Ann Johnson Offers A Voice In Tune With Texas House District 134—Focusing On Public Education And Women’s Health
Above you see Texas State Representative District 134 Democratic nominee Ann Johnson.
Here are the boundaries of District 134. I am a resident of District 134 where I live in the Memorial Park area of Houston.
Ms. Johnson is running to unseat first term incumbent Republican Sarah Davis. Ms. Davis defeated then-incumbent Ellen Cohen in the Tea Party wave of 2010.
I spoke with Ms. Johnson at her campaign headquarters last week. The picture here was taken during that conversation.
While I wish Ms. Johnson were more to the left, she represents a clear improvement over the incumbent.
Beyond being an improvement over the incumbent, Ms. Johnson merits consideration on her own accord.
Here are issues that Ms. Johnson cites as important in this race—
* Sufficient funding for public education.
* Making use of available federal funds–despite resistance from Governor Perry and Sarah Davis–for Medicaid in a way that will help Texans get care and protect jobs at the Medical Center.
* Protecting women’s health in Texas from attacks on cancer screenings and family planning services.
Here is an interview with Ms. Johnson conducted by Texas and Houston political blogger Charles Kuffner.
My friend Perry Dorrell has endorsed Ms. Johnson at his blog Brains & Eggs.
I talked to Ms. Johnson for about 45 minutes and I found her to be smart.
Ann is an attorney who represents children, an adjunct professor of law at South Texas College of Law and a former prosecutor. She took on Texas’ criminal justice system to protect children from exploitation and human trafficking. She fought all the way to the Texas Supreme Court – and won a landmark victory that has become a model for other states.
In private practice, Ann represents child victims of harassment and bullying in schools and is often appointed to represent children, including in two of the newly created alternative courts: the Harris County Mental Health Court and Growing Independence Restoring Lives (GIRLS) Court.
Ann is also a survivor. Ann fought cancer and won – and she’ll stand up to fiscally irresponsible, partisan attacks on health care for women and all Texas families.
In her alliance with Governor Rick Perry’s reckless slashing of public education funds and relentless attacks on women’s health, Sarah Davis has shown herself comfortable with extremist views, and out of touch with the concerns and moderate political leanings of District 134.
I ask my fellow voters in Texas House District 134 to please consider Ms. Johnson in the upcoming election.