The maternal mortality rate for the USA is 4-6 times higher as compared to other developed nations (26.4 vs 6.3 per 100,000). In Texas, maternal mortality is especially devastating for African American women, whose maternal mortality rate is 3 times the US average (67.3 vs 26.4 per 100,000). Clayton Tucker will fight to end this injustice by boosting pre- and postnatal care, access to quality clinics, and more.
When housing isn't affordable, nothing is. The pay gap especially harms minorities in regards to affordable housing. Clayton Tucker will seek to lower housing costs for all Texans to ensure all have a place to call home.
Food deserts should not exist in a state as rich and powerful as ours. Food deserts are common in neighborhoods of color. Clayton Tucker will promote policies that will empower and mandate local communities to remove food deserts.
2ND AMENDMENT (Guns)
Having grown up around guns in the Texas countryside, Clayton Tucker recognizes how important guns are to Texans. Clayton believes guns should be treated similarly to cars—just because everyone needs a license and has to wear a seatbelt, this does not limit our freedom to use cars. Just as a "well-regulated Militia" is necessary to the security of a free State, requiring a driver's license and wearing a seatbelt are parts of "well-regulated" use of cars.
4TH AMENDMENT (Search & Seizures)
Clayton Tucker recognizes that the War on Drugs has led to the weakening of Texan's 4th Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizures. Clayton will seek for ways Texas can adequately protect our rights, including lobbying the federal government for change.
Clayton Tucker will fight to secure the voting rights for all Texans.
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
As a former teacher, Clayton knows that each student has the potential for greatness, but only if we invest in them. The school to prison pipeline is a symptom of many issues, including systemic racism. The quality of schools should not be tied to zip codes.
Clayton Tucker will seek means to end pay discrimination in all of its forms. Equal pay for equal work should be a guarantee for all those who work in Texas.
Clayton believes that the government has no business in the bedroom. Clayton Tucker is an unabashed supporter of LGBTQIA+ rights and freedom.
Clayton Tucker recognizes the system of Mass Incarceration is the reincarnation of Jim Crow. Even though illegal drug use is equal between races, African Americans are disproportionately targeted. Once being labeled a felon, they are barred from gainful employment, education, housing, sometimes voting, and many other public services; thereby forcing many into crime.
No one imagines Paul Manafort or Roger Stone when they hear the word "criminal" or "felon." No one asks about "white criminals" or "white-on-white crime." The reason being is that the language of criminality (in a 1984 fashion) has been racialized. This stigma thereby harms all African Americans, just as the stigma of being black harmed all during Jim Crow—even those who didn't live in the South.
Through many of the policies listed above, Clayton Tucker will seek to be an ally in the fight to dismantle the new Jim Crow.