America for all
Learn more about Kimberly Walker’s platform.
Kimberly Walker was born and raised in Orlando Fl. Her family was poor, and she grew up in a large household. Her family has lived in Florida for about 150 years. She also has family in Dade City, where she spent most of her summers.
Kim earned a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technology Management from St. Petersburg College and received a Masters of Science in Information Technology from Florida Institute of Technology. Kim has spent over a decade working as a software engineer in both public and private sector.
Kim served in the US Army for eight years and the Florida Air Force National Guard for eight years.
Kim worked for United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE) on MacDill Air Force Base. She currently works for the Department of Treasury as a government contractor.
Kimberly Walker believes in a government that will work for all it’s citizens. She doesn’t accept what has been presented as our only option. And wants to give voice to her constituents to ensure all residents are guaranteed healthcare, better education for our kids and a clean and safe environment.
Why Kimberly is running for Congress:
Kim couldn’t stand on the sidelines and watch the country she loves to continue to go in the wrong direction. She is running because she wants to represent constituents in her community who haven’t been represented realistically. In other words, give voice to her constituents and to ensure all residents of District 12 are guaranteed healthcare, better education for our kids, and a clean and safe environment. Kim does not accept what has been presented as our only option. She has given some serious thought to what is necessary to effect change, and she is invested in making that change happen.
Higher Pay for Our Teachers:
Education is the cornerstone of democracy. Providing quality education is one of the government’s most important obligations to the people. If our children are to receive a quality education, we must increase teacher’s pay. Kim proposes to use the federal tax code to create a permanent $13,000 refundable Teachers Tax Credit. The result would increase a take-home pay for our teachers of $230 per week.
Kim also proposes to reform the Teacher Forgiveness Program. The Teacher Forgiveness Program is unattainable and ineffective. Currently, to become eligible, you must not have an outstanding balance on Direct Loans or Federal Family Education Loans. You must be employed full time and complete five consecutive academic years. Kim’s plan will modify the existing program. After one year of teaching, the Department of Education will pay up to $6,000 per year of the teacher’s federal student loans.
Student loan debt in America is over $1.6 trillion and exceeds accumulated car loans and even credit card debt. Kim proposes:
- Increasing the corporate tax rate from 21% to 23% to pay off all student loans
- Tax incentive of $50,000 for those who already paid off their student loans
- Eliminate student loan interest rate.
Better Jobs for Americans:
There is a mismatch in skills between labor and businesses, which poses an ongoing challenge for the future of work. This creates a deficit in the labor force. Workers in specific industries, especially jobs that are routine and repetitive, are more vulnerable to technological disruption. I propose creating a national Lifelong Learning and Training Account. At the age of 18, individuals will be eligible to contribute up to $3,000 per year made on a pre-tax basis. The federal government will directly make contributions based on the individual’s income (larger contributions will go to low-income workers). A contribution up to $3,000 by employers would exclude them from the worker’s taxable income. Individuals would not be able to directly withdraw the money they would give the account information to eligible education and training programs to access the funds. The way we work, the skills we need to thrive in our jobs and the trajectories of our careers are rapidly evolving. These changes – driven by technological innovation, demographics, shifting business models and nature of work are significantly altering the skills demanded by the labor market.
- Create shorter learning modules that foster continued learning. Adaptation to shifting labor market needs requires continuous learning and a considerable shift from the current education system model.
- Government is best positioned to coordinate with colleges & universities, nontraditional programs and businesses to create an inclusive lifelong learning system
The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA)
Kim opposes repealing the Affordable Care Act. She supports Joe Biden’s plan by giving Americans a choice to purchase a public health insurance option. She also supports expanding coverage to low-income Americans by offering premium-free access to states where they have refused to take up the Medicaid expansion.
Fix the rising cost of prescription drugs:
Kim believes the US Department of Health and Human Services should directly negotiate prices with drug producers and suppliers. She calls for full transparency to disclosure information from insurance plans about the average net prices paid for prescription drugs, including patient cost-sharing among plans and pricing increases. She will also fight to stop drugmakers from adding new patents to prolong a drug exclusivity when additions aren’t fundamentally new or useful as the law requires.
Kim’s views on Universal Healthcare
An increase in Americans is not able to afford healthcare. This pandemic has brought clarity that millions of Americans who have lost their jobs, in turn, lost their health insurance. With the recent decision from the Supreme Court ruling employers can now deny women free birth control based on religious rights, we need to move to some form of universal healthcare. We cannot allow employers to decide what health provisions they will or will not provide. As a veteran who has served my country, I believe everyday Americans should be allowed equal access to quality healthcare. Our teachers, small business owners, entrepreneurial, and wage earners all work hard to contribute to America’s fabric. It makes no sense that I should be entitled to any more or less medical care than any other citizen.
Protecting the environment is essential for our planet, our health, and our economy. Kim is running on promoting policies that invest in good jobs, clean energy, and modern infrastructure. By making these investments, we can solve this critical challenge and establish a 21st century economic model that protects the planet.
Fighting for LGBTQ:
Kim is a member of the LGBTQ community and will continue to fight for equality. Despite significant steps forward, the LGBTQ community still lack basic legal protections in states across the country. Kim supports the Equality Act that would provide nondiscrimination protections. It would amend the Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity and cover employment, housing, education, and federally funded programs. Kim will also fight for transgenders to be allowed to serve in the military again. Finally, Kim supports Safe Schools Improvement Act because she believes every student deserves to have a safe space in an environment to learn. Students will not flourish in an environment in which they fear.
Kim believes that women should have the ability to make their own healthcare decisions. Those decisions are between the woman and her doctor and not policies coming from elected officials. Kim will fight for equal pay for women. Salaries should be based on experience and or education and not based on gender.
Military & Families:
Kim will fight to ensure changes to the Military Health System sustain military-medical readiness and beneficiary access to top-quality care. In recent years, servicemembers and retirees have carried the increased burden of paying more for their health care. I want to prevent disproportional TRICARE fee increase and stand down efforts to cut military medical billets and efforts to dismantle the Military Health System.
After Kim’s term of service (ETS) ended in the military, it took her some time to adapt to civilian life. She found it challenging to convert the skills she learned in the military to the skills required in the civilian world. Understanding America’s healthcare was another issue she had to overcome. And finally, the uncertainty of finding a job was stressful. There have been positive changes in the military and preparations before a solider is discharge, but we can do more. We can only imagine soldiers who have served in hostile environments only to be discharged with PTSD to find it challenging in the civilian world. In Congress, Kim will work towards creating a program for solider’s who suffer from PTSD. Veterans who have experienced combat and were successfully able to adapt after discharge could mentor other veterans that are currently dealing with PTSD. The idea came from after leaving the military. Kim noticed she is closer to those who have served. There is a bond between service members that transcends race, religion, and ideology. Kim hopes this support system will help lower the number of veteran suicides.
Kim will also work to:
- Support the Rural Veterans Travel Enhancement Act that will expand on current initiative that provide transportation services to veterans living in rural areas and reimbursement for their travel to the Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities.
- Protect Goal Star spouses (Coast Guard) during future shutdowns. Currently Gold Star spouses receive their benefits from the Department of Defense and are protected from payment interruptions except for Coast Guard which receive their benefits from Homeland Security.
- Expand the Military Lending Act to include National Guard, Reservist, veterans and survivors. The Military Lending Act (MLA) enacted in 2006 and implemented by the Department of Defense currently protects active duty members of the military, their spouses and their dependents from certain leading practices that could pose a threat to military readiness and affect service member retention.
Federal Government Contractors:
With each passing year, contracting companies receive more money, yet a government contractor often does not benefit despite exemplary performance. My plan will require a mandatory pay increase based on performance.
During a rebid process, contracts are often won by different companies. When this happens, government contractors are not guaranteed to receive the same pay. My plan will require companies receiving a new contract to honor the income provided by the last contractor – or higher.
I’m against defunding the police. Most law enforcement officers do their jobs professionally and with honor. There are those who commit crimes against minorities that’s why I support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The bill addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability.
- Creates a national registry to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct.
- Authorizes the Department of Justice to issue subpoenas in investigations of police departments for a pattern or practice of discrimination.
- Establishes a framework to prohibit racial profiling at the federal, state, and local levels.
The United States can no longer sit on an island locked away from the world and think they will continue to be an influential global leader. Trump, his administration and some Republicans have managed to isolate America, turn our backs on our allies, and erode the trust the international community has had with us.
Below are Kimberly Walker’s position on foreign policy issues:
- China has always been a bad actor, from stealing US trade secrets to undermining the sanctions placed on North Korea. The greatest threat coming from China is their advancement in artificial intelligence (AI). China has invested billions in automation, and if the US does not start investing and taking China seriously, we will become second in regards to technology in the world. China is also investing in undeveloped countries by building bridges, hospitals, roads, railways, airports, and seaports. China’s goal is to expand trade and influence via infrastructure and investments in other countries.
- Iran should never be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, abandoning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ruined America’s credibility. The US should rejoin the JCPOA
- North Korea is a challenge. Kim Jong Un does not care about his citizens, and no matter what type of sanctions imposed on North Korea, they will never give up their nuclear weapons. In my option, there are only two options: war or allow North Korea to keep some of its nuclear weapons. Neither options are good but by going into an agreement with North Korea that entailed partial sanctions relief in exchange for some dismantling of its nuclear weapons, but not full denuclearization would be the better of two bad options.
- Afghanistan – Our troops have been fighting in the middle east for almost twenty years. Its time to bring them home. A small presence of special forces should remain to continue training and the first-line defense against another uprising of ISIS.