Entrepreneur; Communications Consultant
Waxahachie High School
Rice University, Political Science
Like many Americans, immigration is a focal point to my story. My grandfather came to the United States without documentation from Mexico in 1912, and for many years worked as an undocumented migrant farm worker providing backbreaking work on America's farms. I recognize that my grandfather's story is also the story of thousands of undocumented individuals seeking a sustainable future in a new country. As an advocate for humane immigration reform, I will strive for a better future for Latinos throughout the U.S. I do not support the construction of a border wall.
I support a strong national defense that utilizes appropriate resources to protect our communities from threats, whether it is domestic or foreign. A diverse mixture of diplomacy, intelligence and deterrence is necessary to resolve foreign conflict if the safety of our military is at stake. Regarding North Korea, I value partnership with other world powers using due caution in order to protect different regions against the use of nuclear weaponry. Our national leaders must keep the safety of the country at the forefront when engaged in dealings with North Korea.
America is a nation of hard-working, contributing members of society that strive to obtain decent, comfortable lives. The older generation ha paid their contributions to Social Security throughout their entire working lives, and therefore should be guaranteed the right to collect on it during retirement. To maintain Social Security, there should be an increase of the Payroll Tax Cap to around $300,000 and increase it yearly until all income is subject to Social Security tax. Medicare is a key national social insurance program that many citizens rely on, and should be supported.
From my past experiences living in Britain and the Netherlands, both states with universal healthcare, I understand that accessible and affordable health care is a basic human right that is beneficial for the United States. Republicans have threatened the health of all Americans by repealing the Affordable Care Act with no viable replacement. The life and health of District 6 is at risk if insurance is threatened by politicians. If elected, I pledge to voice my constituents' safety concerns and ensure their health is a top priority.
When I graduated high school, many of my friends went directly into the workforce. At that time they could support themselves with the jobs available to high school graduates, but many high school graduates today have to work two or three jobs to support themselves and their families. Addressing the widening wealth gap in the United States will continue to be a pressing matter for Congress and all elected officials. For this reason, we have an obligation and an opportunity to invest in industries that will generate good jobs-- industries like health care, renewable energy, and technology.
Prism Health North Texas
B.A., Political Science - Texas Christian University
J.D. - Southern New England School of Law
13 years advocating for vulnerable populations in a non-profit healthcare setting.
Worked with multiple state governmental agencies to negotiate contracts, provide nutritional and healthcare services, and increase cost-saving benefits to Medicaid.
I support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to legal status for undocumented residents. I also support the immediate passage of a clean DREAM Act that will protect those who grew up in this country.
Bringing undocumented immigrants out of the shadows will provide an immediate boost to our economy and establishes the critical trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement that promotes public safety.
I do not support building a wall along the southern border. It would be extremely expensive, and it would not address those who travel here and overstay their visas.
I would support U.S. intervention in foreign military conflict only if there is an imminent threat to the safety of Americans abroad or to our allies around the world. Military action should only be used as a last resort when all attempts to resolve conflict with diplomacy have failed.
I support the continued use of sanctions and ongoing diplomatic negotiations with regional powers, such as China and Russia, to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions and to improve its deplorable human rights record.
Social Security will continue to be solvent for at least two decades, but we must make changes now if we want to preserve Social Security without making unnecessary cuts to benefits.
I support increasing the Social Security payroll tax by a modest 1% over 20 years and eliminating the tax cap gradually over 10 years. Taken together, these steps will keep the Social Security fund solvent for future generations.
I also support the expansion and improvement of Medicare to cover all Americans. Single-payer healthcare systems are among the world's most efficient and cost-effective.
I believe we should keep in place the protections of the Affordable Care Act, but we must move towards a single-payer healthcare system in order to bring down the costs of medical services and pharmaceuticals.
I support H.R. 676, The Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act of 2017. This legislation would implement a single-payer healthcare system that would cover urgent and emergency care, preventative medical care, prescription drug coverage, dental coverage, and vision coverage for all Americans.
Education is vital to our state's economic success. I believe we must invest in teachers, technology, and resources for our classrooms. I adamantly oppose school vouchers and privatizing our public schools.
I believe we must implement meaningful campaign finance reform and mandatory term limits for members of Congress. By doing this, we will be able to fight the corruption that exists in politics today.
I support H.R. 3671, The Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act, which would drastically reduce carbon emissions and transition us to clean renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.
High School, some College
Community Activist, Community Organizer, 2016 Democratic National Delegate
We have to reform our Immigration process to give applicants an approval for citizenship in a timely manor. We have applications on file as far back as the 1990's. We are slow to process and yet are expecting many to wait decades and pay thousands to Lawyers as well as filing fees, before ultimately giving up on the process. No amount of border control will keep people from coming into our country illegally. We need to provide them the ability to be here legally and in an affordable way. This will prevent many from going into hiding and eliminating many issues the immigrant community faces.
Under rare circumstances and after all other options have been exhausted, do I believe we should use military force to intervene in any conflict. One of the biggest contributors to the hate we receive from those in the Middle East is due to our use of drone strikes in areas where innocent civilians were harmed. When one of those missiles kills a family member of someone who would not otherwise have been a threat to our nation, we ultimately created one. In regards to Korea, we should closely monitor them and encourage allies to act against North Korea's nuclear threat.
Absolutely not. Social Security and Medicare are in place to ensure the American worker a means to retirement and we have been forced to pay into the system since first receiving a paycheck. I would start by replacing the funds which were taken out to pay for the Iraq war. Secondly, I would put a stop to the most recent tax reform plan passed by the Trump Administration, this only further increases our deficit and gives an unfair advantage to corporations and the rich. For decades we've been giving tax breaks for corporations to increase hiring, they're not doing so, therefor this must stop.
It's my view that health care should be a right and not dependent upon your financial situation. When our nation as a whole is healthy, we'll all do better. The idea that we can't afford this is simply not true, we are one of the very few developed nations that does not provide healthcare to all yet we are the richest nation in the world. Not only can we afford it, we'll likely save money in the process. I'm supportive of a Medicare for all type of plan and removing the restriction which keeps it from negotiating drug prices with pharmaceutical companies (A major reason for high drug prices).
I hope that the most pressing issue in the next session of Congress will be addressing the threat of corruption within our government and restoring power to the constituent. I believe America is in the shape that it’s in because corporations have too much of an influence on our political leaders. If I’m elected to office I’ll introduce anti-corruption legislation similar to the American Anti- Corruption Act and establish a method to allow my constituents to ultimately decide which way I vote in Congress. It's been far too long since the constituents have experienced true representation.
Contracting Officer / U.S. Navy Retiree
Aeronautics - Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
DAWIA Level 2 Certified - Defense Acquisition University
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt - Dept. of the Navy
- I was raised farming corn, wheat & soybeans.
- U.S. Navy 10 yrs active duty
- Fmr. Civil Servant - Surveillance of 24 Defense contractors & final acceptance of U.S. Military equipment
- Currently: Contracting Officer - Pvt Firm: Legal compliance
Illegal immigration primarily exists due to our government’s inability to implement a comprehensive immigration reform act. Many Americans see this as a border security problem when in fact it is a dysfunctional government problem. We as a nation must create a comprehensive, legitimate path to legal immigration, and only then will we see a decline in the number of undocumented immigrants.
During my time in the U.S. Navy I lived in a border city, San Diego. I can say with no uncertainty that a ‘Trump wall’ will be a complete waste of money as it will not stop underground tunneling.
Our nation’s greatest leaders, both Republican and Democrat, have understood that through deliberate, strategic diplomacy we are a much safer and a much more influential and prolific nation. U.S. intervention with military force should only be used in a worst-case scenario and only after all forms of diplomacy and economic coercion have been exhausted. Time has proven that President Trump’s saber-rattling rhetoric is ineffective regarding North Korea, and the most effective approach in keeping a dangerous nation at bay is through strong diplomacy and sanctions.
This current government has forgotten about our promises to older generations. Perhaps Congress has forgotten what the country was like before these social safety nets were in place – I have not. Only 6% of workers exceed the current payroll tax cap. We must eliminate the cap and bar any Congressional spending of increased revenue resulting from the tax cap removal. In other words, increased revenue will be applied directly to the Social Security fund – prohibiting Congress from spending the increased revenue. This fix would make the Social Security fund solvent for generations.
We must amend the ACA with a public option for healthcare insurance, similar to what military retirees receive, which is amazing insurance. We also need universal enrollment. A public option will help drive down premiums at private insurance companies, and universal coverage will drive down overall cost since everyone will have access preventive and proactive healthcare. The ACA is certainly not perfect, but many lives have been saved because of it. We cannot go back to an immoral system that allows insurance companies to use “pre-existing conditions” to deny Americans coverage.
We must invest much more heavily in public education systems K through university. It is imperative that we reinforce public education in a way that applies proper funding to the classroom level. Teachers need a substantial pay raise so that our education systems can retain great teachers and attract the future’s best and brightest educators. This classroom level funding is critical to ensure teachers and students have the most advanced teaching/learning tools at their disposal. These institutions were the key to our innovative past, and they are the foundations of our country’s future.
Retired Educator ,Counselor and Ordained Minister
Completed Diaconal Ministry Program, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, 1999-2003
MEd, Counseling/Administration, Northeastern State University, 1976
BA, Education, Northeastern State College, 1971
Associate Pastor, Grace United Methodist Church, ISD teacher and counselor, Democratic State Executive Committee, Precinct Chair, election judge, convention delegate, co-creator of Arlington MLK Celebration. Arlington Parks Board, Mayor's Council.
More than 11 million undocumented residents in the U.S. live in the shadows. Policies to deal with the complexities of immigration must be true to the nation's character and consistent with our values. I support an immigration policy that provides a path to citizenship for immigrants already living here who are contributing to their communities, like DREAMers and their families. I have not yet seen plans for a wall along the border or seen a bill for its costs. I would not support using tax payer dollars to pay for a wall.
We should reserve military intervention for direct threats to the safety and security of our nation. I would support policies recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff who have dealt with the regime in North Korea for some time and rely on the State Department to recommend appropriate action regarding North Korea.
I support expanding both Social Security and Medicare. Social Security is an earned pension benefit that makes it easier for Americans to save for retirement. I will oppose cuts to Social Security or Medicare to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires. Congressional budgets should be debated, amended, and passed with bipartisan input. The way to reduce deficits is to spend no more than the revenue collected.
I support comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all Americans. The best plan is to enact "Medicare Advantage for All" because it lowers prescription drug prices and provides affordable healthcare. Millions of Americans benefit from care provided through the Affordable Care Act. The ACA should be improved with information gathered from states where the plan proved to be most successful.
I believe it is essential for Members of Congress to learn to work together to pass legislation. If we are to thrive as a nation, our decisions must be based on what is best for the country. Discussion in Congress about the budget and comprehensive immigration measures should reflect our American values.