Linsey Fagan on running for office, family and local care

Linsey Fagan on running for office, family and local care

Linsey Fagan on running for office, family and local care
January 24
23:24 2018

No parent should have to teach their child about hiding from school shooters, but Linsey Fagan found herself doing just that. This, along with a growing occurrence of political corruption, lit the fuse for Fagan’s congressional campaign.

Fagan was born and raised in Keller and decided to run for the District 26 seat due to an ever-mounting awareness of corruption and chaos in the world. As a single mom, Fagan says she wanted to make the world a better place for her daughter. 

“I have a little girl, so I have to fix this country for her,” Fagan said. “A lot of the components of running for office I hate, but somebody’s got to do it. Good people have to run so I just decided to run.”

After becoming a mom at 19, Fagan attended Tarrant County College and later got involved in the e-commerce business, and works mainly as an SEO consultant. 

“I had my daughter when I was 19,” Fagan said. “I was going to online school with her on my lap. I jumped out of school after my associate [degree]. I tried to find a program for e-commerce websites in some university, and I couldn’t find anything, so I just started an e-commerce website.”

Fagan says she and her family are quite literally close to each other. She lives just a stone’s throw away from the rest of her siblings and parents in the same neighborhood.

“I have a house three doors down from [my parents],” Fagan said. “My house is also four streets over from my sister and my brother lives in my guesthouse so we’re all freakishly close — we’re Italian.”

Throughout her campaign, Fagan said she has received positive feedback from the community which mainly stems from voters who want someone they can relate to. 

“I’ve gotten a really good response just because I think people are desperate for normal people to represent them,” Fagan said.  “Somebody told me, ‘You’re kind of like my next door neighbor who just knows a lot about politics. You know what you’re doing, you know what you’re talking about, you know policy but at the end of the day, you still feel approachable.’ Luckily I’ve been able to keep that level of authenticity from start to finish.”

Fagan is endorsed by Justice Democrats and Brand New Congress, two progressive Democrat organizations. Though she describes herself as  “scrappy,” Fagan says she wants to lead by example that hard work can win a seat in Congress and provide proper representation.  

“She’s not your typical politician but she’s passionate about what she believes in and what she cares about, and that made me feel pretty amazed [by her candidacy],” her father Tommy Fagan said. “But when she finds a cause, she’s definitely committed to it.”

On the issues

For Fagan, the focus of her campaign has emphasized heavily on ending corruption within government and politics.

“The politicians that have been elected are making choices in mind with their corporate donors,” Fagan said. “I would like to add an amendment to the constitution that would allow states to regulate how much money candidates can get from political action committees.”

Fagan says not only are politicians responsible for ethical choice making, but voters should be too, regardless of party.

“I speak quite often about opensecrets.org,” Fagan said. “Voters on both sides, Democrats and Republicans, need to start researching the candidates they vote for in depth. People on both sides take money they shouldn’t.”

As for healthcare, Fagan favors a single-payer system that does not rely on private middlemen and is offered as a universal right. Single-payer systems would be funded through taxes, cover all residents and be handled by a single government program or entity. 

“I’m a big fan of the Bernie Sanders Medicare program,” Fagan said. “Right now, there are premiums and multiple obstacles that come with getting health insurance that doesn’t give people the coverage that they need. [The plan] would get rid of all of that. Yet it’s still comprehensive and has a four-year rollout.”

If Fagan wins, she will be the first woman to represent District 26. As a woman, Fagan said she will aim to create better solutions for women’s rights for the community. 

“There is a huge lack of representation of women so we need women supporting women. So I support taking out the tampon tax, preventative care and women’s reproductive rights,” Fagan said.

By pushing changes like these and more, Fagan said she wants to take people back to a time when this current level of conflict was not the norm.

“Young people need to understand that we’re fighting violently right now to protect this country,” Fagan said. “It didn’t always used to feel like this.”

It’s the young people who potentially have the chance to change the tide of District 26’s Republican streak. Like her counterparts, Fagan wants young voters to register within the district and show up to the booths. With that kind of support, Fagan said, the election could become an entirely different ballgame.

“If those people actually mobilized and came out, it could make it or break the district,” Fagan said. “It’s a group that nobody’s expecting to come out. It’s a group that Republicans would never touch, but if young people came out and said, ‘Hey we’re tired of this country and the way it is and we want to live in a country that’s not like this,’ it could change everything.”

Featured Image: Linsey Fagan is a Democratic candidate for Texas Congressional District 26. Her opponent for the primary election is Will Fisher. Jake King

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  1. Fanboy
    Fanboy February 20, 05:35

    Linsey is smoking hot! Hope she wins so we can see more of her. Gorgeous, smart, and ethical. Yum!

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