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TX Senator, District 8

4-year term. Must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas, and a resident of the district represented. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in the Texas Senate.
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Taxes: Should school property taxes and/or franchise taxes be reduced? If so, what sources should be used to make up the resulting public school funding shortfall? Do you support transparency for school taxes that are sent to the state under Robin Hood?

Transportation: What are the main transportation needs in Texas, and how should they be funded?

Education: What changes, if any, should be made to public education in Texas?

Healthcare: What legislation would you support, if any, to ensure comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all Texans?

Emergency Preparedness: What does the state need to do to be prepared for and provide emergency services and funding after natural disasters?

Other Issues: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of the Texas Legislature, and what is your position on these issues?

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Education Baylor University - BA, Mathematical Science; University of Houston, Clear Lake - MS, Education
Experience 22 year educator (public, private and home school); High School math teacher (Lifetime Texas certification in secondary mathematics); School Guidance Counselor
Campaign Phone (469) 209-5302
Texans pay some of the highest property taxes of any state and must have relief. Like you, I’m impacted by skyrocketing property taxes, and this continued increase is simply unsustainable. We never really “own” our homes; we simply pay higher and higher taxes for the privilege of living in our homes. Home ownership shouldn’t be threatened by government greed, and an important baseline in any taxation is that it must be transparent. The margins tax must be fully repealed.
Collin County is disproportionately tolled and even worse those tolls are exported across the state to fund other projects rather than being reinvested in needed local projects. Transportation is critical to the continued growth of SD8 and Collin County and must be fully funded as a core function of government. With three of our four major arteries already being tolled, Collin County has more than its fair share of tollways; it doesn’t need more. The legislature should prioritize highway funding and budget the money needed for Texas roads.
I’ve devoted 22 years to the rewarding field of education, including teaching in public and private schools and homeschooling. I bring an informed and personal perspective to the education issue to which our state devotes 52% of its general revenues. Robin Hood is an oppressive problem in SD8 and it is time for a new start on school finance. My education priority will be focusing education spending on the classroom resource that most affects student learning - the teacher. As a fiscal conservative, I will keep education policy focused on the priority of increasing student achievement.
Obamacare (ACA) should be repealed and I support efforts to legally hinder the implementation of or rescind components of the ACA on both the national and state level. Costs have exploded, making affordable healthcare illegal, unaffordable and inaccessible. Texas officials should continue to push for the ability to make decisions in how to operate Medicaid based on our own knowledge of how best to serve the needs of our citizens. Mandates from Washington must be opposed.
Harvey showed us that Texans help Texans in times of need; in many cases it was churches, private entities, charitable organizations, and individuals that moved quickly into action. We must find more ways to leverage the agility of individuals and these private and charitable organizations such as how federal rules were changed following Harvey, allowing churches to use funding to assist their neighbors in need. The Harvey catastrophe also underscores why we must narrow the purpose of the Rainy Day Fund and protect it for exactly these kinds of natural disasters.
As a border state, Texas must have strong, secure borders and end policies that encourage illegal immigration. The Constitution and our borders are what define us as a nation. If we fail to protect either, we will cease to exist as a place in the world that secures and protects for its citizens the inalienable rights afforded us by our Creator, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I fully support the Legislature’s action in passing a ban on sanctuary cities, because dangerous criminal aliens who break our laws should be deported.