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Texas House District 138

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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  • Dwayne Bohac
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    Adam Milasincic
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    Demetrius Walker

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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 34
Education J.D., University of Virginia School of Law; B.S. (Journalism), Kent State University
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The most critical issue facing our state is the future of public education. Decades of short-changing our schools and teachers have led to an emergency in public school funding. I will approach this crisis by making the needs of our public school system my top priority in the budgeting process, including by fighting to enact the specific solutions outlined in my answer to the question below.
Public education must be our #1 budget priority. This means:

1) Restoring the state's share of public school funding to at least 50 percent and repair the still-devastating consequences of the funding "gap" created by the $5.4 billion school funding cut that my opponent enacted.

2) Fixing the recapture system to reflect 2019 realities and to stop penalizing districts, including Spring Branch ISD, that are superficially "property rich" but in reality have large populations of students from disadvantaged families.

3) Opposing all schemes to privatize or defund our public schools. For example, Cy-Fair ISD receives $0 in state funding for facilities, but the state just gave $60 million in facilities funding to unproven start-ups.

4) Giving teachers and support staff a raise. Texas teacher salaries are more than $6,000 below the national average, and close to half of Texas teachers must take on side jobs to afford their bills.

5) Providing funds to local districts for full-day pre-K
Yes. The United States has only 4.4% of the world's population, but 85% of the world's mass shootings. Gun-safety measures may not be the only solution to mass shootings, but they are a necessary component of any effective response. We don’t have to take an “either/or” approach. Let's limit access to military-style weapons and invest more in mental healthcare. We can and should do both.

Texas had a reasonable system in place: Pass a background check, get trained, receive a permit, and carry your concealed handgun for self defense. These procedures have not stopped law-abiding people from owning handguns, and Texas should expand these solutions to all gun sales. Additionally, I support common-sense protections such as: 1) Criminal background checks on all gun sales; 2) Keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers; 3) Keeping guns out of schools, college campuses, and churches; 4) Ending the gun show loophole and banning bump stocks; and 5) Promoting responsible gun storage.
More than anything, healthcare reform is a question of values. Do we value life and dignity for every person, regardless of wealth? Or do we value maximizing insurance executives' bonuses? With values as our guide, the rest falls into place.

At the state level, we must expand Texas Medicaid. As part of a political grudge match, Texas politicians refuse to accept federal money to help more Texans get insurance. We've already paid this money in federal taxes. Except for career politicians, the choice is obvious: Accept our money back into the state, and use it to expand coverage.

We should further require Texas insurers to cover pre-existing conditions. Although the ACA requires this at the federal level, politicians in D.C. are constantly threatening it. To provide peace of mind and continuity for Texans, require all insurers doing business in Texas to cover pre-existing conditions—and use the Texas Department of Insurance's rate-regulation tools to manage any resulting rate spikes
1) Fast-growth school districts. Rapid growth is concentrated in a handful of school districts, including Cy-Fair. State funding formulas do not match these realities, and the current legislature has particularly failed our fast-growth school districts by failing to provide adequate facilities funding to offset the cost of building the new schools necessary to house the influx of students.

2) Increased flooding risks. Population growth means new subdivisions, mid-rise apartments, and strip malls. Such developments are not inherently bad and can add value to the community--but not if the new construction occurs with inadequate protection. Too often, growth means paving over miles of historic prairie without adequate retention ponds being installed and with developers exploiting loopholes to avoid even existing protections.

3) Environmental protection. The needs of our ecosystem and endangered species too often take a backseat to haphazard population growth.
Empathy is missing, and fearmongering has carried the day. These are dangerous, sad times. Our political culture is stoking hatred. We need political leaders to defuse the culture of hate and carry out Pope Francis's guidance to "not let fear get in the way of welcoming our neighbor in need."

Immigration made America great. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Houston is a better place to live and work. I will be a leader in the Texas legislature to end the political scapegoating and harassment of immigrants and to keep Texas welcoming to all.
When I was 11, my grandfather--who I was very close to and who served as a strong role model--died suddenly in a car accident. Before that, he often instilled in me the importance of education and the need to diligently fight for our goals, even when difficult, improbable, or unpopular. Especially because his passing was so jarring, those lessons have stayed with me in just about every context I have encountered since then.
Age 36
Education BA, Economics, Vanderbilt University | MBA, Small Business Management, University of Phoenix | Graduate Certificate of Nonprofit Management, Texas A&M
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The most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years is charting a path to sustainable economic development. In order to attract new businesses, create new jobs, and bring in the revenue necessary to make Texas quality of life better, it is essential to get a handle on flood control, clean up our water supply, prepare our citizens for a modern economy through education, and end mass incarceration. To achieve these objectives I will 1) introduce a bill to legalize and regulate cannabis like alcohol, 2) commission a study to get to the source of Chromium-6 contamination of our drinking supply, 3) push for universal Pre-K and increased public school funding, and 4) slash the prison budget to redirect funds to mental health and substance abuse initiatives. Legalizing cannabis will create new businesses and jobs in agriculture, medicine, transportation, and retail that translates into revenue for flood management, education, and traffic solutions.
The best investment Texas can make is in the public education of its citizens. Currently, our state is still reeling from the multi-billion dollar budget cut made in 2011. Funding needs to be restored back to pre-2011 levels if Texas is going to compete in our modern economy. Learning from states like Colorado who use an excise tax on marijuana sales to help fund public education, Texas would be wise to legalize cannabis for this purpose as well.
With mass shootings commonplace in the American news cycle and astronomical rates of suicide by gun, it's rather obvious that America has a problem with gun violence. The United States has 4.3% of the world's population, but our country's suicide by gun rate represented 35.3% of all firearm suicides in the world in 2016. For this reason, I plan to divert funds from our prison budget and redirect them to mental health initiatives that will keep our citizens from killing themselves and others.
Texas is the uninsured capital of the United States. More than 4.3 million Texans, including 623,000 children, lack health insurance. When uninsured people inevitably end up in emergency rooms, the cost of healthcare is driven up even further for all of us. Under Governor Perry, Texas opted out of Medicaid expansion included in the Affordable Care Act. That translates into no affordable insurance program for working people who are below the poverty line. This is unacceptable.

The United States currently spends more on healthcare per person than any other country in the world... by a country mile! While the U.S. spends more on healthcare than any country in the world, it ranks 12th in life expectancy among the 12 wealthiest industrialized countries. To correct this tragedy, the United States should adopt a single payer system (like other industrialized countries) to ensure all citizens receive affordable health coverage.
In order to deal with Texas' rapid growth, new industries must be created to ensure there is ample employment. Therefore Texas must:

1. Legalize cannabis to create business opportunities in agriculture (hemp and marijuana production), medicine, retail, and transportation. 2. Create a renewable and clean energy economy. Jobs in manufacturing, management, and deployment of renewable resources will protect our economy from cyclical downturns in oil and gas. 3. Invest in efficient methods of transportation to eliminate choking congestion on our roads. Instead of expanding highways (which has proven not to eliminate traffic), alternate modes of transport like train, monorail, and hyperloop must be installed.
Missing from the conversation about immigration are the factors that have led people to seek asylum and residence in our country. US meddling in the politics of Central American countries, combined with unloading thousands of American born criminals onto these countries, has destabilized them and turned them into war zones. People are fleeing violence fueled by US policies. Considering these factors, the United States must take responsibility for the problems it's created. Immigrant detention should not be be a mechanism for revenue growth by the for-profit prison industry.
One night, when I was 10 years old, I was awakened by the sound of gunfire outside my window. A young college student, Gary Gonzalez, was senselessly gunned down. From that day forward I have been committed to correcting the plight of people neglected by by America - the poor, the uninsured, the under educated. Through compassion, a commitment to education, and dedication to making our country safer, cleaner, and more equitable for our children, we can make America great.