Catherine Krantz, a small business owner and community volunteer, recently announced her candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 4th District of Texas. The Rains County democrat will be looking to unseat two term incumbent John Ratcliffe (R-Rockwall).

“I am running because I am tired of rural communities getting the short end of the stick,” Krantz said in a prepared statement sent to the Herald Democrat. “We are not asking for a handout, we have been taking care of ourselves for a long time. What we want is investment. Rural communities are underfunded in almost everything. It’s time to invest in America again. We have some real challenges out here, with jobs, with education, with infrastructure and anyone who has spent even five minutes in America’s small towns can see that.”

Krantz said Washington is throwing millions of dollars away for pointless party politics while “real issues” need to be addressed.

“All I can think of is these guys don’t represent us,” Krantz said. “They don’t understand our problems or they just don’t care.”

Krantz returned to Rains County full time almost four years ago to help run her family business, an RV Park and Campground on Lake Fork, and has been very active in the Methodist church, multiple area chambers of commerce, the Good Samaritans thrift store and food bank, as well as organizing community events and helping out with Rowlett’s “no kill” animal shelter, among other issues close to her heart.

Krantz has over 20 years of experience in community development. She published an international tourism magazine and founded an award-winning music festival in a Mexico beach town

As an entrepreneur and small business owner, Krantz said she believes that small businesses — not corporations — are the life blood of the American economy.

“That’s where we should be investing: in our own communities,” Krantz said. “Why not spend some money on small business loans or business incubators for the amazing entrepreneurs and small business owners we already have in our communities? We don’t need more corporate welfare, we need to invest in our own people.”

Congressional District 4 stretches across North East Texas from Sherman to Texarkana.

“District 4 is a huge district, a beautiful and green part of Texas with some amazing things going on,” Krantz said. “We have great communities, charming small towns, great businesses with world class products and innovations. I am excited to find ways to bring more investment and prosperity into our communities.”

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