I’m Victoria Woeste, and I'm running because I know that policy has real life consequences. I'm running because I know the district and the issues that matter most to the people who live here. I know the education follies of the past 12 years and have watched our children grow up under the burden of constant testing that fails to reveal them as the thinkers they are. I feel the frustrations of people who can't find good-paying jobs here. From our classrooms to our main streets, to the roads and bridges beneath our feet, there’s a lot of work to do. We must all be engaged in resetting Indiana's legislative priorities.
JOBS: Vicky will help to rebuild our economy and create meaningful jobs by assisting small business, standing up for workers, and making sure that policy encourages workforce development. We need to increase the number of workers that are trained to do the jobs that industry needs to fill.
SCHOOLS: Vicky will make sure students of all ages can compete for the jobs of the future. That means supporting fair funding for our public preK-12 schools, increasing early childhood education programs, and restoring resources for higher education, including technical and vocational training. The current state budget for public education hurts urban districts (where most students come from low-income homes) and gives more money to high-earning suburban districts.
INFRASTRUCTURE: Vicky believes we need to invest in our crumbling infrastructure to attract economic investment, improve our quality of life, and travel in safety. She favors using a portion of the $2 billion state surplus to modernize our roads, bridges, and other public utility systems.
MENTAL HEALTH CARE: Vicky knows from family experience that the critical shortage of mental health care providers in Tippecanoe County affects many people. To improve patient access to mental health care, it is essential that the state encourage more nurse practitioners to train in psychiatry and psychology in order to provide the medical supervision and continuity of care that patients need.
RFRA FIXES: Indiana needs to stand unequivocally on the side of equal civil rights for all citizens. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act should be significantly amended to ban discrimination on account of race, national origin, religion, and sexual orientation; and to repeal the provision that grants corporations the right to claim First Amendment protections for religious beliefs. Corporations do not qualify for the civil rights we reserve for human citizens. And unlike her opponent, she believes that religion should not be a basis for denying reproductive health care to anyone.
“We in the United States, above all, . . . were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism.”
-President Ronald Reagan
WHERE VICKY WOESTE STANDS ON THE ISSUES: