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Why I’m running

I’m not a politician. I am an engineer. I solve large scale problems.

People who work for a living are America’s biggest assets. They get up every single morning and dedicate their day to creating value for this country and its businesses, big and small. Even though they create enormous wealth for America, and their hard work is essential to our economic success, most have been left behind.

As we recover from the pandemic, many Americans are still coming to terms with the loss of over 600,000 family members. More than half a million are homeless right now, with over 11 million behind in rent and millions facing imminent eviction. Unemployment, lack of child care, and looming student loan debt keep working families up at night. Over 32 million Americans are still uninsured, and many more are still unable to see a doctor because they are underinsured or can’t afford the deductible.

This is wrong.

Between March 2020, and April 2021, the collective wealth of American billionaires increased by 55%, from $2.95 trillion to $4.56 trillion. We discovered that many billionaires paid zero federal tax while working families juggled between paying for groceries, prescription drugs, rent, or mortgage. Saving for a downpayment for the American Dream of owning a home is now impossible for many young families.

We’ve been conditioned to satisfy a few individuals at the top at the expense of everyone else. If we want our democracy to survive, this must stop.

In 2004-2006 I personally witnessed my first employer move manufacturing to Mexico and lay off all assembly workers. Many of them had no career retraining options and never worked a decent paying job again.

Today, when I drive home to my neighborhood, a nice area with good schools, there is someone, often a Veteran, asking for food right outside HEB.

We can change this.

I’m an engineer and an entrepreneur. I find solutions to large scale problems. My experience in product, financial analysis, and cost reduction have made me adept at solving complicated challenges.

I went to Trine University, in the small, rural, snowy, conservative, Midwestern rust-belt town of Angola, in the flyover state of Indiana.

Why Angola, Indiana? Scholarships.

Order of the Engineer Ring Ceremony
Trine Graduation
Freshman Dorms
Lived on the same floor as the women's basketball team
DJ'ing at Student Radio
My first car, a $400 '84 Toyota Tercel

Like a lot of families, a college education would never have been possible for me without scholarships and working while going to school.

Hard work got me a full ride to grad school at Purdue where Neil Armstrong had studied engineering. I thought I was living the dream, but it was really the opportunity to graduate debt free that made my American dream a reality.

As my career grew, I wanted to know how I could use my skills to bring change to the lives of people struggling in my community. I joined the board of ProductCamp Austin and grew it to a 4000+ member nonprofit that provides free training and education to boost people’s careers and paychecks.

I know first-hand how much nonprofits help people, but every nonprofit will tell you that it’s never enough. So in 2020, I ran for Congress in Texas’ 31st district. We won the Democratic nomination with the highest Democratic turnout in the history of this district by taking our message directly to voters and reaching out to underserved communities.

Texas is in play

In 2022 Texas will gain two new Congressional districts largely due to population increases in Latino, Hispanic, and Asian communities. We must deliver on the American Dream for every Texan and that’s why I’m running.

My platform is simple. It lifts up every American - the people who work every day and carry America on their shoulders - so we can all flourish together, continue to innovate, and lead economically.

Solutions:

  • Housing security for for stability and safety
  • Healthcare assurance which will boost productivity and reduce debt
  • Education opportunities leading to increased incomes
  • Real Pay so that families can live where they work

If the GI bill can put Neil Armstrong on the moon, imagine where Education for All can take America. Delivering high quality healthcare and education to ~327 million people is an engineering scaling problem that we can solve together.

Send me to Congress to be your representative, and we can all experience Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

This is my American Dream

George Washington's Mount Vernon
2017 Solar Eclipse, Oregon
2012 Giants World Series Parade
Slave Memorial, DC
Hollywood
Bourbon Street
Hawaii
Inks Lake, Texas
My first new car

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