Ruby Faye Woolridge (Applied)
Running for Texas U.S. Representative in TX
Who am I?
I have more than 25 years of experience as an educator, minister, and community volunteer. I am the oldest of four children and the mother of two sons and one grand-daughter. My oldest son, a Lamar High School graduate and disabled bronze star winning Gulf War Army veteran died last year from the effects of his service in the military. My youngest son is a graduate of Ft. Worth Country Day School, business owner and Ph.D. candidate in Maryland. My experience as a divorced mother of two adult sons and one granddaughter helps me to relate to the challenges families are facing in their daily lives. As a 33 year resident of Arlington, Texas my community participation has grown along with the city and Tarrant County. My first experience in Texas politics began at the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1989. As a graduate of Perkins School of Theology Diaconal Ministry Program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. I have served as an elder at the Potter’s House of Dallas since 2006 after serving as a senior associate pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Arlington. I was ordained as a minister in 1998. In addition I hold a B.A. Degree in Education and M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. My community service includes: President-Norwood Neighborhood Association, Arlington Chapter NAACP, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Delegate to District and State Democratic Conventions in 2008.
What am I fighting for?
I am seeking a seat in the U.S. Congress from Texas District 6 because I believe IT is time for the voices of our silent citizens to be heard. The hardworking families of our district need a voice that will speak for them in the House and push for legislation that will move our district forward. Big money should not continue to dominate our government, and the people need someone that will be their voice, not the voice of lobbyists, large corporations, and special interests. I believe our representatives should represent all of us, not just from a single party or those that can pay for the privilege. As your representative, I will be that voice and be there for you every day in Washington. I will work with both parties in Congress to achieve results that benefit our district, and will not let partisanship make my decisions for me. The first question I will always ask before taking any action as your Congresswoman is: “How will this help the people back home?”
My DFA Values
I have over 25 years of experience as an educator, minister and community volunteer. I served as Tarrant County Democratic Party Outreach Coordinator, Election Judge, and Precinct 2181 Chairwoman. In particular, here are a few of my core beliefs that will drive my decision making in Washington.
1. Our economy thrives when it is supported from the bottom up, not the top down. The economic engines are created by quality labor earning a living wage. The minimum wage must be increased now and periodically in the future to ensure a living wage for every hard working citizen as inflation rises.
2. Civil Rights must be protected. All citizens, regardless of gender, race, religion, or any other criteria deserve the same freedoms and protections afforded by our Constitution.
3. Law enforcement is a vital part of the community, not a force outside of it. A return to community policing ensures law enforcement knows the people they are serving, will strengthen the bond between private citizens and police, and help build trust on both sides.
4. Every American has a right to affordable health care. Our senior citizens should not have to live in fear of losing benefits. We must defend Social Security, not plunder it to pay for tax breaks.
5. Medicare and Medicaid are for our disabled and most disadvantaged citizens, including our beloved family members in nursing homes. We cannot allow their healthcare to be taken away to hand a payday to corporations and wealthy Americans at their expense.