I’m running as an Independent because as a journalist for the last 10 years, I’ve learned that neither party has a monopoly on the good ideas. And in fact, the two-party system has caused us to be known more for who we’re against than what ideas we stand for.
TX-24 is a politically, economically and racially diverse district. Because of that, it’s important to find bipartisan solutions to some of the most pressing matters that will impact all Americans in this new decade. In the meantime, see the list below for understanding what issues I’ll be prioritizing.
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Return Congress to Its Proper Role
One of the reasons I continue to call myself a Conservative is because I believe in the separation of powers at the federal level. Legislating from the Oval Office opens the door to a lot of uncertainty when major policies change from one administration to the next. My campaign advocates for Congress to return to its proper role drafting and passing legislation that provides stability and continuity between administrations.
Career Preparedness and Closing the Skills Gap
Not every student is meant to go to college. In our effort to prepare students for college, we’ve neglected to prepare large numbers of them for lucrative and fulfilling careers that don’t require degrees. As such, there is a skills gap for many trade jobs lacking qualified workers to fill them. We need to reassert the importance and value of work while equipping students with the skills necessary to match the job market upon graduating from high school.
A lot of political dysfunction is borne out of false choice. Immigration is one such example. We’re told to choose between secure borders or a pathway to citizenship. We need both. Secure borders allow us to know who is entering our country in order to keep our communities safe. At the same time, our immigration system needs reforming in order to draw undocumented individuals out of the shadows so that they can fully contribute to the communities they call home.
It’s time we listen to women on the issue of abortion. Studies and personal testimony from women have shown that many individuals facing termination decisions often feel as though they have no other option as a result of financial constraints. Meanwhile, the debate in Washington focuses on legality while neglecting contributing factors. My campaign commits to fighting pregnancy discrimination, supporting affordable childcare and making sure women have access to preventative healthcare and educational resources so that fewer women will have to confront an abortion decision at all.
An investment in education is an investment in our future. Because education funding is heavily tied to property taxes, there’s a lot of disparity in the quality of education children are receiving. Federal dollars should go toward balancing those disparities so that every child has access to quality education, regardless of where they live. We should also ensure that teachers are fairly compensated in order to retain their expertise in the education field.
Whenever someone talks about wealth inequality, it raises questions about wealth redistribution. That’s not what I’m about. But I do recognize that our systems and institutions continue to benefit those with wealth and power. Wealth generators and corporations are great for the American people, but too often we overly glorify the top of those pyramids without acknowledging the equally important labor that forms their base. In Congress, I would commit to seeking economic solutions that help workers share more in the economic success they help create.
Criminal Justice Reform
There are many tough-on-crime policies implemented over the years that have contributed to America’s mass incarceration problem. One of the most glaring policies are stiff and severe mandatory minimum sentences, which requires someone convicted of a crime to serve a pre-determined amount of time in prison. This has tilted the balance of power in the justice system away from judges and in favor of prosecutors. We need to end mandatory minimums in order to restore fairness to the criminal justice system.