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U.S. House, District 1

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    Brent Beal (Dem) Business Professor

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    Shirley McKellar (Dem) Retired U.S. Army Officer

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What strengths do you bring to this position?

What specific changes, if any, would you propose to the current immigration policy? Please explain.

Redistricting: Would you support the use of an independent citizens redistricting commission to draw the Congressional & State Legislative districts? Why or Why not, please explain.

Would you support term limits? If so, what would the term be? If not, what is your reason?

Experience No political experience (various professional leadership roles)
Education PhD in Business Administration (from Texas A&M)
Campaign Phone (225) 802-7015
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Twitter @beal2018
I'm a business professor. I will work with our cities and counties to support our entrepreneurs and our local, small and family-owned businesses; we need to attract and retain businesses that offer good-paying jobs and treat employees fairly and with respect. Improving local public infrastructure and developing and leveraging local capabilities and expertise should be priorities.
I support meaningful immigration reform that affirms our commitment to welcoming immigrants into this country in a safe and orderly manner. Congress should act immediately to pass a “clean” Dream Act to protect the millions of young people who came here as infants and children with their parents. I am against Trump’s border wall; it is a cynical, expensive, and ineffective PR stunt that would do far more harm than good.
Yes. Redistricting should be done by a nonpartisan entity (and the overriding objective should be open and competitive elections).
I believe we should focus on making elections more competitive (by implementing policies that minimize the advantage of incumbents, for example, and by eliminating partisan gerrymandering). In my view, the best term limits are competitive elections.

I would consider terms limits as a last resort if elections can't be made more competitive through other means.

Experience McKellar's leadership; grass-roots non-profit 501(c)(3) launched many successful projects. Contracts; sexually/physically abused women/ child. African-American Breast Cancer Outreach Project (ABCO) University of Texas, Nursing.Till midnight academy
Education Undergraduate degree, Texas Women's University in Nursing and Chemistry; masters degrees,University of Texas with honors, community health nursing, organizational speech communications. BS political science; graduate student in political science.
Campaign Phone (903) 520-0297
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Twitter @Vote4McKellar
My greatest strength is the ability to perform the duties of a Congressperson. I have performed these tasks in the civilian world and the military. I have a strong leadership background. My past employment and educational background sets me aside from other candidates. I have employed hundreds of citizens in Texas; jobs, jobs, jobs. I can relate to the people in East Texas because, I am a East Texan. I am compassionate healthcare provider and I and have deep concern for the well-being of all mankind.
Realistically, America does not have the resources to deploy 8 to 11 million undocumented immigrants any place. Therefore, DACA needs to be finalized and Congress and Senate needs to establish an Immigration Reform Bill and move on. We have used too much valuable time beating this issue to death. It is time to move on to taking care of our children's healthcare, senior citizens, college students and middle class America. There are so many more issues that need the attention of the legislators. We can not destroy families and lives of people who are productive men and women in America.
Yes, I think a fair and independent commission should have that opportunity. It needs to happen now and especially in Texas. And I want to serve on the commission. We need a body of citizens who are not bias and have nothing to lose or gain; just fairness.There should never be a partisan elected official allowed to draw lines. They would be tempted to draw in favor of their party or themselves. We need to maintain our principles when establishing lines.
Yes, I would support a term limit. We already have term limits for the president, city councils and county commissions. We need a change in Congress and the Senate. Congress consist of two years; I believe that the voters should decide if you are doing a great job or not. After that, 10 terms is a career of 20 years. Senate is a six years term, citizens should decide. After that a 3 term will be a career of 18 years. If we are going to take care of these elected officials for life, they need to earn their retirement. Therefore, if they are living up to the citizens expectations, we would consider a career.