Revamping public education and transitioning every Texan to a single-payer healthcare system
Key Issue Stances
"Both the finance model and the governance model need to be overhauled for public education in Texas."
"We need to start serious work on the infrastructure of our state, including both flood mitigation and highway construction."
"I support a single-payer healthcare system to provide at least basic coverage for all citizens. In the wealthiest country in the history of the planet, there is no excuse for us not to care for the health of our citizens."
Can you describe your background?
I was born in the SF Bay Area in California and my family moved to Austin, Texas in 1979. I attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1991. Since then, I have worked for over 20 years in various technical capacities in and around the oil and gas industry in Houston. In February 2016, I started an Indivisible Group for Texas Congressional District 7 that continues to promote progressive candidates and causes to stand up and fight back against the dangerous and destructive Trump agenda at the Federal Level.
What made you want to run for office?
Like many people I know, I was shocked and dismayed by the 2016 Election. The Election cycle itself damaged our culture by normalizing bigotry, xenophobia, and intolerance; but that pales in comparison to the actions and policies coming from the new administration since January 2017. I decided it was time to get in the game instead of just complaining. I know that we need more quality progressive choices for our Texas State legislature, and as the deadline approached for filing for the state ballot in the 2018 election, I learned that my own HD135 representative was unopposed so I decided to get into the race.
Can you describe your district?
HD135 is in Northwest Houston. It's "bowtie shaped" centered around Highway 290 and FM 1960 with around 120,000 voting age residents. It is a very competitive district and we just had a closely divided primary vote. We have a great diversity and a very large and mostly successful school district. We are also very close to the area that flooded badly during Harvey.