As your State Representative, my first priority will be working to ensure that every child in Texas has equal access to a world class education in a safe environment from highly skilled educators. In order to accomplish this, we must:

  • Fully restore funding cuts
  • Increase teacher salaries and support staff pay based on experience, not performance
  • Continue to fully invest in our public school systems
  • Increase the state contribution to health insurance programs
  • Eliminate high stakes testing
  • Protect TRS retirement system

Rural Healthcare

The Texas Department of Health Services released a report that ranks each of the 254 Texas counties according to availability of practicing primary physicians. Rains County, which is located in District 5, ranks 219 with only 1 physician practicing in the entire county. Access to healthcare is crucial, but lacking in our rural counties and it needs to change. When I am in Austin, I will fight to:

  • Protect & promote rural healthcare
  • Expand Medicaid
  • Promote community-based and telemedicine health services for rural communities and our veterans.

Minimum Wage

A large percentage of Texans work multiple jobs and long hours to simply make ends meet. I will work to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour so that each Texan is more able to provide for themselves and their families.

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