RED OR BLUE, WE ARE ALL TEXANS.
Texas House of Representatives Dist. 70
I’m running as the Democratic candidate for State Representative because our representatives should reflect the values of ALL Texans. We need leaders who are called to public service, not private enrichment and beliefs. We need effective, collaborative women leaders to provide a balance that doesn’t currently exist in Austin.
For years, I owned a small award-winning ad agency. I’ve spent hundreds of hours working in the trenches in McKinney-area philanthropies for years, and I currently volunteer as PTA president and serve my church in multiple positions, including the Leadership Board. I’m the mother of two children who are the lights of my life (a 13-year-old daughter in public middle school and a 19-year-old son who will head to University of Texas this fall), and I’m married to my high school sweetheart. Our family has made our home here for 17 years.
It’s Time To Unite To Do What’s Best
For ALL Texans
CRITICAL ISSUES AFFECTING ALL TEXANS
I’m running to save our schools. Quality public education is vital to our children’s futures and the economic success of Texas.
Here in Texas where everything is supposed to be bigger and better, legislative support for our schools and access to funding is actually getting SMALLER. Vouchers or “school choice” would gut public education, already badly underfunded by a decade of budget cuts. The legislature wants to give away our local taxpayer dollars to private institutions, leaving less money for our neighborhood schools.
I promise to support public education by insisting on better school funding, encouraging less reliance on expensive, mandated standardized testing, and increasing student access to early childhood education and higher/continuing education. I will stand with educators to ensure they receive the respect their positions deserve, access to fair pay, and a return to the benefit packages they were promised when they were hired. Educators have taken care of our kids for years … it’s time for US to take care of THEM.
Healthcare Access & Affordability
I want to fix health insurance.
Twenty percent of Texans, adults AND children, are uninsured. Our governor has turned away over $6 billion in federal medical care dollars already collected and owed to Texans, merely to continue a game of political grandstanding. This money could be used to help residents go to doctors, receive life-saving care, and allow our state to use badly-needed resources elsewhere. Instead, Texas leaders like Attorney General Ken Paxton waste time and money suing the federal government (again) about the Affordable Care Act.
A recent family medical diagnosis catapulted health care access and affordability to prominence in my family’s personal life. Because of health insurance, we have the opportunity and hope for a cure. But as scary as the situation is for us, to uninsured Texans it could be an automatic death sentence! For a state as big and bountiful as Texas, that fact is completely unacceptable.
I promise to make health care access and affordability for ALL Texans a legislative priority.
Destructive, Divisive Laws & Politics
I will choose people over politics.
Recently, it seems that partisan politics is driving an enormous wedge between Texans. But really, as I talk to our residents, it’s pretty obvious that we all want the same things: a good education for our kids, good jobs … a good life. It’s time to stand together on things that matter to US … our state’s public education, healthcare, business growth, all things that contribute to our quality of life and pursuit of happiness. We must reject extremism and divisive laws that do nothing to advance our state’s interest, but only serve to diminish our state’s standing as being “open for business” and a great place to raise families.
I will work with fair-minded leaders to introduce common sense, collaborative and compassionate legislation that works for ALL Texans … and encourages our state’s economic growth.
I commit to expanding our energy policy and protecting our environment.
The energy landscape in Texas is a good news story! Oil and gas were economic engines in the past century, but the story of the next millennium is that of Texas leading the way in renewable energy. Wind and solar are the future, and they are our best shot at responsibly meeting the energy demands of our rapidly expanding population (expected to double by 2070!) here in Texas. Plus, as wind and solar costs decrease and the demand for these types of energy increases, we can expect JOBS for Texans and Texas businesses.
Regarding Texas’ ability to meet the demand for sufficient amounts of clean water, the future is less rosy. Demand is going up and supply is decreasing. These shortages translate not only into health risks, but also into enormous economic losses, which are expected to be in the tens of billions over the next few decades. Protecting our watersheds and their ability to provide clean water for our homes and businesses will be key components of my issues platform. Recently, news stories highlighted the arrival of Erin Brockovich, raising the alarm about the safety and quality of our local water supplies. Many North Texans remain concerned about water quality and want to be assured their families are safe.
The bottom line is with legislative planning and economic support that I commit to champion, Texas innovators can continue heralding the expansion of this new energy frontier, offering a brighter future for our nation and the entire world.
Statement on the Paris Climate Accord: The United States is the only nation on the planet that has indicated it will not abide by its prior commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. Our state and nation can’t afford to give up a seat at this global table. In fact, hundreds of mayors, governors, universities, and businesses have expressed support for staying in the Climate Agreement, and I will do the same.
Right to Vote
I pledge to protect our citizens’ right to vote.
News headlines and legal cases regarding voting rights increasingly mention Texas as one of the most egregious in attacking the rights of all citizens to vote. Our state has been criticized by multiple federal courts for discrimination primarily against black and Hispanic voters with racially-drawn electoral maps or arbitrary voter-ID requirements. Political maps have been criticized by courts for violating the Voting Rights Act.
Yet our politicians continue to construct laws that further divide our state and intentionally restrict the rights of our citizens to vote. Eventually, these lawsuits will move to the Supreme Court (and in fact, one case is already scheduled to be reviewed), but in the meantime, our state spends millions of dollars in court defending discriminatory legislation that should never have been enacted in the first place.
I will fight on the side of those who want only what our constitution guarantees us … the right to vote, unable to be denied or abridged because of race, sex or age.
Transportation & Infrastructure
I will coordinate with state, county, and local entities to ensure our infrastructure is up-to-date and meets the needs of Texans.
Because of traffic congestion, experts estimate the average commuter spends a week each year in traffic. Our transportation network is struggling to serve the state’s increasing population. Issues include lost economic activity due to delays, safety issues of aging bridges and roadways, and worsening air quality from congestion. More funding is needed for transportation challenges (TxDOT estimates another $60B MINIMUM in the next 5-10 years). Pass-through toll projects, raising the gasoline tax, and managed-lane roads are options. We also need to consider future technology that will impact transportation, such as driverless vehicles and mass transit projects. In Collin County, we must negotiate the multi-city Highway 380 dilemma to create a badly-needed bypass that will ease traffic congestion in front of businesses and for employees who are struggling to shop, purchase, or commute to work.
I commit to seeking out the best, most cost-effective improvements to our infrastructure challenges, leaving all options on the table that get Texans (both businesses and private individuals) quickly from place to place.
Cybercrime is a global threat.
Here in the Lone Star State, we’ve seen our fair share of cybercrime. With a sturdy economy and tens of millions of residents, Texas ranks in the top three or four states in the nation in terms of economic loss due to cybercrime, according to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center. Last year, Texans saw more than five times the number of stolen records than in 2016. North Texas businesses and governments report a constant onslaught of attempted cyber attacks.
Every day, Americans fall prey to some kind of cybercrime. My own family has not been immune to this pandemic threat. Credit card theft, viruses, malware, and ransomware are threats that come from all corners of the globe. What was once an unsettling and frustrating threat to individuals and companies has taken on new dimensions, however, with the hijacking of our democratic system by foreign entities.
Revelations about Russian hacking in the 2016 presidential election and targeted attacks on Democratic offices, such as the Pennsylvania Democratic Caucus, and on Democratic officials, have become more common. Last year, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) was targeted by Russian hackers—the same Russian GRU hackers who took responsibility for stealing Democratic National Committee emails two years ago.
Cybercrime is an attack on all fronts. While the administration distracts us with immigration issues and building a border wall, our nation and its citizens remain vulnerable to cyber attacks.
We need to treat cybercrime for what it is: terrorism.
Many experts view cybercrime as the New Cold War. The major combatants are the same. The battleground, however, has changed and grown, and we don’t know if our commander in chief is on our side. We’re more vulnerable than ever, and we need to take steps right here in Texas to fight this threat.
I stand strong on the issue of cybercrime. As a mother, a wife, a church and school leader, and an American citizen, I will not ignore the constant undermining and manipulation of our democratic system and the constant cyber threats faced by everyday Americans.
The 2018 Omnibus Bill appropriated $380M to improve election security; the Texas Secretary of State has received the state’s $23.3M allocation and will be rolling out a cybersecurity program. The League of Women Voters of Texas is going a step further to protect the voting process: in the 2019 legislative session, the voter advocacy group plans to lobby for additional funds to purchase necessary election equipment.
The efforts to combat cyber attacks shouldn’t stop there, though.
We need to increase funding for educational and vocational programs that train Americans, especially tech-savvy youth, to join the fight against cybercrime. Every year, the need for counter-cybercrime forensic experts grows. They’re needed in local police departments and all the way up to the federal government. We can train and employ thousands of Texans through workforce development programs dedicated to counter-cyber terrorism.
As your representative, I would demand the Texas legislature investigate the issue of cybercrime and determine ways to address this epidemic. Members of the legislature must understand this issue thoroughly, because it threatens the very foundation of a safe and secure society.
What’s the message we’re sending the world when we allow disruption in the purest exercise of a democratic system: voting? Who will take us seriously when we don’t take swift and strong action to counter terrorism that impacts us as individuals and as a country?