My name is Michelle Servadio Elias.
I am running for Board of Supervisors for Muscatine County because I believe those who have the least amount of rights and who are underserved among us need a voice.
I am a disabled Veteran and a Retired Nurse. My goal is to cultivate the health, wealth and prosperity of all of our citizens.
I believe in transparency in government and accessibility between elected officials and constituents. Because we are equals, you all will be treated as such. You will be listened to and valued.
Women in Muscatine County are in severe need of adequate reproductive health care.
I would seek to assist the Board of Health and any other community agencies to find care providers and to ensure access to excellence in care for all women who need care.
Fighting For Medical Cannabis & Industrial Hemp Opportunities
Iowa should decriminalize cannabis for medical cannabis card holders. Decriminalization should be set for personal possession of 1 ounce of Dispensary, regulated, barcoded and dosed, medical cannabis. Because these patients have no intent to distribute, they are exempt from prosecution if they possess product from out of state dispensaries.
(per 124e14 out of state medical cannabidiol dispensaries, 124e18, reciprocity.)
As the Founder of the Iowa Hemp Industries Association I have helped write legislation, testify at sub committees, give presentations to the Cannabidiol board and the Board of Medicine regarding Cannabis as Medicine. I have extensive experience working on the Cannabis and Industrial Hemp issues. Our journey in Iowa began back in 2015 with our first Cannabidiol law for the children with Epilepsy. I am proud to have been instrumental in advocating for that law.
Care For Veterans & Mental Health
I wrote the Veterans in Crisis Care Act in 2017 out of my determination to save Veterans lives.
This gives any veteran who is suicidal, or in mental health crisis a 24 hour observation hold until medically stable and can be transferred to a VA bed for care.
According to the VA stats, of those who have PTSD, those who commit suicide, 70.7% die by firearm, with Iowa averaging 75 suicides a year, 35% above the national average.
In Muscatine County we have very few mental health resources available.
We regularly send our mental health, and suicidal admissions out to other counties all over the state. The fundamental problem is we have too few resources to provide the Mental Health care we need for our County residents. I would like us to be solution oriented and partner with agencies and resources like NAMI, or expand agency funding for local housing for our high-risk mental health patients. This would drive down the costs of expensive long- term hospitalizations in far-away counties, where patients are getting stuck, unable to transfer to a lower level of care, driving up costs. Let us look for solutions that keep our loved ones close to their support systems and not scattered all over the state.
+ Environmental Sustainability
A Global Port Authority will encourage opportunities for growth and prosperity.
I would like to work with our local stakeholders on developing a port authority for Muscatine County. We have the perfect line up of River, Rail, Airport, and Interstate along with Industry and workforce. With community engagement, Federal study approval we should be able to do this for our communities and cultivate the wealth and prosperity of our County.
We need to take care of our environment and work on green initiatives for Muscatine County.
I would welcome listening posts and community activism and suggestions, what can we do as a whole to make a difference? How about charging stations for electric cars off of our main highways coming in to our towns? We can help decrease emissions and increase visitors to our towns this way. I have participated in climate change activities throughout Iowa and I truly believe in leaving this world a better place for my children and grandchild.
Let us get together and clean up our roads, our waterways and our emissions and ensure we are taking care of our environment.
Thank you. I am grateful for your consideration and I respect your vote for me.