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Texas House, District 126

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    Undrai F. Fizer (Dem) Minister/Personal Life Strategist

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    Kevin Fulton (Rep) Attorney/Small Business Owner

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    E. Sam Harless (Rep) Small Business Owner, Fred Fincher Motors

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    Natali Hurtado (Dem) Natali Hurtado

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    Gail Stanart (Rep) Self-Employed

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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 will you do as a member of the Texas Legislature to ensure that all Texas children receive a quality education?

What role should the Texas Legislature play in addressing the problem of human trafficking in our state and in providing funding for programs that support victims?

Education/Degrees Shadydale Elementary School B.C. Elmore Middle School Forest Brook HS. '85 Latin University of Theology; D.Div. Religious Education United Graduate College and Seminary: Ph.D. Humanities
Professional Experience Certified Life Coach; The Kairos Institute Founder/Publisher; Divine House Books Founder, Director: Kairos Inter-Global Inc. Jazz Pianist; Undrai Fizer Radio PANDORA
Community Involvement Director of Houston, Hope, Humanity: an informative outreach that teaches life skills; spiritual development; inclusivity networking and voter registration/outreach
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We live in a very thriving district, in all areas. I do believe that we could be more culturally inclusive and inviting. The present political climate has left a "bad taste" in the community. Also, for this to be a thriving community; we are experiencing very negative disciplinary problems at certain schools. I believe this needs to be addressed. Our healthcare program for our seniors and individuals with preexisting conditions are finding themselves in a dilemma and we need to fix that. Many of our established neighborhoods need to be protected more from flooding issues as well. Therefore, in the midst of a beautiful, outward presentation, we have yet to determine what intricate CORE VALUE we are living from; the CORE VALUE that empowers us to be a COMMUNITY. With the resident dynamic changing drastically; we need to address the ever-present needs to upgrade community, family, and educational involvement for ALL PEOPLE, and not just "the SOME!"
We have great schools, especially within District 126. However, that's not the case in some of our State's "underserved" communities. I will do all that I can, as I am doing now, to seek ways to inspire the families in these areas to find vision, hope, and encouragement to do even greater things in life. Education, without a student, isn't education. Many of our "students"have no hope. Thus, there is no greater quality of life. I want to use this platform in legislature to establish "LIFE REFORMS," a unique communication resource that will tap into the creative potential of various people groups. Many have a unique way of learning. I believe that we have quality teachers who possess enough depth to communicate to this present generation's children. We're going to need a lot of creative ways to do so and I am all for it. Students must feel that their life is relevant and that there is so much more for them to achieve.
We should show a greater value for human life, family, and gender quality. We should establish harsher penalties for trafficking as well. Most of these issues are psychological and spiritual in nature. Many are experiencing issues at home, various relationships, and the need for acceptance, and are finding themselves in "dark situations" that happen to exploit their weaknesses and in some cases, rebellion. I don't know if we can totally "end it," but we can comprehend it greater. For every individual that find themselves searching for purpose in all of the wrong places, there will be "johns" there to pick them up. I believe we need to establish more counseling centers, and even empower places of worship to deal with some of these issues as well. Everything isn't as bureaucratic as it looks. Some things are personal, mental, spiritual, etc. I believe we, as representatives, should take more of a human approach to our communities. I believe it would make a difference.
Education/Degrees Juris Doctor Degree
Professional Experience Owner of the Fulton Law Group PLLC. Assisted in lawsuits protecting 1st Amendment Rights including suing the City of Houston for deceptive ballot language and recently assisted in a lawsuit protecting religious freedom.
Community Involvement 1) Army vet serving as recon in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort. 2) Volunteer-Domestic Violence Clinic 2) Co-founder of a Tx Republican Party Auxiliary Club 3) Elected Republican Party State and National Delegate
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1) Cut government waste-Reform the way legislators create and allocate funds in the state budget by implementing the following: a) Performance Based Budgeting for all funds used for programs with measurable outcomes. This will allow taxpayers to see if a taxpayer funded program is effective or a waste of money; b) Zero Based Budgeting for all funds used for the basic functions of government. This will require a review of how funds are used and whether they are actually needed. Currently, there is an assumption of need and budgets started at the prior cycles baseline.

2) Infrastructure-Work on flood control in the district. This includes increasing the levees at Cypress Creek and creating another reservoir to take some of the pressure off the Barker and Addicks Reservoirs.

3) Property Tax reform-Lower Appraisal caps and find stable alternate funding for education to relieve property owners from the almost exclusive burden of funding the educational system.
1) Find a stable funding source for K-12. 2) Ensure that parents, regardless of where they live, have a chance to send their child to the best educational environment for their child. 3) Reduce standardized testing requirements. 4) Allow schools to create more vocational training opportunities in 9th to 12th grade. 5) Ensure that parents with kids that have learning disabilities have a voice in the placement and educational goals for their child.

1) Increase criminal and civil penalties for businesses that facilitate prostitution. 2) Using existing revenue to increase funding to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services for the specific purpose of helping trafficking victims who are in foster care.  3) Create statewide human trafficking awareness programs. 4) Using existing revenue, provide grant funding to organizations (including faith based organizations) specifically to provide housing and other support to human trafficking victims.
Education/Degrees Sam Houston State University 2 years
Professional Experience Small business owner. Car Dealer, Owner of Fred Fincher Motors, SJH Investments, SJH Real Estate. On the Board Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Training advisory board and the Harris County Sheriff's advisory board.
Community Involvement On the Board of The Pearl Fincher Museum, support the Northwest Assistant Ministries, The Centrum Arts, The Lone Star College System ,Klein ISD and Cy-Fair ISD Education Foundation. Lifetime member of The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
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1.Border Security. We must do more to secure our borders by providing additional resources to hire more agents to patrol the borders. 2. Property Tax Reform. Property owners are over burdened with high property taxes. Tax reform should start with school finance reform. The State needs to pay its fair share of the cost to educate our children. 3. Flooding. Harris County was devastated by Hurricane Harvey. We must build additional reservoirs to prevent future flooding. We can obtain the funds from the rainy day fund or FEMA. 4. Education. We need school finance reform. We need to put more money in the classrooms to educate our kids. We need to stop shifting money from education to other areas.
School finance reform. We need to make sure the State pays its fair share to educate our children. Promote school choice so our children are not locked into a failing school district.
This is critical. We must do more to secure our border and crack down on human smuggling. We must provide resources to victims of this appalling practice. We need to make sure we have stiffer penalties for those that exploit victims.
Education/Degrees Masters in Public Policy & Administration - University of St. Thomas Double BA Psychology & Political Science - University of Houston
Professional Experience Director of Services for the International Management District - Hawes, Hill & Associates District Director - State Representative Kristi Thibaut Mickey Leland Intern - Hobby Center for Public Policy CHIP Intern - Hobby Center for Public Policy
Community Involvement Commissioner for Keep Houston Beautiful Former Aldine YMCA Board Member Former District Director for Boy Scouts of America Former Young Professional for Child Advocates
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Education is a very important issue in district 126. I plan to fight on behalf of teachers and administrators making sure they are receiving the necessary tools to ensure a quality education for our children. Allocating proper funding and reworking the school finance formula is an excellent place to start. Healthcare is another key issue in our district. Making sure people are not having to choose between buying their medicine or getting basic necessities for home is critical. By expanding Medicaid and accepting federal funding that comes along with this expansion can easily help so many people thrive. Lastly, I believe getting a hold on our property taxes is critical. Homeowners are having to carry the load for big corporations that feel they don't need to pay their fair share - this has to change. By working with others, we can close the current loopholes that are in place that benefit big corporations and stop burdening homeowners with increasing taxes.
I will work diligently to make sure our public schools are getting their fair share of the budget. This means we have to make sure everyone is paying their share and that includes big corporations that are currently benefiting from the "equity statute". This statue alone is depleting school districts of valuable funding and is causing homeowners to pick up their weight. I will also ensure that we are addressing the much needed expansion of Pre-K. Our children's minds are at a critical development level during Pre-K age and it is important that we foster their development.
I believe an excellent start would be to stop criminalizing the victims that are brought into this awful situation. We should be funding more outreach and rehabilitative centers for the victims so they know there is a way out.
Education/Degrees Lamar University; University of Houston; Lone Star College; Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Professional Experience Insurance Agent: Paralegal: Small Business Owner; Oil & Gas Corporation; Retail Administration
Community Involvement Champion Forest Baptist Church; Bible Study Fellowship; Republican Women Clubs; Repubican Party of Texas State Republican Executive Committeewoman - Senatorial District 15
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Houston, TX 77251
Campaign Phone (281) 537-0803
Twitter @gailstanart
Property Taxes - Propose a more equitable solution to funding government by moving from property taxes to a consumption tax; Flood Control - Actively enhance the cooperative measures and funding between the Federal, state and county governments, working with Cong. Michael McCaul, County Judge Ed Emmett, & Commissioner Jack Cagle to build the Cypress Creek Reservoir and fix the Addick and Barker Reservoirs; Education - More equitable funding for all students by allocating funding to the student rather than ISDs thereby introducing competition in education, while maintaining the viablility of public education which educates the majority. Increasing teacher merit-based pay and more dollars in the classroom rather than for administration. Reintroduce moral values into curriculum emphasizing respect for all.
Give parents the opportunity to fund their child's education with tax dollars allocated to the child. Continue to review and revamp the testing system and the school grading system to put more emphasis on the teacher's evaluations and testing.
Human trafficking is a crime. Efforts to identify and prosecute those committing the crime must be a high priority. Encourage charities and churches to provide support programs for victims by establishing a fund for which these organizations can apply for funds.