"Candace Valenzuela is a mother, an educator, and a lifelong Texan. She overcame incredible odds growing up, and she has since devoted her life to fighting for opportunities for others. She first ran for her local school board to improve Texas schools, becoming the first Latina and first African-American woman to serve on the Carrollton-Farmers Branch school board. Now she’s running for Congress to stand up for all Texas children and their families."
On healthcare . . .
"Candace believes that investing in health care for all Americans is not only the morally right thing to do, but it will also save taxpayers money long-term by making workers more productive, increasing preventive care so that we catch illnesses early, and negotiating prescription drug prices down. Candace believes that health care is a human right."
On the environment . . .
On her campaign website, Candace writes, "We need to do everything we can to combat climate change while we still have the chance. We need to focus on investing in renewable energy options, such as solar, wind, and geothermal, while massively reducing our dependence on coal, gas, and oil." "Part of this investment must establish programs to train and retrain workers for jobs in the renewable energy industry."
Plans for Economy
"Candace will fight for Texans who are struggling to get by. In Congress, Candace will: work to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour; provide relief to those with crippling student loan debt; make healthcare more affordable by providing people with a public option to buy into Medicare; work to expand affordable housing"
As a former school board trustee, Candace knows first hand that our public education system is under attack. Corporate special interests have been undermining public education in favor of alternative models. As an educator, Candace knows that public education delivers the best results on a consistent basis.
We need to view education as an investment in our people."