2018 Primary election results

Debbie "Rica" Wilson

Debbie "Rica" Wilson
  • Democrat
  • Age: 43
  • Residence: Waldorf

About Debbie "Rica" Wilson

Education

Wilson graduated from St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh, North Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has a Master’s Degree in English, with an emphasis in teaching English as a Second Language, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She holds a doctorate in ministry with a focus on Pastoral Counseling and a certificate in Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Background

Dr. D. Rica Wilson, serves as Special Assistant to the CEO of Ascendant Global Consulting managing a diverse portfolio of projects. Dr. Wilson has worked in the nonprofit sector and education arena for over 20 years. As a former public school teacher and university professor, she has held diverse roles at nonprofit organizations and colleges focused on improving the lives of hardworking families, disabled people, and economically disadvantaged communities. In addition to her work with Ascendant Global, Dr. Wilson is the Executive Director and Founder of Brown Girl Wellness, a 501c3 non-profit organization that helps homeless and disadvantaged women and children in rural communities thrive. As an advocate for human rights and social justice, she continually uses her educational training and life experience to mobilize community-based programs for empowerment.

    Questionnaire

    1
    Trump record
    How do you assess the Trump administration so far?
    Wilson: I am saddened by administration choices that undermine the fabric of equality, human dignity and justice.
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    2
    2017 Tax Cuts
    Do you support or oppose the federal tax cuts passed in 2017? What effect do you believe they will have on the economy?
    Wilson: I oppose the federal tax cuts. Many higher-wage earners and businesses will benefit, but many individuals and low-wage earners will suffer. It is essential to create a fiscal budget that protects and supports health and social programs that support Americans with creating gaps to increase poverty and despair.
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    3
    National debt
    Is the level of national debt a concern? What, if anything, should be done to reduce it or constrain its increase?
    Wilson: Yes, national debt is a concern. Rejecting budget plans to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border would prevent a debt increase.
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    4
    Income inequality
    Is the level of economic inequality in the United States a problem, and if so, what should the federal government do to address it?
    Wilson: Economic inequality is as old as our congressional leadership structure. Elected leaders must continually seek solutions to eliminate economic disparities in middle-class and low-income communities. By providing flexible financing terms and transparent access to business ownership and revitalizing communities of despair, more citizens will have opportunities to create generational wealth.
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    5
    Gun laws
    Should federal gun laws be changed, and if so, how?
    Wilson: Yes, federal gun laws must change. We must continually engage in conversations with leaders and citizens to create laws that protect lives. Until we close the loopholes with federal laws, the cycle of violence will continue. As leaders, we must focus on preserving innocent lives instead of financial gain and acceptability.
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    6
    ACA
    What should Congress do with respect to the Affordable Care Act? Should it be strengthened, and if so, how? Should it be scrapped? If so, what if anything should replace it?
    Wilson: Congress should continue to strengthen the Affordable Care Act. A universal healthcare system would benefit Americans. All citizens should have access to equal and quality care.
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    Urban policy
    What role should the federal government play in helping cities like Baltimore?
    Wilson: Baltimore like other cities should receive support to help citizens thrive. Disparity gaps must be closed to prevent unemployment, food insecurity and hopelessness.
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    8
    Opioids
    What can Congress do to address the opioid epidemic?
    Wilson: The opioid epidemic must be addressed within communities. Increased support through education and mental health professionals will combat addiction. Moreover, public health community centers are key components to helping relieve the crisis.
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    Immigration
    What changes if any should Congress make to our immigration and deportation laws and policies?
    Wilson: Dreamers are Americans! This country was built on the backs of men and women who worked for low wages to help their children live better lives. Deportation and family division is not the answer. Congress must continue to create laws to protect Dreamers and families.
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    Free trade
    Should the United States continue with the free trade policies it pursued for the last several decades, or should it enact restrictions in an attempt to help domestic industries?
    Wilson: Revised free trade polices that help domestic industries help create a win-win trade deals.
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    Iran
    Do you support the Iran nuclear deal?
    Wilson: I support a deal that limits nuclear programs.
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    North Korea
    How should the United States address the rise of North Korea’s nuclear program?
    Wilson: No response.
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