Priorities

Lorenzo is focused on bringing government to the people and ensuring that we all have an equal voice. We will have ongoing policy updates. Please feel free to contact us if you'd like to meet and discuss issues that concern you. 

EDUCATION

Education is essential to our future success. That is why we must ensure Texas properly funds our schools, supports our teachers, and protects equal access for everyoneYet the bill sponsored by our current representative that was supposed to fix school finance has hurt our local school districts and is lowering expectations of a raise for teachers. We need a legislator that will put the needs of our community ahead of his own political career.

As your Legislator, I promise to put a focus on students and teachers so that our communities thrive even more.

Student Focus:

  • Curriculum that focuses on critical thinking and comprehension
  • Reduce classroom sizes, allowing for more individualized learning
  • Ensure every student has access to counselors who address mental and emotional needs

Teacher Focus:

  • Provide permanent funding to increase teacher wages
  • Adequately fund Texas teachers retirement pension plans
  • Increase Texas’ contributions towards teacher's health  insurance program, lowering teachers' premiums

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Texas has ranked the worst in the nation for 10 straight years for the highest percentage of uninsured, according to a May 2018 Gallup Poll. Roughly 22.5% of Texans lack insurance and many who do have it are living one serious health event away from bankruptcy. This is a serious issue facing Texans all around House District 67 and one that I witnessed first hand when my mother had breast cancer. No one should be lacking in healthcare benefits because our elected officials are putting their political careers over the needs of their constituents. 

As your Legislator, I promise to:

  • Work diligently to expand Medicaid so more Texans have insurance
  • Work with local leaders, medical professionals and activists on expanding healthcare (including expanding mental health facilities) options within our communities
  • Promote examples of how the public and private sectors can work together to ensure people have access to healthcare across the district and state (Such as in McKinney)

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As it stands now, our politicians get to choose who their voters are, instead of allowing the voters choose their elected officials. This may sound backwards, because it is, but, our elected officials have drawn the district maps to benefit them and help them stay in power. 

This is especially concerning because we have one party rule in Texas, so all of the maps have continuously been drawn in their favor for decades. The primary concern is that when there is no serious competition it leads to corruption. Fortunately, we are starting to see some districts (Including HD 67) change, and it will benefit Texas for the short term. Winning THIS race will allow for a more balanced redistricting process for 2021.

However, that’s a short term solution and we must look at taking the power out of politicians hands and seek more neutral district map drawing methods, so that no party can unfairly create districts to give them long term favor. 

As your Legislator, I promise to:

  • support more neutral district maps for the 2021 redistricting already scheduled
  • Work toward an independent redistricting committee to keep districts fair and neutral for long term effects

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We must not allow a false narrative that further damages women’s rights to continue. As a Democrat, I support life, and I support choice. I support Women’s Autonomy and feel the anti-women bills supported by our current representative are state-sanctioned discrimination.

I strongly believe in keeping government out of our private decisions and feel that neither I, nor our government has any place in telling women what they should do with their bodies. 

As Democrats, our focus should be on using the proven methods to help reduce abortions that are available today - such as, increasing wages so that young families can afford a child, or more children in the case of already started families. As we’ve seen in Colorado, simply teaching proper sex education and increasing access to contraceptions significantly reduces abortion rates. Let’s expand access to healthcare so that new parents don’t go bankrupt for having a child, and women have more affordable and accessible medical options.  Let’s seek to add paid maternity and paternity leave for newly expecting parents to help relieve some of the burden in the early stages of a new child.


Let’s lead by stopping the attacks on Planned Parenthood, often the only option for people to receive screenings and medical services. We need to put people first. That’s our job as a state representative. 

As your Legislator, I promise to:

  • Stand with women and fight to protect their rights and autonomy 
  • Work diligently to increase wages, which disproportionately affect women, and especially women of color
  • Promote proven methods that will help reduce abortions
  • Focus on expanding access and affordability to healthcare facilities across Texas

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In the past decade, Collin County has undergone an economic boom that has featured many businesses and people flocking to the county. While economic growth is certainly a good thing, we must make sure that prosperity is being felt by everyone in the community. Under our current conditions, far too many residents see the economic growth happening all around them, yet don’t feel it in their own pocketbooks. Our State Legislature needs to make economic growth and independence for all a priority.

As your Legislator, I promise to:

  • Staunchly support efforts that will lead to equal pay for equal work
  • Advocate for a $15/hr minimum wage throughout Texas
  • Push back against corporate tax incentives that place a higher tax burden on everyday people

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Gun Sense Policy

Mass shootings have become all too common within our country and have forced many of us to live in fear in our own communities. I am a strong believer in the Second Amendment, but we also must put public safety priorities first. These goals are not mutually exclusive. Crafting legislation that balances our need for both of these needs to be a priority in Austin.

As your Legislator, I promise to:

  • Fight for universal background checks, a policy that a vast majority of Americans support
  • Work against any proposal that tries to militarize our schools or add guns into the classrooms
  • Promote easier access to mental health resources so that people may get the help they need 

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Lowering the burden for homeowners (Property tax)

As a real estate agent, I have seen firsthand the very real concerns that many homeowners and prospective homeowners have over our enormous property tax bills. Texas has consistently been one of the worst states in terms of hefty property taxes. It is the duty of our state legislators to ensure that homeowners have the ability to stay in their homes, and not be pushed out by property taxes.

As your Legislator, I promise to:

  • Support legislation that meaningfully reduces property tax bills for residents, not just patchwork fixes
  • Push for appraisals that are averaged out over 5 years, lowering the hidden half of property tax costs
  • Advocate for a freeze on the property tax valuations for seniors, preventing seniors from being unfairly pushed out of their homes
  • Ensure that commercial properties are paying taxes on an even rate as homeowners, so homeowners don’t have to shoulder an undue burden

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Locally, and across Texas, we have the opportunity to lead in innovative ways to build our roads, invest in renewable energy, and encourage smart growth public transit options. By encouraging efficiency in energy and building, we can create jobs and lower our carbon footprint while improving air and water quality at the same time.

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ENERGY

Peak Load Energy Demand:

North Texas broke several record peak energy demands this August, 2019. The growing concern is the demand goes up while the base load is decreasing. In some cases, due to wind farms and gas plants being cancelled or postponed. If we are not able to catch up, in the next year or two we may have continuous rolling blackouts during the hottest days.

Texas is ranked number 1 in wind power, but still has significant room to grow. Since the late 90’s, Texas has invested in wind power and transmission lines, which has led to some major success in growing the industry. However, during the 86th legislature (2019), the incentives that have created so much growth have come under attack. We must protect our renewable energy growth and promote a broader mix of solar and wind to prevent a potential energy crisis in the future as we move away from fossil fuels.

Divesting from Fossil Fuels and Moving To Renewable Energy:

Texas is known for its oil and gas, but the reality is, Texas is an energy state -- and we could be running almost completely on renewable energy sources and still keep the lights on. This would also significantly lower energy costs for Texans and drastically improve our air and water quality at the same time.

We have seen a solar boom in recent years, which is leading to a broader mix of renewable energy. This is important because the solar farms are built near the wind farms and use the same transmission lines. Doing this allows for us to have consistent power from West Texas anywhere we need it. How does that work? Simple: In West Texas, it’s often windy at night, and sunny during the day, so the two work to balance each other.

Incentivizing energy efficiency:

Much like the incentives we have seen for oil and gas, and now wind and solar, we can promote more energy efficient building to help reduce energy demand across the district and state.

As your legislator, I promise to: 

  • Work to expand our electricity portfolio by increasing wind and solar incentives
  • Work to continue to expand the energy grid’s transmission lines
  • Fight to ensure wind and solar continue to get tax incentives so they stay competitive (Fossil Fuels get significant incentives too)

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The reality is, Texas politics is for the rich, as corporate money funnels into our elections, and it has become abundantly clear, our elected representatives are not looking out for the average Texans. We have witnessed vast amounts of corporate money flow through our political system and witnessed the quid-pro-quo favors that have been exposed, which should have everyone concerned. 

Just this year (2019) the current Speaker of the Texas House was caught selling political favors to an independent group in exchange for the group targeting specific “enemies” the speaker wanted ousted. To make matters worse, our current representative was one of the foremost defenders of the Speaker after the bribery allegations came out.  We need a legislator that won’t engage in the system that treats politics as a game for political favor, but will instead work to solve everyday issues for Texans.

As your Legislator, I promise to: 

  • Work to strengthen the power of the Texas Ethics Commision
  • Push for limits on donations to political campaigns so that our politicians cannot be bought by wealthy donors
  • Work every single day to faithfully represent the concerns of my constituents and reject any attempt to try and buy my support for any measure

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Many recent sessions of the Texas Legislature have been dominated by bills that seek to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans. Whether it be the infamous “bathroom bill” of a few years ago or the innocuous sounding ‘religious liberty’ bill this session, Texas has developed a reputation as a state that seeks to discriminate. As Texans, we should be outraged because these bills do not reflect who we are.

All across our state, proud LGBTQ Texans are living their lives like everyone else and have become integral parts of nearly every single community across our state. It is a blemish on our great state to push discriminatory policies and we need to stand up against them at every corner.

Even removing the morality side from these discriminatory policies, the simple fact remains that these policies are bad for business. It is estimated that North Carolina will have an economic impact of $3.76 billion dollars due to their own bathroom bill that was similar to the one proposed in Texas. It is not only anti-Texan to push these discriminatory policies, but will also cause economic impacts that we do not fully understand yet.

As your Legislator, I promise to:

  • Staunchly push against any legislation that seeks to discriminate against LGBTQ Texans
  • Show businesses across the United States and world that Texas is the best place to invest their money, and that their workers won’t be threatened by draconian policies from our Legislature
  • Push for a statewide anti-discrimination law while also strenthening hate crime laws to protect ALL Texans

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This is a complicated issue, so we're still working on it. We didn't want you to think we weren't thinking about it, though, so check back soon for updates!

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This is a complicated issue, so we're still working on it. We didn't want you to think we weren't thinking about it, though, so check back soon for updates!

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Individuals with disabilities encounter obstacles with accessibility, services, and funding on a daily basis. When people speak of inclusivity, they often only remember socially or economically marginalized communities and overlook the community of people living with disabilities. I worked with children with special needs while I was in grade school and continued this into my college years, volunteering as an aide. I also have personal knowledge of the struggles that people with disabilities face because I have a niece with a debilitating and rare seizure disorder. I am sensitive to the needs of this community and am disappointed in the lack of attention that we owe to people with disabilities.

As your Legislator, I promise to:

  • Actively work to ensure programs and policies implement TRUE inclusivity 
  • Advocate for legislation that positively supports the community of people with disabilities
  • Increase funding and access to services

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As a Texan, I have been embarrassed to see my state being complicit in the atrocities happening on our border. Our State Legislature just passed a budget containing over $800 million for border security in addition to our governor's commitment to send 1,000 of our National Guard troops to the border. These measures don’t make us any safer and take funding away from critical needs within our state.

As your Legislator, I promise to:

  • Fight against the expansion of state funding for border security that doesn’t make us any safer
  • Work hard to ensure Texas is not contributing to the atrocities being committed by the Federal Government on our border
  • Craft and support policy that lines up with our values as a multicultural state
  • Protect our Rainy Day Fund for usage on disasters where we will need it, such as Hurricane Harvey

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