My name is Brian Hasenbauer, and I’m excited about the prospect of representing Texas Democrats in Senate District 16 as a National Delegate for Senator Bernie Sanders.
For those of you who do not know me, I’ve been working hard for the Democratic Party as the President of the Lake Highlands White Rock Democrats and have seen some amazing growth in our membership and Facebook group.
Affordable Housing, Alleviating Poverty, and After-School Care
In addition to my work on behalf of the Democratic Party in Dallas, I am an appointed City of Dallas Community Development Commissioner for District 10. Working with my fellow commissioners, I have been leading the fight at City Hall and in Washington, D.C., for additional funding for affordable housing and efforts to alleviate poverty within the City of Dallas and in surrounding communities. I was appointed to the position by Councilman Adam McGough in August 2017 and chair the HOME and Economic Development sub-committees and serve as Vice-Chair of the Citizens Participation sub-committee. During the 2019 budget cycle, I advocated my fellow commissioners and the City Manager to increase funding for after-school care which led to an increase in funding and the provision of after-school care for additional families. Recently, I led the fight to make audit results public and to ensure that no fraud, waste or abuse was taking place in the federal housing funds provided to the City of Dallas.
Universal Health Care – Medicare for All, Paid Sick Time and Paid Time off
My advocacy for a new Fair Labors Act including; increasing the minimum wage, a federal paid sick leave law, federal paid time off, and universal healthcare via Medicare for All has allowed me the opportunity to speak publicly on these topics on popular shows such as Coffee and Politics 101. Healthcare shouldn’t be a job benefit… NO, healthcare is a human right!
Fighting for Families and Breaking the Chain of Poverty
As a Board member of Pamper Lake Highlands, our goal is to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty. We do that by the use of job training, ESL, and life skills that can help single mothers and families become self-supporting and begin to break free from the bondage of poverty.
As a Board Member of the Friends of the Lake Highlands Trail, I have advocated for increased trail funding, additional recycling capabilities, bike racks at schools, and creating an environmental studies program with neighboring schools.
The Green New Deal is the best way to tackle the challenges of moving from a fossil fuel-based economy to a green economy of the future that is net-zero carbon.
I have taken the climate fight to City Hall by initiating a letter-writing campaign and advocated for the passage of the Comprehensive Environment & Climate Action Plan (CECAP).
I Can’t-Wait to Meet You!
I know that I have already met many of you, and we have had wonderful conversations about a world with Bernie Sanders as our President. Over the next few weeks, I will be contacting each of the Texas Democratic Delegates for Bernie in SD 16 to discuss your concerns and priorities. I hope this gives me a chance to learn more about what’s important to you and your family and also provides you a chance to get to know a little more about me.
I’m excited to continue the REVOLUTION where Bernie left off and to strive to make America a land of opportunity for all American’s and not just those born into wealth and privilege. I hope you will join me and vote for me for National Delegate for Bernie Sanders for TX SD 16.
Thank you for the opportunity to represent Texas SD 16 as a National Delegate for Bernie Sanders.
It’s Not About Me… It’s About Continuing the REVOLUTION
- City of Dallas Community Development Commissioner – District 10
- Lake Highlands White Rock Democrats – President
- Founder – Lake Highlands Restaurant Week
- Board of Directors – Pamper Lake Highlands
- Board of Directors – Friends of Lake Highlands Trail
- President – Wallace Elementary Dad’s Club
- 4-Time Hawaii Ironman World Championship Finisher
What We Do Today, Matters Tomorrow
COVID-19 has exposed fundamental cracks in our economic system. The very same system that President Trump has called “the greatest economy to ever exist.” BUT LIKE MOST THINGS HE SAYS, HE IS LYING AND HE IS DEAD WRONG:
- 27 million Americans are uninsured
- 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck
- 53% of Americans don’t have 3 months of living expenses saved
- 40% of Americans can’t cover a $400 emergency
- No Federal Paid Sick Time
- Banks have prioritized BIG business over YOUR business
- No Federal Paid Time Off
- Wages are decreasing for the working class while the rich get richer
COVID-19 has shown the worst of who we are as a country. It has shown that we are a country dominated by billionaires and self-serving politicians who are controlled by special interests that tell us that “it’s okay for a few people to die as long as we get back to business.”
If you are as angry as I am about some of the decisions being made that affect your livelihood and risk your health, I am asking that you VOTE FOR ME to be your delegate at the National Democratic Convention. Let me advocate for the policies that Bernie Sanders and I believe that will make our country stronger and to mitigate future pandemics and crisis.
ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE – LEARN ABOUT BRIAN
I hope you can break away from Tiger King to watch a short video to learn more about me and why I think it’s important that we have a President that advocates for the policies that Bernie Sanders would support as President.
A Word from Brian Hasenbauer
WAGES IN AMERICA – UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE & INCREASED WAGES
American needs a new Fair Labors Act including; increasing the minimum wage, federal paid sick leave, federal paid time off, and universal healthcare.
HOMELESSNESS AND POVERTY
Working with my fellow commissioners, I have been leading the fight at City Hall and in Washington, D.C. for additional funding for affordable housing and efforts to alleviate poverty within the City of Dallas and in surrounding communities.
Experienced and Proven Leadership
Bernie Sanders is serving his third term in the U.S. Senate after winning re-election in 2018. His previous 16 years in the House of Representatives make him the longest serving independent member of Congress in American history.
It’s become clear under President Donald Trump that now, more than ever, America needs a seasoned leader in the White House to restore our standing in the world and to make America Great Again for not just the millionaire and billionaires.
Senator Bernie Sanders has been fighting billionaires and standing up for the working class his entire career. The United States with Bernie Sanders as President will be stronger and more united than ever before.
My name is Brian Hasenbauer, and I would appreciate your vote as a National Delegate for Bernie Sanders.
I will vote for Bernie Sanders on the first ballot as I pledged to and honor my commitment to those that voted for Bernie in the March primary. If Bernie does not win on the first ballot, I will also vote for him on a second ballot and on subsequent ballots until it becomes unlikely that a path forward exists.
Ultimately, if Bernie isn’t the nominee, I will happily cast my ballot for the Democratic nominee in November 2020. Electing Donald Trump to another four-year term is a mistake we can’t afford to make again.
It's Not About Sanders - It's About the Revolution
No one candidate is capable of taking on Donald Trump and the billionaire class alone. There is only one way we win — and that is together.
Senator Bernie Sanders has said from the very first days of his campaign for President in 2016 that this is not a Presidential campaign, it’s a REVOLUTION! Regardless of the outcome of the 2016 or 2020 Democratic Presidential primary, Bernie’s influence will continue as all great revolutions do.
The overwhelming majority of scientists believe climate change is real, is caused by human activity, and is already causing devastating problems in the U.S. and around the world. If we do not act boldly, the situation will only become much worse in years to come in terms of devastating droughts, wildfires, floods, extreme storms, rising sea levels and acidification of the oceans. The Department of Defense says global warming is a national security threat that could result in food and water scarcities, mass migrations of people, and wars fought over access to shrinking natural resources.
Senator Sanders believes that global warming is the greatest environmental threat facing the planet. That is why he introduced the Climate Protection and Justice Act, to tax carbon and methane emissions from coal, oil, and natural gas at the source of production, and to use the revenue to make historic investments in energy efficiency and sustainable energy. The bill would also triple funding for advanced energy research and make huge investments in wind, solar, geothermal, plug-in electric vehicles, and other clean energy technologies. The proposal would also provide rebates to consumers to offset any efforts by oil, coal, or gas companies to raise prices.
Healthcare and Prescription Costs
Senator Sanders believes every American should have access to safe, effective, and affordable prescription medications. Senator Sanders introduced S. 2023 in the 114th Congress, the Prescription Drug Affordability Act. The bill would instruct the Secretary of Health and Human Services negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies to bring down costs for the Medicare program, prohibit brand name drug makers from paying competitors to keep lower-priced generic substitutes off the market, and make it easier to import lower-cost drugs from Canada. Sen. Sanders was the first member of Congress to take his constituents across the Canadian border to buy their prescription drugs at a fraction of the price they were forced to pay in the United States.
IRAQ – The war in Iraq took the lives of 4,487 American troops, killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens and cost U.S. taxpayers at least $1.7 trillion. We went into Iraq in 2003 based on false information, and the evidence is very clear that the war has been counterproductive in terms of fighting international terrorism. As someone who voted against military action in Iraq in the first place, Senator Sanders remains opposed to sending U.S. troops back into Iraq.
AFGHANISTAN – The war in Afghanistan has contributed significantly to our national debt. In 2017 alone, we will spend about $60 billion on the war in Afghanistan. Any serious discussion of how to reduce the national debt and control spending must begin with defense spending instead of talking about cutting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education and many other essential programs that benefit millions and millions of children, elderly, veterans and working families.
More than thirty percent of our nation’s bridges have exceeded their 50-year design life, and one in nine is structurally deficient. Almost a third of America’s major roads are in poor or mediocre condition. In fact, the American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that we must double our rate of spending simply to get our roads, bridges and transit to a “passable” condition over the next five years.
Sen. Sanders believes we must significantly increase funding to repair our nation’s infrastructure for the United States to remain competitive in the increasingly global economy. We cannot expect American businesses to be successful if they are unable to get their goods and services to market and if employees cannot easily and affordably get to work. Investing in infrastructure is also one of the best ways to put millions of Americans back to work in decent paying jobs that cannot be outsourced or off-shored.
Sen. Sanders understands that this problem goes far beyond just transportation infrastructure. We have not kept up with needed improvements to our energy grid, schools, drinking water and wastewater systems, broadband networks and other important aspects of our national infrastructure.
Although the economy has improved significantly since the Great Recession, and while corporate profits now exceed their pre-recession levels, far too many middle class and working families are still struggling just to get by. Despite huge advancements in worker productivity, millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages. The real median income of male workers is $783 less than it was 42 years ago, while for women workers it is $1,300 less than it was just nine years ago. There are more Americans living in poverty today than at any time in our history, and the middle class is slowly disappearing.
Moreover, more than half of all Americans have less than $10,000 in savings, and millions have no idea how they will ever retire in dignity. An unforeseen car accident, a medical emergency, or the loss of a job could send their lives into an economic tailspin.
Sen. Sanders believes that no full-time worker should be living in poverty, which is why he has introduced legislation to increase the federal wage in steps over the next several years until it reaches $15 an hour in 2020.
Sen. Sanders believes it is outrageous that women earn just 78 cents for every dollar a man earns, which is why he is a co-sponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act to bring pay equity for women.
Campaign Finance Reform
For more than thirty years, Senator Sanders has been a staunch advocate for effective campaign finance reform that reduces the influence of special interests in the electoral process. To that end, he has introduced a resolution to amend the U.S. Constitution, making it clear that the right to vote and the ability to make campaign contributions and expenditures belong only to real people, not corporations.
Brian Hasenbauer is the son of a Naval Commander. He has lived internationally in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and Rota, Spain, as well as state-side in Rhode Island, Pensacola, and Washington, DC. Brian graduated with a BS in Finance from George Mason University in 1995 and then worked as an Advanced Financial Analyst at EDS in Herndon, Virginia. He was transferred to Plano, TX to work at EDS headquarters and has resided in Texas since 1997.
At EDS, his expertise was State and Local Government contracts, specifically on the Title 19 program for Texas NHIC, also known as Medicaid. Hasenbauer spent several years traveling around the United States visiting states and advising leaders on how to best operate and design their Medicaid programs related to systems and process engineering.
Brian went on to work as a Senior Financial Analyst at i2 Technologies before starting his own triathlon training company, Fit2train. Brian raced for several years, completing 8 Ironman races (4 Hawaii Ironman World Championships) as a professional triathlete before starting work at Competitor Texas Magazine. As Associate Publisher of Competitor Texas Magazine, Brian regularly traveled to Austin, Houston, and San Antonio to advocate for health and fitness and the promotion of endurance sports. After leaving Competitor Texas, Brian worked as VP of Marketing for indoorDIRECT.
Currently, Brian lives in Dallas, TX, and works as VP of Marketing for Astanza Laser. One of his main focuses at Astanza, is assisting non-profits and corrections facilities with setting up laser tattoo removal programs to help those previously incarcerated to enter the workplace successfully.
Brian is very active in his community and serves on the Board of the non-profit Pamper Lake Highlands, is President of the Lake Highlands White Rock Democrats, and Wallace Dad’s Club Co-President.
As an appointed City of Dallas Community Development Commissioner for District 10, Hasenbauer chairs the Housing and Economic Development sub-committee and is vice-chair of the Citizen Participation committee. Brian’s role as a Community Development Commissioner is to provide citizen accountability and transparency for over 27 million dollars of federal HUD funds allocated each year to the City of Dallas through various block grants, including CDBG, HOME, HOPWA, and ESG.
Brian lives in Lake Highlands and has two great kids that both attend RISD schools.
Thank you for considering Brian Hasenbauer for National Delegate for Bernie Sanders for TX SD 16.
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