Doing More For Veterans

As I travel the district and talk to constituents, I keep hearing from veterans that after they return home from their service, they do not receive the support and services owed them and that they deserve after their service to our country. I have heard this for years in my practice-difficulty accessing medical care, difficulty obtaining service records, difficulty with re-entry into civilian society. And most feel ignored by our current representative in Congress.

Our veterans deserve our respect and our support, and we must address issues unique to servicemen and women as they transition to civilian life.

We must provide adequate healthcare for veterans when they leave their service including robust mental health services, a through review and overhaul of the Veterans Administration, and facilitating access to care through civilian services.

We must create pathways for veterans to enter the workforce through direct hiring and paid job training programs.

We must address homelessness among veterans by enacting a No Vet Homeless or Hungry Initiative as a partnership between the federal government and all 50 states.

Over the next few weeks, I will be addressing and expanding on these issues. Our veterans deserve better.


As a candidate for Congress, I often get asked why I am running. And I tell people, I have #10000reasons - The stories I’ve heard from the 10000 patients I have cared for over my two decades in practice as a family physician.

Stories from the mothers I care for who have lost their sons to gun violence. When I sit with them and comfort them, I know I can’t bring their sons back. But I can go to Congress and fight for #GunReformNow

Veterans that I care for who suffer the mental and physical wounds of their service. I know I can’t stop their nightmares or replace their lost limbs, but I can go to Congress and fight for legislation to give them the resources they need to recover.

Working families whose minimum wage jobs do not pay enough for them to afford their rent. I can’t pay their rent, but I can go to Congress and #FightFor15

Immigrants who come to me fearful for themselves and their families under the current administration. I can’t solve the prejudices that they face, but I can go to Congress to fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

Children with cancer who face loss of coverage due to their pre-existing medical conditions. I know that I might not be able to cure them, but I can go to Congress and fight for #SinglePayer Healthcare so that they will never be denied care.

I have heard thousands of these stories. And I carry them with me. I have dedicated my career to advocating for the patients I serve. I am eager to get to Congress and advocate for all of the constituents in my district.


Help me get there to fight for them and for all of you. Donate. Volunteer.


18 school shootings in the US since January 1. 18 times that children found themselves in harm's way in a place that should be a sanctuary. 18 times that parents waited, terrified, hoping and praying that their children were safe. And 18 times that we are hearing about "thoughts and prayers" while our Congress does nothing to protect us and our families.

18 times that some will say "don't politicize" this tragedy. 18 times that others will say that there is "nothing" that we can do about it. 18 times that we will hear that this is about "mental health" issues, and not about access to guns.

The American people are united in wanting to do something. 90% of Americans support background checks on all gun sales. Majorities support bans on assault-type weapons. More than 70% support closing loopholes that allow some domestic abusers to access guns.

The only thing standing in the way is the people sitting in Congress. People like John Carter who has an A+ rating from the NRA

We must stand united on this public health crisis, and the only way to do that is to vote out everyone who has failed to protect the American people in deference to the NRA, and vote in people who will commit to creating legislation to address the gun violence epidemic.

Help me take this seat.


I’m proud to be a leader of the WilcoIndivisible chapter of Indivisible. This level of activism has been a great outlet over the last year for all the frustration I’ve felt about the actions of our government.

Through WilcoIndivisible, I have organized constituents to visit Congressional offices to discuss important issues, participated in Letter to the Editor campaigns, and put together protests, Town Halls, and rallies. It has been very rewarding work.

I’ve been in the streets and on the phones fighting back since the start of this administration. Running for office is the next step for my activism where I will continue to fight on behalf of my constituents.

Here is a new initiative that Austin Indivisible has put together. This is the kind of work that this group does and will continue to do. I am so thankful to have been a part of this movement.…/indivisible-austin-fil…/

Voting Rights

Voting rights is one of my top campaign issues. As a Voter Registrar for many years in a state with restrictive voter ID laws, I am very passionate about this issue.

Laws that create barriers to voter participation are popping up all over the country. The pace accelerated when SCOTUS decided to reverse many provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

Time and time again, these restrictive laws have been shown to be racially biased and aimed at restricting groups that traditionally vote Democratic. That’s the whole point.

In-person voter fraud is exceedingly rare, and does not justify these restrictions. Why? Because tens of thousands of people are prohibited from voting, on the off chance that one case of voter fraud will be prevented.

Many courts have struck down some of the most egregious voter restrictions. But make no mistake: they will keep trying until they figure out how to be the most restrictive while still getting through the court system. Remember: they don’t want you to vote.

In extreme cases, there are groups who are in favor of only property owners having the right to vote.

Others have suggested that the poor and women should not be allowed to vote. But I digress. The message here is that there are many in this country who want only rich, white men to vote. Hence, why MLK thought voting rights were so critical.

The point is, we take the right to vote for granted. But it is a right we should take seriously. A right we should fight for. A right that we should prioritize. If you don’t have a vote, you don’t have a voice.

We need greater access to the polls, not less.

I am in favor of: Automatic voter registration. A National Holiday for Election Day. Restoration of voting rights for felons who have served their sentences. Expanded numbers of polling places and election days. Elimination of restrictive voter ID laws.

Remember, if you don’t have a vote, you don’t have a voice.

The Promise of a Dream

People sometimes ask why we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day? Or how should we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day? Why it still so important after all the “changes” that have been made to this country?

We celebrate to honor the legacy of a man who gave his life for the betterment of his country. We celebrate him because his words inspired a nation and his actions moved a culture. We celebrate him because he understood the dangers he faced better than people know, and yet: he persisted.

How should we celebrate MLK day? We celebrate by continuing to pursue the dream. When we march, we march as a symbol of the promise we make to continue the dream. When we volunteer, we show our commitment to action, in the hopes of creating a better community. When we fight for equity, we do so as a pledge to that promise in a dream.

Martin Luther King, Jr. day is important because “change” isn’t here yet. Black people die in alarming rates across all institutions in this country. In my field of healthcare, black women have the highest maternal mortality rate in the country. As a doctor, I promise to honor the dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had and commit to eradicating that statistic all together.

On this day I make a promise of honor, action. and dedication to a dream, a dream that I also share.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

About that “shithole” comment

I've been thinking a lot about the President's "shithole" comments and how I feel about them. And how I feel is sad. Here's why:

Meet the C.D. Fulkes Middle School Choir. Look at this picture. See their faces.


I had the pleasure of hearing the choir, directed by Heather Rosen, perform at the Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Round Rock, Texas on Saturday. As I watched and listened to them sing, I realized why the President's words are so damaging. It is because of these kids.

When the President says these things, he is talking about these children's families, ancestors, and friends. He is denigrating who they are and where they and their families came from. He gives cover to those who would discriminate against them. He paves the way for others to keep placing barriers in their paths to success.

And this makes me deeply, distressingly sad.

We find ourselves in a time and place where too many of us are openly comfortable ignoring the humanity of others who don't look like us or don't come from the same place as us. The President has chosen to elevate this point of view into the highest office in our country. He is aided by so many who refuse to call out his words.

We cannot let these things go unanswered.

At a recent Meet and Greet, I had a participant offer that we need to change the culture. That we need to win over the hearts and minds of bigots and racists. And I agree.

But we don't have time for that.

For the sake of these children, the amazing children of C.D. Fulkes Middle School, and every other child, we must do the work to vote these people out. NOW.

These children cannot afford to wait until we effect cultural change. They need us to fight for them. NOW.

Please don't wake up on November 7, 2018 wishing you had done more. The time to do the work is NOW.

Get out of your comfort zone. Get involved. We can flip Congress and halt the ugliness that has entered the halls of the White House in November. We can limit the damage. And we must.

The children of C.D. Fulkes Middle School are counting on us. Let's not let them down.