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US Representative, District 11 - 2018

2-year term.  Must be 25 years or older, a U.S. citizen and a resident of Texas.  Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in which s/he is elected in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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    Eric Pfalzgraf (Dem)

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When you consider the disappointment that Congress has become, maybe it's a good thing that I don't have any political training. My experience is in talking with average Americans and actually listening in order to find out what they want. It helps that I am an average blue collar worker, barely over the poverty line; someone who knows what it's like to live paycheck to paycheck, like the majority of people in this district.
Healthcare and combating voter apathy. Healthcare is a personal issue for me. My wife is mentally ill, and insurance companies used that fact to deny her coverage. Instead of getting the treatment she needed, her illness was allowed to degenerate to the point that she was hospitalized and had to get on disability. She finally received coverage, through the ACA, and almost immediately she started hearing that repeal and replace rhetoric. Running for office is the least I could do, to try and bring her comfort. I would like to speak with representatives from countries with universal healthcare in order to help us figure out how to implement it here. I have been talking with apathetic nonvoters for 20 years, trying to find ways to get them into the voting booth. Many said that we need to make sure that everyone gets heard, we need accountability from our politicians, and we need candidates that can connect with the average person.
First, I will poll my district. Only by knowing what the majority actually wants can I hope to truly represent them. In time, I will work to create a government sponsored app that will allow all Americans to read and respond to each bill and issue. I want every citizen to know what the majority wants, and to hold our politicians accountable.

Second, I will draft a term limit bill. So many candidates say they are for term limits, yet there's been no new bill since the early 90's. I'm not looking for a career in politics, just to perform my public service, so I have no qualms introducing the term limit bill at every opportunity.

Third, I will work to form a committee on healthcare and education, where we will speak to representatives from other countries about their success in those areas. It is my hope that we will be able to use the information gathered to better our own healthcare and education systems.
I was the Llano County Chair for 10 years. I was a member of the Texas County Chairs Association and was on the Executive Board. In 2014, I was elected to the Senate District 24 Committeewoman where I served one term and also sat on the Rural Subcommittee, Urban County Subcommittee and Legislative Committees. I have been a delegate to State Convention multiple times and delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and 2016.
I am a 7th generation Texan. I believe that we need representation that represents our values and beliefs. I will stand up and fight for Texas values with bold, commonsense leadership. The key issues are: Health Care, Voting Rights, National Security, Public Education, Infrastructure and Energy.

All Texans have the right to affordable accessible health care. I believe in a universal single-payer health care for all. You should never have to decide between groceries or going to the doctor and getting a prescription. Our voting rights are a sacred part of our nation. The integrity of a vote or election should never be questioned.

National security addresses border and cyber issues. We must protect our borders, physical or cyber by funding the needed manpower and equipment. We need comprehensive immigration reform that protects Americans while recognizing immigrants, DACA recipients and their contributions to our nation.
My goal is to represent Congressional District Texas-11 to my best ability. To be a voice that represents our values and beliefs. I want to help create a permanent solution to the funding for CHIP, Medicare and Medicaid. That will not be in danger from future government decisions. I want a permanent solution for immigration and DACA. The over 800,000 people do not deserve the uncertainty that they are living. To guarantee funding for shovel-ready infrastructure projects that will help our local communities. I want to work for our great state and nation through passing good legislation that helps our residents to live a good and prosperous life.