For those of you who may not know, as a result of the 2010 Census a new district, Texas’ 33rd Congressional District, has been created and will be seated for the 113th United States Congress.
The 33rd Congressional District includes parts of southern and eastern Tarrant County, including parts of Fort Worth and Arlington. I have lived in, and have extensive knowledge of the populations and needs associated with the constituents associated with these areas. Therefore, it is with great pride and enthusiasm that I am announcing my desire to represent the citizens of Texas’ 33rd Congressional District and have decided to run in the 2012 Democrat primary elections on March 6, 2012. My campaign, with your help, will be OUR campaign. As it stands today, my primary desire is to focus on education; specifically urban public education. We are losing too many children under the current system and there is a need for comprehensive assessment and potentially for wholesale reform, which will have a tremendous impact not only on the youth of this district, but on their families and surrounding communities as well. Currently, I am in the process of establishing the Coalition of Americans Unified to Strengthen Education (CAUSE) to help move our education agenda through this campaign and into Congress. I need your help and assistance!
CAUSE is a group of Americans; Independents, Democrats, Republicans, Conservatives and Liberals who are committed to improving educational outcomes of all students, but especially those students who show a record of limited academic success and access. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., summed it best: It seems to me that education has a two-fold function to perform in the life of man and in society: the one is utility and the other is culture. Education must enable a man to become more efficient, to achieve with increasing facility the legitimate goals of his life.
The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society. The most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals. We must remember that intelligence is not enough, intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education.
My good friend, an educator at Texas State University in San Marcos, Vincent Morton likes to say, "Combine street sense, with intelligence and a Christian foundation and you just might have a good thang!"
As another preacher once said, our history demands it, our time requires it, our Children deserve it and God is still watching. I would greatly appreciate your prayers and support as I move forward individually, and as we move forward collaboratively, in effort to win this congressional seat and put the citizens of Texas' 33rd Congressional District's needs in the forefront where they should be.
Rev. Kyev P. Tatum, Sr.
Candidate, US Congress TX District 33