|Job description||Represents his/her district in the US House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the legislative branch of the United States. Term is two years.|
|Levii R. Shocklee|
|Jana Lynne Sanchez|
|Ruby Faye Woolridge|
|John W. Duncan|
|J.K. “Jake” Ellzey|
PO Box 227155, Dallas, TX 75222
Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.
What is your current occupation? Educational background? What experiences do you have that make you the best candidate for US Representative?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: Currently, I am a communications consultant. I attended Waxahachie High School and was able to attend Rice University thanks to my wonderful public school teachers there and a combination of federal financial aid and scholarships. I grew up extremely poor right here in the district and so I am familiar with the challenges our local working families face. Beyond that, my experiences as a small business owner have helped me understand what our local economy truly needs to thrive. The people of District 6 deserve a representative who will fight for them in Congress, and I am the right candidate to do so.
Levii R. Shocklee: Occupation: Contracting Officer / U.S. Navy Retiree
Education: Aeronautics – Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
DAWIA Level 2 Certified – Defense Acquisition University
Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt – Dept. of the Navy
Experience: – I was raised farming corn, wheat, and soybeans.
– U.S. Navy 10 yrs active duty
– Fmr. Civil Servant – Responsible for surveillance of 24 Defense contractors & the final acceptance of U.S. Military equipment.
– Currently: Contracting Officer – Pvt Firm: Responsible for adherence to all legal aspects including compliance to a multitude of federal contract clauses. Responsible for a complete and thorough knowledge of federal acquisition regulations and milestones known as ‘cradle to grave’.
I have a track record of public service and sacrifice for the greater good. I want voters to know that I have been fully vetted several times by the FBI due to the security clearances I have held throughout my career. Due to my work experiences, I have developed a well-rounded knowledge base of our federal government, and much of what I have seen can be characterized as upsetting. It is past time to end the waste, fraud, and abuse of our taxpayer dollars, and to become more strategic and prudent with our investments. Now is the time our government must shift its focus back to the working class and middle-class families of The United States.
Ruby Faye Woolridge: I am currently a retired public school educator. As a professional educator for 30 years with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Masters in Counseling and Administration, I am well prepared to serve as the 1st woman representative for Congress Texas District 6.
I have decades of experience volunteering with city, county, and state school districts and state organizations that adds value to my candidacy for Congress.
What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals? What percentage comes from PACs?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: 95% of our campaign donations have come from individuals (4% from PACs; the Hispanic Caucus’s BOLD PAC and the New Democratic Coalition PAC).
Levii R. Shocklee: 100% of our donations have come from individual voters, and 0% come from PACs.
Ruby Faye Woolridge: 98% / 2%
If elected, what would be the first piece of legislation that you would propose?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: If elected, the first piece of legislation I would propose would be my health care plan. We face many serious problems here in District 6, but the most pressing is access to quality and reasonably-priced health care. Adequate medical care is a basic human right, and no one deserves to suffer because they cannot afford treatment. My comprehensive plan for universal and affordable health care is supported by medical professionals and politicians alike, because it would stabilize and reduce the cost of procedures and medications while decreasing overall cost for hospitals and doctors. If elected, I promise to fight for a solution that will solve the health care crisis, not penalize the poorest and sickest among us.
Levii R. Shocklee: There are actually two pieces I would introduce, as I believe they are key to securing our future and making good on the promises we’ve made to prior generations:
1. We must invest much more heavily in public education systems K through university. It is imperative that we reinforce public education in a way that applies proper funding to the classroom level. Teachers need a substantial pay raise so that our education systems can retain great teachers and attract the future’s best and brightest educators. Furthermore, this classroom level funding is critical to ensure teachers and students have the most advanced teaching/learning tools at their disposal. These institutions were the key to our innovative past, and they are the foundations of our country’s future.
2. This current government has forgotten about our promises to older generations. Perhaps Congress has forgotten what the country was like before these social safety nets were in place – I have not. Only 6% of workers exceed the current payroll tax cap. We must eliminate the cap and bar any Congressional spending of increased revenue resulting from the tax cap removal. In other words, increased revenue will be applied directly to the Social Security fund preventing a surge in Congressional spending from increased revenue. This fix would make the Social Security fund solvent for generations.
Ruby Faye Woolridge: I would propose legislation to provide healthcare for all through a program similar to Medicare Advantage.
What is your position on the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana? What regulations should there be on marijuana usage?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: Marijuana should be legal, taxed, and regulated. We need to stop sending people to prison for non-violent offenses like recreational drug use. The use of medical marijuana can have substantial benefits and can be an effective part of a pain management and wellness plan. Texas should join the other states that deal with marijuana through regulation rather than criminalization. This would free up law enforcement resources and provide additional revenues for schools and infrastructure.
Levii R. Shocklee: I believe it is our duty to fully explore the potential benefits of this treatment for the sake of all who stand to benefit from it. The NIH should be fully supported in creating and conducting clinical trials. In the event Texas moved to legalize it for recreational use then I believe it should be regulated in the same manner as alcohol is regulated.
Ruby Faye Woolridge: I believe marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes. Recreation use should be decriminalized and classified as a misdemeanor offense.
What are your priorities for comprehensive immigration reform?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: I support immigration reform that is humane and that offers a path to legal status. We simply have no idea who the majority of people who are here ‘illegally’ are. Under my plan, immigrants could come forward safely, so we know who they are and how to find them. They will pay taxes at the same rate as other Americans, and would be contributing members of society. After one year of living and working in the U.S., visa holders should have the right to apply for citizenship following the normal procedure. I also believe Dreamers should be fast-tracked to citizenship and never again face the terror of being deported back to a country they are unfamiliar with and that they do not call home. Dreamers are tax-paying contributing members of society who have faced thorough screening and who came forward voluntarily with their information. It is time to welcome them as American citizens.
Levii R. Shocklee: The issue of illegal immigration primarily exists due to our government’s inability to implement a comprehensive immigration reform act. Many Americans see this as a border security problem when in fact it is a dysfunctional government problem. We as a nation must create a comprehensive, legitimate path to legal immigration, and only then will we see a decline in the number of undocumented immigrants. Currently our broken immigration system is the cause for 5-10-15 year wait times which is the main reason so many families cross over and become undocumented immigrants. If we create a legitimate pathway for good people to come into this great country then we can reduce the number of undocumented immigrants. Reducing the numbers of undocumented immigrants will also be a helpful in rooting out criminal activity as documented immigrants will become willing partners with local police forces.
One last point. During my time in the U.S. Navy I lived in a border city, San Diego, California. I can say with complete certitude that a ‘Trump wall’ will be a complete waste of money as it will not stop underground tunneling. Underground tunneling is one of the most effective ways to evade detection, and with a border as expansive as the one we share with Mexico breaches will be equally as common as they are today.
Ruby Faye Woolridge: Use background checks to screen people for entry into the United States. Allow a legal process for Dreamers to apply for full citizenships.
What solutions do you propose for health care system reform?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: Universal affordable healthcare is a basic human right. We can do better for patients and for all taxpayers by building on what works in the US system and expanding it to cover everyone. Republicans have threatened the life and health of all Americans by rushing to repeal the ACA with no viable replacement.
My experience living in two countries with universal healthcare (Britain and the Netherlands) gives me first-hand insight into what would work and what would not work in the U.S. My priority is to make health care more affordable, effective and universal for all. Taking health insurance away from millions of Americans makes no sense. Making it more accessible and affordable for more people makes perfect sense.
I will push legislation that creates universal healthcare but that will work to control prices by creating a Healthcare Cost Review Commission that would decide and standardize the cost of all medical procedures and medications. This has already been successfully implemented in Maryland. Under this system, insurance companies would compete for clients but the amount of the premium that could cover administrative costs and profit would be strictly regulated on a federal level. I also believe in the expansion of Medicaid to anyone below the poverty line, and subsidies for health insurance to make sure all lower-income workers can afford healthcare. This should be funded increased taxes on the very highest income earners. We should also allow the voluntary expansion of Medicare at cost or anyone of any age as an option to private insurance (and to increase competition with for-profit insurers).
Levii R. Shocklee: I believe one of the most pressing issues is putting money back in the pockets of families, and we can do that by lowering the cost of healthcare through amending the ACA. We amend the ACA by starting with a public option for healthcare insurance (similar to what military retirees receive, which is amazing coverage (not the VA)) to help drive down premiums at private insurance companies and implement automatic enrollment to get everyone onboard with preventive and proactive healthcare. Contrary to what critics would like you to believe, this proactive approach to healthcare will actually reduce not only the overall cost of healthcare nationwide, but it will also create substantial out-of-pocket savings for families everywhere.
Ruby Faye Woolridge: I purpose Medicare Advantage to assure everyone has affordable, quality Healthcare.