The Texas Land Commissioner is entrusted with a wide range of responsibilities that impact the daily lives of Texans. The General Land Office needs to be more efficient, transparent, and managed in a way to serve the people. Now is the time to choose a leader that can expertly negotiate complicated contracts and leases, understand complex scientific concepts and business dealings, and proactively move Texas forward to a better future.
Elections are about choosing the candidate that you think will do the best job of gathering all the information and making the right decision for Texans. My strong science and legal background, experience as a science teacher, and years of work as a political advocate in the Texas legislature combine to inform my approach of using facts and evidence to address big problems, like the looming threat of climate change.
The Land Commissioner oversees the General Land Office, an agency with over 800 employees. Managing such a large agency that has so many responsibilities requires someone with the ability to work collaboratively with people of all backgrounds while also having the vision, strength, and backbone to take action and put policies into place that will benefit Texas. My broad set of professional and personal experiences proves I have the management expertise, legal and business know-how, and goal-focused work ethic to get the job done.
First and foremost, I will work towards getting Texas in front of climate change. I will bring together stakeholders from all sides and work with them, not against them, including the private sector, experts in climate science, labor union representatives, and fellow leaders and elected officials. We can craft solutions that move us toward a greener future and protect our environment, prepare and protect our state from future weather disasters, and ensure everyday Texans have good jobs and bright futures.
Disaster Relief Fund Distribution
Long-term federal disaster relief funds are distributed by the General Land Office. Currently, the agency is playing politics with the lives and livelihoods of Texans. I will ensure that the distribution of disaster relief funds will be managed with everyday folks who need it the most treated as the priority. Additionally, funds must be distributed quickly. No Texan should be waiting for years to rebuild due to unfair biases, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the General Land Office.
My priority will be to ensure that the history of the Alamo is presented accurately. The story the Alamo tells must be a full and honest history based on facts, evidence, and the standard academic understanding. That story includes the perspectives, contributions, and experiences of all individuals involved—Anglo, Mexican, Black, and indigenous peoples. As a woman of color, I am also very dedicated to making sure that diverse voices are heard, including indigenous people who have an interest in what happens with the Alamo.
The General Land Office generates revenue for the Permanent School Fund, which benefits K-12 schools. Coming from the perspective of a former schoolteacher, former PTA leader, and mother to two children who attend public elementary school, increasing funding for public schools is of the utmost priority for me.
In speaking with veterans all over the state, it is apparent that most veterans are unaware of the programs and services administered through the General Land Office, such as the land, home, and home improvement loans that are offered, the nine long-term care homes, and and the four Texas State Veterans Cemeteries. I will launch an aggressive outreach campaign so that veterans can learn about how the General Land Office can assist them and ensure that they have access to the benefits that are available.