Clayton is a rancher, beekeeper, former teacher, former water researcher, author, and a community organizer with Jim Hightower. He is running to end the digital divide in his rural community. It's nearly impossible to do anything without the Internet -- from finding jobs to telehealth and more. The lack of reliable broadband hurts working families, especially those in rural areas, more than most. Clayton fights to ensure everyone in his community has fast, reliable, and affordable Internet.
Clayton also wants to bring more and better-paying jobs to his rural community. Rural Texas has been in an economic recession for a long time. This is causing our communities to crumble and undue stress and suffering. While ending the digital divide will be critical to creating new jobs, boosting the tourism industry as well as creating a renewable energy industry will be key. Some communities in Texas use their revenues from wind turbines to fund their local schools and give their teachers raises. The same can happen in Lampasas, but only with the right amount of vision and leadership.