Get To Know Louie Minor – Democrat For Congress in District 31

The more I see and hear about Louie Minor the more I like his candidacy. Here’s a recent article on his candidacy from the Killeen Daily Herald, Belton native hopes to unseat incumbent representative.

A fresh face is hitting the Central Texas campaign circuit this year.

Louie Minor, a Belton native and Iraq War veteran, is hoping to unseat six-time elected Rep. John Carter in District 31 to represent the people of Central Texas. The district encompasses much of Bell and Williamson counties with a large population of veterans who should be represented by a veteran, Minor said.

The 34-year-old spent a total of 10 years in the armed forces, first in the Texas Army National Guard, then switching to the Army Reserve when he moved to Washington, D.C., in 2012 to work for the Department of Homeland Security.

During that time, Minor spent 14 months in Iraq and spent another two years as an executive officer for the Warrior Transition Unit at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Now a captain in the Reserve, Minor said living in D.C. during the political gridlock of the past year made him want to get involved in politics.

“(Gridlock) affects everything,” he said. “It affects every aspect of our way of life because they’re unwilling to work. To keep electing the same people to do the same thing is not going to make it stop.”

Then a friend in elected office advised Minor to go for it while he was young.

So he quit his job in July and moved back to Belton, where his 15-year-old daughter is attending Belton High School.

“I wanted to improve lives here in my hometown,” Minor said. “I think this area deserves a veteran representing it. Unless you’ve been there, you can’t relate.”

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When it comes to political parties, Minor said he isn’t so much concerned about being a democrat in Texas, but the lack of voter turnout.

“I’m going to work very hard to turn out the vote,” Minor said. “Texas is not a red state like some people would like to tell you. Texas is a nonvoting state. If all the minorities turned out to vote — they tend to vote democrat — that would turn Texas purple at the least. I think people are going to be surprised at what we’re able to do here at the district.”

Voter contact is at the top of Minor’s list to reach out to people, something he personally feels he hasn’t seen from Carter.

“I have concerns and I know a lot of constituents have concerns on the representation we’re getting by electing him,” Minor said. “I think the people of the district deserve a debate. He’s never debated. He may think he doesn’t have to but he has to answer a lot of questions to the military, to retirees, to veterans on how he’s been voting. … I know I will hold him accountable and I hope the voters hold him accountable as well.” [Emphasis added]

Carter’s office declined to comment on the possibility of a debate.

The Bell County Democrats support Minor, said Marianne Miller, county chair of the organization, citing his record of public service.

“(This year) is the year where people across Texas and the U.S. are looking for a change and want leaders with records of dedicated public service,” she said. “Mr. Minor fits that bill and will be a voice for everyone regardless of who they are or political affiliation.”

It’s not surprising Carter doesn’t want to debate. All entrenched incumbents like Carter see no advantage, only a potential disaster for their candidacy, by actually participating in the democratic process. That’s a conversation for later, if a debate was to happen it would likely occur in the fall.

Minor is a great candidate and the first LGBT candidate to run for District 31.  Here’s an interview he had with the Dallas Voice in December, Shaking it up: Texas politics gay style.

Louie Minor has a lot of titles: veteran, father, Democratic candidate, and he hopes to add Texas’ first openly gay congressman to the list next fall.

Minor, 34, is challenging Republican incumbent John Carter in the Republican-leaning Congressional District 31. The suburban Austin district includes all of Williamson County and most of Bell County, from a portion of north Austin to Temple. It also includes Fort Hood.

Carter, first elected in 2002, has received a zero each session on the Human Rights Campaign Congressional Scorecard, which rates members of Congress on their support for LGBT issues.

A native of CD 31, Minor grew up in Belton. He’s a veteran and a captain in the Army Reserves, and has spent a decade in the military, even serving 14 months with the Texas National Guard in 2008–09.

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Minor is the first openly gay candidate to run for a Texas congressional seat in 15 years. James Partsch-Galvan ran as a Libertarian in 1998 against Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee in Houston’s District 18.

Before that, Barbara Jordan held that district seat from 1973–79. While she never acknowledged her sexual orientation publicly, the Houston Chronicle mentioned her longtime partner in her obit in 1996.

If elected, Minor would be the first openly gay Congressman from Texas, as well as the first openly gay member of Congress who is a veteran and who’s Latino. On Dec. 3, Minor wrote on his Twitter account: “It’s official. We’re on the ballot.”

Read the whole interview here. He’s also dinged Carter for co-sponsoring what’s being called DOMA 2.0 (H.R. 3829).

“I was disappointed that they filed it, but it doesn’t surprise me,” Minor told Dallas Voice this week. “For over a decade, John Carter has continually voted against the LGBT community, and he’s received a zero on the HRC scorecard. So now I think it’s time for us to elect a congressman that will represent LGBT Texans and be our voice in Washington.”

Minor will certainly make protecting the basic civil and human rights of all people a focal point of his candidacy. But he’s also made clear that this race is about many issues, and finally having a someone that represents the whole district, and not just a thin slice on the far right of the GOP.

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John Carter & The GOP’s Misplaced Priorities

Congressman John Carter (R-Round Rock) has his priorities misplaced. In an interview with Roll Call Carter tells what the GOP’s strategy will be in 2014, GOP Negotiator: No Immigration Overhaul This Year.

Boehner told the conference and the press last week that leaders and committee chairmen will produce a blueprint outlining agreed-upon principles for overhauling the nation’s immigration system, leading many to speculate that votes on the issue could be held later this year.

“I’m opposed to voting on a bill this year,” said Carter, who was a member of GOP leadership last Congress. “I was in conference when John announced that. It was a surprise to me as much as it was a surprise to anybody else.”

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Carter added that the votes could leave Republicans vulnerable to primary attacks from the right, especially if, as is expected, the changes take on the question of the legal status of some 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.

“I personally think this is the wrong time from our standpoint to go forward on immigration,” he said. “It’s an election year. I mean Texas is in the middle of primaries right now.”

That said, Carter would contribute to policy change efforts if he is asked, he said. His views on timing do not necessarily mean he will oppose bills if they come to the floor.

At the end of the conversation, (from the audio), Carter was pressed on why he thought it was a mistake.

Top of the bill being that it’s not good politically for the country?
Carter: Top of the bill being that it changes the subject.
From Obamacare?
Carter: There you go.

It’s an election year now and Carter the GOP, and the tea party want no part of immigration reform. They don’t want the base of the party to stay home in November, and they believe passing immigration reform would do that.  They also believe that what worked n 2010, will work again in 2014. 2010 Redux. Why Not?

They need to turn out white senior citizens who hate Obama. They figure if it ain’t broke, they’re not going to fix it. We’ll see if they’re right.

Carter last year said this about immigration reform in the local Chamber of Commerce news.

“Economically for the state of Texas, there is probably no bigger issue right now in Washington D.C.,” Carter said, explaining that Texas has the largest influx of immigrants of any state.

The only thing that’s different from when Carter made that statement is the calendar.  It’s now an election year and immigration cannot be allowed to, “capture the media cycle”.  Economics aside, the immigration issue, is about people, families and most important human dignity. Keeping immigrants in the shadows, because it’s not good politics for the GOP in an election year, shows exactly what the GOP’s priorities are.

Just as keeping their cruel, and failed plan of trying to take away health insurance from the millions that are now insured, front and center in 2014 does. Obamacare enrollment has been growing faster in Texas since December.  Also over 200,000 more Texans would have health insurance had Perry and the GOP allowed Medicaid to be expanded. We can only imagine how many tens of thousands more Texans would have health insurance had the Texas GOP not been fighting against Obamacare from the beginning.

But what Carter and the GOP’s cynical political ploy shows is that they’re not concerned about working to solve problems.  They’re only concerned about keeping things the same as they are now.  We cannot move past these two issues, and many more, if we keep electing the same people to office.  If again, too many of us who don’t vote and don’t get to the polls in November then nothing will change.  The sad truth is that the only way they can repeat their success of 2010, is if we allow them to do it again in 2014.

Here are several ways to combat that, 9 Ways to Channel Your Inner Activist in 2014.

And be sure and check our Carter’s opponent in 2014, Democrat Louie Minor.