I am Marty Schexnayder and I am running for State Representative for District 133. I am a native Texan and Houstonian and have lived, worked and raised a family in District 133 for 17 years. I believe Texas is a great state -- but we can do better. I believe our Republican Legislature has failed us in many areas, such as education, infrastructure, property taxes and healthcare. For this reason I am running as a Democrat to represent District 133 in the Texas House of Representatives.
My first priority is to increase state funding for public education and reduce the increasing reliance on local property taxes to properly fund our schools. Our public education system is ranked among the worst in the country, primarily because our Republican leaders have refused to properly fund public education on a statewide basis. Meanwhile our local property taxes continue to rise and an increasing portion of those taxes are "recaptured" by the state, which spends the money on other things, not education. As your Representative, I will advocate for reforming public education finance, increasing state funding for our schools, and capping local property taxes, so that our students and teachers have the resources they need and the state pays its fair share. I will also resist private and religious school vouchers because they merely divert much-needed tax dollars from our schools to subsidize private education for the wealthy.
I will also vote to increase funding for flood control and other infrastructure improvement. District 133 is particularly at risk for flooding due to the Buffalo Bayou watershed. However, our current Representative has done little to advocate for increased funding for flood control in our district. We also need forward-thinking solutions for mass transit and relief of traffic congestion in our District. I will make resolving these issues my utmost priority.
I will also advocate for expanding Medicaid and improving access to healthcare. Over 1 million Texans are uninsured, which is unacceptable. Not only is access to healthcare a moral imperative, it is good for our economy (the Texas Association of Business supports expanding Medicaid because it creates jobs and reduces the burden on hospitals and medical facilities who must incur the cost of uninsured healthcare).
Lastly, I will support common sense gun laws to protect our children and citizens, and resist legislation that seeks to discriminate against any Texan, regardless of race, citizenship status, sexual preference or gender. As your Representative, I will put the concerns of my constituents and Texans first, and make Texas the great state it deserves to be. Help me make this happen and support my campaign today!
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