© 2018.  Tarsha Jackson for Houston City Council District B by OriginsDesignFirm.

 ISSUES 

Criminal Justice

Families belong together. As your council member I will fight for policies and programs to end mass incarceration, like:

  • Ending debtors’ prison;

  • Expanding job opportunities for folks coming out of the criminal justice system;

  • Promoting bail reform; and

  • Ending practices that unfairly target Black and Latino neighborhoods and families.

affordable housing

All Houstonians deserve a safe, healthy, and affordable place to call home. Homeowners and renters in District B were hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey. Places that didn't flood are now gentrifying.  As your future councilmember, I will convene and collaborate with local residents, responsible developers, and the City’s Housing Department to:

 

  • Leverage tax incentives to build affordable housing and generate more community benefits;

  • Use federal dollars to build affordable housing and complete infrastructure projects; and

  • Reimagine code enforcement to ensure safe and healthy housing for renters.

 
 
Education

Everyone must have access to quality education. Good education is essential for a thriving and successful community. As your council member, I will make sure that the students of District B have the education they are entitled to. That is why I believe:

  • Every child should have free access to Pre-K;

  • Taking a test is not an educational activity;

  • We don’t need the privatization of public schools;

  • Local control over local schools is the best way to deliver for students’

  • We need to end the school-to-prison pipeline.

GOOD JOBS

Houston’s economy should work for working families, not the other way around. Houston families deserve fair wages, second chances, paid sick days, and the right to form a union. I commit to represent the interests of working families and support policies that:

  • Require that corporations receiving tax incentives hire from underserved communities and create good paying jobs;

  • Ensure rest breaks for construction workers to prevent heat exhaustion and workplace fatalities;

  • Protect public health and healthy families by requiring paid sick days; and

  • Ensure a level playing field for responsible, local, and minority-owned contractors looking to do business with the City of Houston.

environment

Events like the 2013 superfund site explosion in West, Texas should never happen. As your council member, I will work to:

  • Increase transparency about superfund sites and businesses that work with hazardous and toxic materials;

  • Implement a better reporting and alert system

 
 
you have a say

This is your city. Democracy doesn't work unless residents know about and have a say in how their government is run. I commit to improving transparency and engaging the residents of District B as your council member. Send me your ideas and priorities for District B!