Defend Our Families
Families are the heart of our community and our children deserve every opportunity to fulfill their potential.
If families are the heart of a community, schools are its soul. All children should be able to get a quality education, regardless of where they live or what schools they attend. We need to secure the future of our public schools with robust funding and support for our teachers and education staff.
Access to health care is a fundamental human right. Women should have control over their reproductive health under advisement of their doctors, not politicians. Parents should be able to afford health care for their families and a major illness should not cause bankruptcy. We need to make health care affordable and readily available to make our communities strong and healthy.
Everyone should have affordable access to some form of higher education – whether it is a traditional college degree program or a technical-vocational course. We need to lower higher education costs so that anyone who is admitted to a program can afford to attend it.
Anyone who works forty hours a week should be able to afford a roof over their head and food on their table. Hard working people should not have to work multiple jobs, in order to meet their basic financial needs. We need to raise the minimum wage in order to allow members of our communities to be present for their families and neighbors.
Serve Our Communities
Our communities are what make the Hill Country special, and we are desperately in need of support to help us retain our small town charms and values.
Our district is facing an affordable housing crisis. The median home price in Hays County is $220,000 – a price tag that is out of reach for many families. The people who work here are increasingly having a hard time living here, and that changes the identity of our community-based towns. People who work in our district should able to live in our district. We need to create more affordable housing, ensure a living wage, and run government efficiently to keep our taxes down.
Hays County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. With that growth comes increased development, strains on public infrastructure, and complex challenges for communities rooted in the land and water. While growth is inevitable, I strongly believe that it should be managed such that it benefits existing communities and their local economies. Basic resources such as water, roads, and public education need to planned for while considering the needs and desires of current residents.
Small businesses are integral to our communities and their growth should be fostered. Locally-owned businesses work for their towns by giving back to their communities – money invested in small business is reinvested in the community at much higher rates than money given to large businesses. We need to attract and support the growth of small businesses in our district.
Our country was founded by immigrants, and immigrants have enriched our communities both culturally and economically. We need sensible immigration laws that provide a reasonable path to citizenship for people who can contribute to our country and communities.
Diversity is a natural human trait that makes our communities stronger. People of different races, sexual orientation, gender identity, and socio-economic status (to name a few) should be celebrated and protected as a vital part of our society. At the heart of it, we are more alike than we are different. We need to ensure that everyone in our communities is respected and allowed to fulfill their best potential.
Preserve Our Water
Water is the lifeblood of our district and must be protected.
A major draw to the Hill Country is our rivers and creeks. In addition to driving our economy through tourism, our rivers act as natural flood control and provide a rich habitat for animal and plant life. We need to protect them while also maintaining their accessibility to the visitors who enjoy them.
Our district sits on the Trinity and Edwards aquifers, the sources for our communities’ drinking water. As our district grows, there is increased strain on our aquifers to provide for our water needs. Since Texas is a “right to capture” state, it means that anyone can pull water from the ground they own – with very little oversight or regulation.
Along with struggling with where to obtain water, our district is increasingly grasping with the problem of what to do with wastewater. Rather than discharging into our creeks and rivers (and potentially damaging their fragile ecosystems), we need to be encouraging grey water reuse – which also reduces our water needs – and requiring strict standards for any waste water discharge plans that include treatment and discharge into local bodies of water.
In order for our communities to survive, we need to develop sustainable plans for our aquifers. Water is a finite resource, and we must encourage reducing our water needs and increase investment in rainwater catchment.