Here’s a closer look at candidates in the Republican and Democratic primary races for the Texas House and 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.
State Senate District 10
The Rosie Project: Texas State “Rosie”
Dallas Tea Party: Board Member
FreedomWorks: Platform Commissioner at the RNC
Liberty Central: Texas State Liaison
Texas State Legislature TEA Party Caucus: Advisory Committee member 83rd & 84th sessions
NE Tarrant Tea Party: Steering Committee; Board Member; Vice President
Calvary Lutheran Church: Council Member; Outreach Chair; President
The Gladney Center: Auxiliary Board Member; Outreach Chair; President
I have served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives for District 97, which includes southwest Tarrant County. I was appointed to great committees, Appropriations and Public Education, and helped balance two budgets without raising taxes.
I have been endorsed by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. Plus: The Texas Medical association, The Texas Association of Businesses, The Texas Hospital Association, The Texas Municipal Police Officer Association. I am A rated by the NRA.
I will work hard in the Texas Senate. Due to my experience in the Legislature, I know how to get things done in Austin. I am very optimistic about the future of our Great State of Texas.
· Standing up for Education
Increase access to early Pre-K --- ensuring children enter kindergarten ready to learn --- and fully restore funds Republicans cut from our public schools.
· Defending the Right to Health Care
End Rick Perry’s war on health care by expanding Medicaid for working families and provide women full access to health care with the providers of their choice.
· Encouraging Job Growth
Position our community colleges and career tech programs in high schools to deliver higher paying jobs.
· Raising All Our Voices
Turn back Republican attacks on minority voting rights and lead the fight for equal pay for women and equal rights for ALL Texans.
The theme of the Martinez campaign is “Committed, Qualified, Competent:”
Committed – “I am committed to implement REAL change for our communities. Education continues and has always been my number one issue. I believe creating high quality early education programs that help develop the necessary cognitive, social and emotional support children need during these early years serves as a solid foundation that is essential to reach their fullest potential and succeed in life. I am also committed to the importance of having our schools well-funded so that we can stay ahead of the curve in the areas of technology. The Texas legislature must recognize the value of having art programs in our schools. We need to re-design the infrastructure of education and recognize the different styles of learning that many of our children have. My commitment extends to our teachers. They deserve higher wages and competitive salaries. We need to look at education as an investment in the future of our children.”
Qualified – “As a small business owner I am qualified and understand commerce. I have helped to create over 200 jobs here in Fort Worth. Job growth is the cornerstone of a prosperous local economy. When I stand in our great state capitol building know that I will be your voice. Know that I will fight for quality and high wage jobs and ensure that our schools are well funded.”
Competent – “I am in this race to win it, for us and our families. We’re all in this together. I am competent and ready to represent you in Austin as your next Texas State Senator.”
State Rep. District 90
Jobs and Development in our community-I’ve watched good jobs and businesses leave our community for years. Collaboration with the development community such as the Renaissance Square can happen on a greater scale. Small business mentorship and support will bring quality jobs to the communities most desperate for development. Texas is front and center in the creation of jobs and a growing economy. But this doesn’t touch everyone’s life. We need to make it easier for the people of District 90 to create and grow their own businesses.
Poor Voter Turnout and Engagement-We will bring the electorate out in the communities and age groups not normally seen.
State Rep. District 92
Member of the Texas Association of School Boards
Member of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals
Member of the Texas High School Coaches Association
Member and Officer of the Noon Optimist Club
Member of the Hurst Euless Bedford Retired School Employees
Volunteer with 6 Stones
o Backpack Giveaway which offers school supplies to children
o Run 4 Life
Lifetime member of the Parent Teacher Association
Started the Angel Fund which help students stay in School
Mentor for the Trinity High School character Education Program
Just for Kids Principal of the Year, 2007
Inducted into the Thomas Jefferson High School Distinguished Alumni Association, 2006, Charter Member
Inducted into the Thomas Jefferson High School Athletic Hall of Fame, 2011
Coach of the Year for Dallas ISD, 1978
I ran a Texas 5A high school which included staff, students and parents from all levels of economic background and over 30 ethnic backgrounds. The diversity at Trinity High School created challenges; however, we were still able to be successful on all levels of academic performance and extra-curricular activities.
I am a fiscal conservative. During my tenure on the HEB Board of Trustees, the school district received a “Superior Achievement” rating, the highest rating given by the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. The rating is based on a Texas Education Agency review of audited financial reports of Texas school districts.
I support a rigorous cost benefit analysis of any new proposal or legislation.
I am an old fashioned pragmatist and relish working with others to come up with common solutions. I strongly believe that the job of a politician is to get things done for the good of the community he or she represents.
I am pro-business and will oppose any unnecessary new regulations on businesses. As an educator, I understand over regulation from the state.
I support justifiable investments in schools, infrastructure and transportation such as the recent Constitutional Amendment #6 which allows long-range provisions for needed water resources in our state. To do otherwise is penny wise and dime foolish.
While I do not claim to have all the answers, I pledge to be open, to listen to you and to the best of my ability work with you to promote economic growth, business opportunities and promote a better quality of life in our communities.
Improve Texas Schools
Cut wasteful spending
Keep taxes low
Focus more resources on basic services like water and highways
Secure our borders
Defend the 2nd Amendment
Protect the unborn
Ethics reforms for elected officials
Protect the health and safety of our citizens
We need elected leaders in the Texas House who are more focused on doing what is right for their district instead of pandering to special interest groups that issue questionable report cards based on arbitrary standards.
There are too many politicians who would rather repeat tired slogans instead of doing the hard work necessary to protect taxpayers, grow our economy and improve our public schools. I’m a committed conservative who believes it’s time to elect more everyday Texans to clean up the political process. I will stand strong on principle and always do what’s right for my community.”
State Rep. District 94