Hi, I’m a 68-year-old guy who has never run for public office before. I’m a self-employed audio-video technician. I’ve been happily married to my bride, Lisa, for 27 years and I am running for the Democratic nomination for governor of Texas for these reasons:
It’s time for Texans to remember who we are.
We are the can-do people who built the first integrated circuit and the first domed stadium. We built and we own the energy business in the US; fossil fuels and renewables. We dug a 25-mile long ditch and built the largest inland port in the nation. We have the biggest medical center in the world. And we can do so much more if we get our mojo back. That takes leadership and we don’t have it now. To be who we really are takes vision, commitment, and some courage. Courage like we saw in the response to Hurricane Harvey. People setting aside their differences and working together with bravery and passion.
Second, we will once again learn unconditional love.
Again look to all the first responders and 1000’s of volunteers who rescued our people from the storm. Nobody asked what political party you were in or what religion, if any, you practiced. They just said, “Get in the boat”, or “Here is some food for you, and dry clothes and a cot”. That is unconditional love. We don’t always like one another. We have our differences. But we can work together to resolve our problems and we can deal with one another without tribalism and name-calling. That is unconditional love. And I will spend my entire term in office reminding us all of that.
The New Pro-Life Culture.
Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. The Republican Party in the Texas Legislature and the governor’s office have tried to overturn that many times over the years unsuccessfully. And they continue with obstacles and punishments set in law to dissuade women from exercising their right to choose. Under the banner of “Right to Life” they have required doctors to lie to patients, forced dozens of health clinics to close for bogus building codes, and left many communities without adequate health care. All that is cruel and dishonest. None of it has worked and it won’t ever work. Because it isn’t really Pro-Life. It is pro-birth. And after that you’re on your own.
The GOP is no longer the “pro-life” party.
My hope is that Democrats and others will join in this New Pro-Life effort. The New Pro-Life also means promoting quality public education and access to basic health care, and opposes widespread poverty, euthanasia, capital punishment, and most wars. The New Pro-Life will follow the law and confirm a woman’s right to choose. AND we will offer all the support and resources we can muster to help her to choose life. Jesus never forced a person to convert. He never frightened a person into following him. He practiced unconditional love. We should do likewise. I will encourage, but not force, a woman to choose life. All day, every day.
We need to do a better job of caring for our kids.
Our Texas Legislature and governor have once again decided to scrimp on education in order to reduce the state budget. We can’t do that to our kids and our future. Our students and teachers need an advocate in the governor’s office. I’m not a professional educator, but I have been a daddy for 47 years and a grandpa for 27 years. I was a single parent with 2 beautiful daughters from 1979-1990. That counts for something. We will fix the Texas Robin Hood school finance program. Or have special sessions until we do. We will teach parents how to help teachers teach their own kids. Child Protective Services and the kids they care for need a champion who will get them the resources they need. All this is important work and it is not getting done.
We will raise the minimum wage to $15.00/hour.
The federal minimum wage has not budged in the last 9 years. In the same time the Dow-Jones Industrial Average has more than doubled. Now is the time to do a reckoning.
We will reform criminal justice in Texas.
We have a higher rate of incarceration in Texas than does China. And it’s a cancer in our society that must be cured. We have to permit more personal recognizance bonds to people charged with minor offenses who can’t afford bail, so folks don’t lose a job or a car or home while in prison waiting for trial.
We should legalize use of marijuana and regulate it like alcohol and tobacco.
I hope this all makes sense to you and you’ll help me become your governor.
Voter ID law from 2013 reversed last year.
School finance plans have been in court for 30 years now
State abortion restrictions set aside by Supreme Court last year.
Potty Police compromise regulations will be overturned as well.