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U.S. House District 15

U.S. House District extends from east of San Antonio south to McAllen, Texas.Incumbent Democrat Vicente Gonzalez, an attorney, will again face Republican Tim Westley, a pastor and his opponent in the 2016 election. Anthony Cristo is the Libertarian Party's candidate for the seat.Gonzalez has opposed recent military deployments along the border, including in his district. The operation will be one of several issues looming for constituents.A victory in this traditionally Democratic bastion in the Texas borderlands may signal how the Trump administration's focus on securing the border has either resonated with or alienated voters.

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    Anthony Cristo
    (L)

  • Vicente Gonzalez
    (Dem)

  • Tim Westley
    (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 47
Education BA Communication Arts - University of the Incarnate Word.
Campaign Phone 210-549-5144
Website www.CristoForCongress.com
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Twitter @CristoDude
website www.CristoForCongress.com
I feel the most critical issue facing Texas and the Federal government is having term limits for politicians. We are more concerned about who spends the next 4 to 8 years in the White House that we have forgotten about people spending twenty, thirty, even forty years in state offices or Congress and Senate. Our current political problems are a direct result of people voting for the "lesser of two evils" for generations. How much worse do the candidates have to get before people start voting third party. 45% of registered voters don't even vote because of how sickening our political landscape has become. So, in answer to the question, I would enact term-limits for federally elected officials and encourage Texas lawmakers to do the same.
Having scored state of Texas standardized test essays for the past 14 years, I can honestly say that the Federal Government needs to eliminate "No Child Left Behind." No Child Left Behind is a failed incentive program whereby federal funds are allotted based on the number of students who pass a test. This has led to numerous students who should have been retained, being passed on to the next grade without first grasping the required concepts of the previous grade. I can honestly say that there are students taking college entrance exams who have no business being elevated past 5th grade much less be declared a high school graduate. My father was an adjunct professor at a San Antonio community college. His job was to teach reading to high school graduates who failed to learn it in high school. Rather than rewarding states with federal funds for promoting students regardless of merit, eliminate the program entirely and let the states determine how best to fund education.
Gun violence is not as bad as the media makes it out to be. Any mass violent actions a person does with a gun can easily be done with a pressure cooker, car, cleaning chemicals, fertilizer, sword, or other means. Removing the rights of people because the actions of others is wrong. Whenever we allow the government to deprive us of our rights for the sake of making some people feel "safe" or "comfortable", then we can no longer call ourselves "free people." I plan to defend the 2nd Amendment.
The government should have no involvement in health insurance. Let the free market decide. The Affordable Care Act did not make health care affordable at all. It made it more "accessible" for some, but not more "affordable." Here is why. Prior to ACA, health insurance companies were netting over $5 billion in PROFITS every year. In spite of these profits, they were denying people medicines, surgeries, and other medical treatments their board deemed "unnecessary." Once ACA forced everyone to buy insurance whether they wanted it or not, their profits increased while still denying doctor recommended medicines, surgeries, and other medical treatments deemed "unnecessary." By the government taking your standard tax deduction and giving it to insurance companies under ACA, there no longer was a reason for insurance companies to make their prices competitive because the government was now giving it to them, no questions asked. Remove federal requirements and let the free market decide.
I don't feel it is the governments place to deal with population increases. As mentioned before with ACA, when the government begins paying for things, there is not incentive for businesses to keep their prices competitive. They can charge whatever the max amount that the government subsidizes without improving quality. Once the government stops giving our tax dollars to slumlords, they will either have to lower their rent to keep the buildings occupied, or sell them to people who WILL make the improvements needed and lease the residence out for a fair market price.
I am a 2nd generation American. My grandfather was born in Mexico. My father and I in the U.S. As such, immigration is dear to me. My grandfather served in the Army during WWII. My father served in the Army during the Vietnam era. I enlisted at 36 to be a Navy Corpsman. No greater love for your country is shown than when you swear to sacrifice your life, if necessary, to defend the constitution of the country you love. Sadly, there are many honorably discharged veterans being deported for non-violent crimes because they failed to file citizen paperwork while in service. These men and women have earned the right to be BURIED on U.S. soil (Fort Sam Houston national cemetery) so they damn sure deserve the right to LIVE on U.S. soil.
As a small child in the 1970's, I remember how badly the veterans from Vietnam were treated. They were literally and metaphorically spat upon by the citizens when they returned home after witnessing the horrors of war. When OIF and OEF came about, I was already in my early thirties and had graduated magna cum laude with my Bachelor's degree. As the war continued longer than expected, I waived my right to be an officer so I could enlist as an 8404 Navy Corpsman. My intent was to do more than put a bumper sticker on my car to support our troops. After being on suicide watch at Bethesda with men who returned from Iraq an Afghanistan in pieces (physically, mentally, and emotionally), I vowed to make sure these men and women would always be cared for. I owe it to them to make sure their time in service is not forgotten and always appreciated. It is okay to hate war. It is never okay to hate our veterans. That is verity we all learned after Vietnam.
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