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Four-year term. Must be at least 30 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a Texas resident for the five years immediately preceding the election. Among duties: executes all laws and conducts all business with other states and the federal government; fills appointive offices; fills vacancies in state or district elected offices by appointment; calls special sessions of the Legislature and sets their agenda; signs or vetoes bills passed by the Legislature. Current annual salary: $150,000Plazo de cuatro años. Debe tener por lo menos 30 años de edad, ser ciudadano de Estados Unidos y residente de Texas durante cinco años inmediatamente antes de las elecciones. Deberes: ejecuta todas las leyes y dirige todos los negocios con los demás estados y con el gobierno federal; llena los puestos de nombramiento; nombra las vacantes del estado o distritos de los puestos electos; convoca las sesiones especiales de la Legislatura y establece los asuntos a tratar; apoya o no apoya las leyes aprobadas por la Legislatura. Salario anual actual: $150,000
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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Election laws & voting rights: What specific measures, if any, would you take to improve voter registration, access to voting, voter turnout and the redistricting process? Why?

Health Care: What specific reforms, if any, would you propose in state health care policy to address the cost and access to health care? Explain.

Infrastructure: Referring to water, energy, public education, transportation, what specific measures do you propose to meet the states growing infrastructure needs? Explain rationale.

What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of the Texas Legislature, and what is your position on these issues?

Campaign Phone (214) 942-2378
Twitter @LupeValdez
Education Master's of Criminology, UT-Arlington, Bachelor's in Business Administration, Southern Nazarene University
I’ve spent my career working for the greater good. From 2005-2017, I served as Dallas County Sheriff, managing a $140+ million budget, bringing sincere reform & saving taxpayer dollars. I've also been an officer in the Army and federal investigator.
Red & blue states across the country are reforming election laws. To modernize our elections, I support automatic voter registration, an independent redistricting commission, repealing discriminatory voter ID laws, shedding light on dark money, and any practical steps that protect the integrity of our elections and make it clear we want the people’s voice to be heard.
I am committed to adopting the Medicaid expansion, adequately funding state mental health facilities, stopping the attacks on women's healthcare, and ending the medical deserts in urban and rural Texas, where maternal mortality rates are unacceptable. As governor, I'll wield the bully pulpit to push Congress to build on the ACA and protect our healthcare from sabotage.
First, we need to stop focusing on harmful, job-killing bills and start paying attention to these issues that truly matter to Texans. We should reform the school finance system, promote public and private investment in renewable energies, and ensure our transportation funding meets the needs of today and future growth.
Texans need to know they have a voice in Austin who will support our families, rein in special interests' influence, and bring back some sanity. The Legislature must respond to people's needs and focus on issues where we can improve their lives - this includes the economy, accessible healthcare, an equitable education system, and adequate transportation funding.
Campaign Phone (830) 888-9877
Twitter @randrewwhite
Education Andrew earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia in 1994. He received his Masters in Business Administration degree from the University of Texas in 2003.
I've been a proven entrepreneur for twenty years and led hundreds of employees. My style of leadership involves tackling complex issues using data and building consensus and I am committed to standing up against the extremism in our state.
Texas has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the nation, in part, because our state has made voting so difficult. We do not have a voter fraud issue - the data doesn't support that accusation. The voter ID law needs to be changed, because voting should be easy. Our state should allow automatic registration whenever a citizen interacts with a government entity.
Texas has the highest rate of uninsured Americans in the country. And yet, Gov Abbot refuses to cash a check for $6 billion per year from the federal government to expand Medicaid. I will expand Medicaid so we can stop treating the uninsured in expensive emergency rooms. I will also increase funding for mental health, which will reduce the pressure on hospitals and jails.
We need to reform the education system, and we need to pay teachers fairly. I will invest in public school districts, not voucher programs. I will build strong pre-K programs and vocational training for high school students.

As our cities grow, so do our infrastructure needs. I will invest in smart plans to reduce traffic and I support the bullet train.
My priorities are healthcare & education. We also need to increase funding for Planned Parenthood & close the $5 billion property tax loophole that benefits commercial property owners. Expanding Medicaid & closing loopholes takes pressure off the counties & homeowners who pay more than their fair share of property taxes. Finally, the "show me your papers" law is dangerous.