Here’s a closer look at candidates in the Republican and Democratic primary races for U.S. Senate in the March 4 primary elections.
All candidates in contested races that appear on Tarrant County ballots were sent a Star-Telegram questionnaire about their campaigns and background. Here are the responses — unfiltered and in their own words — from the candidates who replied. Spelling and grammar have not been corrected.
Over nearly 40 years, my participation has spanned physical involvement (serving and delivering food to the needy) to direct and indirect financial assistance to a broad range of charitable projects. Beyond my commitment to church programs, these have included the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Band Club Boosters, and fund-raising activities. I have given blood to the MD Anderson blood drive program every quarter for almost 15 consecutive years. I also traveled to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to helping homeowners with the overwhelming cleanup effort.
Real Estate income secondary.
Second Year PhD Social Psychology
One year PhD work in Education
Master of Technology - Interactive Computer Graphics, Arizona State University
Bachelors of Science Astronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy,
Air War College
Air Command and Staff College
F-15C Phased Array Radar Instructor Course, Dec 99
USAF Night Vision Goggle Instructor Course, June 1996
Martha, my wife of 40 years, and I have two grown children and one grandson, so I understand firsthand the importance of education that is accessible and affordable for Texas children. I’ve served on various civic boards and organizations in the Dallas area and have been involved in Democratic politics for more than 20 years.
2) Equal Opportunity-Raising wages will not matter if we do not have equal opportunity. Equal opportunity for all, regardless of Race, Gender, Background, Orientation or Generation. By generation I mean, we owe to our young people the same chance in life that our forefathers provided for us. Sadly, I am ashamed to say current authorities that are in power has mortgaged the future of our young people. This must be corrected.
3) Education-We have too many young people who are dropping off or out of our education system. As it stands, teachers are not allowed to teach efficiently and students are not allowed to learn effectively. We must allow teachers to teach and students to learn. Without proper skills and sufficient education, these young people will not be able to compete in the new global economy. We must invest in the education system. Investment requires funding. I will fight to restore the necessary funding including Head Start. Furthermore, students who are qualified and motivated must be given equal access to higher education. Only then, do we provide the means for our best and the brightest to achieve all they can achieve. I ask my fellow Texans to vote for me because issues that concern us all are crucial if not critical. We live in difficult times, a reality that often escapes our elected officials. It appears they often prefer fantasy over fact.
That's what often happens if you are a career politician and become disconnected and detached from the people. People of Texas deserve more, someone better. I live, work, and have shared the joys and pains of my fellow Texans in my personal life and as a Family Doctor. I see what is happening with my fellow citizens. I see what they see. I feel what they feel. Ordinary people are not being taken care of by their elected officials. This must change. And I plan to change that. As your Senator, my first and foremost concern will be about the welfare of our people, ordinary people, like you and I. It is the regular people that matter the most. It is the regular people that make our society, country work. It is the regular people who we can not do without. It is about time we elect someone who understands this.
In addition, my extensive knowledge in many different fields including health care makes me uniquely valuable in times like this. Health care is responsible for 25% of GDP. It is something we must get right. I am certain I will be a valuable asset in this discussion and future direction due to my deep knowledge in this field. Finally, I will fight for true equality and justice for all. Opportunity and freedom is what made America great. Opportunity to become all you can become. Freedom to choose and determine your own destiny. These are values that must be protected and preserved for all people for all times. And yet, for many Americans, these rights are slowly fading away. I will fight to defend these rights for Texans and fellow Americans. I am running for U.S. Senate, for a better today and a greater tomorrow.
I regularly sing as a mezzo soprano with my own chorus, in the Classical bel canto tradition, at the scientific tuning of C=256. We host free concerts and street corner performances regularly. I regularly attend performances in Houston at the various orchestras, opera companies, and musical societies, and help bring new people to the Shakespeare at Winedale festival each year. I have done extensive outreach to scientific and educational institutions, and the population, to teach people why NASA is so important, how the technologies that “spin off" from its missions help improve everyday life.
2009-present: Organizing state legislatures across the nation, and in D.C. to restore the Glass-Steagall Act, crushing Wall Street's ability to speculate with and be bailed out with the commercial deposits of the American people. Our efforts on this has caused 25 states to introduce resolutions in their state legislatures, identical legislation introduced into the Congress and Senate, and countless endorsements by city councils, unions, Tea Party, and other groups. It is currently ready to be reenacted, now.
2007-2009: Organizing to protect society from the collapse of the mortgage backed securities bubble, by pushing legislation from the grassroots up to Congress for a moratorium on all foreclosures while the legitimate debts are sorted out from the worthless MBS and other financial instruments. Over 100 cities and a dozen states introduced or passed our legislation, demanding this action from Congress, which did not take it up.
2006-2008: Built Congressional and popular support for H.R. 333, to impeach Dick Cheney for his abuses of executive power, and organizing the Iraq War on fraudulent intelligence. This effort was stopped by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.
2004-2007: Pushing national legislation to re-tool the auto industry, rather than shut down the factories and bail out their financial portfolios. This gained widespread support among unions, as well as non-union machinists.
2004: Exposed the fraud of George W. Bush's scheme to privatize Social Security, showing its precedent in Chile under the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet. This effort succeeded.