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.
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.