February 11, 2018  |  by: Catherine Krantz  |  filed under: Why Vote for Catherine  |  

Why should SENIORS vote for Catherine?

Catherine wants to represent ALL of us.  Why should you vote for Catherine?

SENIORS should vote for Catherine because Catherine understands that we have paid into Social Security our entire working lives and that we have a right to that money.  She knows that the only people who do not care about Social Security are the one who do not need it, the people who have enough set aside for their retirement that Social Security is of no consequence to them.  That is not many of us!  Catherine will fight for legislation that protects Social Security – that puts it into a hands-off account and protects it for the people who have paid into it.  She will aggressively fight for accountability and transparency in Social Security and an end to robbing the coffers of our country’s pension system. She will also fight to repel unfair practices that deny Social Security to Texas’ hard working teachers.  She will fight to repel WEP/GPO and other unfair programs that only exist to cut spending without addressing the underlying issue that Social Security has repeatedly been robbed.  This must stop.  Catherine will fight for Social Security to be repaid and made solvent again and to protect it in the future.

 

February 11, 2018  |  by: Catherine Krantz  |  filed under: Why Vote for Catherine  |  

Why should LGTBQ folks and their allies vote for Catherine?

Catherine wants to represent ALL of us. Why should you vote for Catherine?

LGTBQ folks and their allies should vote for Catherine because Catherine believes in equal rights, that we should not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, ability, or sexual orientation.

Catherine believes people should be able to marry anyone they want.  Catherine believes that strong families benefit children and society.  If two people are willing to make a commitment to each other, promise to help, support and take care of each other, and create a family together, they should be able to and they should have the same rights and responsibilities as any other family.  Rights that have to do with family situations: medical decisions, estates and inheritance, divorce, shared health plans, children, should be equal for all families.

Catherine believes that trans kids are just kids.  She believes that we need to stop demonizing and fear mongering about children, we need to stop creating problems where there are none, and we need to be more kind and compassionate. Catherine believes that our LGTBQ neighbors are people just like us, that the more we get to know them the more we realize that, and the more we educate ourselves about the challenges they are facing the better friends and neighbors we can be.

 

February 11, 2018  |  by: Catherine Krantz  |  filed under: Why Vote for Catherine  |  

Why should AFRICAN-AMERICANS vote for Catherine?

Catherine wants to represent ALL of us. Why should you vote for Catherine?

AFRICAN-AMERICANS should vote for Catherine because Catherine understands that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a commitment to equality in our country and that 50 years later, we have not lived up to its promise.   As an elected official, Catherine will never waver in her condemnation of racism and its undermining effect on our society.  She will never make excuses for white supremacists and will always condemn hatred and violence.  She will work on programs that benefit all communities and make sure that African-Americans are getting their fair share of the same life, liberty and pursuit of happiness that all Americans are promised.

Catherine will work hard on criminal justice reform. She understands that America has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world; that our criminal justice system unfairly targets minorities and over-harshly punishes impoverished people; that our criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform.  She will work hard to implement common sense and equitable criminal justice reform that protects citizens from bias.  She will further legislation that addresses the underlying societal problems that lead to crime: poverty, drug addiction and lack of adequate mental health care. She will fight for education initiatives that give prisoners the tools to succeed once they get out. She will support legislation that helps ease the stigma of a criminal record so that people can get past their past and have hope of success after prison.

As a small business owner from a family of small business owners, Catherine understands small businesses.  Catherine believes that a vibrant small business culture makes communities strong and that is equally so in communities of color; that small business owners put down lasting roots in communities; that small business owners invest in their employees and their communities.  Catherine knows that equitable access to funding and financing is the only way to build up our communities. She knows that giving people the tools to invest in their own communities, as homeowners and business owners, is essential to lasting change.   Catherine wants to invest in our communities.  Catherine will fight for more capital investment, better access to funding in small business loans, home loans and micro finance in communities of color and all of our struggling communities across northeast Texas.

 

 

February 11, 2018  |  by: Catherine Krantz  |  filed under: Why Vote for Catherine  |  

Why should LATINOS vote for Catherine?

Catherine wants to represent ALL of us. Why should you vote for Catherine?

LATINOS should vote for Catherine because Catherine lived and owned a business in Mexico for years.  She understands what it is like to move to another country and work hard to succeed.  She is a dual citizen who understands the complex and difficult process to attain citizenship.  She is respectful of the time, expense and efforts immigrants must go to, to legally work and pursue citizenship in America.  More importantly, Catherine understands that our country was built by immigrants, she is proud of our country’s unique heritage and culture and will always fight for a respectful conversation around immigration and immigration policies that give hard working immigrants a path to citizenship.

Catherine knows that Latinos are hard working with strong family values and Americans with Latino roots are some of the best and brightest our country has to offer.  Not just migrant workers, Americans with proud Latino heritages can be found in all walks of life.  They are our friends, our neighbors, our doctors and our bus drivers.  Artists and attorneys, teachers and preachers, kids, moms, mayors, veterans and heroes.  Catherine will fight for all Americans and all hardworking immigrants who dream of becoming American.

February 11, 2018  |  by: Catherine Krantz  |  filed under: Why Vote for Catherine  |  

Why should WOMEN vote for Catherine?

Catherine wants to represent ALL of us.  Why should you vote for Catherine?

WOMEN should vote for Catherine because Catherine believes women’s rights are human rights.  Women’s healthcare should be affordable and available.  Women should not be charged more or have more restrictive pre-existing condition requirements than men. All Women should have access to affordable birth control and family planning.  Catherine believes a women’s health care decision are hers alone.  No government and surely no politician should make her medical decisions for her. When Catherine had a high-risk pregnancy two doctors told her she should have an abortion, she found another doctor.  Choice goes both ways and Catherine believes CHOICE is the right of all women.

Catherine believes in equal pay for equal work.  People who do the same job should be paid the same, regardless of gender. As a legislator, Catherine will always fight for equal pay initiatives and legislation that supports women’s rights.

February 11, 2018  |  by: Catherine Krantz  |  filed under: PRESS  |  

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

PRESS RELEASE

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, BoldProgressives.org) 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.

February 4, 2018  |  by: Catherine Krantz  |  filed under: Issues  |  topics: , ,  

Let’s Talk About INFRASTRUCTURE

Top Bipartisan Concerns of Rural Constituents:  Investment in Telecommunications Infrastructure.

Happy New Year! It’s January 1,  first day of 2018,  and as I sit here and try to upload my first blog post of the year to my website I am reminded yet again why investment in telecommunications infrastructure is my personal pain point.  I, like so many of us in District 4, live out in the country.  It’s a beautiful place with rolling hills and sweeping views and crappy internet. We run a business, a campground on a lake.  Our guests don’t think of internet as a luxury, it’s a basic service and it’s expected.  We have the highest level of internet service available in our area and its inconsistent at best: spotty, slow, chronically intermittent.  It is so unreliable that we keep a second internet plan as a back up for the times the internet is too slow for the most basic use: email and online banking. We are paying two to three times as much as our urban counterparts and still feel like we are getting a bare minimum service.  We are far from the “internet of things” capability of integrated smart products and the technology and services that urban consumers take for granted.  Even talking about high speed internet or broad band makes most technology loving rural residents sigh wistfully.

 

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January 18, 2018  |  by: Catherine Krantz  |  filed under: PRESS  |  

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

PRESS RELEASE

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 info@catherinekrantz.com 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 Sue.st66@aol.com

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 – www.bethel4congress.com

Catherine Krantz – www.catherinekrantzforcongress.com

January 6, 2018  |  by: Catherine Krantz  |  filed under: Issues  |  topics:  

Let’s Talk About HEALTHCARE

I have had Obamacare for the past 3 years and it has been a blessing.  I wouldn’t call it perfect.  It was sometimes a bureaucratic nightmare but to be fair most of that had nothing to do with Obamacare and everything to do with the reality of dealing with Insurance companies today.  Our entire healthcare system has become incredibly time consuming and convoluted.  The Obamacare itself was pretty great: low cost premiums, affordable co-pays and prescriptions, low deductibles – exactly the kind of health care every American deserves. It had been awhile since I had had health insurance and for me it was great to finally be able to get some treatment.  I was able to get regular check ups, see specialists when I needed, and even have surgery without breaking the bank. And for the first time in years I no longer worried about what I would do if I got sick of needed to go to the hospital.  It was peace of mind that cannot be overstated.  We all deserve that.  Almost every other country in the world has figured this out, there is no reason we can’t.

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January 5, 2018  |  by: Catherine Krantz  |  filed under: Issues  |  topics: , ,  

Let’s Talk About WEALTH INEQUALITY

 Today is January 4, 2018.  Today is Fat Cat day in the UK.  It’s the fourth day of the year and the UK’s wealthiest Top Executives will have already earned more in four days than the average citizen will make all year, with executives earning 147 times as much as employees.  In the US it is even worse. Glassdoor, an online job and salary reporting site, found that US chief executives were paid 204 times their employees’ median compensation.  An Associated Press study in 2015 found S&P 500 CEO median pay was $10.8 million dollars a year. The U.S. Census Bureau stated the median household income in the US in 2017 was $59,039.  That means top executives in America make almost as much per day as most Americans will make in an entire year. This is wealth inequality and it’s not good for anyone – at least not for very long.  History has proven unequal societies are unstable societies.

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