Why I’m a RepublicanNovember 1, 2017
Given my cultural background, I am sometimes asked, “Why are you a Republican?” For me, the answer is straightforward: Faith, Family, and Freedom.
Life experiences help define who we are and what we become. Unlike what some professional politicians will have you believe, the reality is that I wasn’t born into any one political party. Instead, it is my values and life experiences that made me who I am which then brought me to the Republican Party and to the conservative ideals I hold today.
Some of my life experiences include: having lived in multiple states, interning as a college student for congressional members of both political parties, starting my own business, being elected to the Keller City Council, and having been appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to serve on a statewide board. But perhaps the most important life experience of all is the fact that I was born and raised in Puerto Rico to a strong and stable family. Born to parents who migrated to the United States in search of the “American Dream” with the goal that maybe one day their kids would be able to open doors that may have otherwise been closed for themselves.
Growing up, my parents taught me the importance of faith, family, and freedom. These core principles are the hallmarks of the Republican Party, and it is the same set of principles I have subscribed to as a husband, father, Councilman, and with your help, as your next State Representative.
Faith. As a Catholic, I believe our ability to practice our faith is fundamental to our American way of life. This is personal to me as my father left Iran when he was 17 years old. With no money, no friends, and no family, he came to the United States in search of opportunity and fleeing a government with a history of oppressing its people. For this reason, I will fight until my last breath to protect religious freedom for others.
Family. I have two young children—one is three years old and our second child is just four months old. As a father, when I see that our nation and our state is sliding rapidly into fiscal despair, I find it morally and ethically reprehensible. I cannot stand by and watch future generations be straddled with trillions of dollars in federal, state, and local debt. The ability to leave your child with a life better lived than the one lived yourself should be a goal attainable to all Texans. It is imperative then that we act now.
Freedom. As a college student I had the fortunate opportunity of spending two summers interning on Capitol Hill. One summer I had the opportunity of interning for Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and the following summer for Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein. These experiences were eye opening to say the least and have influenced who I am today.
Specifically, my experience interning for Senator Feinstein reaffirmed for me what Ronald Reagan had concluded when he switched to the Republican Party in the 1960’s- that the path for prosperity in America is one of less government, less regulation, and more freedom. In Texas that means reducing our dependency on our property taxes, improving educational opportunities for all students—including fixing our broken school finance system, securing our borders all the while enforcing our laws, and protecting the unborn.
I am running for State Representative in House District 98 because I believe that If Texas is to remain the jewel that it is today, then it is imperative we fight for the very same principles that made her special – faith, family, and freedom.
If you agree, then I would be honored for you to stand with me.
Republican for State Representative – HD98