Update on State House Dictrict 123 Special Election

From Paul Ingmundson, Green Party candidate for State House District 123:

Friends in our community have asked me to stand as the Green Party candidate for State Representative in District 123.  I been advised that in doing so I may be in violation of a federal statute entitled "An Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities" (1939) also known as the Hatch Act.  I have, therefore, discontinued my campaign and am no longer seeking the office.  

Here are some of the concerns that previously motivated me to speak out.  I leave it to you to determine whether engaging in a public discussion of these issues constitutes pernicious political activity and speech that will not be tolerated under the provisions of the law limiting the free speech rights of federal employees.   

• Climate change is a crisis unfolding in real time. Here in Texas, we are seeing prolonged periods of drought punctuated by more extreme rainfall events. Climate change is causing losses, to property, productivity, and life and limb, right now.

• Student debt is a growing burden that is crushing young people's opportunities for social advancement and amplifying the effects of wealth and income inequality.

• Recent court decisions have held that the Texas system of school finance is inequitable, inefficient, and violates the State Constitution. Texas currently ranks 46th of the 50 states in funding for education. The next legislative session will need to change the funding formula to distribute tax dollars for education. We need to increase investment in education and assure equal opportunity in school funding.

• Neither Republicans nor Democrats in Texas are willing to address these issues.

• We can create change. San Antonio's CPS Energy is already developing the Alamo Solar Project. When it's finished in 2016 it will be the largest municipally owned solar utility in the United States.

We can lead in Research and Development. San Antonio is also the home of the Southwest Research Institute, one of the largest Research and Development centers for applied engineering in the United States.

• We have the resources to address climate change, right here. San Antonio can take the lead in developing the new technologies that will address the problem of climate change.

• We can increase investment in education and assure equal opportunity in school funding.

• We can create job opportunities for young people if we can improve access to higher education by addressing the growing problem of student debt.

• We need the political leadership to make it happen.


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