What is #10Questions
#10Questions begins 🔥NOW with #BlueWave2018🌊candidate @Montgomery4Cong running in #GA10.
Thanks for joining us today, Chalis! Are you ready to answer #10Questions? #COTD #BWCS
"Born ready. #fightlikeamother #GA10"
YES! You certainly seem to have been born ready for just about anything!
Q1: We’ll start with the first question we ask everyone: what inspired you to run for office? #BWCS #10Questions #GA10
"Lives are at stake, in this district and around the country. As a teacher and children's minister, I saw the effects of bad public policy on a daily basis. My daughter has arthritis, and when my husband lost his job, Gwen offered to pay for her own healthcare. I benefited from free lunch and Pell grants, and I know how important our safety net is. I also value hard work: we began the campaign when my husband held two part time jobs while searching for a position, and I taught summer camp all day and hit the trail at night. It's time we had Representatives who truly understood what it is like out here in the real world, who value compassion, common sense, and decency. It's time for more mothers, and I plan to #fightlikeamother on behalf of the entirety of #GA10."
Q2: Six rural hospitals have closed in your district, which is about 43.7% rural, since 2016. What caused these closures and how can you help people in #GA10 get access to quality care? #BWCS #10Questions
"What I say over and over again is that healthcare is not just about physical health: it's about financial health. On a personal level, if healthcare is unaffordable or difficult to access, we often choose to visit doctors less frequently, contributing to costly acute conditions. At the community level, when we lose hospitals, we lose not only those jobs but also small businesses which serve the hospital. When healthcare centers leave and small businesses are shuttered, no major employer wants to enter the area and we are left with sicker, poorer towns.
An interesting fix would be to consider hospital funding as part of a rural infrastructure investment plan. While hospitals are struggling in some states that refused the Medicaid expansion, the federal government can and should continue to invest in rural America, regardless of whether a state has chosen to act responsibly or not. We will be measured by how we respond to the least, the last, and the lost, and need knows no political party. It's time to invest in rural America, and saving hospitals is the first step."
Q3: The median household income in #GA10 is down to 45k from 51k in 2016. What is the cause of this shift and how can it be solved? #BWCS #10Questions
"People often forget that public service sector jobs were cut during the Great Recession, and they really have not rebounded here in terms of staffing levels and salaries. In Eatonton, a town in Putnam County, I am told the starting wage for a police officer is $12-$13 per hour. Our LEOs often have to take 2nd and 3rd jobs as do our teachers and firefighters just to make ends meet. The state just fully funded education for the first time since 2000. It's time for a major reinvestment in public service employees, in salary and new positions.
As we have seen underinvestment in infrastructure, better jobs have gone elsewhere. What remains are low wage jobs, often with no benefits such as paid leave or healthcare. While we invest in the public sector, we must also insist on a living wage. I'm proud to say that when I expanded my music studio to include group classes, I paid my high school students $15/hr and teachers $50-$75/hr. In 2012. Not every small business can achieve this and remain viable, however. A solution is a 10 year tax credit for small, local biz."
Q5: Gun violence is in the news more often than not, so it is, of course, the question that comes up most when I ask volunteers which questions they’d like to ask candidates. What is your plan for addressing gun violence in schools? #GA10 #10Questions https://bluewavecrowdsource.com/candidates/chalis-montgomery
"I'm a survivor family member of Moms Demand Action. This was my cousin, Fred Winters: http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2011/winter/randomactviolence.html
And I'm proud to stand together with great candidates like @LucyWins2018 who advocate for common sense gun reform.
Let's be clear though... our gun issue isn't just about schools or churches or ball fields. We need to be safe everywhere. Gun safety protects gun rights. I fully support the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, and also appreciate that the 2nd includes the phrase 'WELL REGULATED militia.' My 6th great grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War, and I won't have our rights unduly abridged. However, we have made idols of our weapons. To my conservative friends: I caution that we have foregone the 2nd commandment in zealous pursuit of the 2nd Amendment.
Policy: Ban bump stocks, limit high capacity magazines, keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, strengthen background checks, crack down on straw buyers. Not a huge fan of hardened schools, but willing to allow communities to decide how to spend allotted safety $$."
Q7: Millions of Americans are in fear of losing their health insurance due to multiple GOP-led attempts to repeal the ACA. What is the first step you’d take to protect the healthcare coverage of people in #GA10. #BWCS #10Questions
"Step 1 in protecting healthcare: VOTE. THEM. ALL. OUT.
Step 2: stabilize the market during ongoing negotiations. Freeze prices and prevent egregious increases. Prevent companies like #BCBS from perpetually taking advantage of consumers as they have in Connecticut and now Georgia by insisting they honor their contracts.
Step 3. Listen. To. Providers. Listen to patients. Pass some form of Medicare for All that preserves access to supplemental plans in the private marketplace. Stop pharmaceutical price gouging AND compensate drug companies for their R&D instead. Take hard votes. Grow a spine."
Q8: The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have brought sexual assault and violence into the mainstream discussion in the past few months. What’s the first thing Congress can do to help combat sexual harassment in the workplace? #BWCS #10Questions #GA10
"Elect more women. We need to insist that men take responsibility for their actions and that we ALL refuse the language of rationalization and victim blaming. 'He didn't mean it,' 'You must be mistaken,' and 'What did you expect?' are inappropriate responses. And while it is up to the states to finish the work of ratifying the ERA, as congress, we need to continue to allow time for that effort to be successful. Equal pay for equal work will empower not just women, but whole communities. A financial imbalance is a power imbalance."
Okay! Last two questions! 9) What is one issue we haven’t covered today that is an important one affecting your district, and 10) where can people learn more about your campaign and how to support it? #GA10 #10Questions #COTD
"9) Criminal justice reform. We pay more per inmate per day for private prisons than public ones, and for the money it takes to incarcerate first time low level offenders, we could offer an apprenticeship, job skills, probation, expungement on completion and a 2nd chance. Everyone makes mistakes, but our relative wealth often determines the outcome of a legal proceeding in as much as we are able to hire a top attorney or not. Providing a reasonable 2nd chance and ending cash bail would be a great way to begin leveling the playing field.
10) How to support my campaign: First, thanks Holly, for the opportunity! We are a rural southern district that might not otherwise get attention. To that end, follow me here on Twitter and encourage your friends to do likewise.
I need $10k stat to GOTV. If all of my followers could give a little, we would get there pretty fast: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/chalis
Finally, tell everyone you know that I am running against the Rev. Jody Hice, who voted against the ACA, and Puerto Rico aid, and has said that "no woman should run for office unless she is under the authority of her husband." FWIW, mine can't wait to see me #fightlikeamother."