Change Address

VOTE411 Voter Guide

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 13

Primary, March 3, 2020

Click a candidate icon to find more information about the candidate. To compare two candidates, click the "compare" button. To start over, click a candidate icon.

  • Ronny Jackson
    (Rep)

  • Candidate picture

    Gus Trujillo
    (Dem)

  • Candidate picture

    Jack Westbrook
    (L)

Biographical Information

BACKGROUND: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office?

VOTING RIGHTS: what actions, if any, would you take to ensure that all eligible voters have equal access to safe and fair elections?

COVID-19: What actions, if any, do you believe are needed to address the health and economic impact caused by COVID-19?

HAZARDOUS WASTE: What is your position on the proposed transfer of high-level radioactive waste from nuclear reactors in the eastern US through the 13th District to private storage sites in New Mexico and Andrews County, Texas?

HEALTHCARE: How would you address access to and the cost of healthcare?

IMMIGRATION: What are your priorities regarding the immigration system?

Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
Candidate has not yet responded.
full name Gus
last name Trujillo
address 1 P.O. Box 2964
City Amarillo
State TX
Zip Code 79105
Campaign Email info@gustrujillo.com
I was born and raised in Amarillo, TX where I’ve lived my entire life. I went to local public schools and then on to Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University. I have a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree in Management with a minor in Political Science. In 2013 I was awarded the DC Internship Scholarship at WTAMU which allowed me to become a Congressional Intern for Representative Mac Thornberry (TX-13) at the Capitol in Washington, DC. As an intern I learned how a congressional office worked for our district. Some of the duties I completed were researching policy and legislation, attending committee hearings and briefings, preparing reports and assisting the legislative staff.
States & jurisdictions were once required to comply with the “preclearance” directive under Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. However in the 2013 Supreme Court case Shelby Co. v. Holder, the court’s decision eliminated the requirement to comply with this directive. Unfortunately now states/jurisdictions with a proven history of discrimination are able to make changes to their election laws & policies without proving in advance that the proposed changes will not disenfranchise any voters. Congress can fix this problem by passing a law to replace the criteria for which they must comply with “preclearance.” I would proudly support the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020 to restore, repair, & strengthen the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The COVID-19 pandemic was worsened by a lack of leadership from our government especially in the Executive Branch. The American people need guidance, trust, & assistance from their government during this difficult time. Until we are completely recovered from this virus with an effective, safe and free vaccine, the federal government must provide assistance to everyone to save their lives & to help our economy. I would support legislation that continues to provide assistance to citizens & small businesses hurt by this pandemic. I would support efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This includes supporting nationwide viral testing that is both accurate & readily available, as well as establishing an effective contact tracing program.
I do not support the transfer of high-level radioactive waste across the 13th District to these storage sites. This transport is very high risk & the potential disaster if there were an accident, would be catastrophic. Transports would come from all directions via rail or other means further exposing people to radiation. This responsibility to store high-level radioactive waste should be left to the federal government at a suitable site far beyond any civilization. Instead this radioactive storage has become privatized with a company seeking profit in a populous area. We have already been paying into the Nuclear Trust Fund in order to have our government safely store this high-level radioactive waste away from citizens.
I would support legislation that helps expand Medicaid across the nation especially in Texas where more federal assistance would help our rural hospitals. Our district has experienced mass closures of rural hospitals resulting in high costs and inconvenience to Texans seeking medical help. Many of these hospitals closed because they could not justify the high cost of remaining open. Healthcare is a right that everyone deserves to have no matter where you choose to live. You should have high quality healthcare that is both accessible and affordable. Texas continues to be the number one state in the nation with the highest number of uninsured citizens. This should not be the case and we must change it by lowering healthcare costs.
During this COVID-19 pandemic we have seen the importance of migrant workers helping to supply our food chain while everyone quarantines at home. Our Dreamers continue to contribute to our society in their professions as teachers, first responders, police officers, and in our military forces. Our immigration system must be clear and supportive of these groups who help America prosper. Migrants should be able to help our economy thrive with affordable food and Dreamers should be able to continue their lives in the only country they know and love. We are a stronger country with their help especially during this difficult time.
full name Jack
last name Westbrook
address 1 3930 Puckett Dr.
City Amarillo
State TX
Zip Code 79109
I am a veteran of the United States Air Force. I have a degree in business, a master's degree in Bible and family ministry, I studied human development and program evaluation in my post-doctoral studies. I have studied government at Harvard edX. I have been to Afghanistan and Kuwait three times as the document control manager of a 4 billion dollar contract to support the war fighter. I am a user of the VA health care system. I have owned my own business and know the struggles that government imposes on the small business owner. As a former minister, I am all too aware of the degradation of our society. I have three married sons with nine grandchildren, and I have a vested interest in their future as United States citizens.
This is very simple. Have a voter registration and be able to prove who you are.
The main thing that needs to happen with COVID-19 is some common sense. There really needs to be a Congressional investigation about all of the misinformation to determine who would benefit from such. Our country was devastated by this problem. Further, we need to have a contingency plan for like attacks in the future.
We have nuclear bombs at Pantex! How else shall we get the waste to uninhabited areas?
The Libertarian solution to healthcare is free markets. The Christian solution is to help those in need under certain circumstances. We have placed healthcare in the hands of insurance companies via government support, and we have taken charity away from faith-based organizations.
The immigration laws are unfair and biased towards the poor. "Give me your poor..." might be our mantra, but it is not supported by our laws. I have been an adjudications immigration officer. We need to change the rules for immigration and visas, and we need the cost to be income-based.