Denise Wooten is running for Texas House District 63 Representative because she wants Texas to provide better access to needed human services, educational preparation for diverse students and training for employment opportunities.
As a psychologist, Dr. Wooten sees firsthand how the gaps in provision for underserved populations directly impact their lives.
“If Texas provided better access to affordable healthcare and childcare and more educational and employment opportunities, it would significantly improve the quality of life for many and thereby, increase productive contributions to the community by these individuals,” said Wooten.
“Texas ranks 45th out of 50 states in per capita expenditures on health, education, welfare and civic infrastructure, per census data. That means we are way behind other states in quality of life, yet Texas is the second highest in gross domestic product (GDP).
“With this enormous wealth, Texas’ meager spending on our most vulnerable populations is wrong. Anybody can hit a rough spot. Why is there so little state assistance to families and children, disabled individuals, the elderly and those living in poverty?”
Wooten noted that the Texas Legislature failed to expand Medicaid, which would have strengthened rural healthcare providers and improved the economy for all Texans. She also believes that the Texas government underfunds Child Protective Services; Texas Health and Human Services; Texas Education Agency allotments for special education, vocational preparation and remedial education programs and the Texas Workforce Commission.
“Texas needs a representative who is dedicated to caring for the needs of all Texans. When we help others, life improves for everyone. With your help, I intend to be that representative in House District 63,” said Wooten.
House District 63 includes portions of Flower Mound, Lewisville, Carrollton and Roanoke. Primary voting will be held on March 1, 2022, and the general election on Nov. 8, 2022.
Wooten has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from William Jewell College and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) from Baylor University. Dr. Wooten has lived in Denton County for 28 years, raising her children and serving local residents in her clinical and developmental psychology practice. She has been a practicing psychologist for over 30 years, while her husband is self-employed as a certified public accountant in Flower Mound.
For more information, visit the website at www.wootenfortexas.com, or find her on Facebook and Twitter.