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State Representative District 3

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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  • Cecil Bell Jr.
    (Rep)

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    Lisa Seger
    (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 48
Education BS Communications, UT Austin 1991
Website http://lisaforhd3.org
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Texas and the entirety of America are facing serious threats to the democratic process. Extreme partisan and racial gerrymandering have silenced the voices of millions of voters. With the 2020 census and subsequent redistricting, I believe our most pressing issue is ending partisan gerrymandering to restore representation. I support legislation creating non-partisan, citizen led redistricting commissions and the implementation of basic ground rules that mandate compact, convex district shapes.
For a decade now, the state has neglected its obligation to provide our children a free, high quality public education. Funding has dropped from roughly 50% in 2008 to roughly 38% today. The cost to educate our kids has not declined in this time and the burden to make up the balance has fallen squarely on the shoulders of the citizenry, via property taxes. I support a change in the funding model that establishes the state’s percentage at 50. I also support closing the Equal and Uniform tax loophole that allows large real estate holders to wiggle out of their fair share of the property taxes we do use to fund the local percentage. We need transparency in commercial real estate sales prices and their tax rates must be calculated based on market value.
I do think we have a problem with gun violence yes, but just as importantly, with gun safety. As a gun owner and a candidate who has been given the Moms Demand Action Guns Sense Candidate Distinction, I support common sense measures to reduce gun injuries and deaths. These measures include ensuring background checks on ALL sales, implementing red flag laws that allow temporary confiscation of firearms from those whose family determine they may be a danger to themselves or others, and safe firearm storage laws. I also support holding adults criminally responsible when their firearms are accessed and used by minors. We have to take gun safety more seriously.
I support a single payer system where the government acts as the insurance agent. Basically, Medicare For All. Health insurance should not be a for-profit industry. The ACA has helped millions, myself included, to gain access to more affordable care, but it did not go far enough in ensuring that access to all Americans. That all being said, that is not a state level issue. At the state level, I support and would push for expansion of Medicaid. We could cover some 845,000 additional Texans at minimal cost to the state, and many other “red” states who have done this have found that the economic benefits of a healthier population more than cover the expense of the expansion.
Our rapid growth has caused many of the problems we are currently having with our under-funded public schools. Finally tackling that funding issue, per question 2, is essential. To recap, I support setting the state level of funding at 50% and closing the Equal and Uniform loophole to collect tax money due to school districts. 2.In many areas, including parts of my own district, unchecked growth and lack of planning, coupled with global climate change, has led to catastrophic flood events with exceptional levels of damage. We have to start solving these problems, some of them by implementing common sense legislations. For example, we should outlaw the building of housing in our reservoirs. It is inconceivable to me that we still allow this. 3. To possibly beat a dead horse, my third growth-related issue is district drawing. It is essential that ALL Texans – no matter how long they have been Texans - have their voices heard. Gerrymandering districts to entrench incumbent power must stop
What is missing in our recent discussions on immigration is basic empathy and a reckoning of how our very system relies on the productivity of immigrant workers. At the heart of everything, we are all just people who want the same things. People do not want to be here without paperwork, they want to live and work and raise families in the open and with recognition of their inherent value as humans and their contributions that make Texas (and America) great. We have to make it easier, not harder, for people to do this legally. On immigration as well as all issues, I am guided by my philosophy that the things we do individually, in society, and via government should not exploit people or the planet that supports us.
I was a military brat. As such, my family lived in different places and met different people fairly often. When I was seven, we were stationed in Iran. I may have been taught it long before then, but it is where I really came to understand that we are all, in the end, the same. We are all the protagonists of our own stories and every other story is as valid and as important as my own. We all just want to form supportive, loving families and communities and live in peace and prosperity. I think that government’s role should be ensuring that we are all able to make this our reality.