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U.S. House, District 24

The District 24 race is a rematch of 2016: longtime incumbent U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, and Jan McDowell, a Carrollton Democrat. In 2016, Marchant won with 56 percent of the vote. Marchant was first elected to the 24th District in 2004. Previously, he served in the Texas House of Representatives and was Carrollton mayor. The Texas Tribune reports that Marchant’s district is one of five in Texas held by Republicans where President Trump won by fewer than 10 percentage points. District 24 includes the northwestern suburbs of Dallas and northeastern Tarrant County. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported earlier this year that Marchant had more than $1.6 million in cash on hand, “making him a formidable opponent to whichever Democrat wins the primary. He has said that he favors limited government and local control of schools and that he has ‘a consistent record of fighting for lower taxes and the elimination of wasteful spending.’” McDowell, 64, said she believes Marchant has become “remarkably inaccessible” and is ripe to be defeated in 2018.In an interview with the Star-Telegram, McDowell criticized the incumbent, saying he’s “remarkably inaccessible.” “Constituents can’t contact him,” she told the newspaper. “His office door is often locked. I believe he hasn’t held a town hall meeting since 2009.”Marchant has received the endorsement of The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board. The board wrote: “Marchant sits on the powerful House Ethics Committee and the Ways and Means Committee, where he worked to write the tax measure that stands as the most significant piece of legislation President Donald Trump has signed since taking office.”

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  • Kenny E Marchant
    (Rep)

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    Jan McDowell
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    Mike Kolls
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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 65
Education BA in Journalism/PR from Texas Tech; Accounting and business courses from UT-Dallas
Campaign Phone 972-810-0806
Website www.JanMcDowell.com
Facebook www.facebook.JanMcDowellDemocrat/
Twitter @JanForCongress
The income and wealth inequality gap is the most critical problem our country faces. We take pride in the belief that any person in America can achieve anything he or she wants to achieve. As the gap widens, that becomes less and less true. A tax policy that gives preferential treatment to income typically earned by the wealthy (capital gains income) over income earned by the vast majority of Americans (ordinary income) contributes to the gap. Congress can change that. A minimum wage that is not a living wage contributes to the gap. Congress can change that. Allowing citizens to go without affordable healthcare contributes to the gap. Congress can change that. Allowing our country to slip in world educational achievement rankings contributes to the gap. And pushing for subsidies for wealthy parents to opt out of public education, taking their dollars with them, would exacerbate it even further. Congress has a responsibility to the people of this nation to ensure that will not happen.
While school finance reform is largely a state legislative issue, as a federal legislator I will do everything I can to protect public education. No public tax dollars should be given to private schools. We should strive to allow flexibility in the classroom and empower teachers to use their best judgment about how to educate the students in their classes. Additionally, we should work to ensure opportunities to combine college preparatory academics with technical training and workplace experience. Extending public education to include at least community college would give lower-income students more opportunities to succeed, and would provide Texas businesses with a bigger pool of talented workers.
Absolutely yes, there is a problem! We simply must enact reasonable gun safety laws. Our children and grandchildren deserve more than “thoughts and prayers”. It is unconscionable that the NRA has been able to use their seemingly bottomless pit of money to “persuade” Republican members of Congress to avoid even a vote on common sense gun measures endorsed by a big majority of all Americans. Those common sense measures include ensuring that a background check is conducted on all gun purchases, and banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Pretending to “Back the Blue” while allowing officers to be out-gunned by civilians is hypocrisy. I am proud to be a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate.
I strongly support the Affordable Care Act, and oppose efforts to undermine or repeal it. Healthcare is a right of every person, not a privilege for those able to afford it. By whatever name or means necessary, healthcare for all must become a reality in our nation. It is appalling for the United States to be the only highly developed nation in the world without universal healthcare. Studies have shown that we spend more and achieve poorer outcomes than other developed nations. A reordering of our priorities is clearly called for. If people knew that they would have always have affordable healthcare, that would allow them to look at other employment options, or to start a business, or to retire, without the fear of losing their coverage.
Our state government indeed has big challenges ahead. My two-cents’-worth would be to focus on transportation infrastructure, education, and the need for renewable energy. Texas should take advantage of this opportunity to lead in the renewable energy sector. This kind of innovation would provide new well-paying engineering, design, construction, manufacturing and technology jobs.
The economic benefits to our country from immigration are not discussed nearly enough. We benefit daily from the work done by immigrants, both legal and undocumented. People in countries less fortunate than ours are trying to do what we all do...provide a good life for their families. They would rather enter legally, and it would be a benefit to all if that were a viable option. Since most people here illegally came legally and then overstayed their visa, a wall is not the solution. Of course, anyone here illegally who is convicted of a violent crime should be immediately deported. But for the majority, who for the most part are doing everything right...working hard and contributing to their communities, there needs to be a reasonable path provided for them to attain citizenship. Families should be kept together, not torn apart. Simultaneously, the legal immigration system needs to be streamlined, and our laws need to be changed to reflect our beliefs embodied in the Statue of Liberty.
Growing up, I was on the City of Richardson swim team. I was a mediocre swimmer, competitive only in the 50-meter freestyle. In contrast, my friend Carol was terrific in every event, but my best event was her weakest. In that one event, we were evenly matched. When it came time for us to qualify for the state meet in Tyler, I had a great idea. Since she would clearly qualify in several events, I suggested that she let me win the 50 freestyle. Otherwise, it would have been a coin flip as to who would have won, but it was my only chance to make the state meet. She agreed, and we were both happy. When I explained that at my family dinner table, though, my dad did not agree. At our next team practice, he got me together with the coach and told him, “Jan has something she wants to tell you.” Yikes. Carol and I ended up racing again, and I won. So I did make it to the state meet. But I have retained a healthy sense of fair play, and of wanting to take pride in winning or losing honorably.
Age 55
Education BS Accounting
Website http://tx24.us
Texas is strong, independent, and capable of withstanding most of the nonsense generated in Washington, DC.

I would like Texas legislators (in Austin) to challenge more of the nonsense coming from DC. Specifically, Texas should challenge wastefully federal spending, ensure veterans receive needed care, and resist NSA surveillance of Texas citizens and residents.

Texas should exert its sovereignty - http://tx24.us/TexasSov.html
Public school is a local issue. K-12 belongs to parents and local businesses, those who pay property taxes. These decisions should remain within communities - local control. If the Carrollton ISD finds another way to finance its schools, "let" it follow its plan.

Public colleges and universities are funded at the state level. Similarly, the state legislature should decide on the funding model. If our model is different than California's, its ok.

The federal gov't has NO VOICE in public education. As a US Representative I will pursue the closing of the federal Department of Education.
The United States, like all other sovereign nations, has violence. There will always be some people that act out or simply lose control. This human condition can never be eliminated. For these behaviors we have laws and a legal system. Those that violate the pubic peace (break the law) are penalized. This works if crimes are consistently punished.

Any crime committed with a firearm is an aggravated crime and must receive a harsher penalty. The gun is NOT the problem; the problem is an anti-social reprobate improperly using a firearm. It is NOT a crime to be anti-social. Yet, it is a crime to "act out" and injure (or kill) someone, to steal their property, or to damage property. All aggregated crimes need to be prosecuted. Criminals must know that "crime does NOT pay". And aggravated crime has harsh penalties.
Gov't has NO ROLE in healthcare. It should fully remove itself from all aspects of the patient-doctor relationship.

Every gov't "action" (intervention) or edict adds complexity and cost to healthcare. Without these additional "requirements" providers could provide care for lower costs. Professional licensing and regulations on healthcare equipment tend to reduce competition and further aggravate costs. Gov't regulations have also required additional administrators (that add cost and do NOT increase patient care/time) - a yuge reason for out-of-control medical costs. "Let" patients and doctors discuss pricing for non-emergency care, a Free Market approach.

Providers take the Hippocratic Oath. Let them provide emergency care as a goodwill gesture for their community. Local decisions are always superior to distant, ideological edicts.
The internal issues of Texas belong to the People of Texas and the Texas Legislature - NOT the federal gov't. As a US Representative I will leave Texas alone and allow the state to act in its best interests.
By practice, Texas is immigrant-friendly. We offer healthcare and education to illegal aliens. This Open Border policy aligns with US history- a nation of immigrants.

I favor open borders, but with two provisos - 1) NO federal benefits to non-citizens, and 2) Texas to make its own decision on whether to welcome or discourage illegal immigration. Because people live within the territory of a sovereign state, that sovereign state must have authority. The aliens in question do NOT reside in federal territory... the federal gov't has NO SAY in matters of immigration.
During high school we moved twice. Each time I decided "who I wanted to be". I had an opportunity to make my own future. My new schoolmates could NOT "decide" based on my history or past actions. They had to accept me as what they saw at that moment. Each move was liberating. I took classes the "old Mike" would NOT have taken. I participated in after school activities the "old Mike" would NOT have participated in. High school was a adventure! It was a time to gain courage.