Jul 23, 2019
Samantha Carillo Fields announced Tuesday her run as a democratic candidate for the Lubbock-based Texas House District 84 in the 2020 primary.
The location of Fields’ announcement at the Dunbar College Preparatory Academy in East Lubbock was sentimental for the candidate, as she described growing up in the neighborhood and choosing to go to the school because of her love for science. Fields also recalled the struggles she and her family went through when she was younger, which is what continues to motivate her to run.
“I’m standing before you once again because the life I’ve lived hasn’t been an easy one – the difficulties I’ve had in my life have become too normalized for everybody in this district,” said Fields. “I had to make decision between being a stay-at-home mom or getting a job to pay for daycare, and also decisions like having to choose if I should go to the doctor or if I needed to get groceries. While I thought this was me facing adversity, rising above it, and me enduring, this is not normal.”
Fields was also the Democratic candidate for the House 84 seat in 2018, losing to Republican incumbent State Rep. John Frullo, who has held the seat since 2010.
She said after talking to people during her last campaign that she realized the district and country as a whole have experienced a normalization of struggles.
“I should feel relieved that I’m not the only one and we’re all in this together, but I don’t feel relieved, I feel upset as a lot of you should,” said Fields. “As far as struggle goes, you’re supposed to suffer with it quietly because that means you’re a strong person not asking for help. Maybe that’s why we’re not talking about it but I can’t accept that anymore.”
Fields’ platform has some slight differences to her previous campaign run as well. She wants to continue focusing on healthcare and expanding Medicaid in Texas while also addressing public education funding. She will be adding green energy and climate change solutions to her campaign topics as well.
“We live in an area that would thrive on solar panels and wind turbines, and we’re not talking about that,” said Fields. “I don’t have any special interests, I just want to make sure my kids have clean water and fresh air to breathe when they’re growing up.”
Despite her loss in 2018, Fields said it wasn’t a difficult choice for her to decide to run again. Her confidence was boosted when historians brought it to her attention that her 39.8% of the votes was the highest a democratic state house candidate has received since 1985.
Fields’ is hoping that starting her run early, along with her message of overcoming struggles and adversity, will resonate with others to help her campaign odds.
“We can fix it all together, we can go to doctors when we need to and send our kids to a good school, and we can make the world a little better for future generations,” said Fields. “We have the plan, we have the heart, and we can have the victory. Start believing that you deserve better and let’s go to work for that instead of working to survive.”