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State Senate District 16

4-year term. Must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas, and a resident of the district represented. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in the Texas Senate.

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  • Don Huffines
    (Rep)

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    Nathan Johnson
    (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 50
Education B.S. in Physics from University of Arizona J.D. from University of Texas
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Education. But I talk about education in the next response, so I’ll take this space to address another critical issue, infrastructure: including transportation, power, and water. Power generation, distribution and storage all present daunting challenges, and equally tremendous opportunities. Like power, transportation presents an overlapping series of problems and solutions, with critical needs aligning with entrepreneurial and environmental opportunities.
Texas does not spend enough on public education. We must raise the basic per pupil allotment. At the same time, individuals and businesses are overburdened by property taxes and the “Robinhood” property tax system. The issues are inseparable, and to address both requires a commitment by the state to supply general revenue in the vicinity of 50% of the education budget. Such a commitment would permit districts to invest in long-term projects like pre-K centers and teacher training. Additional changes might include: incentives that emphasize college-readiness and not merely graduation; increased autonomy for school districts with respect to allocation of funds, enabling them to develop the most effective ways of teaching their respective student populations; early education programs; recruiting, retaining, and continuing education for teachers; and re-calibrating how relative wealth among districts is determined.
As a state senate candidate, it’s my obligation to start with Texas.Our state has a proud tradition of responsible, safe, gun ownership, in the exercise of established Second Amendment rights. The vast majority of gun owners agree that this tradition is honored by rational, thoughtful and respectful safety measures. For one, a requirement of universal background checks has near universal approval (including among gun owners). Likewise, there is broad support among gun owners and non-owners for reasonable limits on the maximum number of rounds that can be fired without reloading (an approach which avoids the nearly impossible task of defining an “assault weapon”). Finally, experience shows that red-flag laws do not encroach on gun owner rights and do save lives. Proposals like “permit-less carry” send us in the wrong direction.
Good health makes for better lives and a more vibrant economy. Meanwhile, the expense and difficulty of healthcare in this country burden everyone: individuals, their employers, the healthcare industry – even the government itself. Through well-designed and implemented policy, government can, should, and hopefully will, play a vital role in ensuring that healthcare markets function to provide better care at lower cost than we currently experience. For starters, the Texas legislature should implement a careful and informed expansion of Medicaid. Using hindsight gained from the many states that have gone before Texas, doing so brings tax dollars back to Texas, which will boost our economy while improving the health and productivity of our workforce. Every day that Texas does not expand Medicaid, we are leaving federal dollars on the table and losing out on vast social and economic benefits.
Education; infrastructure (power, transportation, water); environmental integrity.
A sober analysis of costs and benefits, an examination on the return on investment and effort, of opportunity cost, factored in with the more traditional subjects of rule of law and humanitarian interests.
In the 6th grade I moved from an innovative public elementary school that encouraged learning and creativity to one that did quite the opposite. It was an early introduction to the importance of quality public education.