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State Senate District 2

4-year term. Must be 21 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas, and a resident of the district represented. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in the Texas Senate.

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  • Bob Hall
    (Rep)

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    Kendall Scudder
    (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.

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Age 28
Education BA in Political Science, Sam Houston State University
Campaign Phone 903-243-2555
Website www.ScudderForSenate.com
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website www.ScudderForSenate.com
contact https://scudderforsenate.com/contact
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I chose to run for the Texas Senate when I saw that the incumbent had signed-on to sponsor the senate's school voucher bill. I believe that school vouchers are a thinly veiled attempt to privatize our public schools and tear them apart brick-by-brick. Our public schools are centerpieces of our communities--when fully funded and run appropriately, they increase property values, train and recruit future leaders of our state, and provide opportunities to break poverty cycles and advance our way of life. I was taught to never walk away from a fight worth having--and I believe that our public schools are THE fight worth having.

We can secure additional revenue to pay for a sustained increase in per-pupil state funding by closing tax loopholes for massive corporations, updating our formula for school funding, and prioritizing our public schools over the special interest projects of lobbyists and campaign donors.
The original Texas House Bill 21 was a step in the right direction in restoring school funding, but I do not believe that it went far enough. We can lower property taxes for Texans by fully funding our public schools in Austin, closing massive corporate welfare programs/tax loopholes, and altering our budgetary priorities. This, partnered with reworking our algorithm for Robin Hood in a manner that allows local districts to maintain more of their local funds, will allow for increased local school funding that will lead the way for a decline in local property taxes. I would be interested in exploring consumption revenue options, but will not support the implementation of an income tax.
As a gun owner and a citizen with my license to carry, I am a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment. I believe that Texas has a proud, rich history of gun ownership, and I have no interest in legislation that would allow wreckless people access to firearms. I join law enforcement officers and responsible gun owners supporting bi-partisan extreme risk protective orders (red flag laws). In Texas, there is currently not an option for action to separate a person who is suicidal or homicidal from his/her firearms short of meeting the high bar for involuntary mental health commitment.

I also support stronger safe storage/child access prevention laws that encourage safe storage of firearms and universal background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). There is broad public support for this common sense measure.
Texas has consistently been ranked one of the lowest states in the country when it comes to healthcare access. We should be working with healthcare providers, insurance companies, and the federal government to guarantee that every Texan has access to quality, affordable healthcare. When Texas refused the Medicaid expansion, we left billions of dollars on the table that would go a long way towards providing health insurance to the poorest of Texans and bringing all of our state hospitals up to code. Additionally, when people with mental illnesses receive the appropriate treatment and community support, they are better able to achieve their goals and contribute to our society. We need to be looking at better housing options, supported employment, and assertive treatment models that meet people at their communities and connect them to needed services.
Fully funding our public schools to bring real property tax reform to the people of Texas, bringing clean energy jobs, economic development, and infrastructure investments including high-speed internet access to rural areas, and ethics reform in Austin by putting caps on political contributions and non-partisan redistricting committees to allow voters to have true representation.
I do not believe that SB4 accomplished meaningful immigration reform due to the poor policy chops of our current legislators. It seems like our legislators are much more interested in getting a slogan to slap on a political mailer than they are in having honest discussions about solving this issue that has been kicked down the road for decades. I believe that we should work with the federal government to ensure strong border security and work with existing, law-abiding residents to create a working permit status with a path to citizenship that does not tear apart families or penalize hard work, but also in a manner that is respectful of taxpayers.
When I was in middle school, my step-mom was driving an ambulance that was struck by a drunk driver and she broke both of her legs. I had to start working at the local Dairy Queen nearly full time to help my family pay the bills. I know that without the compassion of my public school teachers, who knew that the reason I didn't have supplies was because I couldn't afford them, not that I didn't care, that I wouldn't be where I am today. I've had to work hard for everything I've ever had in my life and this election is no different.