B.A. University of Texas, Plan II Honors
M.P. A. Harvard University, Kennedy School
14 years, U.S. State Department, with overseas assignments in Iraq, Russia, Israel, Taiwan, and Jamaica
1 year, Pearson Fellow, foreign policy advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Volunteer/Recruiter, Big Brothers and Big Sisters (Moscow)
Founder, Breaking Bread initiative to increase mutual understanding and reduce political tension in America
Former Lt. Governor, Houston area (Div. 3S) Key Clubs
Education: I will fight for accountability for our Department of Education, so that it does not helping weaken public schools in favor of for profit or lower standards schools, or schools which do not accept all students. I will ensure a greater role for the Department in sharing best practices, helping with teacher training, and promoting innovation across state lines, so that all schools can benefit from the success of the best schools.
Disaster relief: I will push for greater funding for disaster relief, and greater accountability for FEMA, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, so that natural disaster victims are taken care of and victims of human error are reduced.
Immigration reform: We need a rational, comprehensive reform that doesn't force us to lose our highly skilled immigrants, especially those who have waited years for green cards, and doesn't punish those brought here as children who are now productive members of society and no no other home.
We need a truly universal health care system, such as Medicare for All, which will bring down health care costs for everyone in the district and make sure no man, woman, or child is left without health care, just as in all other developed nations. All Americans should have access to health care through either their work, the VA, Medicare, or Medicaid. If they do not have one of those options, then they should be given the ability to join Medicare or a similar program. As Obamacare continues to be weakened by the current Congress, we should take this opportunity to address the biggest problem: sharply rising health care costs, which are often twice as expensive for the same procedures as in Europe, while achieving lower life expectancies.
The federal government must help encourage innovation and investment in the sectors of the future, including renewable energy. It must make long term plans to mitigate the effects of automation on the workforce and make investments in specific areas that help create good jobs in the future. Many of the technologies we use every day, such as GPS and the internet, were made possible through federal government investments in science and we can continue to do this as we adapt to disruptive long term trends. The federal government must ensure that all new jobs created adhere to our high labor standards, and that the rights of existing workers are protected from exploitation by employers. Tax incentives should favor true innovators and entrepreneurs, not just industries with large lobbying firms, and should be tied to the creation of middle class jobs.
Graduate of the High School for Health Professions C/O 88
Spelman College C/O 1992- BS Degree
Baylor College of Dentistry C/O 1999 Doctor of Dental Medicine
In 1992 I graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry attaining a DDS and began my career in medicine with the Harris County Hospital District as a Public Health Dental Provider. Opened two Health Care Centers; serve as a board member
CEO of CareerSmiles a non-profit created for low-income adults needing dental needs for job placement. In 2014 I legally lost custody of my son due to a loop-hole in Texas’ surrogacy laws. I wrote legislation defending the parental rights.
Healthcare affordability, access and coverage; infrastructure development; and tax relief are the most critical issues affecting the District. If elected I will spend the bulk of my time and energy focused on these three priorities.
Healthcare: Single payer has been a hot topic this year because of the Medicare for All bill Senator Sanders and several Dem. co-sponsors introduced last fall. While I believe single-payer should be a North Star policy makers are guided by, I don’t believe an overhaul of the magnitude it’s advocates are currently articulating is prudent. The TX 22 is home to many small and independent business owners like myself who rely on the individual market to receive their insurance plans. Rather than doing away with the Affordable Care Act and starting anew, I believe there are three things that can be done to improve the Act.
1.Introduce a Public Option such as a Medicare Buy-In.
2.A National Insurance Exchange.
3.Elect a governor who will expand Medicaid.
As a small business owner, I am intimately aware of this dilemma. I believe my solutions of a Public Option, a National Insurance Exchange, and the expansion of Medicaid are the prescriptions for what ails our health system-- especially for those who don’t qualify for employer sponsored insurance.
Access to capital is the engine of the entrepreneur’s dream. Right now, job creation in this country has been left largely to the Federal Reserve through its maintenance of interest rates-- setting a baseline for liquidity in our economy. Before leaving office, former Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Federal Reserve had been as creative as it could in fostering full employment, and that the onus was now on Congress to enact fiscal policies that would fill the rest of the gap. Sadly, Chairman Bernanke’s words fell on deaf ears. The Federal government should take an activist approach to job creation. It is my belief that many programs of the so called “Great Society” were heading in the right direction by incorporating local community with federal dollars to achieve maximal employment in their areas. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the end of that endeavor, I’ve been thinking of it quite often. I think the programs would serve as blueprints for my office.