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Texas House District 149

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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    Aaron Close
    (L)

  • Hubert Vo
    (Dem)

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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 43
Education BS Colorado School of Mines Math/Computer Science/Geophysical Engineering
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I wish there where only one critical Issue for Texas. However, there are a lot of them. First is the economy, Texas has been blessed with great natural resources, in fact, if it where it's own country it would be the worlds third largest oil producer. But economic diversification is critical, one of the key things hurting the businesses in Texas is the Gross revenue tax that should be eliminated. Right behind that is the property taxes, as some of the highest in the country and getting higher every year, a change such that property tax value assessments would be frozen at the amount the property was purchased for would greatly help the average long-term owner. The idea of the elderly having to sell their homes because they can no longer afford the property tax should rub every Texan the wrong way. Last is healthcare, a simple healthcare pricing transparency act would help greatly.
My belief is I want to see done what is the best for the kids. 2 facts stick out in my mind that need to be addressed, first is that most schools have twice the number of administrative positions that they had 25 years ago when I was in school, and the average number of students per teacher has gone up. We need to reverse both of those trends by working to reduce the administrative burden on the schools and focusing money one improving student/teacher ratio. And tightly related to that is incentives for better teachers to take on tough teaching jobs in poorer / underserved school districts.
The media would have us believe we do. However, the statistics tell a very different story, since the early 1990's almost all crime has been decreasing in the United States. The constant 24-hour news cycle makes it seem much worse than it is. Yes, we need to do all we can to reduce crime and to care for those with mental illness, however, we need to ensure that in the process we are not trampling on the rights of our neighbors, children, and grandchildren.
I'm a minimalist when it comes to all things government. Government roll in healthcare and most other industries should be limited to making sure the playing field is level and protecting the public and that is it. Statistics show that the more government subsidies, and regulation any industry has the more its costs rise relative to the inflation rate. Two key examples of this are the Healthcare industry and higher education, both of which are some of the most highly regulated and government subsidized industries in the country for years and also those costs have grown much faster than inflation.
Growth strains all government services, but by restricting government growth and encouraging the free market most of the issues associated with growth can be handled with free market solutions.
I strongly believe that we underestimate the value of immigration on the Texas economy. I believe that we need to make it much easier for those who what to come and work here legally to do so and much tougher for those who choose to break the law to be here. Secondly, anyone who is here illegally should not be entitled to any government services, those who are here legally should pay taxes and have limited government services. Our country was built by immigrants and will continue to be so, however, the privilege of being here also comes with responsibilities and those two things cannot be separated.
So many things, I think most was simply seeing how hard my parents worked while I was young, both worked, and they took turns watching us while the other worked. I still remember lying in bed at night hearing my parents stay up for an hour or so after the kids went to bed just so they could talk and spend time together. That they somehow managed to work so hard, take care of the children, be involved in the community and still make sure to spend time with each other. Their example to me will always be a big part of who I am.
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