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U.S. House, District 5

2 year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of his/her district in the US House of Representatives.
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    Charles Lingerfelt (Rep) Businessman

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    Sam Deen (Rep) Small business owner

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    Lance Gooden (Rep) Insurance Consultant

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    Dan Wood (Dem) Attorney

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Biographical Information

IMMIGRATION: What changes, if any, would you propose to our immigration policy for current undocumented residents? Do you support construction of a wall along our southern border? If so, how would you pay to it?

FOREIGN INTERVENTION: Under what circumstances should the US intervene militarily in a foreign conflict? What policy would you support regarding North Korea?

BUDGET: Social Security and Medicare are key programs which are relied upon by millions of Americans. Do you support changes to these programs in order to reduce the budget? If so, how would you accomplish that? If not, how would you reduce budget deficits?

HEALTHCARE: What legislation would you support, if any, to ensure comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all Americans? Should Obamacare be repealed, replaced or reformed?

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

Education Lee University
Campaign Phone (972) 533-3804
Twitter @ClingerUSA
I Support the construction of a Wall on our Southern border. I will advocate the payment for the Wall by "trimming down" the commitments of money going to countries that "stab us in the back" after we support them!

Undocumented residents who are here now("dreamers") should NOT be given Amnesty, but allowed to 'Start their process' toward becoming a naturalized citizen. They should "Register" at the Immigration Department and 'Stand in Line' just like everyone else(NOT "cut the line!") and agree to assimilate into our society, obey our laws and order - OR, Be sent back to their country of origin.
I would support "Talks" with North and South Korea and a few other Western hemisphere nations, to TRY and get rid of their ICBM weapons. If that doesn't work, we should be prepared to "shoot down ANY weapons" by our Navy which are headed our way!

Congress has full power to declare War on ANY nation who attacks the USA.
I would advocate a Mandatory "Balanced budget" on an annual basis by trimming all departments expenses, and reducing our commitments to ALL countries who Do NOT work 'hand-in-hand' with us and establish democracies in their countries instead of dictatorships. If They "stab us in the back" all funding will be "cut off" permanently!

I will work with other Congressmen to move the Social Security monies OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND and back into a "Social Security Trust Fund" so that politicians CANNOT TOUCH THEM for other expense items!!!
Obamacare should be "repealed and replaced!" And, Government should NOT be in the healthcare business in the first place! Healthcare insurance should be marketed by Insurance companies across state's borders for a more economical price to consumers.
Border Security and National Security: Secure the Border - Get the House in Order! Secure the Border before DACA - Or any other immigration issues! Completely "revamp" The Immigration department! Take care of Our Veterans and their issues - every last one of them!
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Age 34
Education M.A. Diplomacy (Norwich University) B.A. Intelligence Studies (American Military University)
Campaign Phone (832) 538-5131
Twitter @campbell2dc
Deporting all illegal immigrants would come close to $130 billion and take nearly 20 years to complete. Although deporting all illegal immigrants might be the path I would prefer since they came into this country illegally, it is not the most prudent or plausible plan. I propose a “Pathway to Citizenship” with specific eligibility criteria being met throughout the process.

This “Pathway to Citizenship” component of immigration reform would not be enacted until the southern border is 100% complete and secure. I advocate for a completely secure southern border.

The total cost for immigration reform would be in the tens of billions, the funds would come from current funding dedicated to foreign nations advocating anti-American sentiment.
We must follow the Constitution with regard to the Congressional power to declare war. The United States must also limit its entanglement in foreign nations’ affairs by implementing a non-aggression strategy. Our continual intervention in foreign conflicts has led to increasingly violent blowback, particularly with regard to intervention in Middle East Muslim-dominant countries.

The non-aggression strategy should be implemented in regards to North Korea. They have been a nuisance since their division at the end of World War II. Kim Jong Un continues to push a threatening rhetoric; however, he must understand that any aggression against the United States would be met with the strongest of responses, eliminating his regime entirely.
Social Security and Medicare are unconstitutional programs. They were a federal overreach from their inception in the 1930s (Social Security) and 1960s (Medicare); however, they are currently relied upon by millions of Americans and cannot be scrapped in haste.

As a staunch advocate for constitutional conservatism, they should be phased out over the next several decades. Current payers into both systems over the age of 35 should be grandfathered into the traditional systems, while those under the age of 35 would begin paying into a 401k type account for their new “Retirement System” and a Long-term Health Savings Account for their “Advanced Age Health Coverage”. These two systems would replace the current Social Security and Medicare.
The free market has been the primary driver for innovation and progress and is the answer in regards to healthcare as well. Reducing regulations for healthcare providers to allow easier entry into the marketplace would open the door for more competition among providers, producing better and less expensive services for patients.

Not every procedure would need to go through insurance. A "Direct Payment" system could be set up with monthly payments paid directly to providers for "normal" treatments and medical tests. The amount paid would be dependent upon the coverage needed for each individual or family.

Current Medicaid recipients would receive subsidies that would decrease as the recipient made more money from employment.
In order for policy proposals to become legal reality, three things must be present: 1) the existence of a problem, 2) currently at a moment in time when change would be possible, and 3) having a sound policy specifically answering the need.

The United States ranks 17th out of 40 countries in overall education achievement (Finland ranks first), and 27th out of 34 OECD countries in Mathematics. Our system fails our students.

Education reform revolves around family-based, decentralized, and free-market based methods. The Federal and State governments should pass control to local municipalities so the people, namely parents, have final say in their children's education. This returns power to the people and away from bureaucrats.
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Age 34
Education Bachelors of Science, United States Military Academy at West Point Ranger School, Airborne School
Campaign Phone (254) 449-6721
There are immigrants who contribute to American society and uphold American values, and there are those who do not. Our policies must encourage immigration based on merit. Currently, the US embraces multiculturalist policies, which only serve to make ethnicity a qualifying factor to immigrate the US. Such a policy is Senator Schumer’s diversity-lottery, which allows people to immigrate not based on their merit, but their identity. With regards to illegal immigration, we need to secure our border with a wall so we can know who is coming to our country. Every illegal immigrant must register for a visa, begin paying taxes, and apply for citizenship or face deportation. Tariffs on imports from Mexico would pay for more border security.
The US should only become involved militarily in a conflict if the US is attacked or we are obligated to intervene to defend our allies from our treaty obligations. Furthermore, we should act with conventional boots on the ground when Congress actually votes for it. Congress hasn’t voted on a use of military force authorization since 2001. The American People in our district need to have a voice! The US must have resolve when we dedicate our Sons and Daughters to a fight. With regard to North Korea, the Koreans do not yet possess the necessary ingredients to actually create a functional ICBM with a nuclear war-head. Going forward we should act only if there is an imminent threat. Otherwise we should continue cyber-ops.
Changes need to be made to Social Security and Medicare in order to keep the programs alive. The changes made need to be the correct changes. The correct changes entail the need to keep the programs strong and reduce the deficit. For example, we need to return people to the labor force via better hiring conditions and very gradual raising of the retirement age. It is vitally important the policy should be to focus more on widening the tax base, rather than the tax rate. Furthermore, changes in the healthcare markets will drive costs down, which will lower the cost of Medicare. The government should focus on widening the tax base and cut spending. Anyone who has ever contributed to Soc Sec should get their money back (teachers/FF/LEOs).
It is not the responsibility of the govt to provide healthcare—it is not a right. However, the govt does have a responsibility to ensure a competitive environment in which the free market forces can thrive and bring costs down and raise quality. To ensure this outcome, Obamacare needs to be repealed. Certain aspects can remain in plac, allowing care for those with preexisting conditions, but the core of Obamacare needs to go. It needs to be replaced with a plan that focuses on competition and allowing more and new insurance providers.
More generally, there is a trend in Congress that has persisted since the 1970s—the giving up of Congressional power and giving more and more power to the executive. Congress needs to take back the power it has so easily given to the executive over the years. As power becomes more and more concentrated, the ability of the representatives of the people to be held RESPONSIBLE for the actions of the government DISSIPATES. Those in Congress need to once again take responsibility for their actions and the actions of the government. We must return to the Constitutional government envisioned by our founders if we wish to continue the life of the Republic.
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Age 35
Education BBA in Finance, UT Austin; BA in Government, UT Austin
Campaign Phone (903) 386-0289
Immigration policy must be firm, fair and evenly applied to all people. At present, the system is broken because of the failure of the federal government to simply enforce the law. It is a matter of political will, but we must start by securing the border and enforcing current immigration laws. President Obama’s policies of amnesty forced states like Texas to take matters into our own hands. In 2017, we passed a bill in the legislature which cracks down on sanctuary cities by creating penalties for local entities who adopt or enforce policies which prohibit the enforcement of immigration laws. I have the strongest record of any candidate in this race against illegal immigration.
I support President Trump and have confidence in his ability to guide our foreign policy. I find irony in criticisms by the left of the direction he has taken with North Korea, considering the reality that inaction by prior administrations is what has led to the current state of chaos. Nothing in the past has solved the North Korea problem, so I'm encouraged we have someone willing to try a new approach. Under no circumstance must North Korea be allowed to become a nuclear power, and I am confident in the Trump Administration's resolve to prevent this.
The federal budget is an unmitigated disaster. The deficit reached $666 billion in 2017, and we also saw our national debt reach the $20 trillion mark last year. The federal government has grown so large that Congress cannot properly oversea it or manage it, and this is a clear and present danger to our nation. I would be a strong advocate for a Balanced Budget Amendment. In the legislature, I wrote and passed the most conservative, balanced budgets in our state’s history. We must do the same in Washington by cutting unnecessary domestic spending on issues that can be better handled at the state and local levels.
I support the full repeal of Obamacare. I fought against its expansion into Texas as a member of the legislature, and I can be counted on to advocate for full repeal in Washington as well. Simply put, it is collapsing. Costs are up, choices for health insurance are becoming more limited by the day, and it is all because of the excessive regulation of Obamacare.
Social Security is only allowed to spend funds in excess of its revenues until the trust fund runs out of money. At that juncture, it will only be allowed to spend what it brings in each year, regardless of the benefits that are due to retirees at the time. The trust fund is projected to be depleted by 2035. Unless Congress acts to reform the system, that will mean a 25% across-the-board reduction in benefits based on revenue estimates. At the end of 2016, Rep. Sam Johnson from Plano introduced the Social Security Reform Act of 2016. I have read it, and I believe it is a fiscally conservative approach to getting this program under control. Congress must act to ensure action is taken on Social Security before it is too late.
Age 43
Education Bachelors Degree from Dallas Baptist University in Political Science & Associates Degree in Theology
Campaign Phone (214) 433-0171
Twitter @Bunnipounds
Fixing this broken immigration system starts with securing our borders and that's why border security is my first priority. We are a nation of immigrants, but our current system not only undermines the rule of law in our country, it presents a national security threat. To protect American citizens, I support President Trump's call for increased manpower, surveillance, and a structural border wall. We must crack down on sanctuary cities and states that undermine our nation's immigration laws. I oppose chain migration and amnesty for those who have broken our laws. We must strengthen enforcement in the U.S. with programs like E-Verify.
Iran continues to be the most serious threat to security in the Middle East and possibly the world. North Korea is also a huge threat to our national security. I am very thankful for President Trump's strong stand of strength when facing North Korea and furthering President Reagan's philosophy of "peace through strength". I was completely against the Iran deal, and I worked to lobby Congress against its implementation. We cannot back down and give Iran any path forward to becoming a nuclear-armed nation. The economic sanctions we had imposed on the Iranians were working and I believe Congress and the Administration should look to re-impose them as a way to keep pressure on the current regime. I would support a similar policy in North Korea.
According to many experts, a move to change the way in which the COLA is calculated would be a significant step toward shoring up the program’s solvency. A move to adopting the chained Consumer Price Index would represent a more accurate reflection of the true cost of living while saving an estimated $130 billion over 10 years. We also have to look at other reforms such as adjusting the eligibility age. In 2016, Congressman Sam Johnson introduced a Social Security reform act that included many common sense proposals that would modernize the system and protect it for future generations. Furthermore giving individuals more ownership of their benefits through personal accounts would incentivize more people to save more for retirement.
Yes, I will support and will work towards a complete clean repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
As someone who has started, operated, and grown small businesses, I believe that I bring a perspective that seems to be lacking in Washington these days. I will be the solid fiscal and social conservative voice for the 5th District of Texas that the people desire. I also have a solid record of working for the conservative cause, and in this race, I’m the only candidate endorsed by Texas Right to Life. My background and my commitment to fight for conservative policies and President Trump’s agenda have earned the endorsements of our current Congressman, Jeb Hensarling and former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, as well as hundreds of grassroots leaders across the 5th district. You can read all about the issues I care about at www.bunnipounds.com.
Age 62
Education I'm a '74 Terrell High School graduate, Texas A&M Former Student, and an '86 Baylor Law grad.
Campaign Phone (972) 551-2002
Twitter @danwood2018
We need a path to citizenship for current undocumented residents. The U.S. is, and always has been, a country of immigrants. Our country benefits greatly from immigrants coming here to work or attend school, and I think giving undocumented immigrants a fair, realistic path to citizenship will be mutually beneficial. I do not support construction of a border wall. Not only would a border wall be ineffective, it would be a massive waste of taxpayer money. I think we need to embrace the 21st century and use/continue to use surveillance drones where the U.S. Border Patrol can monitor movement along our southern border.
The U.S. should militarily intervene only when it is absolutely necessary. We need to exhaust all diplomatic options before we send Americans into harm’s way. This also means working with our allies to avoid military conflict. We should focus on coordination with other nations as much as possible through intergovernmental organizations like UN and NATO. With that said, we need to continue military intelligence and counter-intelligence measures in order to properly defend our country and allies. I support a diplomatic approach with North Korea, one that involves working with allied countries, particularly South Korea, in order to diffuse any situation. Open communication between North and South Korea is key.
I do not support changes to Social Security and Medicare in order to reduce budget deficits. In order to reduce budget deficits, I would redesign the income tax system by expanding the total number of income tax brackets and shift the tax rate curve to higher brackets. This will increase tax revenue without harming the backbone of our economy, the lower and middle classes and small businesses. Social Security and Medicare are not entitlements. Seniors paid into these vital programs and have earned the benefits with their hard work.
Healthcare is a right that all citizens deserve, so I will support legislation that ensures universal healthcare. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a critical step moving toward an America with universal healthcare, but we must replace it with a comprehensive, universal healthcare system. We need to move forward and build upon the successes of the ACA, not cut coverage of Americans. The primary issue with our current system is that healthcare is a for-profit industry where large corporations make money off of sick people. Only when we cut out the insurance companies and profit margins can we start lowering the cost of healthcare.
First, fighting income inequality will be a very pressing issue to address not only in the next session of Congress but for the next generation. We can start fighting income inequality by closing the income gap for women and minorities and raise the minimum wage. Second, investing in public education is another ever-pressing issue. When we invest in our children’s education, our entire society reaps the benefits. Education boosts economic growth and social capital, and we must invest in education so that our children can reach their full potential. Finally, we must keep dark money and corruption out of politics. I also believe in enforcing transparency in government at all levels ensure a strict ethical standard.