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Texas House District 121

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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    Steve Allison
    (Rep)

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    Celina D. Montoya
    (Dem)

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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 71
Campaign Phone (210) 248-3985
Website http://www.stevefortexas.com
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Age 34
Education Celina worked her way through college and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Journalism.
Campaign Phone (210) 816-1784
Website https://www.celinamontoya.org
Facebook http://facebook.com/CelinaforTexas
Twitter http://twitter.com/celinafortexas
Investing in Education & Our Workforce: I will prioritize investing in public education(Pre-K to Secondary). Calling for the state to take the bulk of the responsibility from homeowners to fully fund our schools will help alleviate other burdens and allow legislators to focus on effective governance over ratings systems and unfunded mandates. The education-workforce pipeline needs more innovation and collaboration. A skilled and educated workforce is the key to ensuring continued economic growth.

Expanding Healthcare: I will work to expand access to critical healthcare for all Texans. I will focus on our state’s opportunities to provide service to veterans, mental health services, reproductive healthcare, and service to children with special needs.

Creating More Jobs: I will support job creation by advocating for fair regulations and strategic investments in priorities that help the private sector grow. I will fight bad policies that pas the buck onto homeowners and small businesses.
I prioritize equal access to quality education and believe if we as a legislating body truly prioritize education then we would fully fund schools from the state's side, relieve homeowners from the bulk of the footing the bill, and assess school performance beyond the misguided A-F rating system, which is currently being issued to districts, and is primarily based on the students’ performance on a single standardized test. My own children’s Superintendent said this, “the new A-F rating system raises more questions than it offers answers. The stated intent of the new A-F rating system is to offer simplicity and transparency in judging the quality of a school district. The system misses the mark on both counts.” We must listen to our education leaders and create systems of accountability that truly assess the abilities of students, performance of teachers, and quality of schools, and bridge the gap between. To truly invest in the future of this state, we need to lead on education.
As a gun-sense candidate, I volunteer and advocate for sensible policies. I know there is an urgent need to curb gun violence.

To start, I'd advocate for universal background checks using the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) to quickly assist safe purchases, and withdraw automatic approval of sales if a background check takes longer than 3 days.

I would support “Red Flag Laws” allowing judges to call for the removal of guns from a person who has been “flagged” by a close relation or law enforcement official to be in crisis and danger of harming themselves or others. A petition to the court for an Extreme Risk Protection Order, which in Connecticut has already shown to have averted at least 72 suicides in that state in 2017, can preempt harm due to erratic and violent behavior.

Finally, I would carefully legislate the protection of victims of domestic violence, stalking, or other forms of abuse which have high likelihood of escalating to gun violence.
Texas is the uninsured capital of America and women and children are hit hardest. Every Texan needs access to affordable and quality health care and we should stand together to hold those accountable for refusing to find a common solution to this problem. I believe it is time for leaders to put people over politics and expand health insurance coverage to over 1 million hard-working Texans.

I will work to expand access to critical healthcare for all Texans. I will focus on our state’s opportunities to provide service to veterans, mental health services, reproductive healthcare, and services to children with special needs.

As a state representative, I’m championing the cause of education for every child in Texas, but it’s no doubt healthy kids create students ready to learn. Often children are only as healthy as the rest of their family. I will work in collaboration with all levels of government to advocate for policy priorities which benefit every member of our families.
Workforce Development:I'll work with the Governor’s office to continue job creation. The talent pipeline must be local, educated, and highly-skilled. A robust public education is imperative and I'll work with my colleagues to fully fund the resources necessary to remain competitive.

Water: San Antonio has one of the most diversified and innovative water supply portfolios in the country. San Antonio Water System (SAWS) developed a water supply strategy that reduces its reliance on the Edwards Aquifer. This model plans for one of the highest population growth corridors, and prepares for drought. If elected, I would support similar efforts.

Transportation: Traffic and road congestion pose a safety, and environmental risk, not to mention the loss of productive time. New modes are eagerly being adopted, indicating the community’s hunger for more options and willingness to forego personal vehicles. We need innovative strategies to meet the transportation needs of a growing community.
Texans are unique in that much of our culture and heritage come from our relationship with and ancestral roots to Mexico. We neglect the narrative which describes the positive contributions immigrants make and the way they have have shaped our communities. Our close ties and traditions should be considered as we look at further deepening our relationships with immigrant communities.

Immigration is a fundamental tenet of our constitution; it’s a religious, civil and economic right. Texas should continue to welcome anyone who is willing to contribute to our common good as a commitment to our constitution. I will fight proposals that attack or marginalize our immigrant community.

We must work to ensure all Texans can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination.
I grew up in a community known for its wealth in a City now looking economic disparity in the face. My experience had a profound effect on my leadership today: After twenty years of marriage and children, my mother unexpectedly found herself raising 7 children on her own and re-entering the workforce. That didn’t stop her from starting her own house-cleaning business, which was advertised in our school directory, of which I was very proud. A 4th grade memory sticks out to me: A fellow student brought the school directory to class and asked me if my mom cleans toilets. Not only did I say yes, I showed him her full-page ad. Two other students eagerly volunteered to show us their moms' ads. It went from what was probably meant to be a harmful slight to the entire class starting a conversation about starting your own business. I’m sure my classmate has no memory of this, but I do. It reminds me to never be ashamed of hard work, and to look for opportunities to connect with people.
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