Jess Phoenix is a Volcano Scientist, a non-profit founder, and a teacher. Now, she’s running for Congress in CA-25, to out Republican Steve Knight, who has voted with Donald Trump 98.5% of the time.
Blue Grizzlies wishes to endorse Jess Phoenix for CA-25, because she is passionate, and cares about the future of this great nation. She has proven that she is willing to work hard, and cross the aisle in order to get things done, and we encourage all voters in CA-25 to vote for her in the upcoming June 5th primary.
We recently discussed our shared values below.
What actions will you take in Congress to fight for fact-based education?
In Congress I will prioritize having face-to-face discussions with my colleagues across the aisle to advocate for fact-based education. I will use evidence and facts to illustrate how critical a strong education is for our economy and national security and make the link between the government’s role in educating our citizens and our success as a country. I will point to the National Defense Education Act as an example of our federal government funding education to increase our technological sophistication and output, and I will advocate for a modern version of this to ensure that our country is ready for jobs in cybersecurity and green technology, which are the industries of the 21st century.
What actions will you take in Congress to protect funding for a well-rounded education including Civics, the Arts, and STEM?
I believe that I can bridge the divide and advocate for the value of a well-rounded education because of my unique educational background. I have a history degree and used that to work for the Arizona state government in their library and archives, and then I switched career tracks to the hard sciences. My personal experience with the benefits of a well-rounded education combined with my work as an educator at the college and elementary levels has shown me that we need to balance hard science learning with a solid understanding of civics and the importance of civic engagement. The arts are essential to providing human context to the facts of our world. I want to fully fund our public schools and help encourage institutions of higher learning to send students and professors to K-12 classrooms to engage students and show them different career options. In addition, I will introduce legislation providing federal funds for pre-kindergarten programs for lower-income communities to insure students from all backgrounds have a solid start to their education.
What actions will you take in Congress to support affordable and debt-free college?
I would like to see a program of tuition assistance/forgiveness for national service, similar to America’s Call To Improve Opportunities Now for National Service Act. Additionally, we should look at possibly instituting a tuition cap to institutions that receive federal assistance. We should also have tighter regulation on institutions that qualify for receiving students with government backed student loans. A student’s average income after graduation from said institution should be able to cover Cost of Living and double the interest payment on a monthly basis for a student loan. This will both cut down on predatory for-profit institutions like Trump University, and force universities to build out their job placement programs. I want to move our country towards providing free tuition for all college students, and these are the first steps towards achieving that goal.
What actions will you take in Congress to support Healthy Schools (school lunches and school breakfasts)?
I will work to foster public-private partnerships that help feed children healthy school meals by creating tax incentives for participating companies. I will also support bans of junk food sales and advertising/sales of soda and candy in schools. I will advocate for full funding of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) programs that encourage students to develop lifelong health habits.