WAXAHACHIE — Candidate for US Congress TX-06, Jana Lynne Sanchez, recently announced that her campaign received contributions of $20,237.49 raised in the first two months since declaring her candidacy. Sanchez vows to raise unprecedented funds to challenge 17-term incumbent Joe Barton and aims to raise approximately $1.5 million through the general election.

The money was raised from a combination of contributions from via her extensive social media network and from among friends and former colleagues. The donations range in size from $1 to $2,700 and the average amount was less than $100. Sanchez, is a former Democratic fundraiser, former correspondent for the Reuters news agency and the owner of a successful communications agency she co-founded in 2005 in London and Amsterdam (although she is now only a silent partner in the business).

“Joe Barton has remained in office term after term, while he no longer promotes or protects the values of the majority of voters in the district, thanks to the absence of term limits and his ability to raise large amounts of money from big oil, gas and polluters,” said Sanchez, who lives in Waxahachie. “I grew up in Ellis County – in Maypearl, Midlothian and Waxahachie. I understand that the main concerns of people are Prosperity and Opportunity, Doing What is Right, Independence and Freedom. Chief examples of these values include affordable healthcare, well-funded neighborhood public schools and term limits."

Sanchez is also running on a platform of immigration reform that is humane, offers a path to legal status and promotes personal responsibility. Her grandfather immigrated from San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 1912 and settled in the 1950s in Rockett, Ellis County, where she is a landowner.

Sanchez graduated from Waxahachie High School in 1982 before attending Rice University on a mixture on financial aid, scholarships, grants and help from her family. Sanchez serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the School of Social Sciences at Rice University.