Friday, December 04, 2009

Sergio Muñoz, Jr Officially Files for Texas House District 36

Sergio Muñoz, Jr. filed for Texas House District 36 state representative yesterday. Muñoz file at the law office of State Representative Veronica Gonzales, where Hidalgo County Chair, Dolly Elizondo, was accepting offical filings for a place on the Democratic primary ballot.
I am running because I believe that my years in professional and community services, and my experience as a defender of the people, combined with my vision and commitment for all of us to have a better life, are positive qualifications to serve the good people of District 36.
Muñoz is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and an attorney from the Thurgood Mashal School of Law in Houston. Muñoz currently works as a criminal defense attorney and serves as municipal judge for the City of Palmview, Texas.

District 36 covers a major portion of Hidalgo County's border along Mexico from Peñitas to Pharr, Texas.

Some of Muñoz's key priorities are listed as:

  • Sparking economic development and jobs creation through state tax incentives, with improvements of the state highway and roadway systems; 
  • Promoting the development of small businesses in the Valley – "the backbone of our local economy," as he characterized them – while opposing a state personal income tax;
  • Promoting reforms in the state’s legal and tax systems that will help homeowners better protect their most valuable investment, while making it more affordable for Texans to buy and hold on to their homes;
  • Developing the planning and funding of the University of Texas Health Science Center, which will include a full-fledged medical school, and the construction of a Veterans Affairs Hospital in deep South Texas, as well as expanding the academic programs at The University of Texas-Pan American and South Texas College; 
  • Boosting public safety with a strong border security system in partnership with local, state and federal agencies, and passing laws that protect crime victims while cracking down on violent criminals and sexual predators; 
  • Increasing funding for public education in South Texas, including pay raises for classroom teachers and for state employees, while protecting the pensions and health insurance coverage for retired educators and state professionals; and, 
  • Expanding health care coverage for South Texans by making it easier for thousands of Valley families and individuals to protect their families by expanding the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and improving access to Medicaid.

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