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Texas Senate District 2

4-year term. Must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident ofTexas, and a resident of the district represented. Responsible forrepresenting the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in theTexas Senate.
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    Cindy Burkett (Rep) Commercial Realtor

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    Kendall Scudder (Dem) Education Programing for Affordable Housing

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EDUCATION: What changes, if any, should be made to public education and its funding in Texas?

RAINY DAY FUND: What uses are appropriate, in your opinion, for the Rainy Day fund?

LOCAL CONTROL: Are you in favor or opposed to additional restrictions on cities’ ability to raise property taxes? If in favor, how would you implement? Last session saw restrictions placed on cities’ ability to regulate fracking, gun sales, etc. Are you in favor of these restrictions and would you favor additional restrictions?

HIGHWAY FUNDS: How would you address the growing need for funding for highway maintenance and construction? What is your position on allowing tolled lanes to reduce congestion on crowded highways?

OTHER ISSUES: 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?

Education Bachelor Degree, UT Arlington Associates Degree in Business, Eastfield Junior College
Campaign Phone (214) 460-5349
Simplifying the formula and empowering the local ISD’s to decide how the dollars are best spent in their district would allow for customized results to meet the differing needs or our large state.
The rainy day fund exists to pay for one-time expenses the state may incur, such as the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. State Legislators should not make a practice of using the Rainy Day Fund as a means to pay for ongoing expenses.
I believe property taxes across the state are too high, make home ownership unrealistic for too many Texans. Every level of government, whether it is local, state, or federal, should always focus on the core functions of government. When this happens, governments are able to exist with their means, thus eliminating the need for additional revenue.
Over the last few years, toll roads have become the “rule instead of the exception” in the North Texas area. Citizens have clearly indicated that they would like us to start pulling away from this practice. When I discuss the use of a tolling component in highly congested areas with constituents, invariably, I’ll hear the comment that if tolls discontinued on the road after debts and obligations were paid (i.e., it became a free road) – as it was on I30 between Dallas and Fort Worth many years ago – then they might find toll projects in highly congested areas a tolerable idea. I believe we need to develop a hybrid system that will put some parameters around the use of tolls/managed lanes.
As it is during many Legislative Sessions, balancing the budget while ensuring we perform the core functions of government at the highest level will be critical. I learned the importance living within your means early in life. Whether it was raising our three kids while my husband (and high school sweetheart) was the in the Air Force, going back to school as our kids got older, or owning a small business, meeting a budget has always been a part of our daily life. Government should be no different. The challenge, as it always is, will be to ensure we adequately fund education, transportation, and every other state program without raising the tax burden on hard-working Texans.
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Age 28
Education Sam Houston State University, BA in Political Science
Campaign Phone (903) 243-2555
Twitter @KendallScudder
Part of having a strong public education system is about reinforcing the foundation of that system to meet current needs and prepare for the future. The Texas legislature can reduce inequities in state funding formulas by increasing the basic allotment per student, scrapping outdated tax exemptions, appraising commercial properties at market value, and accepting federal dollars when they’re made available.

I support scrapping the A-F grading system for accountability, significantly scaling back standardized testing and our reliance on them for evaluation, keeping our promises to our retired teachers, and defeating vouchers in any shape or form.
I believe that the Rainy Day fund should be used for what it was intended for - economic stabilization. When Texas finds itself in a situation where services that are vital to our state’s economic stability are at risk, we have an obligation to maintain those services.
One-size-fits-all mandates from the State of Texas do our citizens a disservice. We should be allowing our local governments to govern without undue interference from the state because they know their communities better than the bureaucrats in Austin.
We need to be making smart investments that provide real solutions to our highway system instead of looking at quick fixes as well as more transparency in the public big process to ensure that the good ol’ boy system isn’t robbing our pocket books. We should also place a higher priority on infrastructure investments than corporate welfare for massive conglomerates. I would support legislation for managed lanes that allow citizens the freedom to choose their transportation options.
Too many rural communities in northeast Texas are struggling to keep the younger generation of leaders in their communities due to a lack of good paying jobs in our area. Texas needs do a better job bringing in businesses that offer good paying jobs and seek out innovative companies to locate here..

Our current system of drawing political districts after each census is outdated and worrisome. Politicians should not be choosing their voters; voters should be choosing their representatives! That’s why I believe the best way to strengthen citizen representation and allow the voice of voters to be heard is to establish non-partisan redistricting committees to take political self-interest out of drawing districts.