Issues

Healthcare

Our seniors, children, families, employees, and veterans all deserve affordable and accessible healthcare. Texas has the highest number of uninsured in the nation and we need to agree to Medicaid expansion. For years, Texans have lost out on the infusion of federal tax dollars into our economy to cover healthcare costs.  This election is about electing those who will exercise the political will needed to achieve affordable healthcare in Texas.

As your State Representative, I will be committed to finding ways to provide quality affordable healthcare to all Texans, while protecting preexisting conditions. Hard-working people shouldn’t have put their health on hold for lack of healthcare coverage.

Education

Sound education is a fundamental building block for families and a cornerstone of  our Democracy. We rely on strong, well-funded schools to support the growth and development of our children.

Today, our schools are in flux. The State is increasingly under-investing in our schools. Students and teachers experience an inordinate amount of instability while underfunded schools are under threat of closure and State takeover.  COVID-19 has interrupted student learning and has created new challenges; we will need strong advocacy to push for new ways to keep students and teachers connected, and infusing investment back into our community public schools. I will be a strong advocate to save our community public schools.

Jobs and the Economy

As we adjust to the COVID-19 state of affairs, some businesses have been forced to close and for some, jobs are increasingly unstable. State leaders can step in to make sure that communities remain stable and have their needs met. Collaboration with community, businesses, and local government will be vital to making sure that people have the resources that they need to safely and fully recover from the effects of this pandemic. I will work with ever sector and available resources to support job security, economic stability, workers’ safety and livable wage rights.

 

Environmental Protection

Houston is home to the largest petro-chemical and related manufacturing industry.  The inevitable by-product is increased pollutants in our air, water and land.  The same air, water and land that we recreation, work, and live on. While industry is a boon to the economy, if under-regulated, it poses a constant threat to the health and well-being of the surrounding communities.  Unsafe levels of chemical releases and cancer clusters are currently being investigated in the region.

Despite the known dangers of environmental pollutants, there have been recent reductions in environmental protection regulations.

I am committed to supporting environmental protection measures that require industry to act responsibly for the safety of people and of the environment.

Transparency

Availability, access, and transparency have always been, and should remain fundamental tenets of good government.

As a servant of the people, I look forward to sharing information,  listening to your concerns, and working together to realize solutions.

Flood Recovery and Mitigation

It’s been more than 2 years since Harvey hit and there is much work to be done to rebuild homes, reimburse property owners, increase detention and conveyance capacity, and strengthen infrastructure.

As a State legislator, I will remain vigilant in advocating for the speedy distribution of funding that was set aside for Harris County.

 

Women's Equality

Women have made great advancement in gender equality, yet we still suffer great inequity in just about every sector of society. Women of color suffer greater inequity. Until women achieve equality, there will be exploitation in some form or fashion. Until we are adequately present, valued and heard, systems and structures will remain silently unfair.

Even though strong legislation has been put forth to address the disparity in earnings, pay parity has not been universally recognized nor practiced.

Women currently only make up about 23% of the Texas Legislature. Electing more women will not only amplify our voice, but will disrupt the process that has historically permitted the perpetuation of unequal treatment.

Criminal Justice

We are at the crossroads of ending an unconstitutional  practice of detaining poor people for minor offenses. This correction is a move in the direction of a more just and fair system. We are plagued with a system of mass incarceration that has led to public outcry for accountability and reexamination.

The public will continue to demand a just and fair system for the protection of people and for the betterment and overall safety of our community.  Criminal justice is about honest, lawful and non-discriminatory application of the penal code.

Justice reform involves the cooperation and improvement of all levels of the system- from law enforcement agencies to the judicial system. Bold advocacy at the law-making level is key to getting our justice system right.

Gun Safety and Gun Rights

I stand with Moms Demand Action and their principles of keeping the community safe with reasonable and protective gun legislation.

Too many families are grieving the untimely demise of a loved one due to dangerous and deadly gun use. One life taken, is one too many, our laws must address senseless loopholes.

Immigration

Our immigration laws should reflect the goodness of our community, including humane immigration laws, reuniting families, and ending unjust prolonged detainment. This administration has created an unhealthy system that is punitive and unwelcoming. Legal immigration has been criminalized. 

I am committed to working to improve and update immigration policies that reflect the national concerns and address modern-day needs.

LBGTQIA+ Rights and Equality

Our current lack of policies protecting the rights of our LBGTQ+ community members is unacceptable. We must demand superior coverage in our healthcare systems, protection against discrimination in the workplace, and rights in our criminal justice system.

This applies doubly to trans people of color, who experience a higher rate of discrimination.

I fully support the eradication of conversion therapy and will advocate for the equal and fair treatment of the LGBTQ+ community.

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