Diane's Platform Topics
REDUCE VETERAN SUICIDE
We lose 22 veterans each day to suicide and countless others live their lives on numerous pharmaceuticals prescribed by the VA. Our Veterans deserve better. I have a plan to change the out-processing system, which we can begin to do at the state level. This will reduce the stigma attached to veterans in need of support.
After the loss of my own brother to PTSD, and how much he suffered in silence out of pride as a retired Special Ops Marine, I'll work to save other families the unimaginable grief mine endured.
PRO SMALL BUSINESS
The creative and entrepreneurial spirit is the heartbeat of Tennessee and a viable pathway to the American dream, especially for the underprivileged. Healthy companies begin with healthy owners who can see a light at the end of a tunnel, rather than being overwhelmed by over-regulation and high taxes.
As a former entrepreneurial business consultant, I understand the struggle. I will work hard to nurture a business-friendly environment for entrepreneurs and our creative community!
ERADICATE HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Human Trafficking is happening all around us, but very little is mentioned about it in our news cycles. I have a plan to put our retired military Special Forces to work, with one sole mission...to search and rescue our children and neighbors who have fallen prey to this evil underworld. I want Tennessee free of this problem and the fear that accompanies it.
Although I believe that human life begins at conception, we must also care for the scared mothers who don’t know where to turn in the case of a surprise pregnancy. We need answers to real-world problems such as costs of care once a child is born. I have ideas to make it easier for a woman to choose the blessing of life!
PRO 2ND AMENDMENT
We don't have a gun problem in our country...we have a heart problem. We must look at the root causes behind the tragic mass shootings in our schools and communities. I will turn the focus towards examining cultural indicators & family dynamics, as well as the role anti-depressants and pharmaceuticals have played in the significant increase in violent crimes in our nation.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
When someone commits a crime, there absolutely should be consequences, and prison certainly shouldn't be a picnic. However, our current system is quite broken. I've witnessed this as I've been teaching in the maximum-security prison for women.
It is not only fiscally wise to look carefully at how our taxpayer's money is being mismanaged but to give those who have paid their debt to society a better chance for a fresh start upon release. I believe this will lead to safer neighborhoods, reformed, and more productive previous offenders, and less impact on our local economy.