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State Representative District 19

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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    James White
    (Rep)

  • Sherry Williams
    (Dem)

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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 54
Education PVAMU, B.S.Political Science, 1986; PVAMU M. Ed. Education Administration, 2000; U of H, Ph.D Political Science 2012
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Ensuring that Texans understand their rights and responsibilities as free people that live in a republic in order to continue having a prosperous state. 1). Transform our school finance/funding system for the 21st century to ensure equitable and adequate funding for Texas students; 2). Low taxes; 3). Certain and less burdensome regulatory environment; 4). Minimizing lawsuit abuse; 5). 21st century infrastructure that includes a behavioral and mental health system, roads, bridges, and internet access that are comparable for a state with 50 million citizens by 2050
School finance system must create a funding environment that is adequate and equitable. The system must value classroom teachers in terms of their compensation and benefits. Regardless if it is rural or urban, every teacher should start their teaching career at a salary level of $50,000. The school finance system must reflect the changed dynamics of educating youth in the 21st century. Overall, we are employing a school finance system that is best suited for the mid-20th century, not the 21st century. That will change in 2019.
One firearm death is one too many regardless if it is due to crime, behavioral or mental health challenges, or accidental. We must improve the background check system and make sure that every local, state, and federal jurisdiction is reporting criminal offense data to the FBI so that background checks are thorough. We must ensure that individuals under a domestic protective order do not have access to firearms. We must ensure that parents and other stakeholders have access to the behavioral and mental health tools to ensure that our youth get the care needed. Stress that rights come with responsibilities.
Texas should continue using innovative methods, such as, the 1115 Medicaid Waiver in order to give local providers creativity and discretion in devising programs that meet their unique local challenges. Expand our adult and juvenile behavioral and mental health delivery system. Take immediate action to decrease substantially maternal mortality. Ensure that all health providers have the appropriate discretion to practice their field of medicine to the extent of their tested and evaluated training.
1). Water; 2). Education; 3). Transportation
The missing element in this conversation is that border security and immigration are related but they are nit the same. Border security is primarily a law enforcement issue. Immigration may start as a security issue but it is a procedural issue. However, we should not allow conflation of these issues in regards to ethnicity and race. Most of our immigration issue is due to visa overstays. That is people we have already approved. We must ensure that our immigration process represent our interests and our values. Overall, when I evaluate these twi issues, the security of Texans is paramount along with the rule of law enforced with compassion.
The power of teachers that loved me and believed in me and knew that someday I could make a difference. My goal is that we have teachers that first love children and engage with chikdren like their lives depend on it; because it does. We can create our future or our demise on how we develop our children today.
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