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U.S. House, District 29

Texas's 29th congressional district is mostly east of the Greater Houston area, including Pasadena, Texas. The district has an open seat race after incumbent Congressman Gene Green, a Democrat, announced his retirement in 2017. First elected in 1993, Green has held the seat for 25 years. Hoping to succeed the seat for the Democrats is State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia, who won the party's primary with 63 percent of the vote in the March elections. She will face Republican businessman Phillip Aronoff, Libertarian Party Cullen Burns and Independent Johnathan Garza.

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  • Phillip Aronoff
    (Rep)

  • Cullen Burns
    (L)

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    Sylvia R. Garcia
    (Dem)

  • Johnathan Garza
    (I)

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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 68
Education BA in Social Work, Texas Women's University JD, Texas Southern University
Campaign Phone 832.869.7529
Website www.SylviaforCongress.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SylviaRGarcia/
Twitter @SenatorSylvia
The most critical issue in Texas and Congressional District 29 is access to economic opportunity for all. In our district 24% of families live in poverty, and 38% lack a high school degree. To address this I will work to raise the federal minimum wage, advocate for increased funding for workforce training, and help bring jobs to our area. As a member of congress I will fight every day to ensure everyone has a fighting shot at the American Dream.
Over the years the state has increasingly shirked its responsibility to fund education, which is hurting our students. Texas schools are doing the best they can with the resources available but it’s impossible to offer high quality education on a shoestring budget. Currently only about 40 percent of Texans have post-secondary degrees. For us to do better we have to increase funding to recruit and train more high quality teachers, decrease classroom sizes, and equip our schools with better technology. It’s time that Texas prioritizes our kids over tax breaks for corporations.
Yes America absolutely has a problem with gun violence, and we must take bold steps to end mass shootings, and to keep guns out of schools. As a member of Congress I would work to achieve universal background checks to end the gun show loophole. I think we also need to seriously consider raising the minimum age to purchase a firearm. I would also take steps to ban assault weapons, and bump stocks. I don’t see any reason why the average American needs an AR-15.
Access to healthcare is a human right, and Congress must do everything necessary to ensure that Americans have access to quality affordable healthcare, regardless of socioeconomic status. I would work to protect the pre-existing condition mandate of the Affordable Care Act, and advocate for lower prescription drug prices. I would fight to protect Medicare and Medicaid, oppose any cuts to either program, and stand up to attempts to turn Medicare into a voucher system. Also, I would work to increase funding for community based health clinics, which are critical in our District.
First we have to tackle traffic congestion in our urban centers, and this is a problem that can’t be solved by simply increasing capacity on our roads. We have to look at alternative modes of transportation, including the expansion of light rail. Second we have to invest in affordable housing, because as our cities become more crowded real estate prices are rising. We have to ensure that working families can afford to stay in their homes. Third, we must ensure that we have the health care infrastructure to care for increasing numbers of people. We already have a shortage of nurses, hospitals and clinics in Texas and as the population increases we must ensure that this problem doesn’t become even more pronounced.

I believe that the current immigration debate is almost completely couched in terms of morality and philosophy, and not nearly enough is said about the practical importance of immigrants to our economy. Obviously it is imperative that we talk about the need to of keep families together, keep kids out of detention centers, and protect dreamers. I have been an extremely vocal opponent of the Administration’s heartless zero-tolerance immigration policies. But I think that more everyday Texans need to understand that undocumented immigrants paid over $13 billion in total taxes and generated almost $145 billion in gross product in 2015. The “Texas Miracle” is made possible by immigrants and I feel that should play a more prominent role in the debate over immigration policy.
I grew up poor and as a kid and whenever I got sick the only place my family could afford to take me was to the local welfare clinic. I still vividly remember one occasion when I was standing in line to get a shot, and thinking to myself that no kid should ever have to wait in line to get medical care just because they are poor. That experience and others like it encouraged me to dedicate my life to the most vulnerable in our society. It motivated me to become a social worker, legal aid lawyer and to later run for public office. As a member of congress I would fight to ensure that people’s access to high quality healthcare isn’t determined by their zip-code or socioeconomic status.
Age 25
Education High school diploma
Twitter Johnathantx29
one of the most critical issue Texas will face in the next five years Is climate change. With the rising sea levels and increase of stronger hurricanes. Texans will see not only and increase in property damages but also an increase in lost life’s from these storms. some of the approaches we can take to combat climate change is to invest in renewable energy and lower our dependence on fossile fuel, also we will need better regulations on industries that create the greatest amount of co2. these are of course only a couple of was to combat climate change for more approaches, and other Questions about other critical issues Texas will face in the near future. Or issues of your own please follow me a Johnathantx29 at Twitter.com
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