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U.S. House, District 25

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    Chetan Panda (Dem) Portfolio Manager

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    Chris Perri (Dem) Attorney

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    Julie Oliver (Dem) Julie Oliver

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    Kathi Thomas (Dem) Special Event Designer & Planner

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    West Hansen (Dem) Social Worker

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Biographical Information

Immigration: What changes, if any, would you propose to our immigration policy for current undocumented residents? Do you support construction of a wall along our southern border? If so, how would you pay for it?

Foreign Intervention: Under what circumstances should the US intervene militarily in a foreign conflict? What policy would you support regarding North Korea?

Budget: Social Security and Medicare are key programs which are relied upon by millions of Americans. Do you support changes to these programs in order to reduce the budget? If so, how would you accomplish that? If not, how would you reduce budget deficits?

Healthcare: What legislation would you support, if any, to ensure comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all Americans? Should Obamacare be repealed, replaced or reformed?

OTHER ISSUES: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of Congress, and what is your position on these issues?

Website www.panda2018.com
Occupation Portfolio Manager
Education I attended the London School of Economics and Georgetown University, where I graduated with a degree in International Economics.
Experience I am a first-generation American and an Austinite. I was a leader at a mutual fund company; I worked to protect and grow retirement savings.
Twitter @panda2018TX
Our current immigration system is outdated, inefficient, and encourages undocumented immigration. I would fix our legal immigration system, so it improves our economy and security. I support the passage of a clean DACA bill. I would also create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently in the US if they meet certain criteria. Regarding border security, we should employ a strategy grounded in technology specific to each border area. Furthermore, we should also partner with our southern neighbors to fight criminal organizations operating in their countries.
The use of military force should be a last resort only to be used if all other avenues such as diplomacy and sanctions have been exhausted. There must be a clear benefit to the interests of the United States and the goals must be clearly defined and achievable. The military should have the resources to accomplish their goals, and there must be an accompanying political and economic strategy. Regarding North Korea, I favor engaging with China to increase the effectiveness of sanctions on North Korea. I would also avoid making provocative statements on social media.
Social Security and Medicare provide seniors peace of mind during retirement by guaranteeing them a level of income and healthcare. To reduce benefits would betray the commitment made to our nation’s seniors. I favor reducing the budget deficit by eliminating wasteful government spending such as improper payments and following the Government Accountability Office’s recommendations to reduce fragmentation, overlap, and duplication. Such measures would save hundreds of billions of dollars without harming Social Security or Medicare.
I will work towards Medicare-for-All so we can have quality, affordable healthcare for every single American. To effectively and smoothly transition 20% of our economy to such a system, I support creating a government subsidized healthcare plan that employers and individuals can buy into. Simultaneously, I want to cut the cost of healthcare by eliminating redundancies, lowering the price of pharmaceutical drugs, and mandating price/quality transparency by healthcare providers.
Given the poor state of our nation’s infrastructure, Infrastructure will be a key issue. I believe that we should (1) invest in rural high-speed internet so all Texans can be a part of the digital economy and (2) make improvements to waterways, roads, public transit, and airways to facilitate the easier movement of goods and people. Another issue will be fortifying our education system. I want to fund universal pre-K, support public schools by increasing funding for teacher training/ technology and low-income students, make college more affordable, and invest in vocational education.
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Phone (512) 917-4378
Website www.chrisperrifortexas.com
Occupation Attorney
Education M.A. (economics), University of Illinois-Chicago (2009); J.D., University of Texas School of Law (2005); B.A., Southwestern University (2002)
Experience 2009-present: Criminal Defense Attorney at Chris Perri Law; 2014-present: Supervising Attorney, Texas Law Expunction Project; 2008-2009: Grad Student lecturer at Univ. of Illinois-Chicago (economics); 2005-2007: Attorney at Law Office of Joe Turner
Twitter @ChrisPerriTX
We have a moral duty to pass a Clean DREAM Act, and it’s also good for our economy, enhancing our social safety net and filling a labor shortage in many markets. Moreover, I believe that we need comprehensive reform of our immigration system so that there is a reasonable, certain pathway to citizenship. It’s unconscionable that people have to wait 10-20 years for their immigration applications to be processed. Regarding border security, I'm against a wall because it's both ineffective and a symbol of isolationism. Mobile surveillance technology is cheaper and more effective.
I believe that we should use diplomacy and humanitarian aid to maintain world peace. Military intervention should be a last resort that is used only when all other options fail. Regarding North Korea, I support a policy of strategic patience, using economic sanctions and aid to persuade Kim Jong-un to de-escalate his nuclear aggression. A hardline policy of military intervention puts all of civilization at risk. However, if North Korea attacks South Korea or one of the neighboring countries, I support a surgical strike to wipe out North Korea's nuclear arsenal.
I am against any attempt to decrease funding for Social Security and Medicare. If we can pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut and bail out the banks with $700 billion, then there is enough money for our safety net. In order to fund the programs, I'm in favor of tax reform that eliminates the loopholes (e.g., special treatment for capital gains and the carried interest loophole) so that the top 1% pay their fair share. I'm also in favor of a Financial Investment Tax on Wall Street trading and eliminating the Social Security cap on taxable wages.
I support Medicare-for-All. Health is freedom. As a child, I often heard my mother and father (both health professionals) discuss patients who died from afflictions that could have been prevented with timely care, but they didn’t seek such preventative care due to a lack of adequate health insurance. Despite the ACA, millions of Americans remain uninsured. Medicare-for-All is the best solution for delivering universal health care. For-profit, private insurance companies have led to soaring costs, and the answer is to remove the for-profit motive from the health insurance industry.
As long as Congress puts donors before voters and profits before people, any progressive policy advances can be undone. Thus, we must reform the electoral process through campaign finance reform and ending partisan gerrymandering. Only by restoring our government’s loyalty to the people can we achieve the policies needed for society to thrive and ensure that no one falls through the cracks. Further, corporate interests have hijacked our democracy, yet our government does nothing to prevent mega-mergers. Strengthening our anti-trust enforcement is essential to combat the corporate takeover.
Phone (512) 413-1875
Website https://oliver2018.com
Occupation Attorney, accountant, healthcare advocate
Education B.B.A, University of Texas at Arlington (Summa Cum Laude); J.D., University of Texas Austin
Experience Former teen Medicaid mom who put herself through college and law school & went on to career in taxation and healthcare finance. Co-wrote TX Motor Fuels tax legislation in 2003. Appointed to board of Central Health by City Council
Twitter @juliefortx25
Texas doesn't need and we don't want a $25 billion poured concrete monument to xenophobia, paid for by US taxpayers, built on Texans' private property seized by the federal government. The border is heavily militarized and secure.

We need comprehensive, humane federal immigration reform & an earned path to citizenship for those that contribute to the American dream.

My commitments: Prevent ICE from contracting with private for-profit prison corporations like the GEO Group; detain & deport only those individuals who pose a violent threat to pub safety; expand eligibility; protect DACA & TPS
We should honor our commitments to veterans, service members, and military families, who put their lives on the line for this country. We owe them a coherent strategy and a definition of victory for the war -- estimated at $250 million a day -- we’ve been fighting in the greater Middle East for over a decade.

If we are to continue to put our service members in harm’s way, Congress owes the American people a real debate to create a roadmap for our military on who we should be fighting and where.

We can't kill our way to achieving our goals in North Korea. I advocate containment.
Social Security is an earned benefit that seniors in Texas and all over American have worked their entire lives for. We have to protect and strengthen that benefit for future generations of Texans. Likewise, Medicare is the bedrock of care for millions of American seniors and people with disabilities. We should fight against any attempt to privatize Medicare or Social Security.

We'd reduce budget deficits by creating a tax revenue stream whereby everyone is paying their faire share - not giving huge tax cuts to billionaires and multinational corporations at the expense of working Texans.
Healthcare is something that everybody needs.

We should shore up the ACA - which has allowed millions of Americans to be able to afford to see a doctor, afford subscriptions, and get the healthcare they need without facing bankruptcy - by reinstating the individual mandate and providing cost-sharing subsidies.

We have to move to some form of universal healthcare system so that every American has high-quality healthcare, be able to see a doctor, and be able to afford prescriptions--no matter if they’re rich or poor, young or old, or have pre-existing conditions or not.
American democracy is under threat. We have to get big money out of our elections, end partisan gerrymandering, and institute term limits. My commitments include: • Holding once-a-month public town hall meetings; • Filing bills that require any 501(c) entity spending on *any* political activity that mentions a federal candidate or that's intended to influence an election to be disclosed; • Taxing the political activities of 501(c) entities that spend beyond a certain threshold on political activities; • Opposing any and all attempts to repeal the Johnson Amndmnt • Automatic voter registration
Phone (512) 860-2325
Website http://KathiForCongress.com
Occupation Special Events Designer & Planner
Education public schools, 1-12 Sam Houston State University, transferred to University of Texas- Austin, Bachelor of Music
Experience Precinct chair ~2008-2015 Volunteered on many campaigns Active in community-volunteer in schools, church & community groups, public education & social justice advocate, testified at State Capitol ~30 times, got a bill written & passed at State Lege
Everyone who's worked & obeyed our laws deserves a chance to come out of the shadows, by giving them a legalization process-DACA today, Dreamers quickly, a process for their parents & an overhaul of immigration policy that includes a path to citizenship. We need a reasonable migrant workers’ program, where employers let an agency know how many workers they need, workers can come in, pick where they want to work (instead of being tied to one farm, which can lead to mistreatment.) They will be free to go back and forth to home country, maintaining ties there. We don’t need a wall. It won't work
Three pillars of national power are diplomacy, economics, & military. Military involvement should be distant last resort. When other options fail, circumstances of clear & present danger might require military action. E.g., genocide (wholesale slaughter of populations) & real threats by errant nuclear powers. The North Korea debacle is complex. Any military action could result in the death of millions in S. Korea. The solution is to bring the North into the ‘global community. Sanctions cause only human suffering. I suggest a peace summit of countries N Korea respects & let them talk.
We can afford to take care of our people. Congress gave tax cuts to corporations & the wealthiest, so cutting the budget on the backs of those who need Social Security & Medicare shouldn't be considered. I advocate for raising the salary cap to $250,000 to better fund these programs. To reduce deficits, I'd reverse recent tax cuts for the wealthiest, raise corporate taxes back to a reasonable level, or remove all loopholes & subsides for corporations, so taxes are actually paid. I'd tax capital gains & dividends (after first $50,000,) & return estate tax to 2017 levels.Ending wars will help.
Protect all aspects of ACA for short term. Move to a Medicare-for-All system with an “opt in” methodology. E.g., start with age 55 (now 65,) then phase in with expanded age brackets (e.g., 50, 45…) every year until everyone is eligible. This plan gives Medicare time to ramp up & insurance companies time to refocus their business. My ultimate goal is Universal Healthcare, paid for by payroll tax on employers (less than paying for insurance) &/or a tax on the wealthiest of the wealthy individuals and corporations. We spend more, cover fewer & have worse outcomes- why keep doing same thing?
Climate change is the greatest long-term threat to the planet. The air & oceans are polluted, weather is more extreme, (longer droughts, worse rains & hurricanes, etc.) We can’t ignore science. Take global leadership of the industry that could reverse climate change by moving fossil fuel subsidies to the renewable energy field for more R&D, more education for jobs of the future, subsidies for installing renewable power. We should consider alternatives to nuclear power by promising technologies like Thorium reactors which consume 95% of their own waste, leaving tailings that can't be weaponized
Phone (512) 410-9144
Website westfortexas.com
Occupation Health care funding professional
Education B.S. in Psychology Certified Dispute Resolution Counselor Licensed Social Worker Lamar University Teacher - Nursing School Preventing/Managing Aggressive Behavior
Experience I am a Licensed Social Worker in my family business advocating for seniors and disabled people in their homes. I specialize in Medicare, Medicaid, Teachers Retirement, VA, state grants, private insurance and indigent care programs. Nat Geo explorer.
Twitter @westfortexas
DACA should be codified into law. It's irrational to believe that we could/should deport millions of people that have contributed to the success of our country, culture and economy. It's inhumane and fiscally irresponsible to deny or hinder a quick citizenship process for people who have lived and worked in the U.S. for years. Special immigration policies are in place to allow extremely wealthy citizens of other countries to become legal citizens. I would promote a policy for citizenship for those who have lived, worked and contributed to our country for an extended period without penalty.
I believe in the Powell Doctrine and Roosevelt's "speak softly and carry a big stick" approach to military and diplomatic relations. Our current approach appears to support speaking far from softly, which usually indicates a small stick. Congress needs to repeal the Patriot Act, which abdicates Congress's constitutional authority and responsibility for declaring war. The U.S. should only intervene in a foreign conflict if it has the overwhelming support of the people, superior forces committed and a clear exit strategy. We should pressure China and Russia to control N. Korea via more sanctions
SS/Medicare should be approached as long-term funding projects with plans to expand eligibility to younger people and more demographics. Every citizens needs or will need medical care, so - like our military - we need to prepare to pay for it and allow CMS to negotiate Rx prices and initiate strong QM and utilization review practices to keep costs down, while rewarding practitioners for efficient medical care. I support a tax system similar to post-war levels of the 1950's, when corporations contributed fairly to a country that provided it with an infrastructure from which they profited.
Medicare, with only an 8% overhead, should be systematically and incrementally expanded as an option for everyone. This will give the program and related systems time to adjust. Medicaid should be expanded to include eligibility strictly along financial lines of need without medical/psychiatric necessity. I'll repeal the Hyde Amendment and reform the initiatives put forth in the ACA - which was merely meant to be a foot in the door. We are already paying for everyone's health care, whether someone has insurance or not. Medicare/Medicaid are successful, therefore I'll expand what works.
Congress desperately needs a return to statesmanship and honor, in order to return it to a body that, quite literally, represents the people and who's members use common decency to work FOR the people, instead of extremists. As a National Geographic explorer, leader of a clean water non-profit and only candidate with a strong history of environmental work, I'll strengthen current laws and work diligently on moving from a petroleum-based energy economy to clean energy reliance. Texas is a leader in wind energy and we have the technology to move the U.S. to be a world leader in this area.