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Texas House District 132

2-year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of his/her district in the US House of Representatives.

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    Gina Calanni
    (Dem)

  • Daniel Arevalo
    (L)

  • Mike Schofield
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

Age 40
Education St.Edward's University BA: Political Science University of North Texas Paralegal Certificate
Website www.ginacalanni.com
Facebook www.facebook.com/ginacalannifortxdistrict132
Twitter gina_calanni
Across the state, school districts have found themselves in situations where they face budget crunches. Our state leaders have pushed the buck of financial responsibility onto property taxes and have failed to contribute enough dollars to schools to meet the needs of a growing population. The last legislature voted for the state to provide only 38% of funding for our public schools, while in the same breath the legislature voted to increase homeowner's property taxes by 14%. I will focus on public school finance reform to ensure that our public schools are properly funded. This will be done by providing more state funding as cited in the Texas Constitution Article 7. We also need to address the over emphasis of standardized testing.
Public school finance reform is necessary, we need to return to the state providing their proper allocated share of funding as well as ensuring that public education money is not being siphoned by charter schools or vouchers. Public education money should only be allocated to public education.
In order to address gun violence in America and Texas as a whole, we should close the background check loophole on private sales, not allow anyone convicted of a domestic assault to have access to guns, and if anyone is receiving benefits from the government for a mental health illness, then they should not have access to guns.
We should not repeal the ACA. Healthcare is a right. No one should die or be turned away for services because they have a pre-existing condition.
We need to expand Medicaid, focus on our infrastructure, and ensure that we have proper funding for our schools.
Separating families at the border is inhumane and needs to be addressed. This type of child abuse will create life long effects for the children and families. As a child of adoption, I understand firsthand some of the repercussions of separation at an early age. As a mother of 3 boys, I can't imagine them being taken from me. We must protect our borders, but not by harming children. Texans care about others and this is not showing our true colors.
When I was in elementary school, I volunteered to help another elementary school girl read. Trinh immigrated from Vietnam and was infected with the measles, which caused her to go blind. I would visit with her a few times a week check her homework and read books. She was extremely intelligent and really didn't need any tutoring. As a child I didn't know this but as an adult, looking back I can see that I was there also to be a friend. This experience impacted my life because it provided me with the opportunity of volunteerism at a young age. I also was able to see through her eyes the drive she had to succeed despite her circumstances. Trinh inspired me as an nine year old and she inspires me today as a forty year old.
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