Stephen Daniel, a Democratic candidate for Texas’s Sixth Congressional District, spoke to and heard from around 25 supporters in Corsicana last week. The meet and greet, hosted by Kathy Collier and her husband, also served as a fundraiser for Daniel, who announced that he was running for Congress in July.
Daniel hopes to turn the Sixth District blue for the first time since the early 1980s. He pledged to bring back service, dignity, and leadership to the office.
“People are sick of the craziness in Washington,” he said.
Daniel told the gathered Democrats that he would focus on healthcare, women’s rights and passing reasonable gun laws if he is elected.
He said he believes the healthcare system is not doing well, citing that the United States is the only industrialized nation that doesn’t regulate drug prices on the federal level.
Daniel said he supports people buying into Medicare if they choose, saying that people who like their coverage should be allowed to keep it and vowing to protect people with pre-existing conditions.
Daniel, who grew up in Itasca, told the crowd that he learned his work ethic from his parents. He was the first in his family to go to college. He said he believes Texas’ Sixth district, which includes Tarrant, Ellis and Navarro counties, will go blue in 2020.
“People of this district deserve a representative who doesn’t cater to the extremism we see today,” Daniel said.
Daniel acknowledged that Ellis and Navarro counties are more Republican, but encouraged supporters to go door-to-door, make calls, register voters and talk with friends and neighbors about the issues.
Daniel spoke about reasonable gun laws and voiced his belief that a majority of people can agree that there isn’t a need for high-capacity magazines. Some in the crowd questioned him and others praised recent decisions by Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods, each corporations that have changed their gun policies following multiple mass shootings.
Among other issues, Daniel said he would fight to protect Social Security, and Medicare.
He said that he is worried for future generations because of climate change and advocated for tax incentives to encourage Texans to put solar panels on their homes and also pointed to wind energy as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Daniel said he sees the opportunity for economic growth extending into Navarro County, but said it starts with having a politician who values, respects, and works for the people and the district.
He voiced his support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the benefits in providing aid to Central American countries, which the Trump administration has cut, and spoke out against the policy which called for the separation of families.
“We can treat people with dignity and respect and still have a secure border.”
Daniel said he might face Democratic opposition in the March 3 primary, however, if successful, he will take on Republican Ron Wright who is seeking his second term in Congress.