Armando Gamboa for Texas House District 81

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Hello! My name is Armando Gamboa, and I am running for Texas House of Representatives, District 81, against Republican Brooks Landgraf. The 81st District of Texas is made up of four counties in the Permian Basin. These counties include Andrews, Ector, Ward, and Winkler County.

I am the first Democrat to take on this challenge since 2004, with the last Democrat to hold this seat dating back to 1993 when we were a part of District 75.

The challenge ahead will not be easy, and with West Texas being heavily Republican controlled, it will take perseverance and a lot of hard work to mount this challenge. Even though the odds are against us, we are going to give it our best no matter the obstacles ahead. Although winning and losing is the focal point of many who discuss this race, it’s hardly the point. It’s time West Texans were given a choice in who their leaders are and it’s been long overdue that they get a leader who truly represents them and their values.

My first item to tackle will be our state’s elementary and secondary education system. Education is a fundamental right for children in Texas. I believe that the current Republican majority in the Texas Legislature has passed off their revenue problems to school districts by cutting state funding by billions of dollars, all so they could go to their donors to say that they didn't raise taxes. The problem is that they DID raise taxes on you, just not directly. School districts are raising the much-needed revenue for our schools on the backs of property owners. This hasn't lessened the burden on anyone except corporations who got property tax breaks and incentives. These actions disadvantage small business owners and homeowners. Funding needs to be part of equally distributed resources between college, prep, technical, and vocational programs. This ensures that our students are prepared for their next steps following graduation, regardless of their career path. Public educators should have the flexibility to do their jobs and teach to the best of their ability. Our educators need to be treated as the professionals they are and be given the proper increase in wages that they deserve, not just small bonuses but actual increases in their salaries.

I have spoken with many constituents in our district and understand the work that will be needed. I have to work three times as much as the other guy to achieve the same results but I welcome the challenge. My campaign is rooted on ensuring that our schools are funded, our hospitals keep their doors open, that our families can receive the healthcare they deserve, to stand alongside DREAMers, immigrants, and our people of color. I also aim to protect these groups from discrimination, racial profiling, and relieve their fear of deportation or incarceration. It is also important that I ensure our victims of domestic violence are given the support they need, create legislation towards legalization of marijuana, and also be a champion for the LGBT community. Currently, our state legislature does not offer the same representation to every Texan. Texas is built on diversity and we need to embrace that and march towards an equal Texas for all, not a select few.

Now the unsettling part of all this comes down to how our state has structured the salaries of legislators. By only paying $14,400 for two years in public service, they make it extremely difficult for anyone who isn’t financially well off, to even decide to run. I plan to do something about this and I know many others feel the same! We need to make this a possibility for anyone who wants to make a change.

With all this said, I need your help! Donating to the campaign, be $5, $25, $100, or $500 will make this a reality! We will be able to engage with constituents, obtain marketing materials, mailers, host community events, and effectively reach all of our cities in our district. Making your donation, of any level, a monthly one, will truly be the heart of this campaign. Please consider contributing to my campaign today. I appreciate it, my staff certainly appreciates it, and all the people here in District 81 will appreciate it more than you know.

Now if you have any questions we are available throughout social media on Twitter and Facebook. Our website is currently under construction and that’s where donating is crucial. If you have any questions or concerns about anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or my staff. We are here to answer any questions you may have. Also, I believe in all transparency throughout so if you have any questions or concerns you wish to relay to me personally, is my campaign email. I am the only one who has access to it so we can engage on a personal level.


Thank you all so much for your support. Let’s make this happen!

Armando Gamboa

Democratic Candidate for Texas House of Representatives, District 81

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