Katie Dean has the passion, the smarts, and the work ethic to represent the people of Western North Carolina's 11th District. And if you talk to Katie's whitewater kayaking and mountain bike friends, they'll tell you she has the toughness to break through a dysfunctional Congress.
Katie and her husband, Zach, own an Auto Repair Shop. As successful small business owners, they know firsthand how difficult it has become to survive our disenfranchised economy. Nevertheless, they built their automotive service business from one bay to five bays; they understand the struggles of our elderly, families living paycheck-to-paycheck, gig workers, and small businesses.
Katie took a second job to access decent health insurance after refusing anesthetic to save money on her broken collar bone. She doesn't recommend this, but her doctor was impressed. She knows firsthand what it's like to have your back against the wall and are incapable of paying for healthcare.
Political and corporate power brokers have teamed up to create a wealth gap so large, it could fill the great valleys of the Western North Carolina Mountains. Katie will fight this greed and make an honest day's work mean something, again!
Katie earned a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Georgia. She went straight to work doing infrastructure design for rural municipalities in addition to substantial work in environmental remediation and compliance. At her core, Katie is a problem solver.
Join this working-class campaign that will put the Washington fat cats on their heels and allow Madison Cawthorn to work full time in that great business he brags about, but that never produced a dime of revenue.
Broadband - particularly in rural areas of the 11th – must be upgraded to both optimize our economy and help to educate our children. Katie believes that a regulated monopoly [i.e., utility company] should not be profiting from taxpayers. In Congress, she will fight tooth and nail for the expansion of rural America's ability to compete in the free market.
Our existing infrastructure is in desperate need of attention. Katie’s work in infrastructure design for rural municipalities gives her a unique perspective to work with state and federal agencies to ensure Western North Carolina has the necessary resources to prosper. A robust infrastructure will help push our economy forward and strengthen our residents and small businesses.
Katie believes the diversity of the rural and urban makeup of the 11th district is one of our greatest strengths. We can survive economic downturns and provide a variety of career options for all, particularly our youth. Katie and Zach have been fortunate through hard work and thrift to keep pursuing the American dream. But they also understand dreams can crash into dust and we must stand shoulder-to-shoulder to allow people to succeed and create opportunity.
On average, American CEOs make 320 times the pay of their average worker. Think about that!
30 years ago that ratio was 61 times average worker pay. From 61 times average worker pay to a multiple of 320 in 30 years.
From 1978 until 2019 typical worker pay grew 14%. For CEOs?? --- 1,167%.
This is obscene by any measure and must be addressed - immediately.
Too many teachers in the 11th district practically have to take a vow of poverty to continue teaching our children. Families in the 11th district deserve top-quality schools, and in too many cases, they're just not getting them. Katie believes we can and must do better by providing better funding and developing forward-thinking policies to help our children perform better. Coming out of the pandemic, it's never been clearer that our education strategies and resources must improve for our children to learn and succeed.
A diverse energy portfolio is a secure portfolio. Under the right leadership, Western North Carolina can lead the country to show what is possible for future energy infrastructure and policy. Katie understands the value of strategic planning, awareness, and collaboration across industries. We continuously see closed door negotiations for rate increases in our district; for too many this is unsustainable. We must invest in zero and low-carbon technology to maintain a secure energy portfolio for generations to come.
We can balance the energy needs of the 11th district while also adopting innovative environmental policies to address our climate crisis and protect our environment. Environmental health equates to human health.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) transformed American healthcare, but we have more work to do. Working families and small businesses are still having trouble accessing quality, affordable healthcare. Healthcare costs and prescription drug prices are still spiraling out of control. Katie will work to improve the ACA, zealously protect Medicare and work to provide Medicaid coverage to our most vulnerable citizens. Katie will bring drug companies and healthcare executives before Congress to explain why these costs continue to bankrupt American families.
Katie believes we must work to improve frayed relations with many of our allies while recognizing that regimes worldwide, including China, Russia and North Korea, threaten our safety, security, and economy. Through smart, strategic, and persistent diplomacy, America can, once again, lead the world.
America's greatest strength has always been its diversity and will be more so in the future. Every community must feel safe in the melting pot that we call America. Fortunately, our justice system is beginning to get the message, but we have a long way to go. At her core, Katie sees, hears, and feels the injustices that tarnish our country's reputation and progress.
We must stop trying to solve 21st-century problems with 5th-century solutions like border walls. Technology exists which will make protecting our borders more effective at a fraction of the cost. We are a country of immigrants; that is our strength. Americans deserve thoughtful, humane policies that control our borders in an increasingly dangerous world.
Two things that are no secret to 11th district residents: housing has become incredibly expensive and our workforce cannot continue working here without more housing solutions. Modern engineering and regulatory approaches have made quality, affordable housing – well - more affordable. State and federal agencies have a massive footprint in this area. Katie will use her engineering background to work with them to provide better, more affordable housing solutions.
This is a working-class campaign. We are the people Lincoln referred to when he spoke of a government, "of the people, by the people, and for the people."
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