Campaign Press

February 11, 2018

Catherine Krantz invited to Washington, called a rising star of the progressive political movement


February 11, 2018 – For immediate release

By Kimberly McClenney

We are thrilled to announce Congressional Candidate Catherine Krantz (D-Emory), has been selected for one of the most competitive candidate training programs in the nation, the 2018 Progressive Change Campaign Committee’s National Candidate Training that will be held in Washington, DC, in April 2018.  Catherine will join the PCCC’s 2018 roster of 500 local, state, and federal candidates, among the rising stars of the progressive political movement.  They will convene in Washington, DC, for four days of cutting-edge training, networking, and opportunities to meet with Congressional leaders.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC, is a million-member grassroots organization working at the local, state, and federal levels. It engages in electoral work and issue advocacy work on democracy issues and for economic populist priorities. The PCCC has raised over $22 million in grassroots donations for its electoral and advocacy work, and for progressive candidates and committees.

Catherine says she was surprised to hear that she had been nominated, and that the organization had already been hearing good things about her.  She is absolutely thrilled that she is considered one of America’s rising stars in the progressive movement and she feels very honored to be selected.  Catherine is looking forward to going to Washington in April, it will be her first trip to the nation’s capital.  She plans to come back with all the necessary tools to run a winning campaign so that she can #GetToWork as your Congresswoman in District 4.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, the first woman Senator from Massachusetts and PCCC endorsed candidate, says, “PCCC members were with me since the beginning — even before there was a beginning!”  Warren will be attending and speaking at the training event in April.

Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor founded PCCC in 2009 to fight for progressive issues such as Wall Street reform and accountability, expanding Social Security, debt-free college, national health care coverage through Medicare, ending surveillance and protecting privacy, stopping bad trade deals like TPP, insuring a free and open Internet, and paid family leave.  The PCCC provides training and supports candidates running for office through fundraising, volunteers and technology. They have supported candidates with millions of phone calls to voters and trained thousands of candidates and campaign staffers in the nuts-and-bolts of running for office.  They currently endorse candidates all across America.

January 18, 2018

Introducing the cordial campaign, Democrat primary opponents campaign together across Northeast Texas


January 11, 2018  – For immediate release

By Kimberly McClenney


Bringing some much needed civility into politics are Lander Bethel of Sherman and Catherine Krantz of Emory, two Democratic candidates who are running for US Congress, Texas District 4.  The March 6, 2018, Democratic primary will decide which of them goes on to face the Republican primary winner, Dr. John Cooper of Sulphur Springs or the incumbent Rep. John Ratcliffe of Heath, but meanwhile they are cordial with each other. They have a friendly respectful rapport and think they can bring a stronger message to more people by campaigning together, and so far it is working.

District 4 has not had many Democratic choices lately.  There were no Democrats on the ballot for the previous two elections and there has not been a Democratic representative in District 4 since 2004.  Now with two candidates to choose from, the Democrats of District 4 are coming out in droves.  Over the next 7 weeks, Bethel and Krantz will be traveling all across northeast Texas hosting Town Halls and Meet and Greets.  Their first joint appearance was in Rains County at a Town Hall with fellow candidate Kendall Scudder (D), who is running against state senate incumbent Bob Hall. A good size bipartisan crowd came out in below freezing weather to meet and greet the candidates and ask some tough questions.  One topic of interest was medical marijuana, which sparked a lively discussion and some heartfelt pleas from the audience to decriminalize its use.  Some cited family members with severe illnesses who greatly benefitted from medical marijuana.  Audience members appreciated the opportunity to express their concerns, and more Town Halls are planned.  This is a direct response to constituents’ frustration with a lack of Town Halls from the current Congressman.

Krantz and Bethel have committed to a fast-paced schedule over the next few weeks, hosting half a dozen more joint events before the primary.  “We feel like we have common goals,” says Bethel. Krantz agrees, “We have the same core beliefs, we just want things to get better for our communities and this shows we are willing to work together.”   The idea of campaigning together is also a practical solution.  District 4 stretches across northeast Texas, a three-hour drive from end to end.  Coordinating events together saves time and gives more people a chance to meet them.

Both feel optimistic about their chances and think 2018 is a great year for a Democrat to take back District 4, which until 2004 had been a Democratic stronghold for over 100 years.   Krantz says, “One of us is going to win the primary, and one of us is going to beat the incumbent. Those guys have had their chance, they have shown us again and again what their priorities are and it’s not us!  Our communities need to be a priority.  They focus on tax breaks and corporate welfare while our schools are 49th in the country, our hospitals are being shut down, we have crumbling roads, bad telecommunications infrastructure … we deserve better, it is time for someone new.”

Bethel said, ‘’The Republican delegation is creating an artificial budget crisis with their tax reform bill.  They have openly said they have done this to go after Social Security and Medicare entitlements.  Our seniors and veterans deserve a secure future.“  We deserve a representative in office who actually cares about the constituents, who isn’t going to put them in harm’s way, who isn’t going to raid their Social Security and Medicare, someone who will look after them and come up with practical solutions to the real challenges facing the 4th District.

Bethel is very involved in the community as a 23-year resident.  He is a member of the Bio-Ethics Committee of Wilson N Jones Hospital, where he interacts with patient families and staff, learning about important healthcare concerns.  He has chaired the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program for 20 years.  And he founded Grayson Disaster Relief, helping resettle hurricanes Katrina and Rita evacuees, and later, flood victims in Grayson County, for which the group received the League of Women Voters Citizen of the Year Award.  He is a Presbyterian minister serving churches in Sherman and Denison.  He and his wife, Genna, have raised their 3 sons in Sherman.

Krantz brings 20 years of experience in international business.  For 15 years she published an internationally renowned tourism magazine and founded an award winning international music festival in a little beach town in Mexico.  She promoted this town to an international audience that brought huge returns in tourism dollars and created economic development projects that sent out millions of dollars into the community.  Since coming back to Texas four years ago to run her family’s business, she has been very active in the Emory United Methodist Church, multiple area Chambers of Commerce, the Good Samaritans thrift store and food bank, as well as organizing community events and helping out with Rowlett’s “no kill” animal shelter, among other issues close to her heart.


They will be hosting multiple Town Halls and Meet and Greets across the District. Come out and introduce yourself; tell them what your concerns are.

Winnsboro – Saturday, January 27, Private Residence, 2:00pm.  Contact for more information.

Upshur County – Monday, January 29, Pizza Hut, 1413 NWood St., Gilmer TX 75644.

Rockwall County – Thursday, February 8, 7:00pm, Harry Meyers Community Center, 815 E. Washington St, Rockwall, TX 75087.  For questions and info, call Susie Stansel 713-826-4814 or email

Grayson County– Friday, February 9, 6:00pm, Venue off the Square, 223 S Travis St., Sherman TX 75090.

Titus County – Monday February 12, 12:30 –1:30pm, Northeast Texas Community College, Humanities Bldg, Student Debate Club.

Morris County – Monday February 12, 6:00pm, Don Juan’s Restaurant, Hughes Springs TX

Cass County – Thursday February 15, 6:00pm, Atlanta Middle School, Atlanta, TX

Bowie County – Saturday February 17, 6:00pm, New Boston High School, New Boston TX

You can find out more about the candidates on their websites:

Lander Bethel –

Catherine Krantz –

December 1, 2017

Rains county woman throws hat in ring for Congress


December 1, 2017  – For immediate release

By Kimberly McClenney


Catherine Krantz, a small business owner and dedicated community volunteer, has announced her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives in the 4th District of Texas.  The Rains County Democrat will be looking to unseat two term incumbent, John Ratcliffe (R Rockwall).

“I am running because I am tired of rural communities getting the short end of the stick,” says Krantz, “We are not asking for a handout, we have been taking care of ourselves for a long time.  What we want is investment.  Rural communities are underfunded in almost everything.  It’s time to invest in America again.  We have some real challenges out here, with jobs, with education, with infrastructure, and anyone who has spent even five minutes in America’s small towns can see that.  I see all of the money that is being wasted in Washington right now, just millions thrown away for pointless party politics, when we have real issues that need to be addressed.  All I can think of is these guys don’t represent us. They don’t understand our problems or they just don’t care.”

Krantz came back to Rains County full time almost four years ago to help run her family business, an RV Park and Campground on Lake Fork, and she has been very active in the community ever since.  She calls herself a professional volunteer.  She has been very active in the Methodist Church, multiple area Chambers of Commerce, the Good Samaritans thrift store and food bank, as well as organizing community events and helping out with Rowlett’s “no kill” animal shelter, among other issues close to her heart.

Krantz is passionate about people and brings over 20 years of experience in Community Development to the table.  She published an internationally renowned tourism magazine and founded an award winning international music festival in a little beach town in Mexico where she lived for 15 years.  She not only promoted her small town to an international audience that brought huge returns in tourism dollars, but she also created economic development projects that sent out millions of dollars into her community.

As an entrepreneur and a hard working small business owner, from a family of small business owners, Krantz believes that small businesses– not corporations–are the life blood of the American economy, “That’s where we should be investing: in our own communities.  Why not spend some money on small business loans or business incubators for the amazing entrepreneurs and small business owners we already have in our communities?  We don’t need more corporate welfare we need to invest in our own people.”

Congressional District 4 stretches all across North East Texas from Sherman to Texarkana, Rockwall to Louisiana.  “District 4 is a huge district, a beautiful and green part of Texas with some amazing things going on.  We have great communities, charming small towns, great businesses with world class products and innovations.  I am excited to find ways to bring more investment and prosperity into our communities.”  Krantz promises an enthusiastic campaign that reaches out to all corners of the district and indicates that if she hasn’t been to your community yet she will be soon.

**Krantz will be hosting Town Hall meetings and attending events all across District 4 over the next 8 weeks gearing up to the March 6 Primary, check her webpage for locations and come tell her what you think is the most pressing issue in your community.**

You can find more about Catherine Krantz and upcoming events on her website  and on her Facebook page



Catherine Krantz for Congress

314A West Lennon Drive #191

Emory TX 75440

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