Texas 10th

Ryan Stone

For U.S. Congress

I’m a native son of Texas. Born in Nacogdoches, and raised in Canton, I worked my way through college and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University. I worked a lot of different jobs along the way. I’ve waited tables, I’ve been a teacher, and I’ve been self-employed as a consultant coaching foreign business executives to improve their English skills. Today I am an accountant for a small business -- and a city council member in Manor, TX.

I was drawn to public service early on. I’ve worked on legislation for Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and I became certified by the Texas Attorney General’s office as a legal advocate for victims of sexual assault. As chairman of the Manor Charter Review Committee, I helped pass a number of amendments to improve the lives of city residents. I was inspired to run for office last year and joined Manor’s city council so I could do more to fight for the rights of people in our community.

Growing up in a working-class family in East Texas, I know first-hand what it’s like to struggle to put food on the table, pay bills and have to borrow your way to a higher education.

Growing up in a working-class family in East Texas, I know first-hand what it’s like to struggle to put food on the table, pay bills and have to borrow your way to a higher education. The poverty I grew up with has, unfortunately, only worsened in recent years with the erosion of rural job prospects and an ever-widening pay gap. Although Texas has one of the most robust economies in the nation, many of our residents have been left further behind since the recession.

For years I’ve watched friends, family and community members suffer the effects of rural poverty and lack of access to quality healthcare. I see hopelessness and inequality as the unchanging condition for millions of Texans -- tens of thousands located right here in the 10th district. Smart, capable, hard-working people strive to make a good life for their families, but they're hemmed in by lack of opportunity, and priced out of an education that could be their only path to a stable income in the new, global economy. I want to change that.

The Affordable Care Act changed my life. For the first time I was able to seek treatment for my condition and live a more normal life.

One of the greatest burdens borne by the rural poor is the wretched state of our still-broken healthcare system. I know this first hand. In my early 20s I developed a rare form of arthritis that all but disabled me. My family could not afford health insurance and without primary care -- let alone a rheumatologist -- I suffered for years without treatment. The Affordable Care Act changed my life. For the first time I was able to seek treatment for my condition and live a more normal life.

Yet despite the gains of the ACA, millions of Americans suffer because quality healthcare is out of reach; some go into serious debt to take care of a loved one’s medical needs, others crowdfund to avoid bankruptcy. In the wealthiest and most powerful nation on the planet, with some of the most sophisticated medical facilities in the world, we have citizens reduced to pleading for charity to pay for their child’s medical treatment. This is wrong, and it must stop.

In the wealthiest and most powerful nation on the planet, with some of the most sophisticated medical facilities in the world, we have citizens reduced to pleading for charity to pay for their child’s medical treatment.

And now Rep. McCaul and his Republican colleagues want to give insurers the power to kick the sick and suffering off their plans? To deny them life-saving treatment? There is no excuse for that.

While I’m grateful for the help I was able to receive under the ACA, the time for half-measures is long past. I believe healthcare is a human right, a key component to any citizen’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As your representative in Congress, I will fight for your right to quality, accessible healthcare with zero co-pays and zero deductibles. I will work with my colleagues in Brand New Congress to pass Medicare for All -- and we’ll do it without money from pharmaceutical PACs or insurance lobbyists.

Rural America is suffering under our current societal model. Often forgotten and left out of major policy decisions, communities like Manor and others around the country are in desperate need of revitalization. We need jobs, healthcare and meaningful tax reform. We need opportunity. While economic opportunities in cities like Austin remain generally strong, the outlook in rural Texas is far more bleak. The small cities and towns scattered across our beautiful, diverse state are falling into disrepair. I plan to invest billions with federal grants to revitalize historic town squares and spur new industry, creating jobs and breathing life back into these close-knit, proud communities.

While I’m grateful for the help I was able to receive under the ACA, the time for half-measures is long past. I believe healthcare is a human right, a key component to any citizen’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

And those new jobs will come with a living wage, because I believe people who work 40 hours a week shouldn’t be living in poverty. It’s time Texas and the rest of the country caught up to the economic reality: people can’t spend money they don’t have. Cities across the nation are passing $15 minimum wage and reaping the benefits of an economically empowered working class. Congress must pass the same.

I want to build on Texas’ long history as a leader in the nation’s energy production by helping our state transition from fossil fuels to the renewable energy economy-- which I believe to be the greatest untapped jobs opportunity in our lifetime. I know the Lone Star state can lead us to true energy independence, creating a cleaner, safer, healthier, and more sustainable future while putting America back at the forefront of energy innovation.

It’s time Texas and the rest of the country caught up to the economic reality: people can’t spend money they don’t have. Cities across the nation are passing $15 minimum wage and reaping the benefits of an economically empowered working class. Congress must pass the same.

It became clear to me, since the election, that I needed to do more than I could as a city councilman. I love serving the people of Manor, and I hope to build on that service as their representative, their voice, in Washington, D.C.

I’m a proud Texan. I’m running for Congress because I want to show America, and the world, what the people of the 10th district and our great state can do when we set our minds to it.

 

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