"I will take YOUR voices to Capitol Hill. When I go, YOU go."
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A Texas native, Tawana Walter-Cadien is uniquely qualified to represent the 10th Congressional District of Texas. Born in Beaumont, she currently resides in Cypress, Texas. Since her youth, Tawana has been active within her local communities of Jefferson and Harris Counties, leading initiatives (such as those listed below) that empower others to enhance their life and community. As the daughter of a minister, Tawana learned early to attend to the unique needs of people regardless of their age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status. She is passionate about people and helping members of her community learn how to help themselves.
Tawana holds an Executive Master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas Southern University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Prairie View A&M University. During her academic pursuits, Tawana regularly participated in campus political activities including efforts to increase voter turnout.
As a Registered Nurse, Tawana has held various professional titles including Quality Assurance Director, Home Health Director of Nurses, MMA Surgery Supervisor (Texas Health Steps), and Medical Case Worker (for pregnant women and infants).
She has also served as a public speaker for the Julie Rogers "Gift of Life" program, where she provided awareness for breast, prostate, and testicular cancer; and served as an Outreach Coordinator for the W.I.S.E. Women program (a division of Gift of Life). Using her own life as an example, Tawana believes that a little participation from a lot of people can make a big difference in the lives of those who need a hand.
Tawana has served on her local community's Democratic executive committee, and was elected twice as Precinct Chair of Jefferson County Precinct 26. Her compassion for people and her community is the driving force behind her decision to run for U.S. Congress for the 10th District of Texas. In 2012, after moving to a new city and community, Tawana was disturbed when seeing the blatant disregard that her current representation had for the citizens of District 10. She felt that enough was enough! Enough voting against equal pay, enough of constant attempts to repeal healthcare with no alternative, enough of taking away from our seniors and veterans. She stood up to the plate and ran against an incumbent who has continued to vote against the citizens of District 10 for over a decade. She is a leader.
Prepared to Lead
Tawana has listened to the people of District 10 and is ready to serve them with the same passion and dedication she has exhibited throughout her life. She will continue to listen to the people of the District, and seek their input and engagement.
Texas' 10th Congressional District consists of Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Harris, Lee, Travis, Waller and Washington counties. Several colleges and universities are a part of District 10 including Prairie View A&M University, University of Texas, Blinn College, Lonestar, U of H.
A Clarion Call for Leadership
With just nine months before the 2016 General Election and an even shorter time frame for the March 2016 primaries, it is imperative that the citizens of Texas Congressional District 10 stop and evaluate their current representation. Each of us must take time to not only hear what our current leadership is saying, but look at their voting record as well. Does your representative truly represent the will of the people, or are they blindly beholden to “the party?”
For example, how about the status of working women? Was our leadership loud and clear on this issue? Despite the fact women are the primary bread winner for six of ten American families, hundreds of Congressional representatives voted against the Equal Pay Act. Did yours?
Healthcare; or the lack thereof, continues to plague middle class citizens across this nation. Did your representative vote AGAINST preventative screenings?
Despite evidence that prescreening is paramount for heading off many potentially serious illnesses, far too many people have been diagnosed too late with diseases such as cancer because they had no preventative screens. The numbers speak for themselves. Behind each statistic and number there are human faces with real concerns and issues. Who speaks for them—our neighbors?
Many would have you believe that primary elections are insignificant. This is far from the truth. This primary election will determine if we go on with a dysfunctional Congress that seemingly enjoys fighting at the expense of citizens, or do we take advantage of the opportunity to elect leaders that truly have a heart for the people: beyond that, a person who has the leadership ability to represent all the people of Texas Congressional District 10.
As a public administrator and Registered Nurse Educator, Tawana W. Cadien has served the people of Texas wholeheartedly without regards to socioeconomic status, ethnicity, political affiliation, or sexual orientation.
Our system is built on representative government. When representatives constantly vote against the best interest of the citizenry, the next action must be to vote them out of office. The current representative is clearly not working in the best interest of middle class Texans. They are counting on you not doing your homework, thereby continuing the status-quo.
With a crucial primary and general election before us, you have the power to positively invest in your own future. With Tawana Cadien as a candidate, we now have a clear choice in a leader for Congress—one who also has a heart.
Tawana W. Cadien, Candidate for U.S. Congress, District 10 of Texas