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Will Fisher on cultural perspective and running for office

Will Fisher on cultural perspective and running for office

Will Fisher dicusses with a reporter about his campaign. Fisher is a candidate for Texas Congressional District 26. Omar Gonzalez

Will Fisher on cultural perspective and running for office
January 24
23:22 2018

In 2016, Will Fisher watched the presidential election unfold in disbelief. At this point in time, he knew the only way to bring change was to create it himself.

“We put someone in the White House that is not only totally unfit and unqualified, but is a liar, a racist and an authoritarian,” Fisher said. “I was very frustrated with the outcome of that election, and to me, it was a wake-up call.”

His shock due to the election outcome is what led Fisher to run as Democratic candidate for the 26th district seat in Congress. Now, sitting in West Oak Coffee Bar, wearing an “I love democracy” hoodie, Fisher is determined to bring forth change he believes voters want and need.

“What’s really important that a politician has is a compassionate heart and a sober mind,” Fisher said. “So many of the representatives view the human experience, through one lens. If we make public policy on one type of human experience, it’s going to leave out millions of people.”

As the primary election draws near, Fisher is making his way across cities to spread his vision for change.

“I knew from the beginning that this was bigger than just me and Will and our family,” wife Morgan Fisher said. “This was something that needed to be done from our position as privileged individuals. It was our responsibility to use that privilege to try to make change.”

Fisher grew up in a religious family in Portland, Oregon, where he was an Eagle Scout and valedictorian of his high school. Upon graduating high school, he left the States for a two-year mission trip to Brazil, which he credits for broadening his exposure to different surroundings.

“I’ve lived overseas, I’ve lived in Brazil, I travel to Europe for work and I have an open mind to the different types of experiences that people have,” Fisher said.

Afterward, Fisher graduated from law school at the University of Oregon. In 2013, he settled in Flower Mound, where he works as a business attorney. Fisher says his background of exposure and knowledge of the law is something voters can relate to and rely on.

“As an attorney, I have to analyze things skeptically, be able to see multiple sides of the issue, question my own assumptions and then I have to advocate for a position,” Fisher said. “To me, that’s the package you need — that open-minded, compassionate heart with an analytical and critical mind.”

On the issues

One of Fisher’s main platforms is a healthcare system that gives coverage to all.

“In a country as wealthy as ours, we need to ensure every single American has the healthcare that they need whenever and wherever they need it through a single-payer system,” Fisher said. “That’s the most efficient way to cover everyone.”

Fisher said this is especially frustrating because Texas politicians refuse to expand Medicaid, in which they are playing with policy over human lives. He said this recently rang true to him when his daughter needed expensive medical treatment.

“I looked at the bill and I looked at the post-insurance [and] thought, ‘Wow, that’s amazing,’” Fisher said. “But in that moment, it occurred to me that a person sitting on the other side who doesn’t have insurance would never be able to afford that. It’s ridiculous to me that in this country you can go bankrupt because of your healthcare needs.”

Fisher believes in protecting those in the DACA program and coming up with a “clean bill” that isn’t weighed down by additional tradeoffs.

“Republicans say they are supportive of Dreamers, President Trump said he is supportive of Dreamers but they’re trying to tie strings to it to get through other policies that they want,” Fisher said. “I would like to see it pass as a clean bill, meaning no strings tied.”

He also wants to focus on alleviating student loans, which he said he had six figures of after graduating.

“I want publicly funded community college by 2020, and I think that’s doable,” Fisher said. “Those are the types of issues that students want to hear about.”

Fisher says there have been many outlets of support, notably an endorsement from Democratic politician Wendy Davis, among others. But within a county that historically votes red, Fisher notes that young voters could be the force that unseats incumbent Michael Burgess.

“We have two colleges in the district,” Fisher said. “It could be the difference between winning in November and not. Texas is such a low turnout state that if we just get people who see the world we do to turn out, we can win.”

Fisher said the next step is advocating for issues not simply online, but by showing up to the voting polls.

“There is no precedent for this and it requires people showing up in record numbers to vote,” Fisher said. “Complaining online doesn’t get anything done — that’s how this conversation started. You have to show up to vote, get organized and get other people out to vote.”

Featured Image: Will Fisher speaks with a reporter about his campaign at the Denton Women’s March. Fisher is a candidate for Texas Congressional District 26. Omar Gonzalez

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