Claudio Gutierrez is an engineer and an entrepreneur who helps industrial leaders optimize their projects and operations, making their organizations more efficient and profitable. Born in Nicaragua, his family was forced to flee the repressive leftist government of the Sandinistas in 1980. He earned his degree in Industrial and Systems engineering from Florida International University and has lived in District #147 since 2007.
Knowing full well the plight of immigrants in this country, he is uniquely positioned to help minority communities improve and advance. He decided to run for State Representative out of a sense of duty to help curb the rise of crime in the district, as well as help improve the state of the district’s infrastructure, which he notices are comparable to parts of his native country. In his own words:
“District 147 has not had strong representation in Austin and our community has suffered. We need, we deserve, the resources that other communities receive. We need a fighter in Austin, a fighter who can work with House leadership.”
I used to be able to take walks with my mother in the evenings, but now the risk of getting mugged and assaulted is far too great. Not a day goes by when I don’t hear multiple police sirens. This is unacceptable.
I was born in Nicaragua, and there are better roads there than many parts in Houston. It’s unacceptable. And this is just the infrastructure that we can see. What about water pipes below the ground? What about decaying parks? We can do better than this.
We live in a fairly wealthy city, as compared to the rest of the country, so it stands to reason that the crime and infrastructure problems that I mentioned may have a common root cause. I think that root cause is corruption. It’s time to take a closer look at our public coffers and scrutinize all public works contracts awarded to every entity.
Do we really think that Texas would’ve joined the union if the federal government had said “we won’t defend you if you’re being invaded, and by the way, you can’t defend yourself!”? It’s ridiculous. A country without a border is not a country at all!
Why is it that only homeowners are being taxed in order to prop up our state’s government and social services? It reminds me of the time when only landowners could vote! It’s an archaic system that needs to go.
I’ve served as an alternate judge in a handful of elections and it always amazes me how easy it is to cheat. I’ve even witnessed people shamelessly trying to vote minutes after they had already voted. It’s almost as if they don’t fear the consequences of voter fraud.