Join us for a Campaign Kickoff Party in Driftwood!

Join us for a Campaign Kickoff Party in Driftwood!

Hey folks! We are less than a week away and I am really excited about getting this campaign going. I would love to see you all at the kickoff this weekend so I can learn more about you and how I can help. See you Saturday!

(Please RSVP on the Facebook event or below so we know how many to expect. Thanks!)

Meet Jude, My Search And Rescue K9 Partner

Because she is such a huge part of my life, I would like to introduce you to my K9 partner, Jude. She is a 7-year old smooth-coat border collie trained to work off leash to find missing people in wilderness and rural environments. She lives with me and my family and is so much more to me than I can ever really convey.

When we are on a search, the two of us together are considered one resource. She is half of my identify out in the field and trying to search without her feels like someone took my eyes.

She also happens to be the happiest and most photogenic dog I know . Love this girl! ❤️❤️❤️

Elizabeth Bryant with Search & Rescue K9 Jude

DSDA July Meeting with guests NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

DSDA July Meeting with guests NARAL Pro-Choice Texas

It was nice to reconnect with my local Dem group tonight. And we had a wonderful speaker – Blake Rocap from NARAL Pro-Choice. He updated us on the bills that were passed in the regular session and what they will need help with in the upcoming special session. We’re not out of the woods yet when it comes to attacks on women’s health…

We also heard from Andy Hutton, a local community leader who helped organize parents against Texas Values when they invaded to attack a Dripping Springs transgender child. He also spoke about the upcoming session and how to battle the “bathroom bill.”

Art Squared San Marcos

Art Squared San Marcos

I spent this afternoon at the Art Squared art festival in San Marcos and had the opportunity to meet some wonderful artists and musicians. Art is a vital part of society, and I believe that strong arts programs are a necessity, not an “extra”, in our public schools.

My husband and I were both involved in music throughout school (I played viola and sang in several choirs; Trey played trumpet in the band). Firsthand, I can say art classes were some of my favorites. Even more than just being a creative outlet though, arts education is shown to improve student performance. Students involved in arts programs have higher GPA’s, decreased drop out rates and increased standardized test scores – this goes across socioeconomic lines.

Despite this, in the 2017 Legislative session, the Texas Commission for the Arts saw a budget reduction of 28%! This is unacceptable and something I pledge to address in the next session.

For more information about the Texas Commission for the Arts, visit: http://www.arts.texas.gov

A special thank you to the various artists who took time to speak to me today: Christopher T F Hanson of SMART Orchestra, July Moreno of Mermaid Society SMTX, Christine Terrell of adaptive reUseTracy Weinberg, and Karen Muñoz.

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

My search dog Jude and I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!

A special thanks goes out to all of our first responders on duty so that others can enjoy their day.

What happened to local control?

Question for the Texas Lege: What happened to your support for local control?

Heritage trees not only play an important role in our environment, but also contribute to beautifying our communities and homes. I know I don’t want my community to be turned into a strip of concrete. How about you?