Jennifer Nackerud for Congress
Before you read my personal stances on a number of key issues, here is what I want you to know first: I am a lover of people. I believe everyone’s voice matters. I was raised in a small Latino community that I keep close to my heart. I used to be a retail manager, but my passion for social justice outweighed my desire to grow professionally, and I lost my career in a decision to pursue a grassroots campaign for change, with help from the ACLU. I love Jesus with my whole heart, but guess what? It’s okay if you don’t; I think you’re great and I love learning about other people’s religions and views and lives. As a matter of fact, you can catch me almost any day of the week drinking coffee or beer with people who don’t agree with me, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am a mother and a wife and my family is my life. I am in grad school for the second time in my life, chasing another social justice battle, to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. I believe we can do better for our community when it comes to individuals with special needs, and am personally committed to bringing about that change through the amazing power and effectiveness of ABA therapy. I think the federal government’s role in our daily lives should be limited, and think it’s an important truth to know our Bill of Rights does not give citizens rights, but protects their natural human rights. The government that has oppressed groups of people for centuries can not also be the solution for fixing that oppression. Give power to a Congress you agree with, and you have also given it to a future Congress that you disagree with gravely.
That is who I am. I would promise every day of my service to be a day that I put aside my own personal opinions and viewpoints to listen to those who voted me in. I am supported, financially, by no one. That’s right … no. one. I volunteered at the end of August to help fill a spot left open when the nominated candidate could not fulfill the candidacy for personal reasons. I have not one donor … not one person I am obligated to repay through future decisions. That leaves me with a complete ability to only be obligated to you, the voter. Tired of politicians voting for the interests of big donors? Then stop voting for them. I get it; I am not a trained politician, I don’t have the backing of a major political party, I don’t have a fancy website, and I am not speaking loudly for or against any interests. But that’s just it … I am not any of the things that have failed us.
Here are my personal stances on a number of key issues. I will never be able to remove who I am, or my upbringing, or my personal opinions from any work that I do. To believe anyone can live without bias is ignorant and leads to a false sense of “wokeness”. That said, all I ask is that you know and consider that I would always place the voices of my constituents over my own.
Education: I am the daughter of public educators, the sister of a public educator, the granddaughter of public educators, and the daughter-in-law of a public educator. My daughter attends a charter school, in Adams 12. Education has been a priority in my life, and I believe it is a key component to solving social problems.
I believe, as does the greater Libertarian party, in school choice. In the Supreme Court case, Endrew vs. Douglas County, a Colorado family was having to pay $70,000 in tuition to a private school, because it was best equipped to address the needs of their son, who has autism. The Court ruled that, under IDEA, the school district would need to reimburse the family - as they were unable to provide the educational support the student needed. In other words - the Supreme Court supported school choice. All families should have the same option, to apply funding to the school they decide is best equipped for their children’s needs.
Gun Rights: I believe the rights of lawful gun-owners are Constitutionally protected, and do not support federal legislation restricting gun ownership. That said, what I do support is states handling these issues as they see fit, according to voices of their citizens. I would be in complete support of stricter gun laws, at the state level.
Abortion: I am personally pro-life. I donate to pro-life nonprofits, and I think abortion is a scientific blindspot for many Americans. The technology we have available (4D imaging, ultrasounds, etc.) can not conceivably support the notion that unborn children are not humans in their own right, with their own socially mandated protections. This said, I do not feel angry towards anyone who feels passionate about reproductive rights, and can follow their logic, from a feminist perspective. I would not vote to take away any current abortion rights, but would also not vote to extend any further abortion rights (forcing states to make late-term abortion legal, etc.). I believe the pro-life movement is most effective on a personal and community level and would have no plans to try and make currently available abortions illegal or difficult to access.
Healthcare: I did not support Obamacare at its initiation. Healthcare was already the most legally restricted industry in America when we decided that what the system needed was more regulation. Car insurance, home insurance, renter insurance … the insurance industries that have not been as federally mandated do not cost nearly what highly red-taped health insurance does. Free markets provide us our best options for competitively priced options. That said, it does not make logical sense to me to completely overhaul or try to get rid of the current system in place. I believe we should be evaluating the Affordable Care Act over the next several years, and monitor its effectiveness and limitations and use a research-based, data-driven approach to adjusting it and bringing control back to the consumer over time.
Corporate Accountability: I believe in corporate transparency, and the individual’s right to choose where to do business, and who to work for. To the extent possible, popular opinion should govern sound corporate policy, not the federal government. Individuals can unionize, strike, and boycott to influence change on a number of issues, such as: maternity leave, minimum wage standards, and equal pay. Why collaborate to vote for political leaders who will fight for us when we can fight directly? Federal regulation becomes a game of “Whack-A-Mole”, in which one problem solved becomes three new limitations.
Environmental Protection: As a Libertarian, I believe the federal government’s role in our daily lives should be limited to the protections that can not practically be provided, otherwise. One current belief about the government is that federal policy can save us from the negative environmental impacts of a number of industries. Unfortunately, this belief leaves out an important detail: the federal government itself is the WORLD’s largest consumer of energy. Private industry, nonprofits, and citizen-led campaigns continue to be the leaders in solving this crisis.
A great first place for the federal government to start is to allow more remote positions within its structure, to reduce federal-campus energy waste. I also support continued federal government grants, to fund research in environmental studies.