Over the course of the past few months, I have been asked a few questions. Here are my answers. If you would like more information, I would be more than happy to expand upon any of these.

Question 1: What are your thoughts about contraception?

A woman should have the right to protect herself. A family should have the right to say “no more children.”

Question 2: What are your thoughts about the death penalty?

Murder is against every human principle.

Question 3: What are your thoughts about abortion?

I am pro-life and believe that life starts at conception. The heartbeat can be detected as early as 5.5 weeks. By all medical definitions, the baby is alive. I believe every life is precious, regardless of the circumstance.

Question 4: What affiliation are you?

I am independent. I do not want to be beholden to party ideology.

Question 5: What made you decide to run for City Council in 2021?

I am running for City Council for a few reasons. One, I have a strong conviction to. Two, it is an exciting opportunity. I have experiences that will benefit the Council. I am a refugee/immigrant, a small business owner, an educator, a healthcare professional, and a conceal-and-carry permit owner.

Question 6: I drive for several gig apps such as Instacart & DoorDash, at night many houses have house numbers that are impossible to see. They are in poor places, not lighted, or if they are lighted, the numbers are glared out by the lights. How would you help gig workers and other delivery drivers to not have to basically guess they are in the right place?

All addresses are required to have legible house numbers that are viewable from the street. In cases where that is not happening, I would work with the city planning to see what we can or should do.

Question 7: What is your stance on defunding the police?

Defunding the police, in my opinion, is not an option for your safety, for my safety, and for the safety of our children.

Question 8: What are your thoughts about marijuana and its legalization for medical use?

I have many questions about how that is all going to work, and until I get answers to those questions, I will not be able to give an opinion either way. My questions include the following:

  • What have we learned from the opioid pandemic?
  • What will we do differently to ensure that appropriate controls are in place?
  • How are we going to keep this “medical” (intention of the bills) rather than “recreational”?
  • What does the process look like from the professional who prescribes it to the person who uses it?
  • Who will dispense the product? Pharmacies can’t as it is a federally illegal substance.
  • How will the financial issues be handled? Banks can’t hold these accounts as they are FDIC-insured.

I will add more questions as I begin dissecting the legislative bills. I can see good and bad. A 2019 article by Jack Healy from the New York Times addressed some of the good and some of the bad even though Colorado has legalized recreational use of marijuana (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/30/us/marijuana-colorado-legalization.html).