Who am I?

I am a veteran, a husband of 32 years, a father to two wonderful adult children, a former elected official, a former Congressional candidate, and a very concerned citizen. I am a native and life-long Texan, having spent the majority of my life living in the 12th district long represented by my friend, former Speaker of the House Jim Wright. I am a huge supporter of the Constitution as a brilliantly constructed living document, and one who is not afraid to amend it as needed. Politically I label myself a "radical centrist," and one who always seeks workable solutions to actual problems, and who isn't easily distracted.

Why am I running?

I am running because Americans both deserve and need a fully functional federal government, and the nearly 700,000 residents of Texas 12th Congressional District deserve a Congressman who is one of them and shares their values, rather than a career politician who only serves the interests of a handful of well-heeled downtown supporters and the increasingly conservative leadership of her increasingly irrational party. It is no exaggeration to suggest that it is more critical to Texans than to residents of many states that the federal government be fully functional, precisely because Texas' state government has gone so far off the rails under Republican leadership.

My Goals

My deepest passion is political reform and putting our political system back on a viable democratic path which will minimize or eliminate the destructive effects of private money and hyper-partisanship. I will work tirelessly to enact reforms which will place political power back in the hands of the majority of the American people by eliminating partisan gerrymandering focused on incumbent protection, and the influx of massive amounts of money geared toward subverting our democracy in favor of short-sighted profit-driven business interests.

My second focus will be on ensuring that the spirit of the 14th Amendment undergirds all federal policy - that every individual and group is treated equally under the law, and that federal law never acts intentionally or otherwise to give unfair advantage to one group over another. This focus will be applicable in all areas, including tax law (eliminate loopholes), civil rights (eliminate discrimination), industrial and trade policies (eliminate market-skewing favoritism), regulatory affairs (eliminate dangerous exceptions and exemptions), and every other area that federal laws and regulations touch.

My third primary area of focus will be on creating and protecting a sustainably safe environment by promoting an enlightened national energy policy focused heavily on non-polluting renewable energy, innovative, safe and efficient power, gas and liquids transmission, and advanced storage technologies; a forward looking transportation policy which promotes energy efficient and less-polluting individual and mass transit, and increaingly efficient vehicles; smart development which promotes more concentrated housing, telecommuting, flexible work schedules, and quality-of-life.

My background as a city council member and in renewable energy recruiting gives me a familiarity with these areas that is lacking in the current Congress. Additional areas of focus include veterans affairs, immigration reform, education, women's issues, and civil rights.

My DFA Values

Community - The one thing which joins Americans together is the community formed through effective government. We are a pluralistic society with a variety of races, ethnicities, religious beliefs, languages, and political persuasions. But we all pay taxes and live by the rule of law. Responsive, responsible and effective government at all levels enables us to live and work in a safe environment, educate our children, choose our employment for which we receive a fair day's pay for an honest day's work, achieve our ambitions and allow our children to do the same, enjoy access to quality healthcare, and retire with security and without being a burden on our families or our community. Without effective government at all levels, all of these basic aspirations are at risk.

Security - We have no choice but to maintain an effective military, but using it is to be our last-choice fallback, not our first-choice go-to. We must partner with allies and increase our positive relationships with other democratic nations, and must respect the values of other nations and cultures rather than attempting to force ours on them. We must accept our role as one of the leading nations on the planet, and support the UN and other multinational efforts to promote peace and prosperity throughout our ever-shrinking planet, while remaining vigilance of our own actions and toward nations which seek advantage over their weaker neighbors through military or economic coercion. The greatest contribution America can make to our own peace and prosperity and that of all nations is to promote and ensure the greatest opportunity for our own citizens to achieve their ambitions, and assist other nations whenever possible in doing the same for theirs.

Liberty - One of the greatest gifts our Founders bestowed on us was making this nation a democracy rather than a theocracy - one which values and protects religious freedom while protecting us from religious coercion as well. Our wall of separation between church and state must always be maintained and strengthened, for the protection of both. Likewise, we can only protect the liberty of the many by protecting the liberty of each citizen, and this includes the liberty to love whomever one chooses, to associate freely, to organize for fair working conditions and pay, and to fully and equally engage in the political process without the undue influence of wealthy and powerful interests.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My campaign is absolutely grass-roots and people-powered and will remain so. I have long been active in the local Democratic Party, having served as precinct chair and election judge in multiple precincts as well as a campaign volunteer, former candidate, and promoter and founding member of multiple area clubs and organizations. We have and will continue to reach out to the clubs in our district, promote formation of new clubs where there are geographic voids, encourage volunteers to become members of clubs and active in the party as precinct chairs, and build a stronger and more effective progressive community in our operating area.

We have begun and will continue to visit with various progressive groups including environmental organizations, organized labor, NORML and similar groups, LGBT organizations, and other progressive groups, and to meet with other groups not formally labeled as progressive including civic organizations, business organizations, veterans organizations, students and teachers in district high schools, community colleges and four-year universities. The 12th district is purple politically and demographically, and our outreach must extend beyond traditional Democratic and progressive groups for us to be successful.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Michaelynn Hawkins, TX
  • Sallie Wickstrom Ward
  • Mike Roberts
  • Anne H Barker
  • Kris Savage
  • Connie Dees
  • Wendell Dorsey, TX
  • Steve Watkins
  • Brian Henry
  • Michelle Kuczynski
...and 27 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at endorsements@democracyfor[email protected] .

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