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U.S. House, District 24

2 year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of his/her district in the US House of Representatives.
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    Edward "Todd" Allen (Dem) Teacher

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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 to 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 Should Obamacare be repealed, replaced or reformed?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?

Age 38
Education BA, Trinity University (Political Science); Masters in Educational Administration, UTA
Campaign Phone (817) 527-1439
Twitter @ToddAllenTX
You Tube
Show me an 18 billion-dollar fence and I’ll show you a dozen $200 tunnels. A border wall is a white-flag of surrender to the problem of undocumented immigration, and I am not ready to surrender. I teach in an urban school district with a large population of DREAMers. This is the only culture these students have ever known; we need to accept them as the Americans they are. First, by making the passage of a clean DREAM Act a priority. Second, via the creation of a panel of experts to study immigration reform, made up of those who practice immigration law, those who enforce it, and those who have been through the current process and are now citizens. The only way to get compassionate reform is to listen to those with practical experience.
In 1914 a Serbian terrorist murdered an Austrian aristocrat and his wife in Bosnia. The death of two foreigners, in a foreign land, for a foreign cause, led directly to hundreds of thousands of American casualties and ended the era of practical isolationism forever. We ignored this to the world’s grief in 1939; we cannot afford to ignore it today. Our military is made up of precious American lives; we should deploy them only after diplomatic and economic tools failed. With North Korea, I do not feel we have exhausted our arsenal of diplomatic and economic tools, particularly regarding Chinese intervention; I also would advocate most strongly for a return to stable, sane rhetoric regarding this situation.
We must protect and stabilize Social Security/Medicare. This begins with combating efforts to privatize either program; in the realm of public education, we have seen the systemic failures of privatization efforts, failure awaiting similar efforts for entitlement programs. Once privatized, I fear we would see Social Security and Medicare become less of a social safety net and more of a profit-making machine enriching anyone other than those who need the programs most. To ensure Social Security is around for the next generation, Congress should immediately raise the salary cap on contributions. That way, we correct the problem on the front end by bringing in more revenue and avoid reliance on complicated formulas to determine payouts.
In my district, almost 60,000 people would lose health insurance if the Affordable Care Act is repealed; I am ashamed to say that our current representative gave full-throated support to repeal. Moving forward, we need to not only strengthen and reform the Affordable Care Act to make it more efficient and more affordable, but we need to also look ahead to what is next. A single-payer system is the destiny of the American healthcare market. We are moving in that direction, and I believe within ten years we will fully arrive at a version of the single-payer plan championed by Senator Bernie Sanders.
Reforming the bureaucratic train wreck of the Veteran’s Administration is a pressing issue. Over and over, I’ve heard veterans say they or someone they knew was either turned away by the VA or had the life-saving care they need delayed by inefficiency. Until this nation has reformed our Veteran Care system into the envy of the world, we should allow veterans to seek service from civilian providers, with the tab picked up by the VA. From 2010-2014, 29,000 veterans committed suicide (20 a day). Wouldn't the billions of dollars President Trump wants to spend on a border wall be better spent on making sure that every VA Hospital has an attached "Mental Health ER" designed to identify and treat suicide risks among our veteran population?
Age 64
Education Texas Tech, BA in Journalism/PR Undergrad and grad level courses in Accounting and Business at UTD
Campaign Phone (972) 810-0806
Twitter @JanForCongress
The Dreamers should have a clear path to citizenship. It’s the right thing to do, plus we have invested for years in their education, so it would be foolish to deport them now, when they can fully contribute to our economy. Anyone here illegally who is convicted of a violent crime should be deported. For others, we benefit daily from their work. And by sharing their culture they enrich our diverse tapestry. People in countries less fortunate than ours are trying to do what’s best for their families, as we all do. They would rather enter the country legally, and that should be a viable option. Families should be kept together, not torn apart. I oppose a border wall. Our country should be symbolized by the Statue of Liberty, not a wall.
Our armed forces should only be used as a last resort, to repel an existential threat to our country.

We should use our intelligence capabilities, our money, and our expertise to pressure adversaries, not our young men and women in uniform. Also, whenever armed forces are to be deployed, a calculation must be made of the expected costs of treating those service members who will inevitably come home with long-term injuries. That amount of money must be appropriated to the VA before the troops are sent. Just saying we support our troops is not enough.

In Korea, diplomacy must be our first line of defense. Our currently decimated State Department is endangering our nation.
No, I oppose changes to Social Security and Medicare. The basic equation of a profit and loss statement is: revenues minus expenses equal net profit or loss. So a deficit (net loss) can be reduced either by reducing expenses or by increasing revenues. I favor what I call bubble up economics. If people at lower income levels had a living wage, a good public education, and affordable healthcare and housing, they would be able to spend more money in the economy. Businesses would have more customers, and would thus need to hire more workers. More economic activity would generate more taxes, and there would be less need for government assistance, thus also simultaneously decreasing expenses. That’s why we all do better when we ALL do better.
Healthcare is a right of every person, not a privilege for those able to afford it. By whatever name or means necessary, healthcare for all must become a reality in our nation. It is appalling for the United States to be the only very highly developed nation in the world without universal healthcare. Studies have shown that we spend more and achieve poorer outcomes than other developed nations. That must change. Until we achieve universal healthcare, I strongly support the Affordable Care Act, and oppose efforts to undermine or repeal it. One important feature of the ACA is providing routine preventive medicine at no out-of-pocket cost. That allows problems to be detected early, when they can be treated more effectively and at lower costs.
We have an enormous opportunity, challenge, and necessity to begin an exciting transition from being a nation driven by fossil fuels to being one powered by solar and wind energy. As in the 1800s, when the Transcontinental Railroad was built, and the 1960s, when we worked to put a man on the moon, our national efforts in this century can and must be directed toward this goal. As we encourage STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, our clean energy revolution will provide the millions of new jobs to put those STEM graduates into great careers. Now that I have three young grandchildren, I’m more determined than ever to safeguard the health and sustainability of our planet.
Age 34
Education Ph.D. Psychology M.S. Psychology B.F.A. Theatre Arts All from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Campaign Phone (817) 907-4898
Twitter @BigganForTexas
The DREAM Act needs to be passed as soon as possible. In fact, I hope that it is done before I get to Congress. Children brought to this country through no fault of their own, who are contributing members of society and do not have a criminal record, should be allowed a path to citizenship. We have already invested so much time, effort, and money into these children, it is beneficial to both them and us to allow them to continue being contributing members of this great society.

On top of that, expanding guest worker programs, streamlining the immigration process, and addressing non-economic reasons for illegal immigration (e.g. war) is how we begin to improve our broken system.

I do not support the border wall.
The military is an important part of our diplomacy that certainly cannot be ignored, but must never be misused. Only when all other options are exhausted, and/or there is an imminent threat to the safety of the US or mankind, should we use military intervention. We must use our tools of diplomacy, like trade, aide, sanctions, and leverage our international community to find resolution.

When it comes to North Korea, we must use our tools of diplomacy. There is no good military option to use against them. One wrong move could put millions of South Koreans and hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk. Overall, this is a tenuous situation without an easy answer.
I do support changes to these programs in the way of reforms; cuts are not acceptable. There are many ways to accomplish this. One would be that the income cap should be raised to $250,000 to account for wage disparity, but still remain fair. It must also be permanently indexed to inflation so that it keeps up with economic growth. Next, a small increase in the retirement age, a few months to a year, gradually phased in over time can help keep the program in place for generations to come. However, it is imperative that the longevity gap between high and low earners is bridged first. Otherwise, it would be inconceivable to raise the retirement age. Additionally, we can close loopholes in the tax code, specifically carried interest.
I would support any legislation that will lower costs while maintaining the same quality of care. Obamacare can be reformed, but it is too crucial to be repealed and replaced. At the same time, we must work with states to remove unnecessary regulations that keep healthcare professionals from delivering the care that they are trained to deliver. Nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants cannot open their own practice, even though the care may be the same for lower cost. We can also make it easier for Americans to purchase safe, non-narcotic prescription medicines across international borders as long as they are safe and legal in the US.
We have spent over $1 trillion on the war on drugs with very little to show for it, especially with regard to marijuana. While it seemed like we were beginning to move in the right direction on marijuana policy by allowing states to decide for themselves, that progress has been derailed by the Justice Department's recent decision to enforce federal regulations over states' objections. The best option is for Congress to reschedule or deschedule marijuana and allow states the right to choose for themselves. That is why I support the Marijuana Justice Act.
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