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    Building a Movement

Building a Movement

Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Ian has spent 18 years of his life based in Tompkins County as a student, father of two daughters, and a husband. He’s worked hard but also considers himself lucky to have gotten four small businesses off the ground, creating jobs in — and becoming integral to — his local communities.

 

This year brought a tipping point, as he watched a country engulfed in division, and the vast majority of Americans being neglected, all steered by politicians and a system fraught with corruption. This is not the world that he’s willing to leave to his daughters.

 

He’s committed to stepping up, using his experience in business and community integration to create a movement that brings new vision, energy, and action to the service of our country. He is committed to working outside of party lines and boxes to unite the people and businesses of our district; to getting things done and returning integrity and service to the representation of New York’s 23rd District.

The Do List

We’re at a crossroads in America. Do we choose to follow the path of economic decline for our working men and women, allowing corporations to continue wielding their undue influence in our policy making? Or do we stand up and fight back for a progressive agenda that increases wages, creates new stable jobs, and provides health care for all? These are some of the most critical discussions of our time. We need a representative with the bold vision and leadership to tackle these issues.

Cleaning up Congress

For too long, Washington politicians have been beholden to the wealth of special interests and personal ambition to move up the party ranks. Despite continually abysmal ratings of Congress, it’s difficult to flush the entrenched system. We’re left with a layer of corruption that has eroded our communities from the ground up. Ian is committed to breaking that model with transparency and integrity, ensuring all people have equal access and equal influence.

Rebuilding Economies

Our local economies are hurt by offshoring of jobs and profits, increased automation, legislation favoring the wealthy, and a lack of vision for a new sustainable path. Local tax burdens make it difficult for small business to remain viable in our state. The results are childhood poverty rates of up to 30 percent across our district, families forced to choose between heat or groceries, and our youth leaving in large numbers for opportunities in other states. Ian is committed to increasing opportunities for our communities. He strongly supports a variety of initiatives, from partnerships with high-tech incubators, to providing resources for advanced manufacturing, to a focus on STEM and trade programs, to prioritizing business for family farms and local agriculture.

Improving Health and Care

Despite access to some of the best medical professionals in the world and some of the most advanced equipment and infrastructure, health outcomes in the United States continue to rank at the bottom relative to all other large, developed countries. In addition, medical expenses are the No. 1 cause of personal bankruptcies across the U.S. Despite our immense medical resources, insurance premiums continue to rise as coverage levels fall year after year, shackling families and small businesses. Insurers continue to reap record profits, which are then used, in part, to influence politicians at every level of government. Our health care system is morally broken. It’s time to join every other developed country in the world in embracing a Medicare for All model, and take no steps backward in getting there.

Strengthening Education

We must ensure that our public schools are provided the funding, autonomy, and opportunities needed for curricula to be teacher-driven, technologically advanced, sufficiently hands-on, accessible and affordable for ALL people. Strong secondary public education programs are needed to provide equal support for technology and vocational tracks to sustain a pool of qualified, skilled workers to supply our local manufacturers and small businesses. For those pursuing college paths and degrees, it’s critical that their economic injection go to powering economies in work and spending rather than with constraints and deposits into for-profit loan companies. These younger generations are quite literally our future; let’s ensure that they have the skills and support needed to create stronger economies, unified communities, and more sustainable paths forward.

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This campaign is powered by the people. We’re building a movement based on representing the hardworking men and women of our district, not corporations or special interest groups. Help us continue to build our momentum with a contribution to the campaign.

Only a movement is going to unseat Tom Reed. And that’s exactly what we’re building. A movement to work for the people the system has been working against; to unite not just our party, but all people.

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