State Rep. Chris Turner wants to make sure all Texans have access to education and affordable healthcare.
“My first priority is and always will be to be responsive to the needs of the people of District 101 and to be their voice in Austin on the issues that matter in their daily lives,” said Turner, 41, a Grand Prairie Democrat seeking another term in the Texas House.
His opponent, Libertarian Carl Nulsen, isn’t campaigning and didn’t respond to the Star-Telegram’s requests for information.
The two face off Tuesday to determine who will represent the district, which runs along Texas 360 and takes in east Arlington and the Tarrant County portion of Grand Prairie.
At stake is a two-year term that pays $7,200 a year. Election Day is Tues., Nov. 4.
Turner, a public relations consultant, first claimed public office in 2008, ousting Republican Rep. Bill Zedler of Arlington. He lost his re-election bid in 2010, then successfully ran for the newly drawn District 101 in 2012.
The longtime aide to former U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, now serves as chairman of the Texas House Democratic Caucus. This year, he was tapped to help Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis’ gubernatorial campaign against Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Priorities for next session include addressing “the need for quality public schools, having access to affordable healthcare and creating more economic opportunities in our community,” said Turner, also a former executive director of the Tarrant County Democratic Party. “I am proud of my record of listening to the needs of those I represent and getting things done for our community.
From July 1 to Sept. 25, he raised more than $11,000 and has more than $50,000 on hand, according to the most recent reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.
Nulsen, 38, an Arlington insurance operations manager, has been a quiet candidate in several races.
His first bid for public office was in 2006, when he ran against U.S. Rep. Joe Barton in the race for the 6th Congressional District. He drew 2.45 percent of the vote.
In 2008, he ran for state Senate District 9, drawing 2.58 percent of the vote. And in 2012, he opposed Turner in HD101 and picked up 12.09 percent.
In the past, he has said he was running for office to offer voters a candidate who would base his decisions on principles rather than influence from special interests.
He has raised no money for his campaign, according to the last report he filed with the ethics commission, in January.