B.A. in political science from North Carolina A&T State University
Graduate Studies in Urban & Minority Politics at the University of New Orleans (all but thesis completed)
Currently specializes in providing solar and energy efficiency strategies to public, commercial, non-profit and multifamily housing clients. He began his career at The White House. He joined the staff of U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
With 15 years of government relations, public affairs, coalition building, grassroots and message development. He was the 2014 Democratic Nominee for Railroad Commissioner and made him the youngest African American to win a statewide primary in Texas
(1)The absence of an advocate for all constituents: Parts of this District have higher levels of poverty than in the inner city of Houston. With access to life-saving social programs harder to obtain outside the loop, the incumbent time and time again votes against the interests of working and middle-class families- once elected I will champion access to the Promise of America and be an advocate all of my constituents can be proud of.
(2)Lack of live-saving infrastructure: I am the only candidate in this race with experience working for both the Texas Department of Transportation and Houston METRO. I understand the need for investment in multimodal forms of transportation. Specifically, I’ll work to build commuter rail lines into Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties. I also, I will be an advocate for regional flood control measures and green infrastructure development.
(3)We will work to restore the Voting Rights Act requiring the preclearance of electoral changes before they take effect
I believe that healthcare is not a commodity. Free markets will always find that sick, poor and elderly people aren't profitable. Each of us might one day find ourselves, or our loved ones in one of those categories. That is why last year I organized, with the help of the progressive grassroots, a rally advocating for Medicare for All in Fort Bend County.
Government's primary role should be to protect labor rights, safety and ensure equal access for the American worker. It should also actively look for retraining opportunities for workers in emerging industries, and ensure enforcement mechanism to require pay equity for female workers.
BBA/Management Information System, University of Houston; Master in Strategic Studies (MSS), US Army War College; JD, South Texas College of Law
Chief of Staff, Rep. Harold Dutton, Texas Legislature, 1987 Session; Aide, late County Commissioner El Franco Lee; Campaigns: Dan Morales for Attorney General, Bill White for Mayor, Lee Brown for Mayor (2); 2018 Democratic Nominee, District 22
Former VP, Colony Crossing HOA; Former President, Fondren Meadow Civic Club; Volunteer, Fishes & Loaves (feeding the homeless); Member, Fort Bend County & Pearland Democrats; Member, Houston Alumni - Kappa Alpha Psi; University of Houston Alumni
(1) Affordable heathcare and reducing the cost - will support the ACA and make it easier for small businesses to participate without the penalties
(2) Flood control management and improvements - will push for $1B designated for Ft Bend, Brazoria and Harris County to provide the necessary improvements along the Brazos River to prevent another Harvey in the District
(3) Immigration Reform - with almost 18% South Asian population & voters, will support a balanced immigration policy that includes strong support for DACA, clear path to citizenship and other reforms.
We should provide or strengthen the Affordable Care Act with incentives for small businesses to participate and not get penalized. We will change the ICD-10 codes to allow a balanced reimbursement between physicians and payouts by insurance companies. Lastly, we would support some type of Medicare for all; restore the cuts in Medicare; remove the work provision in Medicaid and not punish families with children with special needs by forcing these children to work when they would have difficulty finding work.
I think the role of the federal government is to boost job creation; expand opportunities for small businesses; remove barriers all businesses, including women-owned and minority-owned businesses; and provide more creative funding expansion and tax incentives. If elected, I would propose a $1B funding in small-business startups in the areas of high-technology, science, and digital transformation.
Viet Nam Era Veteran, BA UT Austin, MA UH CLC, Author Lib. of Congress 4 books, Adjunct Professor at San Jack South, College of the Mainland, Alvin Community College
Finance, Accounting, Military, human resources, real estate, teaching, retail, mediation, sociology, pychology, languages...
Habit for Humanity fund raising for Puerto Rico. Resilient PR Green Project...
Harvey and its direct and non-intended consequences, in Pearland is the annexation without concent of the community affected, and the problems with pollution from an old garbage dump and its affect on the residents, in Fort Bend they are having problems of pollution,also.
I will closely monitor what, if anything, the local goverment is doing to remedy these problems and will facilitate coordination with state and federal agencies to remedy these situations with a win/win for all affected.
All citizens should have access to medical care, and therefore, all citizens should have medical care via local health centers, the expansion of Medicaid at the State level, the expansion of Medicare at the federal level, making health care available to more seniors, and bring the age down to 60 years old, local health cooperatives that are non-proffit, the expanssion of CHIPs for needed children with contribution from the state and federal level expansion, and any other creative ideas that can be incorporated to cover all of our citizens. The Republicans and Democrats in Congress need to get together to come up with a formula using all these current programs, which by the way are accepted by US Citizens, and are very popular, and bring every one in, and have 100% coverage for all of our citizens.
The federal goverment should be a force for good, and not a force for evil. In its appropriate roll in a goverment by and for its people, the federal goverment can foster and contribute towards training our workers for the jobs of the future and try to match the person with the job more effectively, and create partnerships with private businesses to train the workers. Additionally, the US can invest proactively in what is needed to grow our economy: rebuilding our bridges, roads, our electric grid, expanding our navigation ports, developing a national force to protect our internet communications from foreign enemies, and help us build an internet security wall to protect our pattents, and slow down the stealing of our inventions from foregin foes. The federal goverment can help us come together as a nation and protect our values of fairness, a nation of laws, and help protect our families and the difficult decissions they have to make during difficult family times.
B.A. University of Texas, Plan II Honors
M.P. A. Harvard University, Kennedy School
14 years, U.S. State Department, with overseas assignments in Iraq, Russia, Israel, Taiwan, and Jamaica
1 year, Pearson Fellow, foreign policy advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
Volunteer/Recruiter, Big Brothers and Big Sisters (Moscow)
Founder, Breaking Bread initiative to increase mutual understanding and reduce political tension in America
Former Lt. Governor, Houston area (Div. 3S) Key Clubs
Education: I will fight for accountability for our Department of Education, so that it does not helping weaken public schools in favor of for profit or lower standards schools, or schools which do not accept all students. I will ensure a greater role for the Department in sharing best practices, helping with teacher training, and promoting innovation across state lines, so that all schools can benefit from the success of the best schools.
Disaster relief: I will push for greater funding for disaster relief, and greater accountability for FEMA, as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, so that natural disaster victims are taken care of and victims of human error are reduced.
Immigration reform: We need a rational, comprehensive reform that doesn't force us to lose our highly skilled immigrants, especially those who have waited years for green cards, and doesn't punish those brought here as children who are now productive members of society and no no other home.
We need a truly universal health care system, such as Medicare for All, which will bring down health care costs for everyone in the district and make sure no man, woman, or child is left without health care, just as in all other developed nations. All Americans should have access to health care through either their work, the VA, Medicare, or Medicaid. If they do not have one of those options, then they should be given the ability to join Medicare or a similar program. As Obamacare continues to be weakened by the current Congress, we should take this opportunity to address the biggest problem: sharply rising health care costs, which are often twice as expensive for the same procedures as in Europe, while achieving lower life expectancies.
The federal government must help encourage innovation and investment in the sectors of the future, including renewable energy. It must make long term plans to mitigate the effects of automation on the workforce and make investments in specific areas that help create good jobs in the future. Many of the technologies we use every day, such as GPS and the internet, were made possible through federal government investments in science and we can continue to do this as we adapt to disruptive long term trends. The federal government must ensure that all new jobs created adhere to our high labor standards, and that the rights of existing workers are protected from exploitation by employers. Tax incentives should favor true innovators and entrepreneurs, not just industries with large lobbying firms, and should be tied to the creation of middle class jobs.
Graduate of the High School for Health Professions C/O 88
Spelman College C/O 1992- BS Degree
Baylor College of Dentistry C/O 1999 Doctor of Dental Medicine
In 1992 I graduated from Baylor College of Dentistry attaining a DDS and began my career in medicine with the Harris County Hospital District as a Public Health Dental Provider. Opened two Health Care Centers; serve as a board member
CEO of CareerSmiles a non-profit created for low-income adults needing dental needs for job placement. In 2014 I legally lost custody of my son due to a loop-hole in Texas’ surrogacy laws. I wrote legislation defending the parental rights.
Healthcare affordability, access and coverage; infrastructure development; and tax relief are the most critical issues affecting the District. If elected I will spend the bulk of my time and energy focused on these three priorities.
Healthcare: Single payer has been a hot topic this year because of the Medicare for All bill Senator Sanders and several Dem. co-sponsors introduced last fall. While I believe single-payer should be a North Star policy makers are guided by, I don’t believe an overhaul of the magnitude it’s advocates are currently articulating is prudent. The TX 22 is home to many small and independent business owners like myself who rely on the individual market to receive their insurance plans. Rather than doing away with the Affordable Care Act and starting anew, I believe there are three things that can be done to improve the Act.
1.Introduce a Public Option such as a Medicare Buy-In.
2.A National Insurance Exchange.
3.Elect a governor who will expand Medicaid.
As a small business owner, I am intimately aware of this dilemma. I believe my solutions of a Public Option, a National Insurance Exchange, and the expansion of Medicaid are the prescriptions for what ails our health system-- especially for those who don’t qualify for employer sponsored insurance.
Access to capital is the engine of the entrepreneur’s dream. Right now, job creation in this country has been left largely to the Federal Reserve through its maintenance of interest rates-- setting a baseline for liquidity in our economy. Before leaving office, former Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Federal Reserve had been as creative as it could in fostering full employment, and that the onus was now on Congress to enact fiscal policies that would fill the rest of the gap. Sadly, Chairman Bernanke’s words fell on deaf ears. The Federal government should take an activist approach to job creation. It is my belief that many programs of the so called “Great Society” were heading in the right direction by incorporating local community with federal dollars to achieve maximal employment in their areas. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the end of that endeavor, I’ve been thinking of it quite often. I think the programs would serve as blueprints for my office.