Meet the Candidate: Sanjanetta Barnes (Texas)

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Candidate Name: Sanjanetta Barnes

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Candidate’s Preferred Pronouns
She/Her

What office are you running for?
U.S. Congress TX CD14 (Jefferson, Galveston and Brazoria Counties)

With which party are you running for office?
Democratic Party

Election Date
March 3, 2020 (Primary)

Why are you running for office? 
I believe in the American Promise of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” for all.

What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
The biggest issue facing our coastal district is climate change/environmental justice. Hurricanes Ike and Harvey and the recent Tropical Storm IImelda have left our district devastated, with many struggling to rebuild. The day before Thanksgiving, a chemical plant exploded twice in Jefferson County after the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations pertaining to safety measures were rolled back. I want to help by fighting for legislation to regulate and enforce stricter safety rules to preserve the environment as the Congresswoman for TX CD14.

How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
As a nation, we have more in common than we realize and just because we disagree with someone politically, doesn’t mean that we have to hate them. For example, when Tropical Storm Imelda hit Jefferson County, Tx, those needing to be rescued didn’t ask the first responders if they were democrat or republican or vice versa. People just wanted to “get” or “give” help where it was needed.

Who is your hero?
Dolores Huerta

What are your hobbies?
I love refurbishing furniture, its a great way for me to relax and spend time with my kids. It’s amazing what we can do with a brush and a can of paint. I also enjoy volunteering to help others at various organizations.

What is the most recent book you read?
White Rage: The unspoken truth of our racial divide, By Dr. Carol Anderson

Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
I have three intelligent, future leaders (ages 17, 10 and 7), 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 goldfish, 3 houseplants (non-talking).

How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Fundraising, Social Media Ambassadors, repost campaigns social media postings, follow the campaign on Facebook, twitter and instagram, canvassing, phone banking, sending out postcards.

What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
(Q): Do you believe healthcare is a human right?
(A): Absolutely! Every person has the right to get the care they need and no-one should ever be faced with bankruptcy for trying to stay alive.

Candidate Social Media:
Website | Facebook | Twitter

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