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What are the state's greatest challenges that government can address?

The current two-year budget restored billions of dollars from previous cuts. Are there places where you advocate more spending and, if so, how would you pay for it? Are there areas where you would spend less?

The state’s business climate is considered a jobs magnet. How would you improve on today’s business conditions, regulation or promotion?

Please assess the safety net for Texas' poor and working poor. What changes, if any, would you make?

The 2013 Legislature broke with the recent past and boosted spending on mental health care. What other reforms should lawmakers pursue to address mental health in Texas?

What would you advocate to prevent another disaster like what happened in West?

Texas' "Closing the Gaps in Higher Education" master plan is due for a 2015 update. Are there new directions or initiatives you advocate for the state's colleges and universities?

How will you judge whether the state’s new accountability system is working for public education?

The Legislature may have to contend with another court order to overhaul the system of financing public schools. What is your idea of a better way to support public education in Texas?

If voters approve an extra $1.2 billion a year in highway spending in November, that’s only a fraction of what TxDOT says is needed. How would you bridge that gap to meet the needs of the growing population: taxes, fees, tolls, borrowing, some combination, or none of the above? Please be specific.

An ABA-sponsored, bipartisan review of Texas’ death penalty recommended numerous reforms. What weaknesses or needed improvements would you cite in the administration of the death penalty?

Do you favor open carry for handgun owners in Texas?

Gov. Rick Perry has advocated "decriminalization" of marijuana possession. What changes would you support in prosecution of drug laws in Texas?

Would you vote to place a medical marijuana amendment before Texas voters?

What changes, if any, would you make in Texas’ open records and open meetings laws?

Should the Legislature pass laws that supersede local control over oil and gas drilling?

What, if anything, should the state do to reform laws that govern payday lending?

City/Town North Richland Hills, Texas
Age 54
Campaign Phone Number (817) 899-0892
Fax Number none
Email Address
50 Years
Small Business Owner
Richland High School, Baylor University- BBA
14 year leader in Bible Study Fellowship, 2006 Fort Worth Chamber Small Business of the Year, Northeast Leadership Foundation, Birdville ISD Education Foundation, serve on numerous Chamber Organizations
Founding member of the Birdville ISD Foundation
Birdville Independent School District School Board- President, Texas State Representative-House District 91, Texas State Senate- Senate District 9
$282,236.68 since after session
Trevor Ahlberg, Barry Andrews, William S. Davis
I was a Regional Manager for Brenntag Southwest, a Texas-headquartered distribution company, overseeing five locations. The job entailed hiring and managing great people, delivering good value to our customers through economical products and services, maintaining high standards, rigorous quality assurance, and meticulous attention to detail.

On a more personal note, I recently trained for and ran the Cowtown Marathon with my college-aged daughter which required self-motivation, discipline, a sense of humor and humility. We both finished the race.
The families, small businesses and citizens of Senate District 9 who go to the polls to set the agenda and elect their neighbors to local, school district, and state offices. I admire their patriotism, willingness to engage in the democratic process, taking time to vote and stepping up to volunteer to serve their communities, schools, churches and the great State of Texas.
I am running because I have a desire to continue serving the community I grew up in, the community in which I raised my children. I’m running to bring my experience as a husband and father, small business owner, school board president, State Representative and Texas Senator to bear on policies of the State of Texas. I am running to help ensure a limited, fiscally conservative state budget, prioritizing good schools and needed transportation, water and energy infrastructure. I want common-sense, fair regulations and citizens access and transparency in state government spending and operations. Texas is the nation’s leader in jobs, opportunity and conservative governance, and I want to keep us on track and growing ever stronger.
Growing up, starting my own family and building a business in this community, I believe I know the challenges and opportunities facing our region. From my service on the Birdville ISD school board and six years in the Texas House of Representatives, I have a proven record of common sense conservative voting and working for Senate District 9. Our district deserves a Texas State Senator who will make faith and family a priority, be fiscally responsible with their money, and understand that less government means greater prosperity. These are all core principles that I stand by and will work to defend.
The Texas economy has weathered the recession far better than the rest of the nation. We have not only replaced the jobs lost during the recession but added an additional 900,000 jobs. With this prosperity comes great responsibility to maintain our fiscal discipline by setting priorities and limiting government spending. While more money will be available for allocation, just like Texas families, we need to prioritize and save. We must be responsible with taxpayer money, focus on priorities like good schools, water and roads, and otherwise limit government excess to encourage jobs and private sector investment.
The discussions over the 2016-17 budget have just begun. Over the next few months we will be assessing the different needs of the state. Until that is properly vetted, it is premature to talk about areas where more or less money is needed. What we do know is that we will likely see a surplus between $6 billion and $10 billion. As elected officials accountable to the voters and taxpayers, we need to be very responsible in prioritizing and deciding whether and where to spend or save that money.
It is very clear that what Texas is doing is working. Less regulation, not more, will only continue to improve our jobs market and keep Texas' economy moving forward.

We must continue to resist new taxes on hard-working Texas families and businesses and prioritize good schools, and the roads, water resources and energy Texas needs to succeed. We should not spend all the state revenues available, but instead return them to taxpayers or save them to protect against future emergencies or another national recession.
The Obama Administration has been far too liberal with federal programs encouraging dependence on government; a federal government too dependent on deficit and debt. Texas is wise to resist this irresponsible federal largess and wise to seek flexibility, common-sense limits and autonomy for programs impacting our citizens. The key to addressing the needs in Texas is maintaining a strong economic environment. Job creation is the best way to move people from being dependent upon government to obtaining a life of liberty and freedom. It’s economic growth and job creation that allows for individuals to gain financial freedom.
The Texas Legislature recognized the growing need for mental health care funding last session and chose to put greater emphasis on helping those Texans in need by allocating an additional $300 million to mental health care. This money has gone toward reducing mental health wait lists and getting Texans and their families the help they deserve.
The incident in West was a tragic accident that should never be repeated. Texas businesses dealing with dangerous chemicals should fully comply with current regulations. Safeguards should be followed to ensure that facility location information is not turned over to criminals, terrorists or those who would do harm. Chemical facilities should also maintain an open door policy to local government officials and allow onsite training of emergency personal. As a business owner who operates in the chemical industry, we work with local fire departments to educate and provide a training site for the local authorities to help make our community safer.
As the father of a new college graduate, I know that Texas colleges and universities must become more accessible and affordable for more Texas students. That means being innovative in the timing and delivery of college instruction, using technology and online learning when appropriate. Community colleges and four-year universities should better coordinate coursework and academic credit transfers to help provide more opportunity and lower tuition costs to more Texas students. Texas should continue to boost first generation college attendance and higher four-year college completion rates to encourage more graduates and more return on our higher education investments. And, we must do more to keep good Texas students by improving the admissions process and putting the brakes on rising university costs and tuition which result in too much college debt.
Ensuring that our students are leaving high school either career or college ready is the priority. Simply graduating students is not a good indicator. We need to verify that our students can perform in the workplace and in our universities. Students graduating from college need to be workplace ready and lifetime prepared with personal financial capabilities that will prepare them for daily financial management.
Like it or not, today Texas courts are in the driver's seat to determine public school funding policy. I do not expect the Legislature to act prior to a court ruling.

As the father of three public school students and a former school board president, I believe the solution lies not simply in how we finance our schools, but also how the money is being used. Efficiency and effectiveness is key. While the state has continued to finance education at a higher and higher level, student performance has remained relatively flat. If everyone involved would actually put the student first, ahead of politics, labor interests and bureaucracy, we can make great strides in reforming and improving public education in Texas.
With our state's population expected to increase from approximately 26 million to 46.3 million by 2060, it is crucial that we take the necessary steps to ensure Texas' infrastructure can accommodate this growth while keeping Texas an attractive place to live, work and raise a family. Through Proposition 1, on the November 2014 ballot, the state will be able to provide an estimated $1.7 billion for transportation in its first year with no new taxes and no new fees. And, Proposition 1 funds cannot be used for new toll roads. Another huge step would be to stop all diversions from the highway fund. Most importantly though, the legislature needs to make transportation funding a priority when allocating money through the regular budget process.
Like most Texans, I support the death penalty for the most terrible crimes and criminals, but expect our judicial system to get it right. In recent years the Texas Legislature has improved funding for legal defense and allowed life without parole as an option in some cases. Advancements in technology and forensic sciences will also enhance confidence in the system.
Yes, I have and will continue to support our Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms".
I do not support the "decriminalization" of marijuana possession. There is increasing research and evidence to show that the use of marijuana, especially in adolescents, is damaging to both mental and physical health.
No, I do not support placing a medical marijuana amendment before Texas voters. The use of medical marijuana for health-related purposes is still an evolving science. While this is recently portrayed as a liberty issue, we, the voters, are not medical professionals. Medical organizations from the American Medical Association to the American Cancer Society agree that more research is necessary and they do not advocate for its legalization or its use.
Texans should expect nothing less than full transparency from their elected officials. I have and will continue to support legislation that promotes government transparency at all levels of government.
I believe local control should be paired with accountability for the decisions made at the local level. Should the decisions made by the local government have a negative effect on the state's overall economy, then the local government should be held accountable and see comparable state revenue adjustments made to their portion of state revenues.
Payday lending is not the most responsible way to borrow money, but there is often not another option for some Texans when they are in a bad situation. These Texans, however, should be fully informed and aware of the contract they are getting into with a payday lending company. In as much as these companies have the responsibility of being transparent, Texans have the responsibility of being fully informed.
Address P. O. Box 14263
City/Town Haltom City, Texas 76117-3325
Age 71
Campaign Phone Number (817) 908-3071
33 years
Retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after serving more than 30 years as a hydraulic engineer specializing in water resources.
1964 Graduated High School, James Madison High School, Vienna, Virginia 1974 Bachelor of Science of Civil Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma 1981 Master of Science Water Resource, University of Texas, Arlington, Texas 2012 Last completed course MacroEconomic
I am the Democratic candidate for the 9th Texas Senate District.
I have been a public servant more or less continuously for the last 40 years.
$10,145.00 according to the Texas Ethics Commission program
Myself Frayer, Josh (Mr.) Chatham, Jimmie (Ms
I have been an expert witness in civil litigation concerning water resources.
I was the Project Team Leader concerning the construction of Joe Pool Lake, which was a $300 million investment in water resources for Texas.
Abraham Lincoln - he had the vision to lead of a team of Rivals, he was a wonderful orator, courageous in the sight of failure and uncompromising in his pursuit of a more perfect Union.
Because I want to provide a clear choice to the people of Texas's 9th Senate District between a moderate centrist fiscal conservative, and a TEA party conservative.
I will spend the next four years expanding and protecting Texans children’s educational opportunities, Texans rights, income, and property. I 'll not support the expansion of rights or privileges for financial entities.
Texas has to deal if some 18th and 19th century laws and attitudes, one being the Rule of Capture concerning water, another being the acceptance of need for regulations and their enforcement. Failure to provide a state that is safe, livable, and socially, environmentally, and politically responsible will make Texas uninhabitable in the 21st century.
We must invest in our schools. We must invest for future generations in water resources. We must invest in our roads and infrastructure to support our growing population and to continue attracting business to the state of Texas. The citizens of Texas pay their fair share and now it is time for the businesses of Texas to pay their part
I think the state of Texas should insure that the money spent enticing companies to come to Texas is actually beneficial to Texans. I see little point in bringing 1,300 jobs to Texas, if we are bring 1,300 people to Texas to fill the jobs. The state can be stuck providing support and infrastructure to a company and it's employees for 10 or 20 years with no real benefit to the state's taxpayers.
It is totally inadequate. I would be in favor of the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other laws where Texas has turned away billions of dollars in federal funds. Texans paid their federal income tax and it needs to be returned to Texas to invest in our human capital.
Drug treatment for the burgeoning private prison industry population taking up beds in Texas. We need treatment and reform for this vulnerable population so that they earn their way to invest in our state.
Obvious precautions would be implementation and enforcement of reasonable rules regarding handling, location and methods of storage of all hazardous materials. Following the theme "trust but verify".

This is probably going to require that TCEQ, among other agencies, be expanded to perform the job.
As a consumer of higher education, I can tell you take the fees are too high. The teachers are too busy, and they are not staying in teaching. In the next question I point out some basic indicators that point to an educational system that is being deliberately mismanaged. There is no reason to believe that this mismanagement is restricted to Pre-K though 12.
In the "Rankings of the States 2013 and Estimates of School Statistics 2014" by NEA RESEARCH, March 2014 Texas Ranked 48th in per Student funding, 32nd in Instructional Staff. Texas is a big state with a big population. Before public education can be held accountable for anything they have to have adequate resources to do the job.
According to the Texas Constitution Article 7, Section 1, " it shall be the duty of the Legislature of the State to establish and make suitable provision for the support and maintenance of an efficient system of public free schools." One equitable way to ensure every student in Texas receives a quality education is to totally divorce funding of schools from property taxes, and distribute funding from the Permanent School Fund.
Historically, Transportation needs have been met with a partnership of public and private industry. In transportation, Texas must eventually shift to a modern urban transportation system or at least a 20th century one. I do not support the use of eminent domain for private use, including the leasing of public roads to private companies.
The death penalty is neither economically nor morally justified. It is the political equivalent of notches on a gun handle.

The ABA stated that reform is necessary to "...reduce to the extent possible the risk of executing the innocent, and preserve public confidence in the administration of criminal justice." Since Texas has executed prisoners that are innocent or mentally incompetent. Obviously there is room for improvement.
Given current events. No. Responsible gun ownership is a duty. Irresponsible gun ownership is a threat. Wagging an assault rifle around town is irresponsible.
Regulate the use of marijuana so that its distribution is monitored as well as the product. Then tax it appropriately.
Stiffer penalties for violating them, including being a cause for removal from office, and criminal prosecution.
In situations of health and public safety, the public's interest must supersede the private interest. As an example a stoplight on an Interstate Highway, but there should be a clearly defined interest, and not a private accommodation.
One possibility which should be explored would be reinstitution of the Texas Usury Law