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U.S. House, District 13

The state's 13th Congressional district covers most of the Panhandle and parts of northeastern Texas. Republican Mac Thornberry has represented the district for over 20 years. He was first elected to the U.S. House in November 1994 and now seeking re-election. Challengers include Libertarian Calvin DeWeese, who ran for the same office in the 2016 midterms, and Democrat Greg Sagan, a former Navy officer.

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What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

Age 55
Education Bachelors Degree
Campaign Phone (940) 592-2074
The out of control overreach of the federal government is the biggest threat to all Americans, not just Texans. I will vote against any legislation that increases government control of our lives and I will introduce legislation designed to reduce government control of our lives.
I would introduce legislation designed to give control of school districts back to the people served in the district. Let the local community decide how and what they want to teach their children. This will allow many ideas to be introduced into the problem not just a relative few from 1500 miles away.
I believe some in America have no regard for the rights and property of others. We need to get away from this every thing is relative mentality that if it is good for me that's all that matters. We need to restore the moral principles we once had has a nation. It is wrong to hurt other people, It is wrong to take other people's property, it is wrong to lie, etc.. By teaching people there are actions that are wrong, we can restore the "moral compass" that seems to be missing in todays society.

The government should stay out of Health Care and other industries. Let the American People spend their money where they get the best value for the dollar. Lessen the regulations already in place that keep the free market from keeping health care affordable. Let the people choose whether they have insurance or not. If they want it they can spend their money with the company that gives them the best value. The way regulations are affecting the health care system now is crippling our ability to choose the healthcare we want.
Public utilities and public roads. I believe the government should stay out of peoples lives as much as possible, allow the free market and local community to reach solutions.
I believe immigration can be a good thing. I also believe that illegal immigration should be stopped. If someone is breaking the law to enter a country they are demonstrating they will not be willing to obey the other laws of the country.
There are many, it would be very hard to choose just one.
Age 70
Education B.A. in Political Science M.B.A. in Organizational Behavior A.B. D. in Industrial Relations with minor in Labor Economics
Campaign Phone 806-340-2644
Website gregsagan2018.org
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Twitter @gtsagan
website futuretense.blog
contact Dianne Sagan, Campaign Manager dgsagan5018@gmail.com 806-340-3524
The issue most often raised among the Texas voters I've listened to is affordable health care, which covers a range of included issues such as health care for women, teen pregnancy, pre-existing condition coverage and affordable insurance. I know from my education background that competition in health care drives costs up, not down, and this phenomenon is exacerbated by "for profit" health care and health insurance. I would promote and support universal, single-payer health care and tackle the rest of the related issues once that is in place. Universal, single-payer health care would also be a benefit to small and mid-sized companies who, under our current system, find it almost impossible to accurately forecast what their health care burden will be in the future.
First, tax revenues should go only to public schools. Private schools that want access to tax revenue should receive it through a separate tax that Texas residents willingly impose on themselves. I would also start taxing businesses, especially those that locate in Texas with hefty tax breaks, to give Texas schools a better chance of producing graduates who qualify for jobs in those companies. Finally, I would support raising the minimum wage, which would produce more revenue for the state.
I believe America has TWO problems with gun violence. The first is the level of tolerance we show for gun ownership in general, and the second is the widely held belief that gun violence is a solution to certain kinds of problems. I would remove from public access all weapons that fire the .223 Swift round, which is a military "killing" round, and all weapons that fire that round, e.g. the AR-15. I would also expand background checks, outlaw conversion kits to make semi-automatic weapons fully automatic, outlaw silencers and large capacity (more than 15 round) magazines, and require all gun buyers to receive proper training in handling guns. I would also make it illegal for those prosecuted for domestic violence and those convicted of violent crimes to own any firearms. As for the second problem, we need to start educating our children at the earliest possible age that violence is not a solution to any problem.
It isn't just that the Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, it's that they want to increase competition in the health care/health insurance industries. We should accept that health care functions much like public utilities in our economy and that "for profit" health care is fundamentally immoral. The Affordable Care Act's biggest flaw is that it is one version of "the public option," which puts a government-backed health insurance plan in competition with private health insurers, and this arrangement still puts upward pressure on health care/health insurance costs. Universal, single-payer health care affords us the best chance of keeping health care costs affordable and accessible.
1. Housing 2. Jobs 3. Water
The biggest omission I see is that we treat immigration as if it has only one characteristic, to wit: the drain immigrants place on our economy. We ignore the economic benefits that immigrants represent. Immigrants often bring skills that Americans no longer possess, such as some forms of construction skill. (Think of stone cutters, for example.) Immigrants contribute tax revenue to programs they don't benefit from, such as Social Security. And immigrants represent a market for existing domestic businesses. If we really want to solve the problem of illegal immigration, especially from countries to the south of us, we would establish a North American Economic Union that covers Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Eliminating tariffs, allowing labor to move as freely as capital, and using economic leverage to boost standards of living and democratic ideals would blunt most of the problems we now associate with immigration.
I don't know if I have had any "unique" experiences, but I have had some unusual ones. The one experience that has shaped my life and perspective was growing up in a military family and living in communities from Mississippi to South Dakota and Maine to California. I have seen many of the conditions that tend to create differences among Americans, and I have seen many of the conditions that we share. This has given me a feel for where common ground lies, what it looks like, and how to use it to articulate workable public policy.
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