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U.S. House District 20

The state's 20th congressional district covers most of west and northwest San Antonio, from south of downtown up to Helotes, Texas. Incumbent Democrat Joaquin Castro, an attorney, won re-election in district during the 2014 and 2016 elections. Libertarian candidate Jeffrey Blunt has been on the midterm elections ballot for the seat since 2012.

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    Jeffrey Blunt

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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 55
Education BS Chemical Engineering, RPI MBA Boston University
Campaign Phone 2102687146
Website http://www.lptexas.org/2018_candidates
website www.lp.org
Texas and Texans are overburdened by taxes and regulation imposed on them by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.

As a member of the US House of Representatives, I will do all I can to reduce Federal taxation and regulation imposed on Texas.

Texas will prosper with less government, lower taxes, and more freedom.
Public schools should be funded at the state and local level. I will work to give control of public school funding back to Texans and keep the Federal government out of it.
Some Americans sometimes commit violent acts. They should be prosecuted if they do so.

That does not mean the rights of millions of law abiding American gun owners should be taken away.

As a member of Congress, and an ex-military gun owner myself, I will work to ensure that our 2nd amendment right to keep and bear arms is maintained.

The Federal government should not be involved in providing health insurance.
The Federal government should not be addressing population growth in Texas.

As a member of Congress, I would not interfere with the way Texas and Texans choose to address population growth.
Immigration is necessary to keep the American economic engine running strong.

However, our immigration system is completely broken. It gives many people no chance to come here legally. With no chance to come here legally, they feel compelled to come here illegally. I would create a system that would give vital workers a chance to come to the USA legally on a work permit.

I do not favor building walls and militarizing the border.

I grew up in a working class family. I joined the military, got an education, and was able get a good job as an engineer.

However, I have not forgotten my roots. I can relate to the economic struggles that working class and middle class Americans often face. I think that gives me an advantage over many of the professional politicians working in Washington today who simply can not relate to regular Americans.
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