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U.S. House, District 6

The race to replace long-serving U.S. Rep. Joe Barton pits an established Republican against a Democratic newcomer. Tarrant County Tax Collector-Assessor (and one-time Barton staffer) Ron Wright racked up endorsements from across the conservative spectrum during the crowded primary. Wright, a former Arlington City Council member, says if he’s elected, he’ll join the far-right Freedom Caucus in Congress. Former journalist and public relations executive Jana Lynne Sanchez of Waxahachie has built an energetic campaign and fundraising operation, out-raising any previous Democratic candidate in decades. She’s pledged a moderate approach in office. Both Wright and Sanchez are drawing support and donations from national political groups. Sanchez was endorsed by The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board. After more than three decades, Barton is retiring from this seat that includes Arlington and parts of Tarrant County, as well as Ellis and Navarro Counties. Libertarian Jason Allen Harber will also appear on the ballot, though he is not actively campaigning.

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    Jana Lynne Sanchez
    (Dem)

  • Ron Wright
    (Rep)

  • Jason Allen Harber
    (L)

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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 53
Education Rice University (Political Scientist,
Campaign Phone 469-396-2048
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JanaLynneSanchezforUSCongress/
Over the next five years, we will continue to see rapid growth in our statewide population. With that comes the real need for affordable, universal healthcare, well-funded public schools, excellent job options for people with all levels of education, and humane immigration reform. These are my top 4 priorities as a candidate for US Congress.
We need to make serious investments in our public schools, and not divert funds to voucher programs which weaken public schools. My teachers in Ellis County took time to cultivate my interests and my talents, and I wouldn’t be here without their support. We need to protect teachers’ abilities to do their work by paying them well and providing services so they can focus on the work of teaching. Finally, I believe we need to invest in trades and technical programs in high schools that prepare students who want to go straight into the workforce after high school. We can provide an excellent college prep education for students who want it, without neglecting programs for students who don’t want to go to college. 70% of our district goes straight into the workforce after high school, and we can do a better job of preparing those students to be competitive for welding, mechanic, and other technical or trade jobs.
We absolutely have a problem with gun violence, and there are sensible ways to address it that can save lives. I grew up around guns, and exercise my right to use a firearm. But the people who raised me to use guns believed what I believe: with rights come responsibilities, and we must enforce standards for how our country exercises that right. First of all, Concealed Carry Reciprocity, which forces all states to abide by the weakest concealed carry laws in the country. That is a violation of states rights and it endangers all of us. We must also restrict domestic violence offenders (whether married or not) from obtaining firearms, as domestic violence is a major cause of gun deaths in the US. We must limit the size of magazines, so it is harder for someone who wants to commit mass murder. There are real, practical ways to address gun violence in this country, and there is no reason to yield to the gun lobby’s propaganda.
I believe in providing affordable, universal healthcare for everyone. My detailed plan for healthcare is on my website: https://sanchezforcongress2018.com/issues/prosperity-and-opportunity-2/create-universal-affordable-healthcare-draft/. For one thing, making employer contribution proportional to the hours worked would provide more flexibility for employers and employees. Expansion of Medicaid would allow us to provide for the lowest income earners, and a voluntary shift to Medicare for anyone of age would put pressure on for-profit insurance companies. We can and must restrict the costs of prescription drugs and procedures. The same pill that is sold in Europe is sold in the United States for 10 times the price. The policies I have laid out are informed by conversations with experts, healthcare workers, patients, and my own personal experience. I lived in the UK and the Netherlands for 20 years, which allowed me to witness different countries’ approach to healthcare.
Healthcare, education, and job options all need to be more robust and versatile. Our immigration system also needs to be reformed, and I’ll say more about that in the next question.
I am the granddaughter of a Mexican migrant worker, who settled in Ellis County in the 1950s and raised his family. He became a citizen the year before he died, and was never threatened with deportation. He worked hard, as did his family, filling an employment void that continues to be filled by undocumented immigrants. There are ways to keep us safe (careful, thorough vetting, incentivizing people to come out of the shadows) that are also humane. I believe that DACA recipients (Dreamers) should be fast-tracked to citizenship. Years of vetting and scrutiny are required to receive DACA status, so these children and young adults have already been vetted. Undocumented immigrants are different, and we can require them to also be vetted, for the incentive of protected legal status as workers here or (for those who want it) a path to citizenship. You can read more on my immigration policy here: https://sanchezforcongress2018.com/issues/doing-what-is-right-2/immigration-reform/
I was the first person in my family to go to college, and I credit the work of my public school teachers for preparing me to attend and graduate from Rice University. My teachers at Waxahachie high took an interest in me, and they pushed me to explore options that my family couldn’t know. I was able to attend Rice thanks to federal financial aid, scholarships, and some family support. Without those programs in place, graduating from Rice and pursuing my dreams would not be possible. I am grateful for my experience and blessings, and I want to protect other children growing up in poverty to pursue their dreams. That is why I am running for US Congress.
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