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U.S. House, District 36

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    Jon Powell (Dem) Environmental and Management Consultant

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    Dayna Steele (Dem) Entrepreneur, Speaker and Author

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Identify what you think are the three most important issues directly affecting the people in your district and explain how you will address these issues,if elected?

What do you think should be done to help those who don’t receive employer-sponsored health insurance and cannot afford insurance through other currently available options?

What do you think is the appropriate role of the federal government in fostering a positive environment for job creation in the United States?

Education/Degrees BA., Colgate University, 1974 Geology ScM. Brown University, 1979 Geological Sciences
Professional Experience Scientist and consultant for 35+ years specializing in analyzing complex environmental, safety, and technical problems in industry and implementing practical solutions. Owner of my consulting business.
Community Involvement Mayor, Taylor Lake Village 2011 - 2013 City Council member, Taylor Lake Village, TX 2003 - 2011 Volunteer member of local Community Advisory Panel, service clubs, environmental organizations, and political clubs
Campaign Phone (713) 588-0355
Twitter @JonPowellTX36
This district is large and diverse, but we have common issues that impact us. 1) Accessibility and affordability of life’s necessities – housing, health care, clean air and water. 2) Prospects for the future – Investment in education at all levels to create better opportunities for the people, and investment in physical assets to make the area more attractive to economic development and good paying jobs. 3) Disaster relief and recovery from Harvey and building projects that reduce the risk from future hurricanes.

Making sure SE Texas comes out stronger will be a chief priority of mine. That means working every day to get the funding and resources needed to make our communities stronger. And also using these resources as an economic engine for good paying jobs and a better future for our kids and grandkids. As a scientist and environmental consultant, I use facts to make decisions. And as a former mayor, I have experience making stuff happen for people. We need that in DC.
Health care is a basic human right. People who have neither employer nor other health insurance need health coverage to be provided through a public source. Texas made a big mistake by refusing to accept Medicaid expansion and did so at the expense of all Texans. Medicaid should be expanded to provide needed health coverage to all Americans, bypassing any roadblocks put up by individual states. Providing that health care will enable the people to be more productive, to be more entrepreneurial, and to live better lives. The federal government should reduce health care costs by negotiating for drug prices and health services. Medical services must be restructured to serve the consumers, not just the corporate providers.
Congress plays a vital role in shaping the economy with the decisions they do and do not make.

Some decisions, including the most recent ones to hold up Hurricane Harvey funds, or giving huge tax breaks to billionaires do not help families across SE Texas. These decisions actually harm job creation.

Congress should be working to invest in projects that improve the district – in infrastructure that attracts development that will bring good jobs to the area; in education that will provide opportunity to the residents and a well-trained workforce for employers; and in scientific and engineering research that will bring innovation to our economy. Investment in these areas will nurture a robust economy with good paying jobs. A humming local economy will result in more jobs and higher wages.

As a Congressman, I will work to bring new economic opportunity for SE Texas. Community investment, higher pay, creating more demand is what grows the economy.
Education/Degrees Texas A&M University Media Studies
Professional Experience Radio Personality Television Anchor/Host Successful Entrepreneur - and Steele Media Services Business Success Speaker Author of 7 books on success and one about her mother's Alzheimer's journey
Community Involvement Dayna has emceed, promoted, and participated in thousands of charities and community events in and around Houston for over 35 years. She and her family now give laptop computers to high school students trapped in poverty.
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Campaign Phone (281) 738-3254
Twitter @daynasteele
My campaign is centered around a simple equation: Healthcare + Education = Jobs. Healthy, educated people work, created jobs, and bring opportunity to communities. That in turn fuels the broader economy. A culture that places short-term profit over investment in its people, that values financial manipulation over work, is not sustainable and must change.
We need to begin the conversation about joining the rest of the developed world in paying for healthcare through a single-payer system. It may take time – Social Security and Medicare for older Americans were both proposed years before they were enacted. But while we have that debate, we cannot move backwards and take away insurance from Americans. And, while it is a state-level issue, the absurd refusal of Texas to accept billions of Federal dollars and expand Medicare is simply wrong.
The most important thing would be to have a stable system of affordable and portable health insurance, not tied to employment. In my heart, I know there is a young scientist out there who might start a company that finds the cure for cancer, if only she didn’t need to stay at her job to provide insurance for her family.

The other key to creating jobs is education. We need to give kids (and adult learners) the tools they need to succeed: laptops, high-speed internet, and teachers who are paid as professionals. Every politician will say “children are the future” – we need to start acting like we believe it. We must fully fund pre-K-12 education (and stop draining public schools to give money to for-profit charters and voucher schemes). We must also develop and sustain non-college career programs for high-school graduates and lifelong learners.