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U.S. Representative District 35

The 35st Congressional district is in central Texas. It includes portions of six counties running from Travis County to Bexar County. Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett is seeking his 13th term in Congress. He is currently on the House Ways and Means committee. His campaign focuses on gun reforms, supporting the Affordable Care Act, campaign finance reforms and combating global warming. Republican David Smalling has worked as an electrician for 40 years. He is campaigning on lowering government regulations on small businesses, increasing wages for workers and making college education more affordable.

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  • Lloyd Doggett
    (Dem)

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    Clark Patterson
    (L)

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    David Smalling
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

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 72
Education BA Business, JD, University of Texas at Austin
Campaign Phone 210-667-6758
Website www.votedoggett.com
Facebook @LloydDoggettTX
Twitter @LloydDoggettTX
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I am inspired by the many, who are committed to creating a more respectful & inclusive community. The most critical issue is resisting the dangerous Trump Administration agenda in every nonviolent way. Trump operates in a fact free zone grasping for power & eroding our system of justice, the rule of law, & freedom of expression. Secret, corporate money is polluting our democracy. Critical issues I support include: investing in renewable energy, promoting educational opportunity & public schools, ensuring veterans receive earned benefits, increasing minimum wage and closing loopholes created by the unfair Republican tax bill that created new loopholes that should be closed & added trillions to our public debt Many of its provisions must be altered including creating a more even playing field for small business & stopping corporations renouncing American citizenship to dodge taxes. I voted against all Big Bank bailouts & strongly oppose weakening Wall Street financial reforms.
Students should be able to receive all the education for which they are willing to work. We need a stronger commitment to education from pre-K to post-grad. Our economy & democracy depend on it. Long ago as a Texas Supreme Court Justice, I joined in declaring the state school finance system unconstitutional. Indifferent state leaders have never corrected the fundamental flaws & have instead sought to devote taxpayer funds to private academies.

I believe the federal government should be encouraging educational quality & targeting assistance to those neglected by the states. Resisting Trump Administration efforts to wreck federal aid to education, Congress should reauthorize the Higher Education Act, expand student financial assistance, reduce the student debt burden, expand the successful American Opportunity Tax Credit, which I authored, to provide up to $10,000 to reimburse higher education expenses, & approve my legislation simplifying the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
We must at long last replace short memorial moments of silence with genuine action to prevent repeated gun tragedies. The most important legislation is universal background checks, without exceptions for internet and gun shows, to ensure those purchasing a gun do not have a history of domestic violence or other disqualifying factors. Too dangerous to fly should mean too dangerous to buy guns, while assuring reasonable due process rights for those improperly listed as dangerous. Military-style assault weapons, designed solely to kill humans quickly, should be banned as machine guns already are. Gun owners know the importance of keeping the safety on. Reasonable gun safety measures are not inconsistent with the Second Amendment. I support Moms Demand Action, Texas Gun Sense, March for Our Lives, and others in seeking responsible changes.
I have actively opposed repeated efforts by Trump and his Republican enablers to destroy protection for pre-existing medical conditions. We do need to overcome Republican opposition to making significant Affordable Care improvements including expanding access to Medicare. I lead the House, Democratic Prescription Drug Task Force with bills to help end pharmaceutical price gouging . An unaffordable drug is 100% ineffective. For the insured, my "End Surprise Billing Act" would stop unexpected medical bills from an out-of-network provider. For the uninsured —Texas has more than any other state— Medicaid expansion essential. I also support better access to mental health and long-term care. AARP recognized me for strengthening seniors’ health access with “Champion Legislative Leadership Award.”
Transportation, pollution, protection of our natural resources. I support federal infrastructure legislation to fund all types of transportation and reduce the gridlock that has overwhelmed our roads. While this should have been a bipartisan agreement, Trump has refused to lead and Republicans seem to think freeways are free, since they refuse to approve revenue for essential long-term planning. Air pollution kills; seniors, children, and those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma are especially at risk. Trump heightens the harm by altering vehicle emission standards, repealing methane restrictions, and overturning the Clean Power plan. Especially in the wake of the new, dire international climate report, the renewability and sustainability of energy sources is critical. With solar resource potential among the highest in the nation and already ranking first for installed wind capacity, Texas, in particular, is well positioned to reap the benefits of the clean energy economy.
Missing-any willingness from Trump to reach a reasonable resolution; missing-a response from his Republican enablers to his anti-immigrant hysteria and bigotry.

Dreamers who have paid a fee, cleared a criminal background check, and are productive citizens should be granted citizenship. Stop wasting taxpayer money on a wall, costly detention in private prisons, and tearing law abiding families apart. Join together to adopt comprehensive immigration reform similar to that overwhelmingly approved by the Senate 6 years ago. Most every objective economic analysis shows that this will grow our economy--more small business startups and more student graduates. The inhumanity of Trump policy is shown in the tearful faces of toddlers torn from their mothers' arms. America must remain a beacon of hope for refugees fleeing violence and oppression, while safeguarding American families. Our borders cannot be open, but our policies need not be inhumane.
I served as captain of the “Safety Patrol” at my elementary school. Now, I serve in a different kind of safety patrol in Washington. This November I hope to earn your support so I can continue to stand up to Trump’s dangerous agenda. This election could be the last, best opportunity to reclaim our democracy.
Age 59
Education BA University of Texas at Austin (1988)
Campaign Phone (512)784-0929
Website http://www.clarkpforcongress.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ClarkPattersonForCongress/
Twitter @clarkpatterso12
website www.clarkpforcongress.com
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Age 64
Education BA in Political Science with a Minor in History
Campaign Phone 512-967-1601
Website davidsmallingforcongress.com
Facebook david smalling for congress
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Infrastructure, primarily roads and bridges, mass transit, education-not just college, but vocational training also, reducing taxes. I would like to see that money collected for roads and bridges be spent on these items. We need more vocational training in schools. We need to figure out a way to get college education lowered. While I don't have all the answers, I do know how to bring together those who are involved in issues and work in these areas, they know what they need because they are involved in it everyday
Schools systems are top heavy, too many administrators and not enough teachers. I would like to see our schools have semesters year round. If you go from 2 to 3 semesters you automatically would have to give teachers an increase in pay ( I am thinking 50%) because they are teaching another semester. The students could go three semesters if they wanted to finish high school sooner, but they would have to attend at least 2 semesters a year. Allow students to take their basic courses in college during their junior and senior years in high school. These builds sit dormant part of the year, we should use them year round. Schools are funded currently through property taxes. The federal government is really good about mandates without applying money to comply with these mandates. Cease this action, it is after all our money. If Congress had to provide the money, perhaps they would rethink the mandates. I would like to discuss with people who are involved, with financing and education.
The problem is multi faceted. The person holding the gun is the guilty party I believe. 1) Some of it is mental illness. We do not have enough healthcare for people with mental illness, we need to improve on this. 2) Part of it through some of these video games people have become de-sensitised to the actions in a game and real life. 3) Some of it is gang violence. I can do like lots of politicians and tell you I want to do this, however this whatever it is costs money and politicians never tell you that you are going to pay for it and they are going to raise your taxes to pay for their solutions, which don't work usually. I am not going to do that. I want to get all of the people involved in say mental illness, healthcare professionals, what do you need and how do we identify these people, then how do we treat them. What is it going to cost, how do we raise the funds? I cannot do it by myself and you certainly do not want politicians to tell you how to solve it. What do they know?
ACA did not accomplish what it was designed to do. It had too many loopholes and Congress had no idea what it would cost. It was a partisan vote and no one knew what was in the bill. Congress can not solve health insurance. They have to bring the insurance companies and the drug companies and the healthcare providers together and come up with a solution to healthcare which is affordable for everyone. Why should drug companies be able to sell drugs to Americans for more money than they sell to people in other countries. Why are insurance companies only allowed to sell insurance in a certain state or states and for different prices. Congress can fix healthcare if they work together.
Infrastructure; water, waste, roads, mass transit, bridges; addition of schools, affordable housing.
We need a method for people wanting to come here to work, that would include: Work Visas, vetting of people entering our country, making sure they notify customs if they move so we know their where they are living, they must be employed, as they are visitors, they need to be self sufficient and not eligible for any entitlements, we more customs agents so that we can find and evict those who overstay their visas or have expired visas. For border security we need more agents on the border and more technology on the border to detect people coming across our borders illegally. We were promised a wall in 1986, but it was never funded by Congress.
I attended church. I have been working since I was 13, I was taught a good work ethic. I was taught to respect my elders and treat people like I would want them to treat me. I was taught how to handle a weapon and how to shoot it properly, you always treat a weapon as though it is loaded. Never kill game that you are not going to consume because all life has value and a purpose. I know this is more than one experience, but these were some of the experiences from my childhood that have shaped me and made me the person I am today.