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.