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US Representative, District 4

2-year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen, and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in the US House of Representatives.
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    Lander Bethel (Dem) Pastor

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    Catherine Krantz (Dem) Business Administrator

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Immigration: What changes, if any, would you propose to the current immigration policy for (1) current undocumented residents, and (2) the over 4 million people on the waiting list to get a visa to enter the country? Why?

Foreign Intervention: Under what circumstances should the US intervene militarily in a foreign conflict?

Economy: What federal policies do you support to maintain a healthy economy and enable the public to improve their economic positions?

Representation: What steps would you take to ensure that you represent all of your constituents? Do you participate in town hall meetings?

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

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?

Education University of Oklahoma, BA Psychology McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry
Experience Grayson Dem Chr 5 yrs Chr Fed Emergency Food Shelter Prgm Grayson Co 20 yrs Advy Bd Children’s Advocacy Ctr Sherman Advy Cm Sherman ISD Ethics Cm WN Jones Hospital 20 yrs TX Bd of Ed testified for accurate textbook biological & contraception info
Twitter @Bethel4C
Campaign Phone (903) 357-2692
We are a safer, stronger nation by recognizing the contributions of immigrants. Rather than isolating specific groups, we can be vigilant in screening, documentation and a thorough vetting and permitting process. Callous disruption and separation of working families is not the answer. Mutually beneficial international relationships provide awareness and resources to help identify threats here and across the world.
Until recently, the United States enjoyed a position of strength through diplomacy. Without thoughtful, informed leadership, we alienate our allies and diminish opportunities for diplomatic solutions.

Working within a coalition of partner countries, and with the able assistance of our intelligence professionals, the US can help resolve conflicts before drastic interventions are required. Should thorough, earnest diplomatic measures fail, we should work with the international community, relying on military intervention as a last resort.
Trickle-down economics only makes puddles of wealth for a few.

Let’s boost the economy through incentives for the working and middle class. By restoring tax deductions for tuition, property and sales taxes, by providing real child tax credits, and ensuring affordable health coverage, the economy grows from the ground up, benefitting all.
Your input is the catalyst for my leadership. Those of us in the 4th District share concerns about foreign relations, medical care, education, jobs and job training, social security, and how to support local farms and ranches.

Together, we will work for a more mature, responsible, transparent, and caring government for and of the people.
A healthy America is a stronger America. I support restoring and repairing the Affordable Care Act to provide greater access to healthcare. We will protect small to medium size hospitals and clinics, especially in rural parts of the district. We can lower risk and costs by working with insurers to give incentives for preventive care. We must make it more desirable to act in ways that promote a healthy lifestyle.
Social security should help provide just that: Security. Many of you have spent many years paying into the Social Security Trust Fund through your payroll taxes. I will resist legislation that reduces your hard-earned benefits.
Education BA English BA Fine Arts
Experience 20 years of experience in small business ownership and community economic devlopment
Campaign Phone (903) 221-8181
We need work programs that acknowledge the benefits we receive from immigrant workers. For generations, the world’s best and brightest have wanted to come to our country. Without reasonable immigration policy, we run the risk of losing that access to talent. We have already seen the effects of not allowing in the people we need. When we have less farm workers than we need our crops suffer. When our rules are too restrictive, top tech talent stays home and creates thriving industries in their own countries.We so often think of immigration as only about letting people in or keeping people out. But what about the millions of people who are already here? They are working here, spending money here, paying all sorts of taxes here, making contributions here. They should have a realistic process to become citizens if they wish. We need reasonable immigration policies that acknowledge the real value immigrants bring.
Military intervention should never be taken lightly. It brings with it tremendous cost, not only in tragic loss of life on both sides but in economic expense to our country, money that could be spent on other priorities. Our commitments to other countries and our place in the global community create a complex and delicate situation. We need to thoughtfully consider all options before going to war. I firmly believe that war is never the only option and it is rarely the best option. But I do concede, there are times when it is necessary. We must be vigilant in our attempts to avoid it wherever possible and we must have a strong moral compass about the lengths we are willing to go to, especially when loss of life on the opposing side is far greater than ours or when our forces are vastly superior. With great military might comes a moral obligation to use it with integrity.
The widening gap between the rich and the poor has a negative impact on us all. It’s not just about more of us being poor, it’s about the cost of this poverty to society. The cost in less people paying less taxes to maintain our systems. The cost of people having less money to contribute to our economy, less money to spend, less money to save. And it’s about wasted potential, American potential. Less innovation, less advancement for our country. Studies prove that poverty begets poverty, so the situation will only get worse if we don’t adjust course now. We need to focus on ways to raise people out of poverty. We need to invest in improved education that leads to better job opportunities, we need to invest in direct job creation and economic development in low income areas to keep Americans from falling through the cracks and we need to guarantee affordable health care so working families don’t have to worry about an emergency or illness bankrupting their families.
I believe that Democracy requires participation and I believe Democracy requires space for dissenting opinions. This winner take all approach that we have seen in American government recently is not Democracy. Bipartisan policies and programs are stronger, last longer and benefit more people. I am committed to representing ALL of my constituents. As a candidate I am already hosting Town Halsl all across my district to find out what the voters' concerns are and what they would like to see improve in their community. I would continue to host them if elected, probably on a monthly basis.
I support affordable health care. The ACA has had a tremendous impact on millions of Americans who would not have been able to get affordable health care otherwise. It was meant to be a framework to be built upon and more work needs to be done but I think the ACA is a step in the right direction. We urgently need to address the unreasonable cost of healthcare and medication in our country. Americans deserve affordable, accessible, high quality health care. We shouldn’t have to worry about an accident or an illness bankrupting our family. Almost every other country in the world has figured this out, there is no reason we can’t. I would support a single payer system that guarantees all Americans equal access to high quality affordable health care.
I am very passionate about women’s rights. I am a proud feminist. Women need to be paid the same amount for the same work. Equal pay, equal access to the work place and access to affordable child care will be the great equalizers. I look to progress made in Scandinavian countries when it comes to women’s inclusion in government and pay equality. Iceland recently passed a law making it illegal to pay a woman less than a man for the same job, I would propose such legislation in the US. Countries that have programs to insure working women have access to affordable child care have higher pay for women, higher life expectancy, and higher representation of women in government. This is where we should be going as a country. We are going backwards. Texas has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world. This is unacceptable. We need to make women’s rights and women's health a priority and to do this we need equal representation in government.