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Texas House District 129

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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  • Alexander Jonathan Karjeker
    (Dem)

  • Joseph Majsterski
    (L)

  • Dennis Paul
    (Rep)

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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.

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Age 42
Education Bachelor of Arts, English/Linguistics University of Houston, 2002
Campaign Phone 281-935-8922
Twitter @majsterski
We need to decriminalize and/or legalize marijuana. This will provide a number of major benefits. Resources wasted arrested, processing, and imprisoning non-violent offenders could be better used for real crime and covering the budget deficit. This would also disrupt drug cartels that smuggle marijuana into, as they would have legal competition. That would decrease border violence and illegal crossings. The ripple effect would be significant, improving many aspects of life in the state.
I am interested in giving more parents the ability to get out of failing public schools and into charter/private schools, where competition will give them more opportunities to find a school that fits their and their children's particular needs, instead of a one-size-fits-all public system that is obsessed with test scores and attendance rather than nurturing and teaching kids.
There are approximately 40,000 gun deaths in America each year, but two-thirds of those are suicides. Gun violence is not a non-issue, but violent crimes in all categories have been decreasing for decades, and are about half of what they were in the early 1990s. We already have many states have a variety of different laws in place restricting gun ownership, but if you look at gun murder rates and compare them to the gun ownership levels, there's no correlation. I cannot abide taking away the right to self-defense with a firearm, especially when it hasn't been shown to be effective. I strongly support the second amendment.
The government should stop interfering with the health care market. Customers (patients) are not involved in paying anymore. It's all done between providers and insurance. Insurance is supposed to pay for emergencies, not everyday purchases. Auto insurance doesn't pay for oil changes, and for good reason. Any time you take the price out of an economic transaction, it will increase. The incentives in the system are all backwards. We need to go back to a system where insurance is treated as a piggy bank, not an ATM.
Cut property and sales taxes so that people will have more money to support themselves and the causes they believe in. The city of Houston proved how generous the citizens of Texas can be when things get ugly. Diversify the funding sources of the rainy day fund so that will real emergencies strike, money will be available. Eliminate cronyism and special deals for friends of the politicians. And get rid of outdated vice and blue laws that serve no purpose in a modern society.
I strongly support immigration, and would like to see it made easier to legally immigrate into the United States. Our current system of rules is byzantine in the extreme. Entering the country legally can take years or even decades in some cases. And for many people, it's simply impossible. Making the rules for entry simpler would make illegal border crossings decrease. I'm opposed to any policies that imprison people just for entering the country and especially those that separate families.
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