Sanchez campaign breaks fundraising record for TX06

Arlington, TX, January 3, 2018 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) said today that her campaign had raised more than $138,000 in the primary so far, roughly two and a half times what every Democratic candidate for the last 30 years running in this district had raised for their entire campaign. In the fourth quarter, the campaign raised more than $62,000, more than double what it had raised each previous quarter. The campaign received 2,138 contributions of an average size of $64.50.

“It was very difficult raising funds for a race that few people thought was winnable. That has now changed since we are in an open and extremely winnable race,” said Sanchez. “Fundraising picked up significantly in December and we expect the pace to only increase,” she added.

Sanchez is running on a platform of better jobs for our high school graduates, well-funded public schools and affordable, universal healthcare as well as working across the aisle for the betterment of her district. Sanchez is also a strong proponent of Congressional term limits. Sanchez is the granddaughter of migrant farm workers who settled in Ellis County in the 1950s. She credits excellent public school teachers in Waxahachie for her being able to go to Rice University.

The campaign has also had major national and local endorsements including New Democratic Coalition PAC, representing 61 members of US Congress who are pro-growth problem solvers, BOLD PAC, Dallas AFL-CIO, Latino Majority PAC and Climate Hawk Vote PAC.

The funds raised come primarily from the DFW region, including the district, which spans from Arlington to Corsicana, although a large number of national grassroots donors have contributed.

 

Jana Lynne Endorsed by Congressional Hispanic Caucus Bold PAC

Waxahachie, TX, December 28, 2017– Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) announced Thursday that she had received the endorsement of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s Bold PAC. Bold PAC is “the fastest growing Democratic Political Action Committee dedicated to increasing the diversity of our leadership in the House and Senate. It champions progressive Democrats fighting for change.”

“I am thrilled to be recognized by Bold PAC,” Sanchez said Thursday. “From their record-breaking fundraising to their great work in underrepresented neighborhoods, they have proven that they can follow through on their commitment to increase diversity in Congress and the Senate.”

Sanchez is one of twelve candidates across the country endorsed by Bold PAC, which raised over $2 million in the first three months of 2017 alone.

Sanchez has raised $130,000 in this record-breaking campaign. The amount raised to date is more than double the amount raised by any Democratic candidate running in this district in more than 30 years and for the entire race, primary and general.

The campaign counts more than 1,900 donations from $1 to the maximum of $2,700. The average donation is around $67. Most donations are coming from the DFW area including many from District 6, which spans from Arlington to Corsicana.

The candidate, staff and volunteers have been attending events around the district since February and walking precincts to connect with voters since May.

Sanchez has also been endorsed by Dallas AFL-CIO, the Latino Majority PAC, Climate Hawk Vote PAC, and the New Democratic Coalition PAC, representing 61 members of US Congress who are pro-growth problem solvers.

Media Release: Sanchez wins Dallas AFL-CIO endorsement

Arlington, TX, December 22, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) said today that she had won the endorsement of the Dallas AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), the Dallas area branch of the largest federation of unions in the United States.

“Thank you Dallas AFL-CIO for endorsing my campaign. I am so completely honored to have the backing of the working women and men of Dallas and surrounding counties. As I told them, I will always stand with Working Families,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez is the granddaughter of migrant farm workers who settled in Ellis County in the 1950s. She credits excellent public school teachers in Waxahachie for her being able to go to Rice University, which she could afford thanks to federal financial aid, multiple scholarships and the support of family.

“My upbringing was humble and I was taught the value of hard work. My parents and my grandparents always worked very hard, but they never had the protections workers deserve. We have to change that, so prosperity is shared by all,” added Sanchez. Sanchez is running on a platform of better jobs for our high school graduates, well-funded public schools and affordable, universal healthcare as well as working across the aisle for the betterment of her district. Sanchez is also a strong proponent of Congressional term limits.

“People are sick of partisan ideology and division and just want good government,” she says.

Sanchez has also had other major national and local endorsements including New Democratic Coalition PAC, representing 61 members of US Congress who are pro-growth problem solvers, Latino Majority PAC and Climate Hawk Vote PAC.

Her record-breaking campaign has already raised $120,000 to date, twice the amount of any previous Democratic candidate in this district for three decades.

The funds come primarily from the DFW region, including the district, which spans from Arlington to Corsicana, although a large number of national grassroots donors have contributed. The campaign counts more than 1,200 donations from $1 to the maximum of $2,700 and the average contribution is $47.17. You can make a contribution by going to Sanchez’s donation page: https://act.myngp.com/Forms/8005509043539806976

Statement on Republican Tax Bill

Today the US House voted on the conference report for the Republican tax bill.

Like many Americans, I agree we need comprehensive tax reform. Unfortunately, Congressional Republicans took a partisan approach and are moving a bill that is not true reform, will explode the deficit, and is not primarily targeted to Working Families.

Any tax reform must include the following aspects:

 

  1. Put Working Families first;
  2. Support workers and enable them to invest in themselves and their jobs;
  3. Simplify the tax code to enable private sector growth and small business fairness;
  4. Promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and new business formation;
  5. Spur infrastructure investment and create good, well-paying jobs;
  6. Be fiscally responsible and built for long-lasting success by pursuing a bipartisan, transparent process.

I will not support any tax reform bill that falls short of these goals.

Statement on Net Neutrality

Equality among all is not just a slogan but the essence of our American way of life.

Removing Net Neutrality rules endanger the most basic protections guaranteed in our Constitution, including the freedom of expression and speech. Using the Internet is not a luxury or a leisurely activity, but a part of our everyday life. Millions of Americans rely on the internet for contacting loved ones or requesting help in case of an emergency.

This decision today creates a dangerous precedent that can lead to government censorship and corporate control over our everyday lives (e.g. allowing one news website to load faster than the other, ISPs creating a bidding war between netflix and hulu to decide whose movie stream shows up on your television).

It’s also a seriously anti-consumer stance. Not only will ISPs be allowed to limit or charge extra for consumers to have access to certain sites, we could see cases of retailers blocking access to online retailers while shopping at their stores so to prevent price comparison in real time.

Today’s action could increase social disparity and class discrimination by allowing ISPs to offer easier access and higher internet speeds in certain higher-income areas and throttling speed in lower-income neighborhoods.

Most urgently, this decision opens the door to thought policing via content control, not unlike that regularly practiced by ISPs in authoritarian countries including China, Saudi Arabia, and North Korea.

 

Sanchez Welcomes Open Congressional Race in TX-06

 

For Immediate Release

Waxahachie, TX, November 30, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) said she looks forward to a spirited and issues-focused debate with whichever Republican challenger emerges from the Republican primary now that Rep. Joe Barton has announced he will not run again. Sanchez says she respects the decision of Rep. Barton to step down and she thanks him for creating an environment that allows us to focus on issues.

“We are prepared to fight any Republican contender and win in this open race. We are raising enough money, connecting with enough voters and are confident that we are addressing the issues of greatest importance to constituents – better jobs for our high school graduates, well-funded public schools and affordable, universal healthcare. People are sick of partisan ideology and division and just want good government,” she says.

Sanchez is also a strong proponent of Congressional term limits.

Earlier this week Sanchez announced that her campaign has raised more than $100,000 in its record-breaking campaign. The amount raised to date is roughly double the amount raised by any Democratic candidate running in this district in more than 20 years and for the entire race, primary and general.

The funds come primarily from the DFW region, including the district, which spans from Arlington to Corsicana, although a large number of national grassroots donors have contributed. The campaign counts more than 1,200 donations from $1 to the maximum of $2,700.

The candidate, staff and volunteers have been attending events around the district since February and walking precincts to connect with voters since May.

Sanchez has been endorsed by the Latino Majority PAC, Climate Hawk Vote PAC and in September, Sanchez received the support of the New Democratic Coalition PAC, representing 61 members of US Congress who are pro-growth problem solvers.

Sanchez will appear in the Ennis Lights Parade this evening and is available for comment.

 

Sanchez raises $100,000 to run against Joe Barton

Waxahachie, TX, November 27, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) today announced that her campaign has raised more than $100,000 in its record-breaking campaign to unseat 33-year incumbent Joe Barton. The amount raised to date far exceeds the amount raised by any Democratic candidate running against Barton for more than 20 years and for the entire race, primary and general.

The funds come primarily from the DFW region, including the district, which spans from Arlington to Corsicana, although a large number of national grassroots donors have contributed. The campaign counts more than 1,200 donations from $1 to the maximum of $2,700.

“Everywhere we go people say they are so excited to have a strong Democrat who can raise money and is willing to do the work to take on Joe,” says Sanchez. “We’ve reached more than 4,000 Democratic primary voters in their homes and they always say that they have never had a candidate come personally to their doors,” she adds.

The campaign is focused on the issues most important to the voters of the district – the unbearable cost of healthcare, the desire to ensure well-funded neighborhood schools not depleted by vouchers and the lack of good jobs for our high school graduates. Sanchez is also a strong proponent of Congressional term limits.

Sanchez will file her papers to be added to the primary ballot on Tuesday in Austin.

Sanchez has been endorsed by the Latino Majority PAC, Climate Hawk Vote PAC and in September, Sanchez received the support of the New Democratic Coalition PAC, representing 61 members of US Congress who are pro-growth problem solvers.

 

Jana Gives Thanks: Sanchez for Congress Statement in Advance of Filing

Yesterday I stayed late with campaign staffers to respond to the news that US Representative Joe Barton had apologized after graphic photos of him were released online. You can read my statement in response here.

Our district was thrown into the national spotlight, but not for the reasons we want. Our district is populated by good people who build their lives here—despite three decades of poor representation from Joe Barton.

That was yesterday. This is today.

Today is a day of thanksgiving and I have much to be thankful for.

I am thankful for the excellent public school teachers I had right here in District 6, in the towns of Maypearl, Midlothian, and Waxahachie. Those teachers’ guidance allowed me to succeed academically and go on to a four-year university. I promise to fight for public schools and get them the resources they need.

I am thankful for the financial aid I received, which made it possible for the granddaughter of migrant workers to graduate from Rice University and perhaps to represent her home district—a dream my grandparents Lonjino ad Iris Sanchez never even had. I promise to fight for students, who need financial help to make it through education, which has never been more expensive.

I am thankful for the time I spent working for brave, committed democrats like Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy and US Congressman John Garamendi, who believed that reaching across the aisle is not just something you say; it’s something you believe and you do every single day because you work for the people and they deserve the best. I promise to stay true to my commitment to work with anyone who has a good idea and the ability to see it through.

I am thankful for the decade I spent working in the press (starting at the Baltimore Sun and ending at Reuters in Amsterdam), where I learned that democracy cannot function without a free and open society, and where elected officials answer the questions and concerns of the people they were elected to represent. I promise to be honest with my constituents and represent their interests, not my own.

I am thankful for the opportunity I had to co-run a business, which taught me that the small businesses that employ so many people in my district are the bedrock of a thriving economy. I promise to defend small businesses.

I am thankful for the groundswell of support that leaders across the country have seen in the wake of the 2016 election to return to the values this country was built on: a country where it really is possible for a little girl from a small town to be the first in her family to graduate from college, to run for office and maybe—just maybe—to be the first Latina elected to congress from Texas. I promise that I will be an advocate for women and people of color, who need to know that their place is wherever they want it to be—in my case, in the US House of Representatives.

Finally, I am thankful for each of my supporters, and for all the ways they have supported this campaign. This includes the supporters who have made contributions ranging from $1 to the maximum allowed $2700, who have helped us reach over 4000 voters in the district by knocking on doors, who have made phone calls on my behalf, who have spread the word online and in person, who believe in this campaign and without whom this grassroots effort would not be possible. These supporters have shown up and reminded me that there are thousands and millions of people willing to do the hard work democracy requires. I promise to keep working as hard as you do.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) polling shows that some districts that Trump won by 10 points are now likely to swing as much as 10 points to Democrats. With the right candidate, this district could be one of the targeted 60-80 seats the DCCC invests in in 2018.

I am that candidate. I’m proud of the successes that the campaign has had so far, but my eyes are set on the future. As Congresswoman, I will work hard for my home district. Throughout this campaign I have learned so much about what keeps my neighbors up at night. I promise to keep asking questions and listening –not just now but in the years to come.

Jana Lynne Sanchez

 Jana flag video

Note: If you’re just hearing about my campaign now, welcome. I started this campaign a year ago because I care about my home district, and that hasn’t changed. I want to continue to run this campaign on the issues that matter to my neighbors in District 6. Those issues include:

-Quality, affordable healthcare for everyone
-Excellent public schools
-Great jobs for high school graduates, who make up 70% of the people in this District

My policies are laid out in detail on my website, which is https://sanchezforcongress2018.com/.

 

If you’re a supporter already, now is the time to step up. Our campaign has raised more money than any previous Democratic challenger, but we are losing steam. The New York Times points out we don’t have as much cash on hand as we’ll need to get elected. Please donate what you can.

 

Media release: Sanchez responds to Barton apology

Arlington, TX, November 22, 2017 – Jana Lynne Sanchez, Democratic Candidate for US Congress (TX06) today issued the following statement to media responding to an apology issued by US Representative Joe Barton. After the release of graphic photos online, Barton has apologized for poor judgment and letting down constituents. Barton said he was deliberating his political future.

“Texans, just like all American people, are tired of poor behavior of elected officials distracting us from the real issues affecting us – the unbearable cost of healthcare, the poor and sliding quality of public education and the lack of good jobs for our high school graduates. No matter who the Republican nominee is, I look forward to a civil and respectful campaign on the issues – not one sullied by personal attacks.

There is a far larger issue here. Joe Barton, like all Tea Party extremists, do not represent the values of our great state and the people of the 6th congressional district. It’s time for new leadership. The swamp needs draining.

I have been talking to voters all over my district and they want new leadership in DC. They want a representative who will look after their interests and work with anyone who can help improve their lives. I have committed to bi-partisan leadership and finding solutions to real problems. I’m going to continue to focus on the issues that matter to this district, like quality, affordable, universal healthcare, excellent public schools, and good jobs for every constituent of working age.”

The campaign is filing its application for a place on the Democratic Party primary ballot early next week. It has already raised more money in the first part of the primary than any complete Democratic campaign to challenge Barton for at least 20 years. The campaign has already reached more than 4,000 Democratic Primary voters, been the subject of 15 pieces of national and local media coverage and has received important national endorsements and support. In September, Sanchez received the support of the New Democratic Coalition, representing 61 members of US Congress who are pro-growth problem solvers.