Asian candidate is Jade Chang Sheppard
Jade Chang Sheppard is the only Asian candidate running for State of Texas House of Representative, district 50. District 50 covers the area of Northwestern Austin and adjoining parts of Travis County.
Jade Chang Sheppard came to America as a two-year-old girl whose Taiwanese parents sought a better life for their family and a shot at the American Dream. Her parents didn’t have much, but they pursued higher education, worked their way into the middle class, bought a home and saved enough to send their children to college without any debt.
As a student at The University of Texas, Jade fell in love with Austin and never left. She worked at Dell before opening her own business, Gideon Contracting. Starting with nothing but loans and a strong work ethic, Jade grew Gideon into a multimillion-dollar company responsible for construction, renovation and repair of federal government facilities.
Jade is the loving wife of John Sheppard and has two sons, Caden and Christian. She has been a resident of Travis County since 1999 and moved to the Duval/Amherst neighborhood in 2010. Jade’s parents, brother and sister-in-law also live in the neighborhood.
Jade has given back to her community as a board member, donor, and supporter of numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Planned Parenthood, Austin Children’s Shelter, Young President’s Organization, Texas Lyceum, Austin Chamber of Commerce and the Asian American Resource Center. She’s now running for State Representative to continue her public service work and ensure that the next generation of Texans is able to achieve the American Dream just like she did.
Jade’s Priorities in the State Legislature:
? Protecting access to women’s healthcare
? Improving public education and making college more affordable
? Encouraging entrepreneurship and attracting businesses to our area