Who am I?

I am a life-long Texas Democrat. My parents divorced when I was 5 and I grew up learning how to be frugal. My life success is due in part to publicly funded education. Even though I had a paper route and part-time jobs while in college, I only could afford it due to state subsidized tuition. I earned my BA and MA at the Univ of Texas at Austin and my PhD in Computer Science at Carnegie-Mellon University. I've worked for both small and large technology companies, specializing making systems work more efficiently.

I'm still married to my college sweetheart. We have one son and four grandchildren who we see frequently. Being true to your family is one of my strongest values.

Why am I running?

I’m running for Congress because I believe the people of the 24th U.S. Congressional District need a choice that represents a middle way which is both progressive and responsible, instead of the extreme positions of the current Tea Party Republican holding the office which results in tax loopholes for the select few and nothing much for anyone else. The complete dis-function of the U.S. House of Representatives needs to be fixed.

My Goals

My top goal is to get the economy going again. I will push for more infrastructure projects which invest in our nations future while also supporting raising the minimum wage.
My next goal is to improve fairness in taxation, removing the loopholes which allow those with Washington connections to pay much lower tax rates than middle Americans.
My third goal is to achieve immigration reform including a path to citizenship. We need to move people out of the shadows and into the mainstream of our society and economy. Everyone will be better off once we accomplish that.
See my website for additional goals, including for equality and women's rights as well as protecting Social Security and Medicare.

My DFA Values

We need a strong economy with good paying jobs for anyone willing to work. We are in a knowledge age and must have a well educated workforce to succeed in the global economy. That means supporting education at all levels, from universal pre-K education to affordable college loans. Economic security reduces fear and distrust, making it easier to pass immigration reform. Immigration reform will also remove the ability of employers to force those in the shadows to accept substandard conditions, helping everyone to have access to good jobs.

We must have a sound defense system built on trained and equipped volunteers. We must keep our promises to those volunteers by not cutting veterans benefits bit by bit. A strong economy provides us with the foundations to pay for such a system. A strong economy also allows us to support our friends and offer incentives and penalties to those who would might otherwise seek to oppose our interests. In the complex modern world, global partnerships are truly the most effective in managing world events.

I've always opposed discrimination whether due to race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Without equal access and equal opportunity for all, we are false to the founding ideals of our county. My website goes into detail about how I would translate the statement to specific policies.

In this age of internet intrustion, we also need to reinforce respect for personal privacy and develop solid policies to limit abuses whether by government or corporations or individuals.

My Campaign is People Powered!

Before announcing for office, I attended and joined several local Democratic clubs. After meeting with over 100 progressive activists over a period of months, I decided to run for Congress and asked for their support. Many have volunteered to help in my campaign.

I chose to file for office by filing a petition of 500 qualified voters instead of a simple filing fee. This approach forced me to activate my volunteers and to knock on doors and ask people directly for their support. That effort gained me names and contact information for over 600 supporters.

I have asked for and received the endorsement of several local Democratic organizations. Others have a policy of waiting until the primary is over. I will be asking for more local group endorsements now that the Democratic primary is over.

With the Democratic primary over, I intend to have my campaign work with Battleground Texas and other progressive groups in identifying volunteers in the Spring, identifying potential supporters one voter at a time in the summer and then turning the voters out to the polls in the fall.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Vicki Dullye
  • Claudia Lynch
  • Kenneth Peck
  • Carol Tryon
  • Dorothy Kuhn
  • Sara Cox
  • Ruth glen Baker, TX
  • Jeff Childers, TX
  • Mo Egbert
  • Jeff Brewer
...and 24 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

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