Support Democrat Julie Oliver, who is running for a Congressional House of Representatives seat in Texas’s 25th District.
Oliver is a native Texan and a healthcare finance expert who is running as a progressive Democrat. She grew up poor. As a 17-year-old pregnant runaway, she relied on Medicaid for care, and she later spent 15 years caring for her elderly mother. The GOP Congress’s attacks on CHIP, Medicare, and Medicaid spurred her to run.
She wants to improve our current health care system while also moving toward a Medicare-for-all solution. She would fight any attempt to weaken Roe vs Wade and would defend the access to birth control initiated under Obama. She would also oppose any efforts to privatize Social Security and Medicare.
One of the first things she hopes to do as a House Rep is streamline the paperwork employers must fill out to employ veterans in apprenticeship programs. She wants to raise teachers’ salaries and she opposes giving taxpayer dollars to private schools. She wants to install a new set of teeth in the Voting Rights Act and enable automatic voter registration.
She prefers humane comprehensive immigration reform over laws such as Texas’s SB4, which is designed to undermine sanctuary cities. She feels “we need more immigration in this country, not less.” She wants to abolish for-profit detention centers and end fear-inducing raids on courthouses and hospitals and the like. She urges Congress to pass a clean DREAM act ASAP.
Oliver is one of five Democrats running for the Texas House seat. The primary will take place on March 6, 2018. Republican incumbent Roger Williams is running for his fourth term and has no challengers from his party. He won the 2016 election with 58.3 percent of the vote; his Democratic rival got 37.7 percent. Ballotpedia rated the district as safely Republican in that year.
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