Great news … then outrageous news!

I got some wonderful news to help close out 2017. Yesterday evening I got word that I received the endorsement of the Texas AFL-CIO Austin Area Central Labor Council. I am the sole candidate for State Representative for District 45 to receive their endorsement.

I would like to share with you how I replied to their question: “What is the biggest challenge facing Texas now?”

The biggest challenge facing Texas now is the overwhelming influence of wealthy special interests, which will try to exploit our work force, natural resources, and educational system in order to line their own pockets through privatization and private contracts that favor rich cronies and corporations.

Then this morning, I read this American-Statesman article about the Texas Education Agency canceling a $4.4 million no-bid contract that was allegedly awarded improperly. The recipient was to perform “data mining” to figure out how to meet the needs of special-education students but has little experience in special education.


When I ran for the State Board of Education, which is part of TEA, I raised the issue of past cronyism, and I pointed out how TEA failed to meet the needs of special-education students.

The State Board of Education has few oversight powers over TEA, but the legislature does. That’s why I’m working so hard to get elected to the Texas House of Representatives, where I will do all I can to ferret out corruption and meet the needs of Texas children.

The AFL-CIO’s endorsement boosts my energy and this latest example of cronyism at the Texas Education Agency renews my commitment.

Have a happy and safe New Year, everyone, and may 2018 be the year of change and renewal we hope for.

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