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Texas House, District 52

Primary Election: March 6, 2018Early Voting: February 20 - March 2, 2018
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    Cynthia Flores (Rep) Case Manager, Round Rock Area Serving Center

  • Jeremy Story (Rep)

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    Christopher L. Ward (Rep) Medical Research

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What processes do you support to improve elections and voting in Texas?

Identify three measures you would support that reduce gun violence.

After publication of the 2020 census, new congressional, state and education districts will be redrawn. What process do you support to ensure fair representation?

What would you do to provide and fund an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?

What are your legislative priorities for the Texas environment? Discuss water management, renewable energy, and clean air.

What would you do to ensure healthcare for all Texans?

What other issue do you consider most important and how would you address it?

Background Social Services. 19 yrs @ the faith Based RRASC coordinating & managing programs meeting basic needs for families in So. Williamson County.
Education BS Rehabilitation Studies, The University of North Texas
I support the elimination of dark money. Every contribution should be disclosed, every dollar spent should be searchable. I support requiring a photo ID to vote in order to protect the integrity of elections, as well as tougher penalties for mail ballot fraud.
1, We should let teachers and school employees carry a concealed weapon to prevent our schools from becoming killing zones at the hands of a deranged killer. 2. Families and children should learn gun safe precautions so they know proper procedures for safeguarding a weapon in the home. 3. The issue is violence of any sort, so we must allow law-abiding citizens their constitutional right to be armed and defend themselves without interference by the legislature.
The constitution authorizes state legislators to draw lines for state and federal office. Redistricting is always acrimonious, even in states where lines are drawn by a citizens’ commission. We must have a process that seriously includes all Texans in drawing districts that keep communities of interest intact.
I will support increasing the state share of education funding, allowing school districts to reduce property taxes while mitigating the impact of the Robin Hood redistribution scheme. I will support raising teacher pay, adapting effective teaching models from across the country, improving our curriculum in career and technology, and ensuring accountability recognizes student progress at schools where a large percentage of students start behind grade level.
As a Governor appointee Director on the Brazos River Authority, and support regional water planning. The state must approve vital regional water infrastructure projects as envisioned in the water legislation approved in 2013, and the proposition ratified by voters. I support an “all of the above” energy policy where Texas continues to incent investments in wind energy through local abatements. I support investments in carbon reduction projects that also clean the air, such as carbon capture and sequestration.
Healthcare and health insurance are not the same. Texans have access to health care, but unfortunately too many Texans access care in the emergency room, the most expensive setting because they lack health insurance. We need a more vibrant marketplace, with greater consumer choice in the insurance marketplace. While much of this must be addressed at the federal level, it is important that the state more effectively manage Medicaid dollars, continue to invest in mental health, women’s health, and continue to invest in leading research that can to lead to cures for cancer and other diseases.
As mentioned previously, we must increase the states share of funding for education. Families are having to move out of their homes due to the increase of property taxes. These go hand in hand and must be a priority.
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Background My education and career has been dedicated to bringing to market innovative therapies in Oncology, Neurology, and Rheumatology.
Education Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Sciences from University of South Florida Masters Degree in Crisis Management from St. Leo University
The largest need is simply interest. For those who are dedicated to a cause, voting comes easy. But my goal is to see that voting is considered a sacred duty again by showing the Texas voters that a person can rise up against the established candidate farm system and be a true voice of the people.
Most gun violence occurs in areas in which no guns are allowed. I respect a business' right to choose whether a permit holder is allowed to carry in the establishment but most gun free zones serve more as targets than safe havens. Environments in which a potential violent offender has to take pause out of concern that a CCP holder may be present is in the public's best interest. I support the proper education and carry capabilities of any eligible teacher/admin in order to thwart a potential attack in our schools. I support the max sentencing for anyone found guilty of a violent gun crime.
I will need to look more into this but I do support a more sensical geographic vs demographic boundary.
School finance needs an overhaul. One that reflects a simple money in, money out accounting. Currently there may be 10 people in the US that understand the current process. Accountability and transparency during this process will lead to identifying those areas that are over or underfunded and attempt to shift fraudulent or out of control spending to those underfunded areas. This could be in the form of how districts are aligned in an effort to diminish traffic and shorten bus routes, to Super Intendant utilization, state vs. local contributions.
School finance is my main priority. As an outdoorsman I appreciate nature as God has given us and support common sense protections for the environment that are not punitive for the sake of being anti-capitalist but truly precautionary. I support a property owner's right to collect and utilize rain water on their property as needed for agriculture or personal use. I support a property owner's right to use the method they choose. I believe energy derived from fossil fuels is the most consistent form of energy but am open to private sector/ privately funded research to better advance renewables.
Allow Texans to purchase insurance across State lines. Allow groups to aggregate to negotiate for better rates. Encourage providers to offer programs related to specific needs of the insured. Increase education of the importance of insurance in the minds of the citizens.
After school finance reform, voter apathy towards the election system needs to change. One of my personal priorities is to improve the decorum within politics. As a researcher who has dedicated his career making evidence based decisions, I believe it is possible to completely disagree with an individual on policy, present the facts, challenge convictions and then still call that person friend. At the end of the day, my goal is to make Texas better by ensuring personal liberties, decreasing the role of the government in your life, securing property rights, and decreasing the tax burden for you.