Update! I am running for SD9 Nominations Committee. Read more about my candidacy here!
I am a mom of a blended family of 6 in Fort Worth Texas. I count my husband as my biggest supporter as we both work to turn Tarrant County blue and further lift our brothers and sisters across North Texas towards fair working conditions and access to opportunities that serve all.
I am an egalitarian and champion of working families. I am a mom and was an award-winning lifestyle blogger and freelance journalist, where I once owned and operated “Dallas Single Mom” before transferring ownership in 2017. I have mentored freelancers, entrepreneurs and political staff since 2010 and have taught Digital Marketing as an adjunct professor at UT Arlington. I was a judge for an SBA competition that awarded small business grants to women owned businesses. Motherhood has taught me the complexities in trying to raise a family, build a business or career (or two) while also staying in touch with community advocacy and humanitarianism.
As an advocate for education, I was selected to be a 2018-2019 Board Ambassador for the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.
I have a career in the energy utilities field and have had multiple ventures as an digital trainer for a North Texas summit put on by the state party and a trainer for the Tarrant County Democratic Party. I am a political organizer and served on the City of Hurst Landmark Preservation Committee in 2018. I have worked on numerous candidate campaigns for the Democratic Party and as a House District Coordinator for HD92 in Tarrant County. With my democratic field partners in 2018 I helped bring house district 92 within 2% of flipping Democratic. In 2018, I was elected to represent Senate District 9 on the State Party's Resolutions Committee. I was elected in 2019 by the County Executive Committee to serve on the Leadership Committee for the Tarrant County Democratic Party. I also served on the State Democratic Party's Affirmative Action Committee for National Delegate Selection to the Democratic National Convention. I am a member of the North Texas chapter of the APAPA - Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Council.
I am a member of the Tarrant County Democratic Women’s Club, Mid-Cities Democrats and various clubs and organizations that support the Democratic platform.
As a working parent I have my finger on the pulse of what’s important to families and communities in Texas. I care about how inflation impacts prices and the ability for Texans to put food on the table. I am committed to finding solutions with regards to access to healthcare for kids and ensuring that services are not cutback for seniors. I want to ensure that public schools are adequately funded and our veterans get adequate funding and support. I come from a labor union family where we held a deep appreciation for our labor union brothers and sisters. I would like to see more funding for trade programs and apprenticeships for our youth, our people of color and women to enter into labor fields that are experiencing extreme labor shortages. If we are trying to put food on the table we need to provide the means by which people are able to do that. I’m also an advocate for STEM education programs and hybrid partnerships for project based learning as viable options of secondary education, in addition to traditional college education systems in order to stem the high costs of college tuition. I’m an advocate for FREE community college tuition and would love to see that get implemented.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in Corporate Communications for Hawaii Pacific University, an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College and am currently working on a master’s degree in Finance. You can find me at heatherbuen.com or on Facebook at Buen for Texas. I am also always active on Twitter at @heatherkbuen
Feel free to contact me if you have an interest in training or would like more information about my candidacy.