health options to better serve veterans who must drive long distances to VA clinics in Elko, Fallon, Gardnerville and Reno.
4. Make nursing home eligibility part of the VA health benefits package.
5. Fully fund Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for veterans and their families.
6. Support U.S. House Resolution 2191, the Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act, which would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from denying a veteran benefits administered by the secretary by reason of the veteran participating in a stqte-approved marijuana program. Thirty-three states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use.
Patricia Ackerman says she’s been a gun owner for decades. She says “I support full background checks and closing loopholes like those at gun shows. I believe assault weapons should be banned. I intend to foster a culture that works toward peace – not violence. And I will never accept any money from the National Rifle Association.”
Patricia Ackerman can be contacted by E-mail: patricia@Ackerman4Congress.com
by phone: 775-721-1910
on her website: Ackerman4Congress.com