This wouldn't really be a story unless you also included my story. I am Heather Buen.
I am an egalitarian and champion of working families. I am a mom and was an award-winning former lifestyle blogger, 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 has 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 business. As a mom to a blended family of 6 I understand 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. I am a political organizer and civic board member. 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.
By supporting all the precinct chairs and volunteers in House District 92 I help in recruiting volunteers, organizing events and engaging the voters of House District 92 to become more engaged in their communities. In House District 92 we have 49 precincts, 25 Democratic Precinct Chairs, 2 Democratic Neighborhood Leaders and 24 open precincts that need precinct chairs.
I currently serve as a member of the Landmark Preservation Committee for the City of Hurst and as a board member for Tarrant Together, a voter registration and activation PAC.
I am a member of the Tarrant County Democratic Women’s Club, the Midcities Democrats and a sustaining donor to the Tarrant County Democratic Party. In 2018, I was elected to the SD9 Resolutions Committee at the Texas State Democratic Convention and I have served on the 2019 Affirmative Action Committee for the National Delegate Selection Committee.
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 is currently working on a master’s degree in Finance. You can find her at heatherbuen.com or on Facebook at Buen for Texas. She is always active on Twitter at @heatherkbuen
As a Democratic Party Precinct Chair for Precinct 3172 in Hurst, Texas I am available to answer any questions or requests for comment. Please feel free to contact me.