Karmally for Texas
TX-HD89 in TX http://karmallyfortexas.com
P.O. Box 1734
Primary Election Date: 2014-03-04 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
I arrived in North Texas as a three-year-old girl whose parents believed in the American Dream and came to the United States from India in pursuit of the best life for their children.
After obtaining a masters and law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, I enjoyed several years of full time and part-time practice at a large law firm in Washington D.C. and Dallas/Fort Worth. As my family grew, I transitioned to life as a stay-at-home mom. Taking care of my two precious children inspires me to want to use my talents and energy to work on behalf of all Texas children.
This is my first run for public office. I previously served as a precinct chair and state convention delegate. I served on a city library board, and remain active in several local charities, including coordinating an annual toy drive, an annual blood drive, starting a weekend preschool program, and volunteering with a local health services nonprofit. I made the decision to run because I believe I can make a positive and needed difference in Texas government, working on behalf of all the residents of my District.
Why am I running?
First of all, I am running for my children. I want all the children of Texas to live in a state where their government works tirelessly to serve and advance the shared interests of the tremendous diversity of citizens that make up our great state.
No child in Texas should go hungry or be deprived of access to quality health care. Our citizens share an expectation of clean and adequate water, clean air and land. They want a quality public school system where enthusiastic teachers are provided the resources they need to achieve excellence. A state where the right of all individuals to live free from discrimination and bigotry is held paramount and where a woman’s decisions about her heath remain private and personal, free from government intrusion and interference. Where government provides the infrastructure and investment needed to attract new economic activity and help create sustainable jobs that pay all workers fairly and well, and where the safety of the workplace and their community is assured.
We should make it easier for every citizen to vote and have his or her voice be heard, not produce barriers to the polls. I seek a return to civility and bipartisanship in Texas politics, and a rejection of the political theatrics, partisan distractions, and cronyism that have crept into the workings of the statehouse. Texans should expect and demand good government. Once elected, I promise to do my best to address the needs of all my constituents, and to help ensure that the next generation of Texans has a bright future.
My top three policy goals as a newly elected State Representative will be:
1. Education -- Adequate School Funding and Educational Reforms: We cannot let poverty prevent our children from receiving a quality education. Adequate funding will allow us to reduce classroom size, provide students with the resources they need, and compensate our teachers in a way that reflects the challenge and critical importance of their work. The era of over-testing needs to come to an end so teachers can get back to teaching. In addition to improved high school graduation rates, we must ensure that our students have access to affordable higher education.
2. Jobs and Economy -- Investment in Sustainable Jobs, Fair Pay, and Workplace Safety: We need to be building for the future by investing in schools, developing our infrastructure, promoting clean energy, improving workplace conditions, and making life easier for small business owners. We need our government to protect hardworking Texans through enforcement of existing regulations to avoid catastrophes like the fertilizer explosion in West. Women should receive equal pay for the work they do. Let’s make working a viable option for them, while making sure that every working Texan is paid a fair and living wage.
3. Restore Compassion and Civility -- Fight for Women, for the Hungry, and for those needing Health Care: Good government works on behalf of all the people, and a critical role of good government is to provide a hand up to those in greatest need. Government policies should reflect a commitment to fair and equal treatment, without regard to race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. A woman’s health concerns belong in her doctor’s office, not in the state house. Hungry children should be fed. Once elected, I will make sure federal funding to provide meals to low-income children is protected. We have state programs in place to provide health care to our most vulnerable populations, like children, seniors, and low-income pregnant women. Governor Perry rejected more than $100 billion in federal Medicaid funds that could be assisting 1.5 million poor and elderly Texans. These are funds that the taxes of Texans are nonetheless helping generate. He refused to set up a marketplace exchange for our citizens. The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land – state government should not put roadblocks in front of Texans who want access to affordable health insurance.
I am certain that common ground can be found around these goals, and once in office, I will work with my colleagues in a civil and bipartisan fashion to achieve them. I believe that Texans and my fellow House members are ready to embrace the approach I have always taken to gain consensus and get things done: common sense, respect, civility, hard work and compassion.
My DFA Values
My role as a public servant is to fairly and passionately represent the interests of all of the members of my district, especially those, like our children, the elderly, the sick and disabled, and the poor, who may not currently have a place at the table. My goals for improvements to public education, access to health care, equal pay for women, and protection of the environment will protect and advance the interests of the community. Our security rests in the empowerment of our people, and in a strong and sustainable economy. My goals to promote the state’s economic interests through investments in clean energy and sustainable jobs, attention to the state’s infrastructure needs, and my focus on educational reforms to provide the foundation for a strong economy, will address and support our need for security and stability. Finally, I will defend the liberties and freedoms of all our citizens from the intrusion and interference of government into matters that must be personal and private, and ensure that our diverse and talented citizenry can live happy and productive lives free from bigotry and discrimination.
My Campaign is People Powered!
Too many Democrats in red counties and districts run as Republican-Lite, and this is a huge mistake. I have met with dozens of local organizations to introduce myself, listen to their concerns, and seek their support. This includes meetings with students at our local colleges, gatherings of Planned Parenthood supporters, LGBT groups, local chambers of commerce meetings (including those sponsored by a variety of ethnic groups), local Democrat clubs, including women’s groups, and many others. We have seen success in our on-line networking with progressive communities on Facebook and elsewhere, and we are using that network to fund and support further efforts (about 50% of our donations have come from on-line outreach). We continue to fill the calendar with neighborhood, issue-themed town hall and other events designed to engage the progressive community. We believe that these events, when tied to and energized by our block-walking and phone bank outreach, will accelerate our success over coming months.
I have assembled a group of enthusiastic volunteers to help staff and support my planned outreach. We have already conducted several block walks, which will be the centerpiece of the kind of one-on-one outreach we believe it will take to win. In addition, my campaign will continue to make creative use of social media, with Facebook and Twitter sites that have been up since October. We have just begun to roll out our plan to seeking endorsement and funding support (including from Democracy For America!) from our local progressive base, and we will reach out to the education community, women’s groups, supporters of progressive causes in the legal community, environmental organizations, labor, the LGBT community and others who we know we can count on to support the campaign.
I greatly appreciate your organization's efforts to provide support to progressive candidates like me, and look forward to receiving your endorsement and campaign support.