Democrat for Congress
Tenth District of Texas

Why I'm Running

Let's not mince words.  Donald Trump in the White House is a national embarrassment.  November 8, 2016 will be forever marked as one of the most disgraceful days in our country's history, when a blatantly unfit candidate was elected to our highest office against the clear will of the voters.  On that day, what had once seemed like a bad joke became deadly serious reality.  As it was for many people, that was one of the worst moments of my life, and I will never forget.  The first and the last reason I'm running for Congress is to stand up to Donald Trump in any way I can.

At the same time, Trump is only one symptom of a political system that has become dangerously dysfunctional.  Time after time, our leaders have failed to respond to the people they supposedly represent.  Time after time, Congress has failed to take action on vital issues that affect everyone.  I can remember when most Americans, for all their disagreements, were proud of their political system.  Once, we could even recommend it as a model to other countries.  Today, to our shame, we are becoming more of a model for what to avoid.  We can do far better.  We need new people in Washington, but just as importantly we need major structural reforms.  Campaign finance, gerrymandering, and the electoral college are just three of the areas that call out for change.

A more effective political process would address many important issues, but there are two in particular that I would place a high priority on.  First, everyone should have access to affordable healthcare.  Second, we should shift more of the tax burden onto those who are best able to bear it--the exact opposite of what the Republican Party is now doing.

There is only so much one person can do, but I want to do whatever one person can.  With your support, I hope I will have the opportunity to help bring positive change to Washington.
Photograph "A View of Mt. Bonnell" copyright 2013 by Lars Plaugmann.  Used, modified, and shared alike under CC-BY-SA 2.0 generic license.