Lander Bethel, Democratic candidate for U.S. Representative of the 4th Congressional District, struggled with whether he should run for the seat or not. He told the Rains County Leader that he had become frustrated with the current representation. In deciding to run, Bethel explained, he believes that “everyone deserves a seat at the table.” He does not expect everyone to agree, but he does believe everyone has the right to be heard. A representative, Bethel said, needs to be willing to really listen to constituents.
If elected, Bethel plans to tackle issues relating to health care, tax reforms and other issues that affect constituents in the 4th Congressional District. He believes that “public schools are the cornerstones of our democracy” and is not in favor of school vouchers.
Bethel has teamed up on various occasions with his Democratic primary opponent, Catherine Krantz, and Democratic candidate for Texas Senate, District 2 Kendall Scudder, to travel to communities and hold meet-and-greets.