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U.S. House, District 16

U.S. House District 16 covers the border town of El Paso and its surrounding communities. And for the first time since 2013, the district will have a new representative. Beto O’Rourke has vacated his seat to challenge U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, leaving the race wide open. Voters this fall will decide between three candidates. Republican candidate Rick Seeberger, Democrat Veronica Escobar and Independent Ben Mendoza. Seeberger is a political newcomer, who is focusing on brining technology jobs to the El Paso area and boosting border security. Escobar, who’s a former El Paso County Judge, has said she wants to champion the trade policies that supports El Paso while dispelling myths of border towns as dangerous. Escobar — if elected — would be the first Latina member of Congress from Texas. Independent Ben Mendoza, has run for District 16 before. He’s said he wants to move to state-funded elections and has called for continued support of Fort Bliss.

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  • Rick Seeberger
    (Rep)

  • Veronica Escoar
    (Dem)

  • Ben Mendoza
    (I)

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    Sam Williams
    (O)

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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 54
Campaign Phone 915-261-7115/915-493-0710
Website samforep.com
Facebook @votesamuelwilliams
Twitter @votesamwill1
Immigration has always been the cornerstone of our nation. Throughout America's history people from around the world have come to seek out a new life of prosperity for their families. We had opened our doors to those who would come to contribute to the success that is America today. We can never forget the success of the past, but we cannot take for granted the lessons that we have learned.

While the Democrats and Republicans continue to use immigration as a tool to rally their supporters, the core of immigration issue itself is being neglected. As your Independent representative, I will work to bring Congress to the table to resolve the immigration issues that have persisted generation after generation. It's clear that neither side truly want to resolve these issues, but instead keep them close by for the next election cycle.

The education system has failed our children for almost two decades. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) of 2001 is arguably the single most destructive piece of educational legislation to ever come out of Congress. This bill tied school funding to a school’s performance as measured by a series of standardized tests. Should the school fail to meet the established standards, its doors could be closed. If the school fails to meet the standards over a certain period of time, parents could choose to move their child to a charter school until the failing school finally meets those standards, costing taxpayers even more. The NCLBA has also been responsible for a massive increase in testing beginning as early as 1st grade (6-year old). Weekly practice tests are conducted to ensure the school can maximize students' scores on the government-mandated assessments. Most school curriculum is now designed to teach to these tests specifically.
Any violence is tragic! Statistics show that banning guns actually increases gun violence one example in the US is Chicago. Many Countries have banned personal firearms only to see violent crime rise with other types of instruments used to commit the same acts. We do need all States to report to the NICS the Federal system used to conduct background checks for firearm purchases. Some States to not report criminal or mental illnesses that would preclude the purchase of a firearm. Any FFL can deny a purchase of a firearm for almost any reason but businesses tend to overlook some indicators that the purchaser should not be purchasing a firearm all in the name of profits. The 2nd Amendment is very clear that we have the right to defend ourselves against Tyrannical Government as well as our families.
Because the government is involved in private healthcare, our prices have soared to an out of control level. Through the Affordable Care Act, the government allowed the health care companies to write the legislation for this destructive bill. What the politicians and media fail to explain to America is the idea that people have health coverage doesn’t mean they can afford to use it. Many people have been said to have health care coverage only to find out that it won’t cover their needs until their $10,000 deductible is met. For families living in poverty, this is nearly impossible. For families that are paying for health insurance, they have seen their premiums skyrocket in some cases to over 200% and rising since 2016. Because the money that the government gives to the insurance companies to pay for the ACA doesn’t cover the entire cost of the care for those who use it, we the people are suffering for it.
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Illegal immigration has a huge negative economical impact on our State. We are redirecting State and Federal funds that would have been used for our citizens to house and care for the illegal immigrants awaiting hearings. Illegal Immigration also keeps wages from growing to many business hire illegal works at substantially lower wages know that the employee really has no redress. There is no way to completely secure the borders but we do have the means to mitigate the security. With the use of physical barriers where terrain allows, electronic surveillance in areas that cannot be protected by a physical barrier.
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