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State Representative District 33

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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    Laura Gunn
    (Dem)

  • Justin Holland
    (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.

Age 52
Education BA- The Ohio State University
Campaign Phone 903 914 0807
Website Www.gunn4tx.com
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Voter apathy is a huge problem, especially in midterm elections. When only the far right or far left vote in an election, it leaves out the views of the population as a whole. All Texans need to recognize that their vote counts. With the divisive politics we are now at every level of government, we are losing important voters to indifference and apathy. This needs to change.From today, in the next 5 years, there will be 3 voting periods for the Texas House. We need to make sure all Texans are engaged in the process and we can optimize the number of votes so that the election totals reflect the will of the overwhelming majority of the voters, not just the far right or left.
The Texas budget must be adjusted to serve all Texans efficiently, starting with the elimination of the STAAR test as an academic standard. We need to teach, not teach a test. If STAAR testing is eliminated the state can direct that 90 million dollars into smaller classrooms and teacher salaries. Also, if Texas decriminalized Marijuana we can save over 350 million dollars a year in law enforcement, court costs and incarceration. This much needed money would be made available for smaller classrooms and teachers salaries. This money would also be made available for pre Kindergarten education. Texas has a lot to gain from decriminalization as it shares the largest border with Mexico. In addition, we can take the burden off of Tax payers and give people some relief from rising property tax increases. Ultimately, legalization of marijuana for recreational use and hemp would generate a lot of money for schools, social services, Texas farmers, and infrastructure.
Texans are proud of their heritage, and gun ownership is a part of that Frontier spirit. I believe it’s reasonable to have legislation limiting access to guns for people who have a history of violence and mental issues. This is already partly in place because convicted felons cannot own guns. As an owner of multiple guns of all types, I would have no issues registering my guns with the state as a matter of record. There’s no harm in well written gun laws that do NOT restrict punish law abiding Texans from owning guns.
The Affordable Care Act has been under fire, but so far in the current administration there has been NO PLAN that could even pass in a Republican Congress that can work. That tells me it’s a plan that should stay in place. In addition to fighting for Obamacare and Texas’s full use of it, I would expand Medicaid to include the working poor. This would benefit people who need gap insurance, college students, people who are divorced, for example. Most people don’t use there benefits unless they need them. I would also like to see basic dental and eye care included. This makes sense as we are already paying twice for this. Texans need this.
(1) We need to focus on infrastructure. With the growing population, Texas is behind and it is necessary to have good public transportation that is equal to great cities like Chicago, New York City, And Los Angeles.

(2) We need to allow for affordable housing at all levels. As housing prices rise, workers need to come from further away because they can’t afford local housing in places like Frisco, which is part of my district.

(3) Full access to better corporate health services. We need to make sure that corporations add value to Texas beyond employment. Corporations need to carry the load in conjunction with The Affirdable Care Act to give people better access to real, affordable health care.
I believe that we must treat all people with dignity and compassion. The reality is that natural disasters drive migration of humans as well as animals. It’s criminal to rip children from their parents. As a Texan, I believe it’s unfair to seize personal property for a border wall. There has to be a better way. The whole immigration policy makes all Texans look bad in the eyes of the world. I don’t appreciate making our law enforcement officers into monsters. I would not enforce any penalties on law enforcement officers who chose not to mistreat immigrants.
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