Veronica Birkenstock on running for office, children and veterans

Veronica Birkenstock on running for office, children and veterans

Veronica Birkenstock on running for office, children and veterans
February 05
17:47 2018

After years in the political sphere, Veronica Birkenstock was tired of seeing a lag in Congress. Now, she is stepping up to the plate as a Republican candidate for the 26th Congressional District.

“[I decided to run out] of sheer frustration [of] not seeing things get done in the district and the House and, just [wanting to be] a voice,” Birkenstock said.

Birkenstock was born at her family farm in South Carolina, where she was raised in a self-admitted conservative household.

“[It was] a really rural area, not very wealthy,” Birkenstock said. “We were very conservative not because of political situations but because we didn’t know any better.”

She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of South Carolina before receiving her master’s degree in human resources at Webster University. She runs Practical Employee Solutions in Frisco, a company that processes H-2B visas for temporary foreign workers and recruits them for companies in need of low-skilled labor.

Birkenstock, though running for office for the first time, is no stranger to politics. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a registered activist and worked on campaigns for candidates, like Mitt Romney.

Most recently, she was a campaign fundraiser for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump as part of his labor department transition team.

“Things that matter the most [are what] I fight for — I work for it, and I don’t give up,” Birkenstock said. “I’m not one of those people who just walk away from the fight. It actually energizes me.”

She is the only Republican candidate running against incumbent Michael Burgess, whom she previously supported. However, Birkenstock said it was her opponent’s stagnancy in the House that spurred her to run this year.

“We have the largest conservative block in history, and we have a representative that no one hears from,” Birkenstock said. “I’m sure [Burgess] has done the best he could, but he’s run out of steam.”

Her supporters say they want to break away from Burgess’s nearly 16-year hold on District 26, too.

“Her opponent has been there for a long time, and he really hasn’t done much lately,” Aubrey Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Perry said. “It’s almost like he’s done just enough to continue getting elected, and that’s a problem for Congress members of both parties.”

Birkenstock said she is confident her initiatives and drive will appeal to voters come election day.

“You only get one [ballot], and you have to make that one count, and it has to be a memorable one,” Birkenstock said. “I’m the kind of person that can get people who usually don’t get me [at first].”

On the issues

Birkenstock’s focus is mainly centered on children, veterans and border security.

As a mother of a disadvantaged child, Birkenstock said she wants to give them proper representation. She said she is pro-life and believes in the freedom of choice in education.

“I want children to have rights, especially for the unborn and for those who are disadvantaged,” Birkenstock said. “I’ve had to do that for my daughter. They don’t have a voice. Someone who can be that voice for them — someone who can fight or them, whatever that issue is.”

Birkenstock said she wants to invest effort into finding different methods of learning for children in school.

“There are so many disadvantaged children who don’t have any parents who don’t have that fight or don’t even know they have the resources for that,” Birkenstock said. “Not every child works the same way. I want to help children actually learn. [I want to work] on creating a theory or be able to experience the learning objective. Not every child learns the same.”

For veterans, Birkenstock said she wants to give them more priority and care on a daily basis.

“If you are a veteran, you have earned the right to go first at everything,” Birkenstock said. “Whether it’s a doctor’s office, whether it’s at the grocery, wherever it is, you get to go first.”

As for future plans of implementation, Birkenstock said there simply needs to be more real-life solutions instead of creating more social programs.

“I don’t think we need to start any programs,” Birkenstock said. “We have more programs than we know what to do with. We have to stop with the programs and find solutions. You just have to be responsive and listen and do it.”

Birkenstock also said she supports President Trump’s agenda for the border wall, adding it should also include a gate for those coming in legally.

“I’d love to lay the first brick,” Birkenstock said. “If you don’t have borders, you don’t have a country. I don’t have a problem with anyone immigrating to this country — that’s how we’re here. Someone in our family came and did it the right way. We also need gates where people come through very proudly and not ashamed.”

Advocates for her campaign say Birkenstock is for the people, much like her tagline, “Good for Texas, Bad for the Swamp.”

“I have personally seen her, in that she’s a doer and she is for the people,” supporter and local Republican activist Tencia Ruiz said. “She actually takes time to talk and to listen to what matters most with people.”

It all comes down to getting people to the voting polls, however. Birkenstock said this especially applies to younger student voters, who make up a significant percentage of the Denton population but continue to have low voter turnout rates.

“Without these students, we have no future,” Birkenstock said. “I don’t care what the past is and the history of how students vote. Students needs to be involved in that process, and they need to be invited into that process because what matters to them, matters to us.”

Editor’s note: The office of Congressman Michael Burgess was contacted for a profile as well but did not return contact made by The North Texas Daily.

Featured Image: Veronica Birkenstock is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Texas Congressional District 26. She is running against Michael Burgess, who currently holds the seat. Tate A. Owen

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  1. Neil Nevins
    Neil Nevins February 06, 16:36

    lol another Trump supporter in an office position no thank you

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