If I am privileged to serve in the State Senate, I will work to pass legislation which requires public financing of campaigns. I firmly believe that this is critical to our democratic process and that it will provide opportunities for new citizens to enter the political arena. When special interests and well-connected political players fill campaign coffers, elected officials are less independent.
This past session we were unable to pass legislation to require public financing for judicial campaigns. Next session will provide another opportunity to take up this debate.