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State Representative District 106

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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  • Jared Patterson
    (Rep)

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    Ramona Thompson
    (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 64
Education Bachelor of Science, Public Administration, University of Missouri, Columbia
Campaign Phone 469-630-1866
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Investment in a healthy, skilled, and productive workforce is critical to sustained growth and affects us all. But Austin severely underfunds PUBLIC SCHOOLS and pushes that onto local districts that must raise property taxes to compensate. Austin now wants your taxes to fund private school vouchers, and for the wrong reasons.

At a time when we increasingly need workers with high-level technical and analytical skills, public school funding has been cut. This trend is very concerning, because neglecting our schools will diminish our shared prosperity, quality of life, the intellectual capacity of our people, and the business prospects of companies locating here.

A Georgetown University study showed that 95% of jobs created since the 2008 recession went to those with at least 2 years of college or trade school education. But even though some districts do better, just 28% of students statewide (12% if low-income) earn that certification within six years of graduating from high school.
I am passionate about protecting public schools and revising their funding formula so local districts won’t be forced to keep raising property taxes to take up the slack. I also believe private schools should be funded with private money. Texas clearly does not spend enough on public education. We're ranked 43rd in the nation and were given a C- in Education Week’s 2017 report card, earning a C on student’s chance for success later in life and a D for school finance. Like many states, Texas cut school funding after the Great Recession of 2008, but what was once a 70/30 ratio of state/local funding has now shifted to about 30/70. Even as we added 850,000 new students over the decade, State funding was cut by $2.5 billion. Meanwhile, Austin lawmakers padded State reserve funds and cut taxes for businesses. Now they now want to divert public funds to charter, private, and parochial schools. I have nothing against school choice, but parents choosing that route should pay for it themselves
As a responsible gun owner, I support the second amendment but agree with common sense laws promoting gun safety, as does most of the nation in both parties. Among the proposed key gun control measures that most find reasonable are: (1) blocking gun sales to the mentally ill or people on federal no-fly or watch lists; (2) requiring universal background checks, including private and gun show sales; (3) banning military-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, (4) creating a federal database to track gun sales, and (5) requiring safe storage of guns and ammo.

My opponent wants NO restrictions of any kind, but I don’t want a future where we all carry guns on our hips. Our children should not have to be afraid in their own schools, and the thought of arming teachers is unbelievable. In Texas, I think our Legislature went too far with its Open Carry laws, allowing guns on campus and in schools but banning them from the State Capitol, for example.
Every Texan deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare, because bad things can happen to even the healthiest and most responsible people. I care for the poor and disabled, so I’d fight to expand Medicaid and accept the $10 billion/year of federal funding. That’s much better than sending our taxes to other states while our hospitals must absorb $5.5 billion/year treating the uninsured. I’d also fight to protect our healthcare from further sabotage of the ACA by Jared Patterson, Ken Paxton, Greg Abbott and other conservatives wanting to eliminate protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

Texas already is dead last in healthcare accessibility and ranks 44th in cost. We need progressive policies that improve people’s lives, not extreme conservatism that denies access and benefits industry more than patients. That’s why I support Universal Healthcare, beginning with Medicare as a public option, moving toward Medicare for All with more public focus on prevention.
and healthcare. Texas failed to invest strategically and lacks a long-term vision and plan for specific objectives. As a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (since 1991), I care deeply about Texas and its citizens. I’m tired of "representatives” beholden to the wealthy donors and spent two decades passing laws that artificially enrich corporations without investing enough in our quality of life or the skilled, healthy and productive workforce so vital to sustained economic growth. CORRUPTION – The Governor has used his Enterprise Fund and tax breaks to bribe out-of-state corporations to locate facilities here. Meanwhile, he’s ignored the needs of smaller and more innovative companies. I prefer attracting others with lifestyle; cost of living; a skilled, healthy and productive workforce; and strategic investments in education, research, healthcare, and infrastructure. TAXATION – Strategic investment would be funded with progressive reforms that are more equitable for all.
I strongly oppose President Trump’s family separation policy. As Lupe Valdez says, “Greg Abbott and Donald Trump’s fear-based approach to immigration is inhumane, bad for our communities, bad for our economy, and wrong for Texas.” I agree with that. Fear of deportation discourages undocumented workers from cooperating with law enforcement, reporting crimes, getting driver’s licenses, paying taxes, and more. Declaring war on immigrants makes no economic sense but is used as a political wedge issue. In 2017, Texas Republicans passed one of the nation’s strongest sanctuary cities bans. Such “strong arm” intimidation tactics bypass efforts to actually reform immigration laws, and it interferes with Local Control, another campaign issue of mine. A federal judge in San Antonio last year blocked Texas from enforcing its ban, questioning the constitutionality of a law that has pitted Republican state leaders against Democratic-leaning cities. This is example of the Local Control I mentioned.
The year I turned 18 is the year that 18-year-olds obtained the right to vote, 1972. After experiencing the debacle of the Vietnam War, and watching the assassinations of John and Bobby Kennedy, John Lennon, and Dr. Martin Luther King, I was aware of current events. I knew the 18-year old vote could be a game changer. I led the first 18-year-old voter registration drive at my high school and was among the first 18-year-olds who ever got to vote. The tumultuous decade of the 60's, with people taking to the streets, taught me lessons I carry with me today. It taught me that sometimes our leaders don't get it right. And it taught me that ordinary people in America have power. They only need to realize it and use it when they see our leaders going in the wrong direction. We changed the world - and we can do it again.