Key Issues

Fully fund our Public Schools
1: Private School Vouchers Scam

The issue of private school vouchers poses a significant threat to the fairness and equity of our education system. These vouchers, often touted as tools for parental choice, actually siphon funds directly from public schools. The discrepancy in funding is alarming, with some vouchers providing up to $10,000 per student, while schools only receive around $6,000 in allocation. This imbalance undermines the financial stability of public schools, while also diverting crucial resources away from classrooms. Moreover, in many small towns, private schools are scarce, limiting the practicality of voucher programs. It’s imperative to advocate for a fair and equitable distribution of educational resources that ensures all students, regardless of their background or location, have access to quality education.

2: Public School Safety

Ensuring the safety of our students is a priority, but the methods employed to achieve this should not come at the expense of educational quality. Current safety measures, including drills and procedural habits like locking doors and scheduled security sweeps, are already happening, but the financial burden of hiring armed officers should in no way come out of school budgets. Redirecting funds from education to armed marshals compromises the learning environment. Instead, the state should take responsibility for the cost of keeping our children safe.

3: Public Teacher Pay

The issue of public teacher pay is a critical aspect of ensuring a high-quality education system. A starting salary of $59,000 is insufficient to attract and retain talented educators, particularly in areas where the cost of living is high. To address this, advocating for a competitive and livable wage that factors in inflation is crucial. Furthermore, a 4-day work week can provide teachers with the flexibility and work-life balance they need to deliver their best to students.

Access to Adequate Healthcare

1: Texas women have a right to access healthcare with a high-quality primary care provider.

Ensuring women’s access to high-quality healthcare is not just a matter of basic rights, but a crucial element in fostering a healthier and more equitable society. Minute Clinics and Urgent Care facilities cannot replace the comprehensive care provided by a dedicated primary care provider. Our women deserve personalized attention and ongoing support from their physicians. This is especially true for reproductive health, where regular screenings and check-ups are essential. A failure to provide access to such care can lead to misdiagnosis and delayed treatment, with potentially fatal consequences! I support a woman’s right to choose! I am absolutely opposed to Abbot’s barbaric 6-week rule and bounty system that makes women carry stillborn babies to term.

2: Build more Hospitals and partner with local colleges to create a county-wide network of county-run clinics.

With an aging population, our district demands an expansion in healthcare infrastructure. By building more hospitals and establishing partnerships with local colleges, we can create a comprehensive network of county-run clinics. This not only addresses the immediate need for increased healthcare facilities, but also ensures a sustainable pipeline of skilled healthcare professionals. Collaborating with colleges allows us to tap into the energy and innovation of young minds entering the healthcare field. A county-wide network of clinics ensures that healthcare services are more evenly distributed, reducing disparities, and providing accessibility to a broader population. It’s an investment in the long-term health and well-being of our community.

3: Improved access to mental healthcare for all Texans – particularly men.

The mental health of our community, particularly among young men, is a pressing concern that cannot be ignored. In 2022 alone, the United States witnessed approximately 50,000 suicides, with nearly 40,000 of them being men. This staggering statistic underscores the urgent need for accessible mental healthcare. Men often face challenges in expressing their feelings and struggles, particularly when they face the expectation to be the primary breadwinner in this difficult and changing economy. Retired individuals in addition to mothers struggling with postpartum are also especially vulnerable. By prioritizing mental healthcare, we send a powerful message that we care about the well-being of every member of our community. Addressing mental health issues not only saves lives but also contributes to a more compassionate and resilient Texas.

Good Paying Jobs & Infrastructure

1: Wages vs. Cost of Living

The widening gap between wages and the cost of living, particularly in housing, transportation, and childcare, poses a critical challenge to the well-being of Texans. As prices soar, wages have failed to keep pace, leaving many families struggling to make ends meet. This is not just a personal financial crisis; it’s a threat to the very fabric of our communities. By addressing this disparity, we not only uplift individual workers but fortify the foundation upon which our entire state thrives.

2: Strengthening Unions and Workers Rights

Our Republican lawmakers recently voted to remove water breaks for construction workers! The resurgence of a robust middle class in Texas hinges on the revitalization of unions. Historically, unions played a pivotal role in constructing the middle class, and now, they are indispensable in its reconstruction. Union workers enjoy better wages, improved healthcare benefits, and lower turnover rates. By strengthening and expanding unions, we empower workers to negotiate collectively for improved working conditions like water breaks.

3: Investment in Essential Infrastructure

Investing in the foundation of Texas’ future is crucial, requiring significant allocations to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, public schools, roads, and sustainable energy. A robust healthcare and education system forms the cornerstone of a thriving society, ensuring access to quality healthcare for all Texans. Adopting a Texas style green economy, utilizing propane, CNG, solar, geothermal, and wind, goes beyond enhancing our electrical grid. It creates numerous well-paying jobs, making Texas more resilient to external challenges while establishing us as pioneers in sustainable energy. It’s an investment in a future where Texas not only survives, but thrives.

More Important Issues

Work to Protect our LGBTQIA+ Friends, Family, and Neighbors

Despite being home to the second largest LGBTQIA+ population in the nation, Texas falls short in providing fundamental protections for them. Throughout the state, many experience discrimination, harassment, bullying, and violence on a daily basis solely due to their identities. This is particularly pronounced among the most vulnerable subsets, such as LGBTQIA+ individuals of color, transgender Texans, and LGBTQIA+ youth.
Pride saves lives! 🌈

Compassionate Immigration with a Real Path to Citizenship
The state motto is “Friendship” so we should treat folks that come to this country with dignity regardless of their country of origin or port of entry. If “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” truly reflects America’s values then we truly can be that beacon on a hill and not slam the door on folks ready to work hard for a better life.
Common Sense Gun Laws

We need to regain a proper respect for firearms. Guns are not toys to play with. They require caution, proper instruction, responsible storage, and you should have a background check to own one. Some regulations just make sense!

Climate Change and our Environment
We only have so much Blackland Prairie left all the while we are developing ourselves into urban sprawl. If we do nothing the Summers will get hotter while the Winters get colder and it’s our grandkids that will suffer. We’ve got to be more responsible.
Criminal Justice Reform
Our jails and prisons are full of people committing “Crimes of Despair”. The school to prison pipeline is alive and well in Texas and our young people deserve better. We can do better!
Expanding Medicaid in Texas
Texas leadership has decided to leave nearly $12 billion dollars of federal money on the table and Texas is one of about ten states that has not expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. How irresponsible?
Enhancing Voter’s Access to the Polls

We need to expand voting rights and allow voting by mail for all who want it. Any politician that is not expanding access and availability of voting has weak ideas. Why are Republican lawmakers so afraid of democracy?