Job growth, border security, state roads and education.
These are among the top priorities of candidates hoping to represent House District 91 in the Legislature next year.
“I have family and lifelong friends in the district and want to make a difference in the lives of the residents of HD 91 and Texas,” said state Rep. Stephanie Klick, R-Fort Worth, who is seeking a second term in office. “I want to keep HD 91 and Texas a great place to live, raise a family and work.”
Democrat David L. Ragan said he offers residents in the district a real change.
“I feel that the residents of District 91 can be better represented in Austin,” the 78-year-old real estate broker said. “I feel that I can contribute to the Texas legislative process by representing District 91 through working with my fellow legislators, paying attention to my constituents and always keeping the best interest of Texans as my goal.”
Klick, Ragan and Libertarian Felecia Whatley face off Nov. 4 to determine who will represent the district, which includes North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Watauga and a small portion of Fort Worth.
At stake is a two-year term that pays $7,200 a year. Early voting runs from Monday to Oct. 31.
Klick, a former Tarrant County Republican chairwoman and registered nurse, was elected two years ago from a crowded Republican field to represent this district.
If elected, she said, her top priorities are securing the state’s border, reducing Medicaid and food stamp fraud, keeping Texas growing, ensuring that tax money is spent responsibly and addressing state transportation needs.
“The voters in HD 91 have a choice of whether they want Texas to continue to lead the nation in job creation and growth or whether the Obama job killing policies will be enacted in Texas,” the 58-year-old Fort Worth resident said.
Klick raised $8,600 between July 1 and Sept. 25 and has nearly $25,000 in cash on hand, according to the most recent campaign finance filings with the Texas Ethics Commission.
“I am the conservative choice in HD 91,” she said. “Last legislative session I kept my commitment to the voters in HD 91 and my record reflects the conservative values of HD 91.”
Ragan, a past mayor and city councilman in Richland Hills, said his experiences in city government — as well as his tenure as a past chairman of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority — make him a prime candidate for the Texas Legislature.
His priorities, if elected, include education, transportation, environment, veterans issues, energy, business and economy, healthcare and immigration.
“There are several issues that directly affect Texans and the Metroplex which are not being addressed,” he said.
Ragan raised $2,000 between July 1 and Sept. 25 and has no money on hand, according to the most recent filings with the Ethics Commission.
“I would be honored if the voters realized that I will put my heart and all my effort into representing them as their state representative in Austin and will work for their best interest to the best of my ability,” he said.
The Watauga resident, who didn’t respond to a Star-Telegram survey, posted on her Facebook page that it’s crucial for Libertarians to get the word out about what they stand for.
“The easiest way to say it is that I believe that my rights end where yours begin and your rights end where mine begin,” she wrote. “This means that we believe that adults are intelligent enough to decide how to live their lives and what to put into and do with their own bodies as long as we aren't hurting anyone or breaking any laws.
“It is NOT the government’s role to decided what is best for me or you. We know best how to live our lives in peace and harmony with others.”
The last report she filed with the state showed she raised no money and had no money on hand for this campaign.
A LOOK AT THE CANDIDATES
Stephanie Klick, Republican
Occupation: Registered nurse
Residence: Fort Worth
Contact: Stephanie@StephanieKlick.com; www.StephanieKlick.com; 817-381-6467
Dave Ragan, Democrat
Occupation: Retired Bell Helicopter buyer. Currently, real estate broker
Residence: Richland Hills
Contact: 817-991-1747 (cellphone)
Felicia Whatley, Libertarian
Age: No response
Occupation: No response
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.facebook.com/FeleciaWhatleyforTexas91/info