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2016 Texas Primary Candidate Questionnaire

The Texas Prosperity Project sent a four-question questionnaire to all candidates filed as running for Texas State House or Texas State Senate in 2016.  All responses received are located below.  To find your candidates, click here.

Candidates who have responded to the Questionnaire:

Candidate: Party: Office:
San Carlos Antonio  D Texas House District 117
Sandra Blankenship D Texas House District 54
Robert Casias  R Texas House District 118
Scott Coleman D Texas House District 67
Aspen Dunaway D Texas House District 49
Ben Eaton Lib. Texas House District 48
Chris Henderson D Texas House District 27
Jason Isaac R Texas House District 45
Sandra Lee  D Texas House District 96
Maximilian Martin Lib. Texas Senate District 19
Brent Mayes R Texas Senate District 24
Tom Oliverson  R Texas House District 130
Richard Perkins Lib. Texas House District 49
Austin Ruiz R Texas House District 54
Mario Salas D Texas House District 120
Leah Sees  Lib. Texas House District 92
Scott Smith Lib. Texas House District 108
Chris Turner D Texas House District 101
David Watts R Texas House District 7
Kimberly Willis D Texas House District 139
Rodney Wingo  Lib. Texas Senate District 12
Al Zolli R Texas House District 150

*All responses shown below are exactly as written by the candidate and have not been altered.


San Carlos Antonio
State House / Texas House District 117 / Democratic Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: (1) INFRASTRUCTURE: Moratorium On Construction, especially in the Far North West outside of Anderson Loop 1604
2: (2) EUCATION
3: (3) WASTEFUL SPENDING
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: BORDER CONTROL
2: IMMIGRATION REFORM
3: POLICE REFORM
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
I strongly believe that our children are the future generation and leaders. Within the next 5-10 years, Texas population will double in size. Already, we have seen a major influx of new residence because of the attractive cost of living. In order to attract quality businesses, we must prepare the minds of our young people to them competitive and ready. I would LOVE to secure and add an international flavor to our state.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I have traveled half way around the world; I have lived in more than 15 different countries, so I bring a global or international perspective to my State and District. I believe that I can make a significant difference, if given the chance to lead. As for me, this is not just made up words; this is a way of life and a calling from my maker above.

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Sandra Blankenship
State House / Texas House District 054 / Democratic Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Implement a water conservation plan and educate the public on the dire straights of the water supply.
2: Fully fund public school education and end the for profit charter school vouchers.
3: Advance renewable energy jobs in the area.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Fully fund public schools and end the vouchers to for profit charter schools
2: Expand medicaid to help the working poor access health care.
3: Fund infrastructure to fix our roads, bridges and increase our water retention abilities.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Increase renewable energy jobs
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I am a progressive democrat from the Warren wing of the party. I am a Nurse, Advocate, U.S. Military Veterans spouse. I believe in science and that climate change needs to be addressed now. I have critical thinking skills and the ability to research. I believe people should be placed above profit.

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Robert Casias
State House / Texas House District 118 / Republican Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Vote against Joe Strauss
2: Eliminate Margins tax over four years
3: close ISD within 24 months of being notified they are failing. Not the 5 years as is current policy.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: reduce regulations, policies that impede business
2: cut waste fraud in TX govt. agencies
3: limit the size of govt.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
eliminate needless policy and intrusive regulations on Texans
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
Only Independent Texas Conservative, only Marine combat veteran, only Army veteran, only college graduate, only cattle rancher, only international experience.

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Scott Coleman
State House / Texas House District 067 / Democratic Party
 

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: School districts like Allen, Plano and Richardson, being wealthier districts, have weathered some of the education cuts with high property taxes. I would like to decrease the property tax burden on the residents of these cities by restructuring our tax system in Texas.
2: I would like to bring more public transportation and better road funding to District 67. The traffic on 75 and even on Plano roads is wasting too much time and money. Improving this area will help our economy and enable our community to continue to grow.
3: District 67 is a diverse district with an educated population that includes Collin College and UTD. I want to make college more affordable to kids who attend both these institutions. I would like to work with other state legislators to make this a reality as soon as possible.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: My top priority for the session is to restore equitable education funding to Texas schools. This is crucial to keeping Texas economically competitive in future years.
2: My second priority is helping the Texas economy in ways beyond education. Our damaged roads and traffic are draining our economy of time and money. We should invest more money not just in our roads but in public transportation to alleviate the traffic brought on by our increased population.
3: The third priority should be to protect and expand our water and energy sources, which will help our population and economy. Last century, Texas partnered with businesses and the federal government to provide water and energy in Texas, and we should embark on a similar movement in the next session.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
I would make our Texas schools the best schools in the country and attract the best teachers with high pay and quality schools. Right now we do have many good schools and many great teachers. However, we are losing some teachers to state mandates and underfunding.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I am a small business owner and former attorney, so I feel quite comfortable with lawmaking, budgeting, and other business issues. Now, I am an assistant principal at a school, where I work to make lives better every day. I work in an environment in which working together and teamwork is highly valued, and looking out for self-interest is highly discouraged and virtually nonexistent. I think this is exactly the culture that the Texas legislature needs to solve our problems.

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Aspen Dunaway
State House / Texas House District 049 / Democratic Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: property tax relief
2: transportation funding and solutions
3: decriminalization of marijuana
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: transportation funding
2: tuition freeze for state universities
3: decriminalizing marijuana
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Free high quality education throughout the state from pre-k through undergraduate degrees at state universities
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I was born in the district and have spent most of my life in this district. I know it, and I know the people and their values. For the past decade I have been a precinct chairman for the Democratic party in this district. I have a comprehensive plan laid out in my Formula for HD 49, which is made up of 10 priorities that I will file legislation on and fight for. These include my priorities I previously mentioned as well as fully funding and expanding medicaid, raising the minimum wage, raises for state employees, a tenant`s Bill of Rights and body cameras on officers statewide.

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Ben Easton
State House / Texas House District 048 / Libertarian Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Cut property taxes.
2: Improve traffic conditions.
3: The candidate did not respond to this question.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: To address the ongoing insanity related to school standards (or the lack thereof) and funding (Robinhood), I would propose an amendment to privatize all education, from top to bottom.
2: Given that our roads and related infrastructure have degraded to an appalling level, I would propose legislation that would overhaul the Texas Department of Transportation.
3: Given that state-mandated bi-lingualism is creeping into the culture, I would propose that for all state-run entities, it would be prohibited to offer translations in any language besides English unless it were offered in the next most popular 50 languages (according to the United Nations). In other words . let`s operate all official business of Texas in ENGLISH. Period.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Cut all subsidies, privatize education, and eliminate all unnecessary state agencies. Also, I would prohibit any public official from lobbying and/or marketing Texas to anybody for any reason. Texas attracts plenty of people and businesses on its own merits.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I am the only candidate willing to identify fundamental errors in our societal "operating system" (e.g. public education).

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Chris Henderson
State House / Texas House District 027 / Democratic Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Education Finance
2: Criminal Justice Reform
3: Healthcare reform
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Education Finance
2: Criminal Justice Reform
3: Healthcare reform
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Although the increase in healthcare cost are slowing down, many families continue to feel the pinch of high premiums in a time in which wages are not increasing. If cost and time were not a factor, I would ensure that every Texan had access to affordable healthcare through a single payer system.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I am the only candidate in this race that is a practicing attorney. I understand the intricacies of the laws that we create and can foresee the implications of potential legislation. In addition, I have already forged relationships with other legislators across the aisle on an effort to be an effective state representative.

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Jason Isaac
State House / Texas House District 045 / Republican Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Water rights and supply
2: Education
3: Transportation
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Education
2: Economic development
3: Transportation
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Opt out of burdensome federal mandates that strain hardworking taxpayers and stymie job growth, such as EPA regulations, No Child Left Behind, and health and human services mandates.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I`m proud to have worked with my constituents to cut property taxes, limit government, strengthen border security, preserve Second Amendment rights, improve our education system and fund transportation without raising taxes. I’m humbled to have been named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition for these and other accomplishments. My family and I have been proud residents of Dripping Springs for the last 11 years and understand the needs of the community well.

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Sandra Lee
State House / Texas House District 096 / Democratic Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Livable Wage
2: Affordable Healthcare
3: Public Transportation
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Fully funding education
2: Expanding Medicaid
3: Livable wage and equal pay
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Give education the funding needed to make sure each and every child has a quality education. An educated child is a child that will grow up to be less dependent on government assistance.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
My views are not limited to the democratic party views. I see people not politics. If we think outside the box we can raise the taxes needed without burdening the taxpayers.

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Maximilian Martin
State Senate / Texas Senate District 19 / Libertarian Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Reduce the size and scope of government at every level.
2: Reduce government spending and taxation simultaneously.
3: Maximize and protect private property owner and citizen rights to the fullest extent possible.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Reduce the size and scope of government at every level.
2: Reduce government spending and taxation simultaneously.
3: Maximize and protect private property owner and citizen rights to the fullest extent possible.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Border Security
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I have never held elected office :)

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Brent Mayes
State Senate / Texas Senate District 24 / Republican Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Border Security: end sanctuary cities, end in-state tuition for illegals, end non-emergency handouts, make e-verify mandatory
2: Protect and defend our water interests
3: Fight against Common Core and its ilk
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Border Security: end sanctuary cities, end in-state tuition for illegals, end non-emergency handouts, make e-verify mandatory
2: Fight against Common Core and its ilk
3: Reduce the power of commissions, agencies and programs which have appointed members and rule-making authority. They have become the fourth branch of government.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
cost and time are factors
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I have a multi-faceted life experience with demonstrated competence in multiple fields apart from politics. I owe no allegiance to Austin insiders or special interests.

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Tom Oliverson
State House / Texas House District 130 / Republican Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Work with county and local elected officials and stakeholders to improve transportation and infrastructure.
2: Improve funding for public schools.
3: Lower property taxes.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Eliminate sanctuary cities.
2: Protect religious freedoms.
3: Reduce/eliminate the business margins tax.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Repeal and replace property taxes with a consumption tax.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I have designed a bill that was passed through both houses of the legislature and signed into law in 2013 (SB 978), giving me a successful track record legislatively. I am a small business owner and a partner in the largest anesthesia group in the state, giving me insight into businesses large and small.

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Richard Perkins
State House / Texas House District 049 / Libertarian Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Property taxes, more affordable housing. alternative multi mixed use commercial and residential controlled growth
2: Recruiting new corporations to the 49th. We have the work force, we need to cross train them for new evolving technologies.
3: I care deeply for the Elderly and the fast growing baby Boomers. Retirement and health care options. We must see that ALL people are fairly heard and served. I want heavy public , local, precinct by precinct input. I plan to meet with them in their areas to hear and see specific concerns
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Texas is a world leader in oil and gas production. We must regain our place in various national and world markets. We have the workers; we need to train for new emerging markets and technologies.
2: I will actively recruit new corporations to Texas. We will grow our local Texas industries as well. No reason why Texas can lead the way forward in evolving unstable markets.
3: I care deeply about Elder care and the huge baby boomers. Retirement options. Health and safety for these huge growing populations.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Certainly, schools and higher quality education is prime issue. Property taxes and affordable housing with widely diverse costs options. We deserve better. I plan to improve these issues with huge public input and Public Input Committees. I work for my district . They are the leaders. Always People and Families First
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I have been an Austin resident since 1975. As a proud homeowner, I have lived in District 49 for 11 years. I am in the center of Burnet Road growth. I was elected and served on my 100 unit Condo Board of Directors, working on extensive budgets. For 4 years, I was Chairman of the Multi Media Panel for the City of Austin. I worked several years for the Austin Parks and Rec Dept. Helping to improve our quality of life. I am a Delegate to the National Libertarian Convention. I serve with the Travis County Libertarian Party. Im a proud home owner in the center of District 49. I know several neighborhood associations and belong to the North Shoal Creek Neiborhood Association. I have contacts with many precinct leaders. My entire focus will be to improve a vastly growing District and the folks I am lucky to serve

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Austin Ruiz
State House / Texas House District 054 / Republican Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Preserving and protecting our underground water. Also, prevent the water grabbing by the cities who have not planned ahead, like we have.
2: Education must become a priority of the state. The future of our state depends on our students being prepared for either the workforce or college upon graduation from High School.
3: Our Veteran`s deserve quality and timely healthcare for their physical and mental needs.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Protecting our 2nd Amendment Rights from those who would try to restrict, limit or take away our Constitutional Right to protect our loved ones.
2: Our border with Mexico must be sealed and the Sanctuary Cities my be eliminated.
3: We must NOT raise taxes but must find ways to limit government and spend our money on the essential programs.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Put more money into S. T. E. M because an educated workforce will attract the higher paying jobs to Texas.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I am a great listener and quick learner. I am always willing to listen and learn. I will always gather the facts and seek opinions from my constituents before I make decisions that will affect their lives or the way they make a living. I have lead my family, operated a successful small business for over 33 years, and I have held leadership positions in my profession, service organizations and my church. I can lead District 54.

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Mario Salas
State House / Texas House District 120 / Democratic Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Education: Increasing Teacher Salaries, ending standardized testing, and funding full-day schooling for PK students, and increasing the minimum wage.
2: Ending abuse of our seniors with strengthening rules in Nursing homes and regulations in Foster care programs.
3: Expansion of Medicaid payments and support of health care initiatives for children and adults and economic development in the area with an expansion of the Lone Star Rail Line to create HUBS for economic growth.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Education: Fully support public funding of public schools and ending the inequality in public school funding.Increasing Teacher Salaries, ending standardized testing, and funding full-day schooling for PK students, and increasing the minimum wage.
2: Support for Planned Parenthood and women`s rights. Ending abuse of our seniors with strengthening rules in Nursing homes and regulations in Foster care programs.
3: Expansion of Medicaid payments and support of health care initiatives for children and adults.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Increase the minimum wage and expand Medicaid payments and fully fund full-day schooling for PK Students.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
M.A. in Political Science, University of Texas M.A. in Education, Our Lady of the Lake University B.A. in English, University of Texas State Certified Social Studies Teacher State Certified Special Education Teacher, SAISD State Certified Science Teacher Established First Free Breakfast Program for School Children in S.A. Established First Economic Relationship with South Africa and San Antonio as a city councilman Spearheaded local efforts to free Nelson Mandela Created a Tax Increment Finance Zone which brought 0ver 5 million dollars in improvements to area. V Former Vice-President, Judson School District Board of Trustees Member of the Cable Television Advisory Board, City Of San Antonio Friend of Education Award, SAISD Taught over 15,000 students from Elementary School to University levels Eastside YMCA Candle Lighter Award for Community Service Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, Guadalupe College Cammy Award for Outstanding Service to Public Access Television Removed Willowwood and Meadow View Neighborhoods from the Flood Plain Provided Millions of Dollars in Flood Relief-Wheatley Heights Baptist Relocation Funded the Antioch Baptist Sports Complex Obtained Offices for the Alamo City Chamber of Commerce Organized Efforts for NAACP to Have Offices in the Barbara Jordan Center Co-Founder, Barbara Jordan Community Center Funded Drainage Projects and Public Works Projects Created New City Parks, North Hampton, Sunrise, and other neighborhoods

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Leah Sees
State House / Texas House District 092 / Libertarian Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Reduce taxes
2: Reduce the size of state government
3: Abolish so-called "victimless crimes" from the Texas Criminal Code.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Reduce taxes
2: Reduce the size of state government
3: Abolish so-called "victimless crimes" from the Texas Criminal Code.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Reduce the size of state government
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I do not believe in a "nanny" government, at any level. Any citizen should lead their life and conduct their business as they see fit, and the government should allow this unless and until the citizen violate`s another citizen`s natural rights.

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Scott Smith
State House / Texas House District 108 / Libertarian Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Reduce Government control. There are way too many laws, rules and policies. There is no way for the average person to memorize all the laws. Too many laws/rules halt progress and creativity.
2: Reduce government spending. Infrastructure deserves a larger share of the State income. In addition, while taxes go to many worthy projects, many of them should not be supported by government tax dollars.
3: Protecting citizens and their property.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Reduce Government control. There are way too many laws, rules and policies. There is no way for the average person to memorize all the laws. Too many laws/rules halt progress and creativity.
2: Reduce government spending. Infrastructure deserves a larger share of the State income. In addition, while taxes go to many worthy projects, many of them should not be supported by government tax dollars.
3: Protecting citizens and their property.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Lower property taxes.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I am a proven leader who makes decisions based on facts and not emotion. I am a leader who puts the working class first. Texas has proven to the rest of the country that less government means a healthier economy. I have the demeanor to put aside ego and work for the citizens of Texas to eliminate un-needed government intervention, laws, and regulation.

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Chris Turner
State House / Texas House District 101 / Democratic Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: My top priority during both the legislative session and the interim is to be responsive to the needs of the district I represent. With the input of people throughout our community, I have identified several acute issues impacting District 101, including access to affordable healthcare, the lack of public transportation, and the need for predatory lending regulations. To help address these issues, I created a citizen’s task force so that members of the community have a role in finding solutions to these acute needs. In addition, I have worked closely with local governments to move the discussion forward on these and other issues.
2: See #1
3: See #1
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: My top priorities include increasing funding for our public schools, improving access to affordable healthcare, and expanding economic opportunities for all Texans, with an emphasis on improved access to and success in higher education.
2: See #1
3: See #1
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
It is critical that we focus on our state’s infrastructure, but in order to do so, we need a robust and stable state economy. The way to achieve this is by ensuring that we have the highly skilled and trained workforce needed in order to meet the demands of today’s global economy. If there were no financial or time restrictions, I would ensure that every Texan had access to quality education, both at the public school level and through higher education. Recently, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board released its 60x30TX Plan, which sets the goal of 60 percent of young adults in Texas having a degree or certification in the year 2030. This is critical, as an estimated two-thirds of jobs will require some level of higher education or certification. In order to achieve this and to ensure our state’s economy will thrive, we must invest in education and in our state’s future workforce.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
As a state representative, my first priority is and always will be to be responsive to the needs of the people of District 101 and to be their voice in Austin on the issues that matter most in their daily lives. During my three terms in office, I have developed a reputation for being a hard worker and fighting for the issues that impact our community, including the need for quality public schools, access to affordable healthcare and more economic opportunities for our neighbors. I am proud of my record and for getting things done for our community. 

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David Watts
State House / Texas House District 007 / Republican Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Less government - aggressively restrain government spending, regulations, and the size/scope of government.
2: Eliminate property taxes - work to end the broken property tax system.
3: Life - respect life from unborn life to natural death.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Less government - aggressively restrain government spending, regulations, and the size/scope of government.
2: Eliminate property taxes - work to end the broken property tax system.
3: Life - respect life from unborn life to natural death.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Aggressively reduce the size and scope of government, and government`s spending and regulations. Less regulations and less spending will significantly improve the quality of life for Texans.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
My deep business and technology experience, combined with my unyielding commitment to reducing the role of government in our lives -- uniquely qualifies me as the best candidate to serve as State Rep for HD 7. Additionally, most voters find my lack of previous elected experience to be refreshing, contrasted with my opponent`s 17 years in elected office.

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Kimberly Willis
State House / Texas House District 139 / Democratic Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Improve voter turnout for the district. We have an average voting age of 69 and less than one forth of the population votes in primary elections.
2: Improve communications among the different city, county and state agencies to ensure that community needs are being met.
3: Create a residential advisory committee for the district comprised of individuals who wish to bring topics and ideas of the communities to their elected officials to ensure that the communities voice is heard at all times.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: 1. Criminal Justice Reform * Work to decriminalize low level drug offenses * Continue reform of Juvenile Justice Department to center around rehabilitation * Increase allocation of funds to aftercare for Adults and Juvenile Offenders
2: 2. Educational Reform * Promote funding for preschool and expand the income cut offs * Create a system of funding schools that is not based on attendance * Build healthier public school campuses through providing specialty services
3: 3. Healthcare and Mental Health Reform - Expanding Medicaid coverage in Texas and closing the coverage gap - Reinstatement of Medicaid benefits for adults upon release from a county jail. - Increase measures that will provide more funding and access to family planning
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
I would ensure that every person had the ability to grow up in a community where they had the infrastructure of safe homes, quality state of the art parks and recreation centers, and well funded schools that prepared them for college which would be paid for by the state.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I am the only candidate that is born and raised in the community that I am seeking to serve as their next State Representative. As for experience and understanding of policy at the state level and local, I have that and my opponents do not. I worked at the Texas Legislature in 2011 as a policy analyst, during which I co-authored Texas on the Brink 2011 where we examined the state of Texas as it relates to other states on key issues. In 2012, I obtained a certification in Policy along with my second graduate degree. I went through rigorous course work examining issues and learning how to write policy that would solve those problems. 2012- Present: After leaving the legislature I was very passionate about the pendulum swinging back to rehabilitation for the criminal justice system. So I began a newly created role at Harris County Juvenile Probation Department where I would create the first in house rehabilitative behavioral modification program. This program was designed to change the policies of Juvenile Probation to fit rehabilitation instead of an antiquated correctional model.

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Rodney Wingo
State Senate / Texas Senate District 12 / Libertarian Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: cut taxes
2: support school vouchers
3: repeal regulations that hamper personal freedoms
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: cut taxes
2: support school vouchers
3: repeal regulations on personal freedoms
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
cut taxes
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
belief in freedom and a smaller goverment

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Al Zolli
State House / Texas House District 150 / Republican Party

   
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the district during the 85th legislative session? 
1: Organize a citizen review of the state and county budgets with the goal of reducing both by 20%
2: After step 1 above we get a true picture of the cost of operating our government, reduce property taxes by 50%, supplement the required revenue we need to operate our government after we reduce the property taxes by 50% with a new sales tax. Nobody like taxes but we need to fund our government and right now the homeowner has an unjust burden of paying the majority of it while apartment renters pay a small fraction even though they still receive the same services and benefits as the homeowner.
3: Make certain we are funding our law enforcement the amount they need, currently there are not enough patrol officers on the streets because we are not providing the funding for them, that is wrong.
If elected, what are your top 3 priorities for the state during the 85th legislative session? 
1: As stated above, reduce the state budget by 20%
2: Fight for our states rights, why are we allowing the federal government to own Texas?
3: Eliminate where the Federal Government taakes Texas property.
If cost or time were not a factor, what one thing would you do to make Texas an even better state in which to live, work, and raise a family?
Give people back the belief that they control the government not political party insiders and lobby money, if people have no hope they never get involved in their community.
What makes YOU the best candidate to represent the district in which you are running for office? (Please keep comments focused on your own qualifications.)
I am honest, I have spent almost 30 years in my community, 10 years on my HOA board, I have held many community meetings, I have never been a political party insider, I represent the community interests not a political party interest. If I win it proves that an average person can still be elected in our state without selling out to the lobby money and without spending $100,000 or more

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