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State Representative District 18

2-year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of his/her district in the US House of Representatives.

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  • Ernest Bailes
    (Rep)

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    Fred Lemond
    (Dem)

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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.

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Age 54
Education University of North Texas - Bachelor of Business Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Executive Leadership Certificate
Campaign Phone (903) 431-0871
Website http://lemondfortexas.com
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To improve our economic position as citizens of this great state, I will propose legislation that will address the current property tax system. We need to begin with a process by which property owners can protest/appeal the taxes they have been assessed. The current process is structured in a manner that is heavily, if not completely (in many cases), in favor of the state. When this scenario exists, this becomes government "of" the people by the government and not government "by" the people for the people. Correspondingly, we must also close the corporate tax loophole. This loophole costs the state billions of dollars each year and the tax burden is thus shifted to individual property owners. It is time that corporations pay their own share of taxes just as individual property owners do.
It is vitally important that we protect the foundation of our society and that is our public education system. Our school funding was cut by 5.4 billion dollars in 2011 and that money has not been replaced. There are some who want to take additional funding from our schools through the "voucher" program, which will only serve to further destabilize our public schools. We must - 1. Fully fund our public schools. 2. Increase teachers’ salaries to be competitive. 3. Stop unfunded mandates.
It is difficult for me to say that there is a problem with gun violence. It is easy for me to say that there is a problem with violence in general, but harder to single out guns over any other particular type. As such, we must address begin to look at the root causes of these various acts of violence and address them.
Presently, there are thousands of Texans and millions of Americans that are either not insured or severely underinsured, due to extremely high premiums or due to state statues which prevent them from accessing care, as in the case of thousands of Texans living with disabilities. I don't believe this represents our true Texas or American values. One immediate source of assistance is to expand Medicaid. It has been debated whether this is the right solution, but while we find the right solution, let's get Texans the help they need. As a society and a nation, I believe it is our duty to provide a basic level of healthcare for our citizens.
To address this rapid growth, our state government should: 1) Fully fund our education system to assure that our schools can meet the educational needs of our citizens, 2) Construct and maintain our state highways to facilitate movement and flow of people across our state (Note: Not more toll roads); and 3) and pass the expansion of Medicaid to support our hospitals and citizens.
I believe what is missing is an accurate question. By this I mean, what problem/issue are we trying to solve? When I ask people this question, often times they are not exactly sure. Are we trying to address a national security issue, an immigration issue, a border security issue, or a public safety issue? Although these may sound similar, there are distinct subtleties to these separate questions that may lead us to different solutions. So, for me what is missing is a clear understanding of what issue/issues are we trying to solve. Understanding this will lead us to an appropriate solution. Regardless of what we do however, it needs to be done in a manner that treats people with dignity and respect.
One of the things that shaped me as a child was growing up next to my grandfather in the very small Texas town of Raywood. Spending time with him on his small farm taught me many life lessons that I have used throughout my career and that have served me well. He taught me to trust in God, work hard, take care of your family, and to help your neighbor. I know how to work hard and will work hard for our state and will treat people with dignity and respect.