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US Representative, District 4

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    Ken Ashby

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    Catherine Krantz

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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.

Age 66
Education BA, Sociology, Honors Program, University of Kentucky, 1975; BA, Education, Math & Coaching, Eastern Kentucky University, 1977; BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1984.
Campaign Phone 214-340-5091
Website http://www.lp.org/
contact kenashby@aol.com
The private sector and free markets have allowed Texans to become more prosperous than ever before. The problem facing Texas and all of America is a federal government so big and oppressive that it threatens our personal freedom. Instead of expanding that power with more laws and taxes, I will work to roll it back.
Texans should be free to choose which K-12 schools they attend, just as they do with colleges. I support vouchers and/or tax credits to allow that choice. Public schools will then have to offer better education at lower costs, in order to compete with private and commercial schools for tuition dollars.
Most "gun violence" is actually gang violence. The criminal justice system needs to get tougher with criminals who misuse firearms, instead of putting more restrictions and burdens on law-abiding gun owners.
Socialized medicine doesn't work, and health care is not the government's responsibility. Quit taxing Americans to subsidize insurance companies through Obamacare, and instead have these businesses compete like everyone else in a free marketplace for consumers' dollars.
Government needs to priortize its legitimate function of providing public goods like infrastructure, instead of wasting our money on welfare programs to buy votes.
I believe in immigration for those who obey our laws and support themselves, but it must be legal. We need to secure the border to keep out criminals, terrorists and freeloaders.
I grew up on a family farm, which taught me the values of hard work, personal responsibility and respect for other people.
Age 47
Education BA Liberal Arts - UT Austin BA Fine Arts - UT Austin
Campaign Phone 903-221-8181
Website www.CatherineKrantzforCongress.com
Facebook www.Facebook.com/KrantzforCongress
Twitter @Krantz4Congress
website www.CatherineKrantzforCongress.com
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The most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years is fiscal insecurity and the lack of social investment. This will make us vulnerable into the future. A nation indebted to other nations, without responsible fiscal stewardship and a neglected nation that falls behind in technology and societal advancement will never stay on the top. Texas needs fiscal responsibility, technological advancement and investment in our own people.
Based on the Constitution of the State of Texas, the legislature is required to fund a free, appropriate, public education. It is not a responsibility of school districts, but a responsibility of the State of Texas as a whole. Congress only indirectly impacts public school funding. The role of Congress is to insure that all students get appropriate equal education.
We need to understand why mass killings are an American phenomenon, why citizens are so angry that killing a lot of people becomes an option. Making this all about gun control and gun rights places an unnecessary obstacle in the path of finding real and reasonable solutions. There are ways to have common sense regulations that do not infringe on rights and Congress needs to have the courage to start that process. The hardline stance that allows for absolutely no debate does not help us arrive at real solutions and this is an issue that desperately needs real solutions. The vast majority of Americans support sensible gun laws and we need to implement them.
Americans deserve affordable healthcare. America can afford Universal Healthcare and it is the right thing to do. Medicare-for-all would also save taxpayers. Not only will this improve the lives of Americans, it will make American businesses more competitive in international trade. It makes sense fiscally and morally, it is time to take care of our broken healthcare system.
The State of Texas must make sure that its resources grow as the population grows. A first step is to make sure that Texas takes advantage of federal funding. Texas lost when it failed to implement Medicaid expansion. This hurt the people of Texas and it hurt rural hospitals even more. Another problem impacted by growth is the lack of physicians and nurses in Texas. The number of spaces available in medical and nursing schools should be increased. A larger fraction of the cost of medical or nursing education should be funded by the state and federal governments. Texas must make infrastructure investments to accommodate the increasing population. This is especially true of rural areas. Rural infrastructure improvements would make these areas more attractive to people moving to Texas. The increased level of economic activity in rural areas would help improve living conditions and improve the future profits of small rural businesses.
We need work programs that acknowledge the benefits we receive from immigrant workers. For generations, the world’s best and brightest have wanted to come to our country. Without reasonable immigration policy, we run the risk of losing that access to talent. We have already seen the effects of not allowing in the people we need. When we have less farm workers than we need our crops suffer. When our rules are too restrictive, top tech talent stays home and creates thriving industries in their own countries. We so often think of immigration as only about letting people in or keeping people out. But what about the millions of people who are already here? They are working here, spending money here, paying all sorts of taxes here, making contributions here. They should have a realistic process to become citizens if they wish. We need reasonable immigration policies that acknowledge the real value immigrants bring. We need immigration policies that reflect the reality of our country.
Both of my parents were very active in their community. My mother was a school teacher and my father was a small business owner, they worked long hours but always found time to give back. They were both active in community organizations, the Masons, the Home Owners Association, sports Booster Clubs, PTAs, they were very active in our church. I learned from a very early age to get involved. I started volunteering as a child and started a life-long habit of community service. I volunteer with the church, the animal shelter, the food pantry, numerous community events and activities and consider it a big part of who I am.
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