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Texas House, District 139

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    Randy Bates (Dem) Attorney

  • Jarvis D. Johnson (Dem) Business owner

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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 The Oho State University Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Thurgood Marshall School of Law Doctor of Jurisprudence
Professional Experience The practice of law for 36 years
Community Involvement Trustee, Lone Star College System from 1992 - 2013 President, Oak Forest Area Democrats May 2016 to present Vice President, Oak forest Area Democrats May 2015 - May 2016
Campaign Phone (832) 767-0827
Education: Statistics say that our education system is among the worst in the nation and that is unacceptable. We must start working towards a more stable, productive, and inclusive educational system that meets the variety of needs of our constituents.

Fiscal Responsibly: I believe that the way Texas allocates and spends money can be improved. Drastic cuts to education funding and health care lead to long term consequences that we have no real plan to address.

Seniors: Our seniors are the core of our district and deserve to be treated as such. The law should protect our senior citizens from abuse, unsafe housing/living conditions, access to quality healthcare, no matter where they live.

We will accomplish this by working across the aisle. I've been successful working with republicans. A majority republican Board of Trustees of the Lone Star College System elected me 4 times, as their Chairman.
I will work to get on the Education Committee of the Texas Legislature. I plan on being a strong voice for quality education.

My law firm concentrates in Public Finance Law, and we served the community for over 35 years. I've travelled to school districts, and have seen what drastic cuts to education have done,

I will seek like minded legislators and attempt to convince the majority of the house that Education is not a privilege but a right and that the economic health of this great state rests on an educated work force.

Texas will most likely miss having the second headquarters for Amazon because we have failed to value education.
Statistics tell us that there are more than 300000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, including nearly 79000 youth victims " University of Texas January 24, 2017"

Texas should be at the forefront in addressing the problem of human trafficking. We can start by increasing awareness of the problem and educating our citizens on how to identify the problem in their community. There should be stiffer penalties for those who engage in this crime.

Stopping the crime is one thing. Helping the released victims is another and it should be funded,
Education/Degrees BS speech communication Texas southern university
Professional Experience Former city councilman district B current state representative distict 139
Community Involvement Former director of Phoenix outreach youth center; Program director DARE PLUS Texas; Sickle Cell Association of Houston board member
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Campaign Phone (346) 715-4661
1. Education reform- during the 85th legislation I wrote legislation and passed a bill that would put vocational education back into schools to give children an alternative choice if they were not going to college. This legislation also will address the shortfall that Texas has with skilled labor. I also wrote legislation to use compensatory education allotment for school districts guidance and counseling program. I wrote HB 315 that would make grants available to school districts to provide services to students that reside in care and treatment facilities 2. Criminal justice reform- I wrote HB 625- relating to regular psychology examinations of peace officers. L.E.O. are at the highest rates of suicide of any workforce in the country. I also wrote legislation that would require L.E.O to have physical fitness training and testing. Officers are at the highest rate of obesity and heart disease in the country of any workforce in country 3. Health care.
The legislation I passed and proposed to pass will open doors for ALL children of the state of Texas. We must pass legislation that put Texas 1st in education spending and outcome. Early childhood education is the start and post graduation success is the outcome
It is our responsibility to ensure we protect the vulnerable population of going into human trafficking. We must do a better job of spotting and prosecuting perpetrators and we must do a better job of educating our youth in the dangers of certain environments. We can do a better job of working with CPS to ensure young people that become wards of the state are given the tools necessary to become productive citizens. 95% of all children that age out of CPS go into the criminal justice system and many of the crimes they committed were directly involved in prostitution and drugs. These are areas that human traffickers entice these young people