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    I would like to introduce myself. My name is Scott Sturm. I am the Democratic Candidate for U.S. Congress in Texas’ 21st District. I will be facing incumbent Republican Lamar Smith in the upcoming Midterm Elections.

    I want to give the voters of District 21 a real choice for change come November 6th, 2018. I have a really good feeling about this campaign. I know if we all work together across the country for a change in Congress, we can make history this next election.

    Since 2001 I have worked in EMS starting as an EMT and then as a Paramedic since 2003 working my way up to Critical Care and Flight Paramedic. I have dedicated these years to providing care for the sick and injured and now I realize it is time to put my dedication and hard work to helping fix our Government and put our country back on the right path.

    I’m running for Congress because I saw that, now more than ever, we need people of principle in power.

    I’m running for Congress because our system is rigged for corporations and the wealthy, but we can fight back. The time has come to tackle this inequality.

    I’ll be a bold progressive fighter, someone who will not just represent you but will stand up for you and your values. If you elect me, you can be sure that I will stand up for working people, not the one percent.

    We face a lot of challenges today not just in Texas but in America. People like Donald Trump are whipping up hate and fear across the country, resulting in a rise in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim violence. As I have always believed so will I lead in providing a different vision because I know like you do that America’s biggest strength is our diversity.

    The corporate and special interests have their voice in Congress, and they have too many members scared of their power. I’m ready to take them on. I’m ready to speak out for your values even when no-one else will.

    The government we currently have is corrupt and broken. I think most Americans feel the way I do. We are fed up with Washington and we need to shake things up and give this country back to the people! I know if voters here can get to know me, and know they have a choice for the people, change will happen.

    I’m not afraid of big dreams, of achieving things that others say are not possible. I’m not afraid of laying out a real vision that speaks truth to power and inspires people to join us. Even disbelievers and those who may not always agree see in me an honest and effective broker who’s willing to put aside partisan politics when there are people of good faith on both sides who want to work towards real change. But if it turns to playing games with people’s lives or grandstanding, I’m unafraid to challenge the status quo.

    I will fight to win things that we all deserve, because I know that we are all in this together. Being an unknown quantity, against a strong incumbent in this conservative area, I know I am a minority but I am not afraid to tell people what I think. Still, I will need all the help I can get in my fight to be your Representative.

    This is a “David vs. Goliath” campaign. Consider these facts:

    Lamar Smith has been the Representative for District 21 since January 3rd, 1987.

    He earned his B.A. from Yale University in 1969 and his J.D. from Southern Methodist University in 1975

    He is the current Chairman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

    He also serves on the Committee on Homeland Security and the Committee on Judiciary.

    During election cycles, Smith’s campaign committee continually raises amounts over one million dollars.

    I’ve got my work cut out for me! It’s going to be fun being the underdog!

    Here are a few of my campaign priorities:

    Protecting the 2nd Amendment while working to enact safe, sensible gun policy that will help reduce gun violence in this country

    Helping Teachers provide a better education to this country’s children

    Reducing student loan debt for private college and university graduates

    Working to provide debt free public college and university education

    National Health Care for Every American

    Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and promoting new energy technologies

    Protecting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid

    Protecting a Women’s Right to Choose

    Protecting our environment and fighting climate change

    Raising the Minimum Wage

    Protecting our borders while working on a sensible solution to the over twelve million illegal immigrants in our country. We need to work on keeping our families together, not deporting them

    Protecting Americans

    We need a Congressman who will put the priorities of the people ahead of the Washington Insiders and party politics. We need someone who will protect Social Security and Medicare and preserve these vital services that keep our seniors out of poverty. We need a Congressman that will work to raise the minimum wage and create a more balanced economy that rewards workers, not CEO’s and Wall Street bankers. We need to protect unions and workers’ rights to come together and stand up for themselves. I am running to protect women’s rights to make their own healthcare decisions and will stand with Planned Parenthood. We need a Congressman who will work to ensure that equal pay for equal work is the law of the land and that women are paid the same as men who work in the same job.

    We need effective leaders who know both how to get things done as well as how to stand up for their constituents, rather than for corporate lobbyists.

    We need movement builders who understand that our role as elected officials is not only to pass good policy or stop bad policy, but to be the bridge between government and the people, to remind people that we represent THEM, and to help inspire hope, trust, and a new generation of activism.

    This campaign is not about electing me, it’s about electing “WE”—the “we” that works together for building the movement we need. We are going to need each and every one of you to have ownership in this campaign and this seat. So, I plan to build a campaign that is built on you—powered by the grassroots, and the energy of working people. We ARE the ones we’ve been waiting for.

    In the end, the powerful have their voice—I humbly ask that I may be yours. I will be bold, I will be honest and I will demand justice. I will be your fighter in Congress for YOUR future, OUR future.

    Please help me in my fight to give voters a real choice.