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Texas House, District 114
Thomas Griffing (L) Business Owner, College Instructor
Jason Villalba (R)
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How much funding have you raised for your campaign?
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Have you ever been arrested or involved in any criminal proceedings? If so, please explain:
Have you ever been involved in any civil lawsuits or declared personal or professional bankruptcy? If so, please explain:
What is an example of how you led a team or group toward achieving an important goal?
What political leader do you most admire and why?
Why are you running for this office?
Why should voters choose you over your opponent?
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?
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Our Voter Guide for the November 4 general election allows you to compare candidates in key contested races and their responses to issues side-by-side and to create your own ballot, which you can print or e-mail.
The guide was put together by the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News, whose members crafted the questionnaires for key offices up for election. The guide focuses on issues that board members believe are of greatest significance to voters.
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