Open letter to Texas voters

Dear Texas Voters,

As the 2018 midterm elections draws closer, we have many choices to make at the voting box. Local offices matter. State offices matter. But nowhere is the choice more stark than for the Senate seat being contested by Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz.

I am not undecided. I am voting for Beto. For the first time in my 30 years as a registered voter, I have donated money to a political campaign. I have attended two of his town halls he hosted in San Antonio. To be honest, I probably would have voted for a piece of toast over Ted Cruz, but Beto O’Rourke has energized me much like Obama energized me in the mid 2000’s. He is running a campaign not of fear and division, but of optimism and inclusion.

But that is more philosophical. I am also voting for Beto because of his stance on the issues. Are they progressive? Yes. Will they appeal to #MAGA people? No. Will they appeal to a lot of moderates? I believe they will.

  • If you believe young people that came across our border as a young child, who know no other country, who attend our public schools, whose parents contribute to our society, should be given a path to legal status in this country, please vote for Beto O’Rourke.
  • If you believe real, comprehensive immigration reform has nothing to do with building a wall along our southern border, please vote for Beto O’Rourke.
  • If you believe we can have sensible legislation that strengthens background checks, re-establishes the assault weapons ban, and encourages states to adopt red-flag laws, all while supporting one’s Second Amendment rights, please vote for Beto O’Rourke.
  • If you believe that health care, regardless of pre-existing conditions or income, is a right, please vote for Beto O’Rourke. If you believe we need comprehensive mental health reform as a part of that health care system, please vote for Beto O’Rourke. If you believe a family should not have to decide between buying groceries or buying prescription drugs, please vote for Beto O’Rourke.
  • If you believe the criminal justice system, including sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug offenses, needs reformation, please vote for Beto O’Rourke. If you believe marijuana should be decriminalized, at the very least for medicinal uses, please vote for Beto O’Rourke. If you believe there is something fundamentally wrong when African Americans make up 13% of the American population, but 37.9% of the population in our prisons1, please vote for Beto O’Rourke.
  • If you believe all high school students, regardless of family income, should be able to pursue higher education, apprenticeships or other job training without incurring staggering debt, please vote for Beto O’Rourke.
  • If you believe in the science that irrefutably says the climate is warming, due, at least in part, to what we are doing to it, please vote for Beto O’Rourke. If you believe the only way our planet will remain habitable for generations to come will be to invest in renewable fuels and encouraging increased use of solar and wind technologies, please vote for Beto O’Rourke.
  • If you believe a gay person should not be fired from their job for being gay, please vote for Beto O’Rourke. If you believe all in the LGBTQ community deserve to live their life with dignity and respect, without fear of discrimination or shame, please vote for Beto O’Rourke.
  • If you respect the job those in law enforcement do every hour of the day, but also believe there should be increased accountability for police officers that overstep their boundaries, please vote for Beto O’Rourke.
  • If you hold our service members, past and present, in high regard for the sacrifice they and their families endure to maintain our freedom, please vote for Beto O’Rourke. If you understand that sometimes freedom may involve some uncomfortable protests and conversations – such as silently kneeling for the National Anthem – please vote for Beto O’Rourke.
  • If you believe in the promise of this country, and if you believe a candidate should run for something, welcoming all to join the movement, please vote for Beto O’Rourke.

Early voting in Texas starts Monday October 22. You can check your voter registration status here. If you are not registered, you can go here, enter your information into a form, print it out and mail it in. Registration deadline for the midterms is October 6.

It is time Texas moves on from our reputation as a non-voting state and elect a Senator that has a vision to move us all forward.

Please vote for Beto O’Rourke.

1 https://www.bop.gov/about/statistics/statistics_inmate_race.jsp

 

One comment

  1. Reblogged this on David R. Taylor-Thoughts on Education and commented:
    Another Democrat I’m voting for is Mike Collier.

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