Candidate Tracey Brooks (Democrat)


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1. A July Gallup poll showed only a 14% approval rating for Congress. Why is that? What would you do to improve the public's perception of Congress?

We need to make government accountable again and restore the American people’s trust. I’m running for Congress to undo the damage done by George Bush and the Republicans, to take on the special interests that stand in the way of change, and to make our government accountable again to our families, to our communities and to the people.

Candidate Tracey Brooks
Candidate Tracey Brooks

2. If elected to congress, what measures, if any, would you take to help the growing segment of people who are struggling to keep up with the rapidly rising food, fuel, and healthcare costs that have not been matched by rising wages?

It’s time to end the war in Iraq and take the $12 billion a month we’re spending there and invest it here at home in our schools and helping working families, in health care for all, in job creation, in solving our housing crisis, in developing renewable energy and ending our dependence on foreign oil. Career politicians have promised energy plans at the federal and state levels for years, but simply haven’t delivered. I have a seven point energy plan that includes ending the tax breaks and loopholes for big oil companies and instead investing that money in renewable energy and alternative fuels. We can no longer have a government that puts the profits of oil companies ahead of the needs of the people.

3. What Social Issues, if any, would you champion while in congress?

I will fight to defend a woman’s right to choose, for health care for all, for equal pay for equal work, for equal parenting and adoption rights, and for constitutional equality and economic justice for all. We also need to get guns off our streets and out of our schools. Our families deserve to live in their communities, play in their yards and walk down their streets without the fear of gun violence. When we talk about change, these are some of the many issues that we must address in order to really achieve it.

4. What do you see as the greatest challenge facing America today and in the coming years, what would you do about it so that we are prepared?

Due to the many failures of the Bush Administration, we are now faced with numerous challenges that are all interrelated. Again, the first thing we must do is end the war in Iraq, take the $12 billion a month we’re spending there, and invest it here at home on things like health care for everyone. I will go to Washington to fight for guaranteed health care coverage for all and support bills like H.R. 676 that accomplish that goal. Every American should get the same kind of quality, affordable health care that members of Congress get.

5. Why should the people of the 21st district choose you over all others??

I am not like the other candidates. I have a different kind of hands-on experience working in our communities at the Community Services Corps and the Schenectady Family Health Center. I will go to Washington to fight for health care for all, end the war in Iraq, protect every woman’s right to choose, and end the sky-rocketing gas prices. I will go to Washington to make government accountable to you the people and to take on Bush, McCain and the Republicans in Congress. You have a real choice this election between the same old politicians who have failed to deliver for us and someone with a different kind of experience who represents change.  I’m Tracey Brooks and a vote for me is a vote for real change.

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