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Texas House, District 118

2-year term. Must be 21 or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas for 2 years and a resident of the district represented for 1 year.

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    John Lujan

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    Leo Pacheco

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What would you do to provide and fund an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-k through grade 12?

Identify three measures that you would support that reduce gun violence.

What are your top three budget priorities for the 2019 Legislative session?

After publication of the 2020 census, new congressional and state districts will be redrawn. What process do you support to ensure fair representation?

Given recent pressures on water resources, transportation, and infrastructure in growing Hill Country counties, would you support giving limited additional authority to selected counties to protect the quality of life – including water and clean air – in unincorporated areas? Explain why or why not.

Campaign Phone (210) 379-2638
Campaign Email votelujan@gmail.com
Experience I am a husband of 34 years and we have 5 sons. I am a Christian and my family and I are active in our church. I served as Bexar County Deputy Sheriff for 6 1/2 years. I then served as a San Antonio Firefighter for 25 years. After retiring I helped start a technology company that has grown from 3 people to over 450 employees.
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I will work closely with Governor Abbott and the Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to find a solution to the funding issues facing public education. District 118 has two school districts that have a conservator and under TEA's supervision - this is not acceptable. We must address pay inequities and improve professional development opportunities for educators especially in early childhood teachers. I will bring a diverse group of education leaders and work toward developing my view of the problems.
1. I will review and work for stricter penalties for crimes committed with a gun. 2. Stricter laws concerning possession of a stolen firearm. 3. I will look into family members being able to petition the court for an order to confiscate the gun(s) of family members who are exhibiting violent behavior or who are mentally unstable.
1. Education - we must find a fair mechanism to fund education. 2. Property Taxes - this is out of control and a major issue voters continually complain about. 3. Business and Technology investment - we can break cycles of poverty by teaching technology. We need to be creative in providing dollars to educate and prepare our future workforce.
Technology allows us to draw the lines based on computer data - thus eliminating the "D" or "R" controversies. This is fair and eliminates the back and forth allegations of unfairness by both Democrats and Republicans - let the lines fall where they fall.
This is a difficult topic. Providing additional authority to selected counties can be a slippery slope. In addition, the people in the unincorporated areas have a valid argument that they fall under decisions made by a governmental agency they have no way of addressing. We need to be careful as we move forward on this issue because we will be addressing similar issues concerning the quality of life in unincorporated areas south of San Antonio due to fracking.
Campaign Phone (210) 771-2301
Campaign Email leo78221@sbcglobal.net
Experience Currently works as the Human Resource Specialist for San Antonio College. Teaches Public Administration Courses for San Antonio College and formerly for UTSA. Served on the Alamo Community Colleges District 2017 Citizen’s Bond Advisory Committee, Leo helped to secure the $23 million for an Education Training Center for the Southside ISD.
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The Texas Legislature historically paid the clear majority (55% and more) of our state's public education costs (Foundation School Program) but our State Legislature has balked in meeting its obligation to our children, lowering its state share to 38%, which has shoved the majority of school costs down to our already overburdened local property taxpayer. Moreover, elementary schools with the greatest percentage of low income and bilingual students are injured the most.
1. Stricter handgun background checks. 2. If a handgun is lost a police report must be conducted. 3. Make sure handguns have locks that will prevent children from getting ahold of them.
1. Capping property taxes for citizens age 65 and over: This would ensure that our elders can enjoy the quality of life they've worked a lifetime to create. After all, they built this life for us.​ 2. Adequate funding of our public schools: I will fight every minute for the good of our children and our local taxpayers, pushing the state to appropriate its traditional and fair share. 3. Adequate funding for the Hazlewood Act: I’ll stand strong with our Texas Veterans against any and all attempts to weaken our pledges honoring our Veterans.
I believe an independent commission could find a fair way of drawing up congressional districts. It's not full proof but it's a step in the right direction. We also need to appoint a none partisan oversight committee to ensure the commission is not being influence by elected officials. Another way of dividing up the congressional districts fairly would be to use a mathematical algorithm to take into account populations that geographically live in the same district.
Water is very important to San Antonio well being and growth so one of my priorities would be to limit uncontrolled growth over the aquifer and look at how we can alleviate traffic problem for commuters that work in San Antonio. Before agreeing to giving Hill Country Counties additional authority I would need to know what type of authorities they are seeking.