Vowing to bring affordable healthcare, debt-free tuition, better roads and stronger business growth to the cities and counties southwest of Houston, Dr. Letitia Plummer is announcing her candidacy for U.S. Congress in the 22nd district of Texas. She is running as a Justice Democrat with Brand New Congress, a national, post-partisan grassroots campaign to launch hundreds of candidates to congress in 2018.

Plummer, will formally announce her candidacy by livestream on June 6, at 8:00 CST on Brandnewcongress.org, becoming the third Brand New Congress candidate to run in Texas, with Adrienne Bell competing in the 14th district and Ryan Stone declaring his candidacy last week for the 10th district seat. Bell and Stone will be joining Plummer on Tuesday night’s livestream to talk about platform issues and answer questions submitted by supporters.

As a small business owner Bell has insights into the challenges many of her patients face as their insurance premiums and deductibles continue to climb, leading to more out-of-pocket expenses on healthcare and pricing some out of the treatments they need.

“Medicare for All is my top priority. It’s not enough to just be covered by insurance if you’re not able to actually use it because the costs are too high,” said Plummer, who has run her own dentistry practice for 18 years. “If medications are not affordable then we are not completing our commitment to our constituents in the healthcare arena. I took an oath to provide care for my patients, and if that means running for Congress to work for the care people need, that’s what I am going to do.”  

As congresswoman, Plummer promises to create small business lending programs and institute tax breaks that stimulate growth and expand job creation. She also wants the Houston region’s housing boom to spur the renewable energy economy, by “building new homes with the capability to be run by solar and wind energy, where each home will then be a source of energy for the community.”

A single mother, Plummer promises to increase access to community college, create more technical and job training schools, establish tuition-free public colleges, and increase pre-K programs and childcare facilities in her district. Her platform also seeks to increase funding to the arts, expand parks and green spaces, eliminate food deserts, improve child care and mental health programs, and establish a minimum wage of $15 an hour to the more than 60,000 people employed in the retail and restaurant industries in her district.

Plummer got her start in politics in 2014 when she lost parental rights to her infant son Alex and responded by co-authoring a bill with Texas Rep. Joe Deshotel to fix a loophole in the state’s child protection and custody laws. She has worked with Annie’s List to get more Texas women elected to public office and been recognized by MSNBC among the most influential African American women in politics.