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I believe that every child has a right to a free education. We must think of our future and the next leaders of this great nation. The elimination of educational programs such as after school programs, music in the schools, career and technical education, career development. Larger class sizes are a NO NO. The academic achievement of our children and decreasing the effectiveness of their teachers create a crippling generation. The future of our country lies in the hands of our youth and I will do everything in my power to ensure they receive all the resources necessary to prepare them to be future leaders.
Pennsylvania’s education rank is lower than we’d like, the scores and workload has raised a lot of questions. I know for a fact that we have a great school system and influential schools when it comes to colleges and universities. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with students from a few state schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, Temple, and East Stroudsburg University, Scranton University and Marywood to name a few which validate my quality of our education system.
How can we keep people and businesses in our community and state? We all must lend a hand in training great minds and showing them not just what Pennsylvania has to offer, but what they can offer our beloved state.
According to numerous sources, the number of people reaching retirement will double by 2030. We need to ensure that our aging population is able live with a measure of independence and dignity; and to receive the quality health care and social services they need and deserve.
My own parents have worked extremely hard throughout their lives and contributed to Social Security. I will certainly keep them in mind as I fight for quality services for all our parents and grandparents who have helped to build this country.
What else do you want the senior citizens to have access to?
There are millions of Americans who can’t afford health care and are deprived of this basic right. Access to quality and affordable health care is a right, not a privilege here in America. No American; and no taxpayer should be without health insurance. I will fight for low and affordable health care for all, regardless of their income and family size.
Health care is the largest industry we have here in America, estimated around 2.7 trillion dollars. Without health care life will be an uphill battle for when one needs medical attention, especially for the working class. People before profit is our motto, engage the recipient of the care, the provider and the insurance company.
They say replace the Affordable Care Act, but how about modification to align with the changes, let’s work with the blueprint/ the frame work not reinvent the wheel. Let us spend some time focusing on preventive medicine which will cut the cost of health care in the future for not just us, but for our legacy.
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Claudette Williams was born in the beautiful island of Jamaica and migrated to Brooklyn, New York at an early age. After finding herself a single mother with four children, three of her own and an extended family member, Claudette moved to Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania in search of a better life for herself and her children. She has lived in the Poconos since 1998.
In the wake of 9/11 Claudette found herself wondering what she could do for her country. She had been a member of the Armed Force for 15 years prior to the unforgettable tragedy, but was called to active duty in 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
As a single mother, the decision of whether or not to answer the call was an extremely difficult one. Ultimately, Claudette realized that by answering the call to serve her country, she would be protecting the safety of her children as well. Fortunately, Claudette was able to "enlist" the help of family, friends and her community to look after her children as she made the sacrifice to protect our country, our legacy, and our FREEDOM.
Claudette Williams is a mother, veteran and Democratic candidate for the 40th Senatorial District in 2018.
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