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State Representative District 84

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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    Samantha Carrillo Fields
    (Dem)

  • John Frullo
    (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 32
Education Bachelor of Fine Arts-Eastern New Mexico University (2009)
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Having gone door-to-door to promote our campaign since March, the number one issue we hear time and time again is healthcare. People want to be able to see a doctor when they get sick instead of weighing out groceries or Tamiflu. They want to avoid pre-existing conditions that run in their families. And because this particular district has such a large population of people living in poverty, the easiest fix right now would be expanding Medicaid. The ACA already provides us with the funds to make the transition and having used the program myself once upon a time, I know how vital it is to getting on the right path to healthy living. Not only that, but the maternal mortality rate that plagues this state would drastically decrease with the preventative healthcare Medicaid provides, especially considering a good portion of pregnancies in this state are supported by Medicaid.
There is no silver bullet to fix school finance. We can't fund our schools until we solve our state's massive budget problem. And to be quite frank, I don't know what a Rainy Day looks like that we keep avoiding those oil subsidies as a viable option for all these pitfalls we find ourselves in even before the Legislature goes into session. If the literal rainy day of Harvey wasn't enough to tap into those funds, then the gross negligence we have put on public education isn't enough either. We need to find more revenue instead of hoisting it onto property taxes because when we do that, lower income neighborhoods can't support these schools, and just like what's happening in my district, we're left with the only option of consolidating/closing schools. Should I get elected, I would like to explore the possibility of what Colorado has done with cannabis regulation. It lowers the criminal element, prison populations decrease and students have almost solvent schools. Everyone wins.
As a Moms Demand Action candidate, I wholeheartedly agree there is a gun violence issue in this country. First and foremost, I do not want to ban firearms nor do I want to take them away, but I do believe there are certain weapons, like assault rifles, that do not belong in civilian hands. I know teaching proper gun safety and storage would make a difference. I'm completely aware of the loophole that exists when any person can go into a gun and knife show and walk out of it with a new gun. These are small but signifcant things we can change in the Legislature to stop guns from getting into the wrong hands.
Healthcare is a right. Period. However, there are thousands of companies in this country profiting off of healthcare where it's no longer human lives at the end of the day, but dollar signs that have more value. And while our current Texas Attorney General is perfectly fine cutting off the state's nose in spite of its own face when he sues the federal government because of the ACA, we need to remember government was created to provide services to its citizens that no one should be profiting off of, and its beyond me how human rights have escaped that fact.
With the rapid population growth our state is seeing, we definitely need to address connectivity. I live in Lubbock and I can't even begin to tell you how many areas of dead space we have on the way to Dallas. Not only is it an inconvenience but it becomes a safety issue. We need to get cell phones towers up and running in the rural portions of this state and we need to be providing adequate internet services to keep our citizens connected no matter where they live. Number two, we need to be thinking about job opportunities. College isn't for everyone and we should be providing people with job training opportunities like welding, plumbing and the like. These jobs will always exist and we need to fill that demand, tying in with my last concern-climate change. Growing up in West Texas, I know how many people depend on those oil field jobs, but I also know fossil fuels are not sustainable. Let's give those oil field workers first dibs to green jobs to fill both needs.
What's not being talked about when we address immigration is the length of time and money it takes to become a naturalized citizen. Obviously we live in a different era where we can't simply let people walk off a boat or cross a line in the sand and suddenly they're American, but the process is so long and tedious and needs to be revamped. Contrary to what certain political ads will have you believe, not all of us brown people are here to smuggle drugs or are part of crime syndicates. More than anything, people come here for opportunity and just want to do right by their families. Let's give them a god's honest chance and make the process more humane. Let's consider that some people may have fled their home country out of fear as well. And most importantly, let's remember that Texas wasn't always in the United States and that some of us had roots here long before any fence divided the land.
Growing up, my mother wasn't always around, and to no fault of her own; she worked various night jobs to make ends meet for us when she became a single parent. And while it was always cool at the time to stay up and watch the 10 o'clock news with her when she came home, I know the two of us missed out on a lot of basic family time. And the reminders of that never go away that my mom had to work a lot to cover her medical bills after she recovered from having breast cancer, that she was paid less than her male counterparts at her day job for forty years and that now, her pension has been locked away into a 401K that she can't quite understand. Income inequality is real and anyone who thinks lives can't be changed by simply raising the minimum wage a few dollars has obviously never had to wait on their mom to return home from work after dark.
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