Sherry Williams

Candidate for
Texas House of Representatives District 19

Texas House Candidate


Sherry Williams

 


Sherry
Williams
for
District 19


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Address:
P.O. Box 362
Sour Lake, TX 77659
(409) 790-0587
Sherry Williams for Texas


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Sherry Williams for Texas


Counties Represented:

Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, Tyler

District: 19

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(1) SUPPORT QUALITY EDUCATION AND FUNDING TO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS AFFORDABLE COLLEGE AND TECHNICAL TRAINING.

  • I do not support robbing money from our public schools in order to fund private schools of any kind, unlike my opponent and current legislator who voted to do just that.

  • I do support transferring the money from the Rainy Day Fund to replace what was stolen from the education fund in 2010.

  • I do support replacing all the money taken from public education last year to replace teacher funding and to absolutely fix the broken healthcare system for educators, especially those who have retired but have not yet reached retirement age.

  • I absolutely do not support tying Teachers’ evaluations with the test scores of the horrible tests our students are forced to take which measures nothing except how well they can memorize or how well they do on one given day of the year.

  • We MUST go back to teaching the subject in order for our students to be able to compete on a National Level at least. Texas ranks 47th in many areas. Our students are graduating with only 50.2% being college ready in English, and 40% being college ready in Math, and only 32% being ready in both. This should not be acceptable

  • All community colleges should be free for students, and Texas should make available to all University Students who have lived and gone to school in Texas, student loans with no interest, and a means to pay them back by service to the community.

  • Our children are our future, and how we help and guide them will be what we become.

  • While I support public school, college and university education, we must never turn our backs on those who cannot go to college or wish to go into the technical field. I know in my district with the large oil and gas industry and a huge need for construction workers, we must also provide the highest quality of Technical schools to prepare our students for these high quality jobs.

  • In order prepare many of these students with the highly requested skills we should absolutely fund our public schools to teach more technical skills for more opportunities for our students not college bound.


(2) SUPPORT GOOD JOBS WITH ADVANCING WAGES WITHIN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT


(3) SUPPORT QUALITY HEALTHCARE FOR ALL CITIZENS


(4) SUPPORT IMPROVING, NOT DISMANTLING MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS FOR SENIORS


(5) RESPECTS HUMAN RIGHTS, CIVIL RIGHTS AND EQUAL RIGHTS


(6) SUPPORT RE-FUNDING OF OUR PUBLIC LIBRARIES

  • During the catastrophic withdrawal of funds from the education system, the funding to libraries all across Texas was also cut. It forced the library systems of Texas, which had been 40 years in the making, to close. These systems provided training and additional funding to our local libraries, which many were small rural ones who depended on them. Libraries did until that time receive a Lone Star Grant each year to assist them in their communities. Even after a total review of libraries and a statewide survey in which individuals overwhelmingly stated that they would gladly pay a small percentage tax increase if that whole percentage were to go to fund all Texas Libraries, the Texas Legislature chose to ignore it. It was as devastating to the library system as the funding cut to public schools was. Texas ranked at that time as 47th and 49th in comparison all other states as to how the state funded their libraries. Now we rank 50th out of all the states. This is a travesty. All of the counties in my district suffer from this loss. In many cases this is the only place one can go to make copies, print, fax or use the internet.

  • This is totally unacceptable to me, and I have addressed this issue with my current legislator to no avail.


(7) SUPPORT HIGH SPEED INTERNET FOR ALL

  • We cannot expect our children in these rural areas to be able to compete with students from larger metropolitan areas if they cannot connect with the outside world.

  • We cannot apply for jobs even with fast food entities if we cannot connect to the internet.

  • We must rise to the mentality of “Internet for All,” and be ready to fund it.

  • It is totally unacceptable to me that we are 18 years into the 21st century, and we are still having to talk about this.

 

(8) SUPPORT DISASTER PREPAREDNESS BEFORE THE DISASTER

  • As many of you know the recent Hurricane Harvey left us with devastating floods and massive repairs. Some of us were left with no homes at all, and others who have just had to walk away.

  • But for those of you who had flood insurance and still have not received your funds that you have paid for, or you, (as I,) have not received enough to repair our homes, you can thank your current legislator for voting for the Blue Tarp Program.

  • The Blue Tarp Program allows for insurance companies to pay pennies on the dollar and to withhold those payments indefinitely. We do have the right to take them to court at our own expense, and they can keep us there for however long they wish, until we run out of money or just say “Forget It.”

  • We have watched many businesses raise their prices for items that have rendered us with not enough to cover actual expenses of fixing our homes.

 

We must be ready before the disaster even hits us. We know that no matter the disaster, we will need assistance, so let’s be sure we are prepared:

  • We know we will at least need shelter after the disaster

  • We know that we will need cots, blankets, etc. after the disaster

  • We know that we will need food and water after the disaster

  • We know that some areas will be flooded and will be rendered unable to enter or exit.

  • We know that areas might have hurricane wind damage and have trees blocking roads and bridges. We know that we could have tornadoes, and forest fires. We must be prepared before it happens.

  • We need to have a much better means of keeping track of each person rescued and evacuated to a certain location. While I personally live in Sour Lake, I had people from Jasper calling me because they could not get their legislator to respond and they had heard that I could get things to happen. I helped them located their loved one who had been rescued and taken to two separate locations in Beaumont.



So, why not make sure our shelters are stocked with cots, blankets, non-perishable food and water BEFORE the disaster hits. Let’s make sure we have portable showers ready to set up should those of us who are to surely flood and be cut off from all incoming and outgoing help. Waiting two weeks or longer for help is not acceptable!!!!!!! That is exactly what my little town had happen to them.

  • My oldest son, who is a City Councilman had to call Dollar General Corporate Headquarters and coordinated with them and a young employee who agreed to open and allow him to put on his own credit card what items that were needed by the two shelters. He was later reimbursed, but had not known that at the time.

  • My younger son coordinated with Special Ops to send a helicopter drop in the local park with food and water. Portable showers were also brought in but were turned away because they were told there was nowhere to set them up. Why did our elected officials drop the ball and wait two weeks for Red Cross when all it took was a little effort on the part of quick thinking young individuals?

  • We know our town becomes an island with much less rain than Harvey dumped on us.

  • We have one grocery store and when they run out of food, milk, etc. We have no way to replace the items.

  • This is exactly my point of being prepared BEFORE the disaster.

  • We have to be more prepared with all these things BEFORE we find ourselves cut off with no way to provide them.

 

I WILL NEVER VOTE AGAINST MY CONSTITUENTS IN FAVOR OF THE BIG INSURANCE COMPANIES. THIS IS A PROMISE THAT I WILL ALWAYS KEEP TO YOU.

 

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