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State Representative District 91

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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  • Stephanie Klick
    (Rep)

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    Jeromey Sims
    (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.

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Age 42
Education Jeromey Sims’ diverse background includes working on farms during summers off from school, graduating valedictorian of his senor class, studying electrical engineering and IT, and co-founding Texedo Technologies, Inc. where he is now serving as VP of Technology.
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Because education is the surest path to individual success—and the success of Texas--Sims' priorities include: • Adequately funding public education while decreasing property tax burden. • Keeping tax dollars in public schools. • Protecting public school teacher retirement plus respectful teaching wages and benefits • Internships for career excitement and exploration. • Empowering teachers to inspire and challenge students in the classroom, and reduce the emphasis on costly, ineffective, high-stakes testing. • Ensuring schools are safe respectful learning environments for every student. • Broaden educational opportunities beyond traditional university by improving access to community colleges, trade schools, certifications and nanodegrees. • Allowing Texans committing to high-demand fields and under-served communities opportunities to graduate without debt. • Emphasize civics education about their voting rights and how to become informed engaged voters.
Texas’ broken school finance system must be remodeled. There is a need to increase state funding for public education to provide for Texas' diverse student population. State and local school districts must to return to their previous 50:50 funding partnership for public schools; and corporate loopholes must be closed which are now being used to extract funds from our limited State public school budget. Property taxes must not be further increased to fund public education. Public dollars must stay in public schools instead of paying for vouchers and private charters.
Because gun violence is a federal issue, Sim believes it is not likely to become an issue for Texas Representatives to debate. He prefers to focus on likely Texas legislative issues such as school finance and property taxes.

Sims is a gun owner and believes in preserving the 2nd amendment. He also believes the US needs to engage in a serious debate about what weapons are restricted to which individuals (much like we already do with military-style weapons). He is also a supporter of comprehensive background checks for any potential gun buyer as well as licensing and continuous training for gun owners.
Candidate for TX HD 91 Jeromey Sims backs the plan proposed by Democratic Lt. Governor Candidate, Mike Collier to:1) increase access to healthcare, 2) cover pre-existing conditions, and 3) halt the exploding cost of medical insurance and out-of-pocket expenses for Texans.

Specifics of this plan include: --Get Texans Covered – Encourage Texans who can afford insurance to buy on the healthcare exchange and aid in signing up. Expand Medicaid to cover poor children --Close the Coverage Gap – Use federal dollars, estimated at $9 billion per year, to provide coverage for hard working Texans who are priced out of insurance markets. --Promote Technology to Improve Outcomes and Drive Costs Down – Support research, programs, and commercialization of techniques and technology specifically geared toward cost containment. --Patient Financial Bill of Rights – Including insurance for Texans with pre-existing conditions, and transparency of billing to drive down prices.
By the year 2050, state officials expect Texas’ population to nearly double. This will impact everything in Texas including education, labor, environment, transportation, water, electricity and other infrastructures, as well as interracial relationships since a shift in the population composition will undoubtedly occur.

There are no easy or quick answers. The University of Texas is researching the effects of population growth on the Texas environment. Understanding what Texas is realistically facing based on integrated data about Texas’ future, especially concerning water resources, energy resources and climate change, can be used as a “toolbox” to help communities make improvements to local population and environmental issues over the coming decades. This will be an important ongoing work for decades.

Sims believes the top immediate problems that will require our attention include transportation, water and power infrastructure, plus public schools.
Much of Texas’ economy hinges on the immigrants who have always contributed to our society. • True immigration reform must be implemented at the federal level but as Texans we should treat all our neighbors with respect and offer a helping hand to those fleeing violence, authoritarian rule, or other atrocities. • The safety of all Texans is improved when any parent can call 911 for help without fear of ICE agents asking neighbors/witnesses to prove their citizenship/legal status. When an undocumented mother cannot call 911 to protect her daughter who is a US citizen, our laws are broken. • Our law enforcement experts spoke, but our Legislators did not listen. SB4 makes our communities less safe. • Texas National Guard troops should not be used as pawns in an immigration reform debate.
Sims remembers when his mother took him as a child to the polling place where he saw his grandmother serving as a poll worker and his mother allowed him to "pull the handle" to vote. This early experience made him aware of the importance of participating in democracy by voting.

His diverse background includes farm work during school breaks, graduating senior class valedictorian, studying electrical engineering and IT, and co-founding Texedo Technologies, Inc. where he is VP Technology.

Sims has had problems all Texans face. He knows what it’s like to work hard yet struggle with school loans and health insurance debt. Assisted by small business loans, he wants to ensure funding for Texas small businesses.

Sims’ IT troubleshooting problem-solving skillset is perfect for addressing Austin legislative issues.

His political viewpoints are influenced by what he calls "Texas Values: Treating everyone with respect and dignity, they way you want to be treated."