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U.S. House, District 2

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    David Balat (Rep) Health Care Executive

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    Dan Crenshaw (Rep) Full Time Candidate/Retired Naval Officer

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    Jonny Havens (Rep) U.S. Army Veteran and Attorney

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    Justin L. Lurie (Rep) Founding Partner, Sterling Concord Partners, mergers & acquisitions investment bank

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    Kevin Roberts (Rep) Executive Director

  • Jon Spiers (Rep)

  • Rick Walker (Rep)

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    Kathaleen Wall (Rep) High-tech investor and retired from semi-conductor manufacturing industry

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    Malcolm Whittaker (Rep) Patent Attorney

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Biographical Information

Identify what you think are the three most important issues directly affecting the people in your district and explain how you will address these issues,if elected?

What do you think should be done to help those who don’t receive employer-sponsored health insurance and cannot afford insurance through other currently available options?

What do you think is the appropriate role of the federal government in fostering a positive environment for job creation in the United States?

Education/Degrees BS in Biology MBA MHA - Masters in Health Care Administration
Professional Experience Small business owner, and hospital CEO, COO, CFO
Community Involvement I have been involved in missions through my church. I have served as a Deacon and adult Sunday School Teacher. I have been involved with Junior Achievement and volunteered with senior living facilities.
Campaign Email info@davidbalat.com
Campaign Website http://davidbalat.com
Campaign Phone (832) 910-7905
Twitter @DavidBalatCD2
1) Healthcare - The prior administration hijacked 1/6th of our economy by passing the Affordable Care Act which has proven disastrous for our citizens and our economic strength. I will work to reduce regulation and taxation associated with this law so as to allow for a fair playing field that the Free Market might flourish.

2) Infrastructure - CD2 was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that resulted from both the storm and the antiquated infrastructure system in place. I would seek to hold those that manage various infrastructure accountable for maintenance and work diligently to assure that appropriate funding is secured.

3) Small business - Taxation and regulations stifle the growth of small business and we have seen that when they are given the opportunity to keep their money, they reinvest it back into their business that results in growth. I would support the President in his movement to further reduce business-harming regulations and continual tax reform
I have developed a comprehensive plan, called FreedomCare, that addresses this question and it can be found on my website at DavidBalat.com.

The current discussion in DC is not about healthcare; they are discussing healthcare insurance. However, our problem in healthcare is the increasing cost which is what makes it so unaffordable. There are many solutions that are currently available that are cost effective and good quality medicine, but we can do better to educate the general population as to their existence. There is so much that needs to be done in the way of eliminating unnecessary regulations that focus on healthcare that cause the charges to be hyper-inflated and the market in general to be non-competitive. Healthcare is a complex and intricate issue that can only be solved with someone who has the experience in the healthcare industry. I am the only candidate in this race who understands the fundamental issue at its core and the only one with a plan that can solve the issue
Congress has within its scope both Monetary and Fiscal Policy according to the enumerated powers within the Constitution. The role of the Federal government is to maintain a strong dollar, not to flood the market with currency and impacting interest rates negatively, and keep spending at a level appropriate for the proper funding of the government. Our issues with high taxes is a direct result of our inability to keep from spending the taxpayer's dollars. I am also in favor of proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment.

Job creation is the responsibility of the private sector and not that of the Federal Government. Government involvement tends to promote corporatism and ultimately a decrease in competition. Our representatives can foster a positive environment by reducing regulations and promoting essential free market principles.
Education/Degrees Tufts, International Affairs w/ Minor in Physics Harvard, Kennedy School, Masters of Public Administration
Professional Experience 2017 - Military Legislative Fellow for Congressman Pete Sessions. 2006 – 2016 U.S. Navy SEAL with Deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, South Korea. Medically Retired Lt. Commander.
Community Involvement Volunteer for Travis Manion Foundation (Gold Star Families), Navy SEAL Foundation, One Summit, and volunteered with Team Rubicon during Hurricane Harvey Clean Up. Advocate for charter school legislation while at HKS. Member Harvard Kennedy School
Twitter @DanCrenshawTX
1. Border Security and National Security– My operational background makes me uniquely qualified to understand and assess what is needed by our Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents. We need to build a WALL, increase border patrol and technology/surveillance, and END sanctuary cities/chain migration/lottery system. On National Security issues, we need knowledge and experience in Congress, not talking points. North Korea is on the brink, Iran is looming. I understand what is needed for our military and how best to support them effectively. 2. National Debt and Spending – Tackle Mandatory Spending Programs. End entitlement/dependency cycle and create a path to self-sustainment, accountability, and dignity; not endless handouts that cause dependency. 3. Free-enterprise1: I believe our free-market capitalist ideas need to be defended more than ever, and we need true leaders in Congress to fight against overregulation, over-taxation, and federal overreach.
We need a free market, patient-centered health care system. Unfortunately, ObamaCare was a massive government takeover of the health care system, and it has been an unmitigated disaster. ObamaCare has caused health care costs to go up, has kicked millions of Americans off of their health insurance plans, and has increased taxes, all of which have been detrimental to the healthcare system. We need to replace it with a health care system that puts patients first, encourages competition, allows consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, and expands health savings accounts. I understand all too well the experience of being a patient in socialized medicine, both in the military and the VA. When no one is held accountable, and there’s no competition, quality of care suffers and prices skyrocket. We must give states the flexibility to experiment with solutions that deliver the cheapest and highest quality care to the most people.
As the debate in Congress rages on and Democrats make false accusations about Republican ideas, we must stick to free-market principles. We have to give corporations the incentives to repatriate their profits so we can grow our tax base, and encourage investment.We must simplify the individual income tax, and remove deductions that distort our economy and reduce revenue unnecessarily. We must stand for pro-growth policies because we cannot lift the poor out of poverty or raise middle-class wages without a strong and growing economy. This is common sense economics. We must embrace free trade, and seek to give our businesses advantages by reducing regulatory burdens and lowering corporate tax rates. Small businesses are the primary driver of growth in this country and we need to ensure their success. It should be easy for entrepreneurs to start up their business and contribute to our strong economy. We have to protect the business owners that cannot afford to pay teams of lawyers.
Education/Degrees J.D. from Duke Law School (2013) B.S. and B.A. from Texas A&M University (2005)
Professional Experience I am a U.S. Army Ranger School graduate who deployed twice to Iraq. I work at Baker Botts, LLP as an energy trial attorney. I defend religious freedom as a pro bono attorney.
Community Involvement I led the Lone Star Veterans Association as Board Chairman, creating a community of Post 9/11 veterans in Houston. My wife, Anna, and I have led marriage preparation for engaged couples at our church since 2015.
Campaign Website http://havensforcongress.com
Campaign Phone (281) 415-8835
The three most important issues facing the District are making character count again in Congress, securing our borders, and jobs. First, there have been too many scandals and too many Republicans saying one thing to get elected and doing another thing once elected. For example, the Republicans ran for six years on repealing the Affordable Care Act only to reverse course once there was a Republican president able to sign the repeal. Second, we need to secure our borders. I support building a border wall with Mexico where it is the most cost-effective way to secure the border. But because of real issues regarding the cost and harm of imminent domain, there will be portions of the border that can be secured more cost effectively without a wall. Third, we must cut regulations which will free the American people and allow them to create jobs.
Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act and then pass a new health care reform law that restores competition to the health care markets. The new health care reform law should accomplish the following goals: (1) give all taxpayers similar tax treatment for health insurance, removing the unbalanced and market distorting presence of employer-provided healthcare; (2) implement market reforms such as expanding health care delivery options such as the use of physician assistants, increasing price transparency, and permitting sale of health insurance plans across state lines; and (3) strengthen the individual health consumer’s market power by enhancing Health Savings Accounts and permitting individuals to associate to purchase group insurance.
The appropriate role of the federal government in fostering a positive environment for job creation is to get out of the way of the American people. The American people, through their companies and small businesses, create jobs and make the United States economy the best in the world. The federal government often impedes this growth through regulatory overreach. The federal government’s economic role should be limited to providing the necessary infrastructure, the rule of law, and security that allows the American people to do what they do best—create jobs!
Education/Degrees Master of International Business: University of Sydney, Australia BA: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, & Richmond University, London, England
Professional Experience Founding & Lead Partner, Sterling Concord Partners Partner, Venture Capricorn, i-bank Author of book, 'The Profit,' on Corporate Strategy, Implementation, & Execution Board of Directors, American Petroleum Institute, Houston Public Speaker
Community Involvement Citizens Police Academy, Constable Precinct 4, Harris County Houston Technology Center, frequent presenter and advisor American Petroleum Institute
Campaign Email info@lurieforcongress.com
Campaign Phone (832) 779-1116
1. Tax and Regulatory: the Federal Gov't does not create jobs or build an economy, it creates the environment for business to start, build, and succeed. The Fed Govt's role is to ensure all companies and entities can operate within a consistent set of rules, property is defended, and contracts are upheld. Not, social engineering.

2. Term Limits: The era of the professional politician will never create, and will impede the necessary and fundamental changes needed in Washington. A 12 year legislative term limit (6 term House, or 2 term Senate) will be the catalyst for change. Currently, lawmakers' clocks tick upwards of years spent in office, whereas with term limits, the clock will tick backwards of time remaining in office.

3. Security: Security is an umbrella to include border protection and our Armed Forces. Our personnel need the resources and equipment to execute the mission set by our political leadership. They risk their lives and make sacrifices, we must support them.
Instead of putting band-aids on the dam of a broken healthcare system, we need ultra-low cost reforms to make healthcare accessible, affordable, and efficient. How? Through free market principles that are desperately missing.

Step one: price transparency. Providers must publish their prices for procedures and similar, so the consumer (patient) can decide based on their values (lowest cost, highest quality, combination, etc).

Step two: eliminate the barrier to access pricing. Currently, we have groups (PPOs) to determine pricing and to access the price. No more, everyone should be able to access the price, in a transparent method, and all additional costs (middlemen, facility fees, etc.) must be clear, upfront, and accountable.

Step three: equal price value: everyone pays the same price for same procedure.

If we focus on healthcare costs, outcomes, and reducing the maze and labyrinth of healthcare, accessibility will be increased. Without cost to the taxpayer
This is the core of our message. Gov't does not create prosperity, it creates the environment for business, people, and families to be successful by getting out of the way. Limited gov't is a key ingredient for success and growth.

Regulations can be burdensome when done in excess and are growth (and job) killing. Regulations must be scaled back and we applaud Pres. Trump's plan to eliminate 2 regulations for every 1 added.

Taxes must be cleaner, simpler, and less burdensome as well. Although the recently passed GOP tax plan is helpful in reducing the outrageous corporate tax to a more competitive 20%, our tax system needs significant work. Our proposal is to move to a fair tax which is consumption based. Eliminate the income tax, eliminate the payroll tax, and eliminate the IRS. The States will collect the consumption (sales tax) for the Fed Gov't. Progressive tax systems do not work.

Then we shall see significant private sector growth.

Education/Degrees BBA, Texas Tech University, Class of 1988
Professional Experience Executive Vice President, Maxor National Pharmacy Services, Jul 1991-Jan 2002 Executive Director, The Lanier Law Firm, Jan 2002-Present
Community Involvement Deacon, Champion Forest Baptist Church Member, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Houston Realty Business Coalition, Klein ISD Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, Community Advisory Council for Lone Star College - University Parks
Campaign Phone (346) 704-0589
The top priority for anyone representing this district must be to start cutting through the red tape of Washington and state agencies on behalf of our neighbors, especially those who are still dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. FEMA, Congress, and the GLO have been way too slow to get the dollars needed to help with the recovery. But it’s not enough to put things back the way they were – we need to be focused on solutions that stop this cycle of flooding in our communities. Our reputation as one of best parts of the country to live in depends on us not choosing to do the same things over and over again and expecting a different result. That’s why I plan to focus on getting more dollars to help prepare our infrastructure for the future and improve flood mitigation as well as supporting both Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s plan and the Lake Houston Chamber’s plan.
Above all, the American people need to have options for choosing healthcare options that suit their needs. Rather than expand options in the marketplace, Obamacare reduced them and, in turn, caused prices to rise so fast, people could not afford the few options available to them. Instead, we need federal rules to allow for buying insurance across state lines, individuals and small businesses to be able to band together in Associated Health Plans so they can then negotiate for health coverage like corporations and labor unions are able, and we need to allow people to save or spend dollars tax free on their health care premiums. Another major issue that must be addressed is the rising drug prices, which is a major component of health insurance. We need to be demanding reform at the FDA to bring drugs to market more quickly and allowing generics to be brought to the marketplace more easily that we do now.
I believe in the power of the American free market. It is important that Washington DC is focused on getting government out of the way – not regulate the market to death. I met with a small business owner just the other day who told me that his company is paying $14,000 per year, per employee – just in compliance costs. The attitude of the Obama administration, which regulated the economy to death, is why we saw such anemic growth during his time in office. In Texas, we have taken the opposite approach and maintain a low tax, low regulation environment that has repeatedly delivered more growth and opportunities than any state in the nation.
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Education/Degrees Texas A&M, B.S., Engineering Technology - Industrial Distribution
Professional Experience Investing in cutting edge new startups and 18 years in the semi-conductor manufacturing industry
Community Involvement Volunteer and Financial Supporter of the Children’s Assessment Center, Volunteer and Financial Supporter for Concerned Women for America, Volunteer with and Member of Second Baptist Church, Volunteer with local missions and children’s ministries
Campaign Email kathaleen2018@gmail.com
Campaign Website http://www.kathaleenwall.com
Campaign Phone (281) 842-2018
Twitter @WallforTX
1. I’ll fight to rebuild our infrastructure - our roads, bridges and flood control infrastructure. I will work to expedite the efforts of federal, state, and local governments to ensure the risk of flooding from storms, like Hurricane Harvey, are prevented.

2. I’ll protect our valuable energy industry that has turned our state and nation into an energy-rich success, created hundreds of thousands of jobs and made our nation more secure.

3. I’ll work to get our economy moving by cutting taxes and regulations, so families can keep more of their money.
I will work to decrease the cost of healthcare so people can actually afford good insurance for them and their family. I want people to have access to keep their doctor and purchase the most comprehensive insurance they can afford.
The federal government should cut red tape and regulations on businesses to allow the economy to flourish so more jobs can be created.
Education/Degrees B.A. History with Honors, North Carolina State University, B.S. Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering with Honors, North Carolina State University, J.D. (law), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professional Experience I have worked in the private sector for more than 25 years representing many businesses. I have also served as a director of a large privately held company that exported around the world. In short, I know what makes the economy grow and creates jobs.
Community Involvement I have been very active in my local homeowner's association and served on the Board of Directors for several years. This involved a significant time commitment. I have also volunteered for a number of candidates for judge and governor.
Campaign Phone (832) 434-7157
The most significant issue facing the United States and this district is the extraordinary explosion of the federal deficit to more than $20 trillion. I believe that significant reduction/elimination of the federal deficit can be achieved if Congress looks at every budget item. I would have a staffer that would have this task. Specific examples of budget items that could be removed are allowing the federal government to negotiate discounts on prescriptions. This would save about $40 billion per year. Another reduction should be ending the federal pension for new employees. This would save around $15-20 billion per year. Finally, I would require the federal government to honor state permits for oil and gas exploration. This would add billions to the Treasury because the state process is much quicker.. I would also reform intellectual property law to correct a "glitch" that is allowing tens of thousands of jobs to be sent overseas. I would also get funding for flood control.
As a candidate with a pre-existing condition, I am particularly aware of this issue. The state based system of allowing insurance companies to sell insurance in a particular state is old and outdated. In the present day, any organization that would like to allow its members to purchase insurance from instate and out-of-state insurance providers should be permitted to do so. Insurance is expensive for those with pre-existing conditions because their individual risk is higher than that of the general population. If the group of people in the pool is a broad cross-section of the general population, the average risk should allow a premium for everyone that is affordable. This would allow the same premiums for those with pre-existing conditions and those participants with good health. For example, I am a life-time member of an organization of Eagle Scouts. Why can't this organization, which has tens of thousands of members, both young and old, provide health insurance to solve this problem?
The federal government should not pick winners and losers. Federal law should provide a level playing field for all participants and allow the marketplace to decide the winner. A specific improvement to intellectual property law that I would fight for would be to legislatively fix a "glitch" in patent law that is causing significant offshoring, also known as "sending American jobs to foreign countries," of tens of thousands of American jobs in the software industry. This problem has also prevented the creation of an unknown number (but likely a huge number) of American jobs and severely damaged investment in startup companies. It is Congress' job to fix these problems and I pledge to do so.