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August 24, 2018
Fletcher: “Culberson Has Been on Notice of Flooding Risks Since Tropical Storm Allison”
Houston, Texas – Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Democratic candidate for Congress Texas’ 7th Congressional District, today released a timeline to outline Houston’s 20-year history of chronic flooding and further illustrate how John Culberson’s record of failure in Washington has left this district even more vulnerable to extreme weather events.
Today’s timeline follows Fletcher’s Understanding Our Challenges, a forward-thinking statement she released this week, which lays out her major goals for prioritizing our local infrastructure.
Culberson took office just five months before Tropical Storm Allison, the country’s 15th most expensive storm, devastated the Houston area. “John Culberson has been on notice about flooding risks since Tropical Storm Allison, but instead of partnering with local agencies and advocating for our needs, he has prioritized partisan politics,” Fletcher said.
Since taking office, he has failed to provide leadership or foresight on flooding, and instead has prioritized a partisan agenda over the needs of the community he represents.
“His record shows that he has put party over people,” said Fletcher. “From his votes against improving our local infrastructure, to his failure to advocate for critical funding to upgrade and expand our water detention systems, John Culberson has left our community vulnerable. We need a representative who understands these challenges, and is willing to lead the fight to protect our community, before disaster strikes,” said Fletcher.
Fletcher is the Democratic nominee in Texas’ 7th Congressional District, a district that Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 election. CNN, Sabato’s Crystal Ball, and Daily Kos all recently changed Texas’s 7th Congressional District to a key “toss-up” race in their 2018 election rankings.
She is the first woman partner at AZA, a Houston law firm, where she has represented businesses and Houstonians from all walks of life, helping them find solutions to complex problems. She has been recognized by her peers as one of the ‘Best Lawyers in America’ in U.S. News and World Report. She co-founded Planned Parenthood Young Leaders, and currently serves on the boards of directors for Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Open Dance Project.