Don Brown For Congress
Texas Congressional District 14 in TX http://www.donbrownforcongress.com
Primary Election Date: 2014-03-04 General Election Date: 2014-11-04
Who am I?
Though education has always been a passion for him, he did not have the opportunity to attend a college or university for more than a semester at a time because of the costs of doing so. He does continue to believe education is a fundamental foundation to success. He is working with educators to help solve the problem of lagging science and math proficiency developing in this nation, and has focused on how to deliver a quality education to everyone wanting to receive one while attempting to make said education affordable for all.
The spirit of entrepreneurship bit Don Brown at a very young age. In the mid to late 1980's he owned and operated several telemarketing and door to door marketing firms. In 1989, he became interested in the financial recovery industry. He remained in that industry as a top producing agent, unit manager or operations manager at some of the top agencies in the country until 1999 when he received an opportunity to matriculate into the mortgage industry. He quickly knew he had found his ideal career. He served as a branch manager for the second largest privately held mortgage brokerage company in the nation for 10 years. In July, 2011 he purchased Silverstone Mortgage along with his business partner, Victor Yum. They have made some financial sacrifices to mold the company into a mortgage company that focuses on need more than profit. Their belief is to provide the lowest rate at the lowest cost.
It is with that spirit of service he has decided to stand for the American people to help bring civility back to halls of the US Congress. And hopes you will join him in that effort by contributing to the campaign.
Why am I running?
I am running to restore civility and cooperation to government. I believe there is common ground we should be able to find. The politics of division are doing their job, they are dividing this great country into sections. We should be looking to unite behind the idea that the Great American Dream can still exist.
The world looks to the United States for guidance on good governance and I believe we have lost our way. We all believe in what America promised our ancestors who risked much to come to this country. We are a nation built on religious and personal freedom. We have much to be proud of. We saw that slavery didn't fit the ideals of freedom and the forefathers of liberty spilled their blood to buy the freedom of those who had previously been enslaved. We as a nation looked at our mother, sisters and daughters and heard their voices for freedom and further expanded the fields of freedom to encompass all humans who lawfully are on these shores. We as a nation looked at those who were living in a 'separate but equal' environment and found them living separate but not being treated equal and we as a nation passed laws providing protections so that everyone could live equally because separation causes weakness.
I want to go to the United States House of Representatives and represent those core values of freedom wherever they take us.
Overturn Citizen's United - This SCOTUS decision has made a poisonous political climate toxic. I intend to work with members from both sides to create legislation that protects the actual citizens of this country from corporations buying a government.
Education Reform - We can restore our education system to put the priorities back on Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and make science a priority. We should create math and science academies during the summer to allow college age students to come back as teacher aids and in return they have all or part of their student loans forgiven. This can be paid for by future savings through lower need for welfare and reduction in incarceration rates.
Financial Reform - The big banks are still writing their own rules. We must remove over regulation of the smaller financial entities and focus our attention on the banks that put us in the mess we are still fighting to get out of. We need to restore the major sections of Glass-Steagall and stop allowing banks that gamble their money to be able to use the American worker as their insurance policy.
My DFA Values
As the first openly gay candidate to ever win a contested primary in Texas, I am a firm believer in liberty. Not too long ago, in Texas, people like me could be prosecuted just for being with the person we loved. I want to make sure the government never enshrines discrimination in law again, whether it’s based on sexual orientation, class, race, sex, religion, or any other reason.
Peace in other nations yields security at home and abroad. To build a more secure nation and a more secure world, we must take care of people within our borders and help secure our neighbors’ borders by helping them stabilize their governments and develop economically, so they will want to work cooperatively with us instead of competing for resources. Security at home requires people to have continued hope things will improve, not the desperation that has accompanied the recession of the last few years.
I believe we must invest in everyone in our community from an early age, starting with providing a high-quality education to every child and continuing through college and adulthood. My signature education plan is to have college students act as teachers and mentors for high school students at math and science academies that would run through the summer. College students teaching their own major would be engaged and excited by the material, and could pass on that love of learning to high school students, while also being able to act as peer mentors. In return, they would have part or all of their student loans forgiven. We also need to make the investments necessary to bring well-compensated jobs to the district.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I will engage the grassroots by running a progressive campaign instead of the Republican-lite campaign that has become the standard for Democrats in red districts. TX-14 is not really a Republican district. It’s a non-voting district. Turnout consistently lags the national average for a Congressional election by more than 25%. I will engage Democrats and convince them to vote for a real Democrat. We are working hard to engage communities of color within the district (over 40% of the population). I have hired a staffer to help with outreach to communities of color and have been campaigning all over the district, including areas frequently neglected by other candidates, such as Port Arthur. I will continue to reach out to under-represented voters across the district. I want Democrats to be excited about this race, which presents an opportunity to vote for a progressive over a Congressman who, in his own words, won’t allow anyone to “out-conservative” him.