I was born in and raised in Cedar Rapids to a single mother, Jeri Henderson. Also having the women in my family to help raise me. I come from a long line of military heritage. I joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2003 and served until 2015, when I received honorable discharge and am currently a disabled veteran. While in the Marines I received several promotions, awards and letters of appreciation and recommendation.
If elected there are several things I would like to see happen. First I would like to see an increase in mental health services. Mental health is seen as a stigma or a weakness rather than a strength. It is still being seen that way now, and politicians aren’t helping. I want to expand mental health services and make them more accessible.
I would like to see us go back to state-provided Medicaid as opposed to managed care. First we have to fix what’s broken with state-provided medical. Leaving those who are disabled exempt first.
With criminal justice reform, I believe we should go back to a system of not petitioning the governor to get voting rights back. If you have served your time, completed your probation and paid your fines, your right to vote should be reinstated. It is a waste of the governor’s time and effort to go through petitions of those proving to come back into society as a citizen that should be allowed to vote.
I plan to repeal the limits on who can access medical marijuana. Right now the limit is based on medical needs and criminal backgrounds. I plan on expanding it medically to what has been proven to help, expanding past just the oil itself. Taxes for medical marijuana in my opinion should be used to fund K-12 education and never allocated to anything else.
There also needs to be better access for in-home care for the disabled, allowing them to live in their homes and remaining a member of their community.
The government shouldn’t have a say in the private matter of abortion. Abortion is just that, a private matter, and the woman’s choice.
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Democrats and Republicans have done nothing but divide. I plan to unite. It’s time Iowan’s unite.
Let’s set the standards for the rest of the nation.
• Joshua Henderson is a no-party candidate in Iowa House District 69.
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