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Texas House, District 147

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    Garnet F. Coleman (Dem) Consultant / State Representative

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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 University of St. Thomas / B.A. Political Science
Professional Experience 26 years in the Texas Legislature
Community Involvement I currently sit on the Ensemble Theater and Children’s Museum advisory boards.
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Campaign Phone (713) 522-8634
Twitter @gfcoleman
In no particular order. Pass the parts of the Sandra Bland Act as it was originally filed that did not pass last session which includes bail reform, preventing jailing for fine-only offenses, and strengthening Texas’ racial profiling laws. Eliminating racial inequality in healthcare and education. I will continue to fight to increase access to and quality of healthcare for all Texans and work to eliminate disparities in health outcomes based on race/ethnicity including in maternal and infant mortality. I will continue to fight for quality full-day Pre-K, increased public education funding, ending tuition deregulation, protecting the top 10% rule, and increasing state funding for our community colleges and universities. Also, increasing the number of affordable housing options in district 147 and our communities of color.
Education has been and always will be the great equalizer for women, people of color and people with limited income. That is why I have filed a bill the last few sessions to have quality full-day Pre-K in every school district and elementary school. We need to increase state funding for public education and prevent funding from being siphoned off to unaccountable voucher programs. The goal for every child should be to attend and finish a 4-year college or complete skills training. To make that a reality, we must make quality education affordable. That is why I voted against tuition deregulation in 2003 and have supported legislation to reinstate tuition regulation. I also helped pass and have worked to protect the top 10% rule in Texas.
The Texas Legislature should play a proactive role in preventing human trafficking. Many victims of human trafficking are also victims of Texas’ broken CPS system. That is why I introduced a budget rider last session to increase funding for family drug courts which help keep children with their families while their parents learn the skills to be parents and overcome their addiction. Substance abuse plays a role in 2/3rds of CPS child removals. I also support pay increases for frontline CPS employees and providing funding for programs that support victims of human trafficking.
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