I am a fifth-generation Texan. This is where my family has lived for generations. I have attended the schools of this district, like Frazier Elementary, and grew up in its neighborhoods, like Carriage Lane. My higher education is a product of the University of Houston. Not only is Texas in my blood, but the very district is too. I have watched it grow and change over my 30 years of life, and I understand its challenges in the more southern part and its affluence in the northern part. My many years of activism and campaigning in both parties has given me a uniquely balanced view of how to weigh competing partisan concerns. My career of both overseeing construction projects and the safety of my crews, balancing the business of getting things done and ensuring those men make it home to their families is a demonstration of how we should govern. Amidst the rancor of Texas political partisanship, the time for a representative who is moderate and deliberate over extreme and reactionary is needed now more than ever.
Harris County, and the greater State of Texas, is facing a fiscal crisis when it comes to indigent care. With the passing of the ACA and Texas’ refusal to expand Medicaid, a large swath, numbering somewhere close to a million of Texans are without access to healthcare. While very much a moral issue of helping those who cannot afford insurance, or who are unemployed, especially given the oil & gas downturn; the very fiscal nature of billions in uncompensated care that falls on institutions in our own backyards, like Harris Health System, and private hospital systems like Willowbrook Methodist are unsustainable. Click here to read more.
Hear the personal stories of two brave young girls and their families who have had to leave Texas in order to seek medical cannabis treatment in states where it is legal. Texas vets also give voice to their need to treat their PTSD with medicinal cannabis too. And several brave Texas representatives, like Joe Moody (D-El Paso) and David Simpson (R-Longview), take the fight for reform to the very capitol itself. We stand ready to line shoulder to shoulder in the battle for cannabis reform.
Excitement and celebration was felt amongst Texas advocates of marriage equality with the decision handed down in Obergefell v. Hodges. But that was merely the beginning. Many LGBT persons still face discrimination, like with other protected classes, we must ensure they too have recourse and protection from discrimination. Approximately 429,000 LGBT Texans’ are vulnerable to employment discrimination alone, according to the Williams Institute. We stand with the LGBT community in fighting for equal rights. Those who may be opposed, need reminding, it is not that supporters ask you to accept those whom you may strongly oppose, more that they only hope to enjoy the same rights and privileges as you do—as every Texan has a right to life, liberty, and happiness.