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Nov. 4 preview: U.S. House races

Here is a look at the contested local U.S. House races:

U.S. Rep., District 6

Republican Joe Barton (i)

Age: 65

Occupation and/or main source of income: U.S. Representative

City of your residence: Ennis, Texas

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: 972-875-8688, www.joebarton.com

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: I currently serve as the Chairman Emeritus on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. I continue to lead the fight against ObamaCare, work toward a balanced budget, advance a rational energy policy that lowers costs for consumers, and promote legislation that will protect the private information of online consumers. I also served as a White House Fellow from 1981 – 1982.

Past public offices you have run for or held: None

Why are you the best candidate for this office? I don’t think my work is done. The decisions made in Congress over the next few years will have a profound effect on the future of the country. I think I have the conservative credentials and the leadership ability to make sure the views of the people in the 6th District are properly represented in Washington.

I’m a consistent conservative voice for Texas and the Nation in Congress. I have a proven record of achievement and responsible representation for the district. I have called the 6th District home nearly my entire adult life. I understand the values of the people who live here and we share many of the same core conservative beliefs.

I’ve been a leader on free market based health care reform and energy policy. As Chairman and now senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I continue to turn my conservative ideals into legislation, while at the same time building bipartisan support.

My lifetime voting record is over 90% on all conservative scorecards and my commitment to hands-on, face to face constituent service is unquestioned.

What are your top issues? We need to get government spending under control and balance the budget. I also think that it is necessary to repeal or replace ObamaCare and work on border security/immigration reform.

We borrow too much and spend even more than that. Our national debt is more than $17 trillion - an unfathomable number that is now a sad, scary, and frustrating reality.

Despite this, the federal government continues to borrow money while expecting the American taxpayer to foot the bill. Our revenues are dwarfed by our expenditures, and many in Washington think the solution is to raise your taxes. However, tax increases will only strain your wallet further. Instead, the federal government needs to drastically reduce mandatory spending. Common sense dictates that you don’t spend more than you have. Americans around the country do it every day, and it should be no different for the federal government.

Our current rate of spending is simply unsustainable and leaving this growing burden for our children and grandchildren is irresponsible. It’s time for the federal government to be more accountable with your money.

We also need to deal with ObamaCare. I have backed up my words with actions by voting dozens of different times to repeal all or part of this disastrous law.

The mandates in ObamaCare need to be replaced with market based solutions. Needed reforms include expanding health savings accounts, allowing people to purchase health insurance across state lines, expanding state high-risk pools so that people with pre-existing conditions get the coverage they deserve, and much needed medical liability reform (something that is already helping Texans). One of the primary goals of my plan will be to lower health care cost for all Americans.

I don’t want to move toward a government operated single payer system and that is what ObamaCare does over time. It destroys the private insurance market.

The reforms I support take the power away from bureaucrats in Washington and put it back in the people’s hands.

I am an original co-sponsor of the American Health Care Reform Act (HR 3121), which I believe would accomplish many of the goals I stated above.

We also need to secure the border and tackle immigration reform. I have always been a supporter of legal entry into the United States. Our country was founded on opportunity and freedom. Providing people from across the world an opportunity to legally become hard-working American citizens is a fundamental principle of our great nation.

In my mind, what needs reforming is the federal government's attitude toward enforcement of our current immigration laws and securing the border. I believe it is in our nation's best interest to have a reasonable immigration policy that allows us to know who is entering our country and why they are here. I would increase enforcement at the border and make sure we are doing everything possible to stop illegal immigrants, illegal drugs, and terrorists from coming into the country. I have released a draft of a comprehensive immigration bill that I hope will advance the conversation about this issue.

I have visited the border and it was eye opening. The crisis is real, but it is also fixable.

In the McAllen area alone they have apprehended illegal immigrants from 143 different countries. Federal Customs and Border agents, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies, are working hard, but it was clear there are things Washington can do to help.

I was able to ride with agents as they patrolled the Rio Grande and see the conditions they face on a daily basis. I also visited the Hidalgo International Bridge, and then toured a processing center and a detainment center in McAllen. I witnessed the kids being cared for compassionately and I was encouraged after being told the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is decreasing.

However, after speaking with officials it was blatantly clear that loopholes in our nation’s immigration laws are still being abused and our surveillance capabilities are being stretched thin. Agents need better equipment to keep an eye on our vast Southern Border.

I think the legislation passed by the House recently will help on these fronts. It will pay for the deployment of the Texas National Guard and authorities told me their help is necessary and appreciated. The bill will also stop the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (known as DACA) program and change the 2008 law so that illegal immigrants from Central America are treated no different than those from Mexico and Canada. The goal should be to reunite unaccompanied minors with their loved ones back home as quickly and safely as possible.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? I believe that keeping the decision of “term limits” for Representatives is best left to the people who elected them into office. Members of the House must participate in elections every two years, which provides accountability.

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? I believe this is a state issue and is best handled by members of the Texas Legislature.

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? I believe this is a state issue and is best handled by members of the Texas Legislature.

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? I have introduced an online poker bill that would legalize interstate poker - but only if a state approves it. Ultimately, I believe this is a state issue and is best handled by members of the Texas Legislature.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? I support Governor Perry’s decision to activate the Texas National Guard and post members along the southern border. These guardsmen will supplement the great work already being done to protect Texans. I commend all the state, local and federal agencies engaged in this operation.

It is important to note, however, that this is just a first step – not a permanent solution. The federal government must get involved in this crisis. It is time for the Obama Administration to stop watching from the sideline. Our nation has immigration laws and those laws MUST be enforced. We need to treat these children humanely, but they should then be sent back to their country of origin as soon as possible so they can be reunited with their families and loved ones. Ultimately, we need to secure the border. We can’t even begin to discuss immigration reform until this happens.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? I am prolife and I believe that all life is precious and should be respected. Abortion is the taking of an innocent human life. As a lawmaker, I believe I have a constitutional and moral obligation to protect those who do not have the power to protect themselves. I have, and will continue to oppose legislation that allows for federally funded abortions.

While I do not have a vote in the Texas State legislature, I will continue to encourage my friends in the State government to support polices which protect life.

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? I believe this is a state issue and is best handled by members of the Texas Legislature.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? I believe this is a state issue and is best handled by members of the Texas Legislature.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? The right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution, and I am a consistent supporter of that right. I believe that violent crime must be reduced, but I will not support measures that infringe upon the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. I support an individual's right to defend themselves, their family, and their property with a legally obtained firearm. This right is put in jeopardy by those advocating stricter control measures. The gun control movement hurts law-abiding citizens and businesses, not the criminals who care nothing for the law. I believe we can better reduce the misuse of firearms by strongly enforcing laws already on the books and maintaining responsible judiciaries.

Ultimately, I think issues like open carry and concealed carry are best handled on the state and local level.

Democrat David E. Cozad

Age: 66

Occupation and/or main source of income: Retired software development manager, Social Security.

City of your residence: Arlington, TX

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: 817 909 2360; Email: cozadforcongress@email.com; www.cozadforcongress.org

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Started a non-profit corporation to promote the production of solar energy for electric transportation systems for all levels of society. Currently working on engineering plans to generate enough solar electricity to power the City of Arlington and all of the oil to electric converted cars and trucks in Arlington. The next step is to provide the same electric power to the Metroplex including Ellis and Navarro Counties. One level of electric transportation would be a public transportation for the middle class, working poor, disabled, and the elderly. This system would be self funding and self operating. It would not require tax supported subsidies unless capital funding sources cannot keep up with the need to build the system faster.

Worked for 19 years in the Optimist Club of Arlington as coach, administrator, commissioner in their Peewee Football Project, umpire scheduler in their Baseball Project, Chairman of Junior Olympics, and Chairman of the 4th of July Float Project.

Past public offices you have run for or held: Ran for US Congress TX 6 in 2010 Ran for US Congress TX 33 in 2012

Why are you the best candidate for this office? My opponent has been captured by those who are taking us over the energy cliff. If you don’t (know) what the energy cliff is please (read the) Daily Kos diary http://www.dailykos.com/blog/DavidECozad/#. I have the vision, knowledge, and skills to see the cliff and avoid it. My opponent does not know it is there and if he did would not have a clue about what to do to avoid it. On another level, my opponent's embrace of austerity, government shutdown (at a cost of $24 billion), and brinkmanship of default has scared every rational person in the District. I will denounce austerity until we need it to break the next bubble of Wall Street. I will bring home the “bacon” to rebuild the middle class by jump starting the economy of prosperity for the middle class and the working poor. Bring the tax code in line with building a prosperous economy. Kill the policies of trickle down economics. I would change the corporate tax code to a top rate of 27% but eliminate all tax breaks, exemptions, carve outs, etc.

What are your top issues? Energy and Transportation, followed by equality of pay, further improvement in the ACA and Medicare, and protection of Social Security.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? I plan to serve for three or less terms. If I am successful as a US Representative, I should move up to a higher office, such as US Senator from Texas.

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? I think people should get a license to buy tickets. The license shows you have enough money to spare to waste it on lotteries. Of course, this rule would most likely kill it because the people who have money to waste on it would not buy tickets. That is why they have the money in the first place.

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? I feel the same way about horse and dog tracks like I feel about lotteries.

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? Just like I feel about lotteries.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? First, you would have to define which border crisis. If you are referring to the children showing up on the border and turning themselves in to the nearest Border Patrol, that is not a border crisis except in the minds of the radical right wing. The children crisis is in Central America where we have been dumping the waste products of the failed War on Drugs, again a creation of the radical right wing. I would pass President Obama’s emergency measure to take care of the children, but would add money to make sure these children are properly represented by paid lawyers. We do not want to ship these children back to the hellhole we created in Central America where they will be going back to the same situation they ran away from in the first place.

Second, if you are referring to the drug smuggling and human trafficking going north and the gun running and money laundering going south, that is the real crisis. We have the right people,namely law enforcement officers, taking care of that just not enough of them. Sending the National Guard who can't arrest anyone was one of the more wasteful actions I have seen in a long time. I would present a bill to legalize at the federal level marijuana as it is being done at the state level. This would reduce the drug smuggling by a third. To lower the human trafficking, I would make E-Verify mandatory for all employment in the US including all work permits of every kind. If a person is working on a visa or work permit, the person must be E-Verified on each anniversary of employment.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? I do not.

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? North Central Texas has an electricity supply problem of immense proportions. If we did not have such cool summers for Texas for the last two years, we would be suffering rolling blackouts every week the temperature went above 105 degrees F.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? No. When suffering a revenue failure because of tax cuts to the oil and gas industry, cutting education is the worst option. It would have been incredibly better to start taxing the incomes of the people getting $500,000+ per year instead.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? Yes, you should be allowed to open carry small arms (it is a small arms if you can carry and operate it with the use of one hand only) on your personal property, your favorite gun club, and I can’t think of any other place that is appropriate.

Libertarian Hugh Chauvin

Age: over 40.

Occupation and/or main source of income: Construction manager

City of your residence: Mansfield

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: 682-553-1053 or ahchauvin@yahoo.com

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: My work has taken me to 6 foreign countries over the past decade, so I have not had much opportunity to be as involved as I would like to be.

Past public offices you have run for or held: U.S. House of Representatives district 6 in 2012

Why are you the best candidate for this office? I have 30 years of experience in international management in the energy sector. I am a U.S. Air Force veteran. I believe that the nearly 30 years the incumbent has been in office have not resulted in any major improvements in U.S. energy policy, unless you count outlawing 40 and 70 watt light bulbs and declaring war on coal. In addition, I pledge to donate 50% of my congressional salary to charities in the 6th district.

What are your top issues? ISIL in Syria and Iraq. Our foreign policy has deteriorated significantly during the past 6 years. The U.S. major domestic issues that our government has failed to address. Our economy has not fully recovered from the recession and we need real representation, particularly since the current congress has an approval rating of around 13%.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? I would serve a maximum of 4 terms.

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? Keep it to continue to fund education.

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? Yes

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? Not a lot. Casinos haven't done much for the economy in Oklahoma, Louisiana or Indiana and they are closing them down in New Jersey.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? Immigration is a federal issue. The governor, senators and representatives need to press the administration and Homeland Security to enforce the current laws. For over 50 years, all administrations have either selectively enforced or refused to enforce the immigration laws on the books. We need a serious national debate on this issue and we need to enforce our laws to secure our national sovereignty. We arrest people arriving illegally from Canada and allow millions to cross the border from Mexico with impunity. We need to be consistent and fair to both potential immigrants and the citizens of the United States.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? I do not believe that abortion should be used in an arbitrary manner as a last ditch birth control method. I do, however believe that there are legitimate instances when abortion is appropriate and should be a personal decision between women and their doctors with input from the father or parents if appropriate. I do not think the government at any level needs to be involves with health care or health care decisions.

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? Texas infrastructure is among the best in the nation. We need to continue doing what we're doing for roads, bridges and other similar public works. The major issue that needs to be addressed is adequate water for cities and farmers. I do not understand why we are not building seawater desalination plants to provide more potable water for crops and cities. Never mind we could export it to other states and charge them for it.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? Not a big fan of the Robin Hood laws for handling school funding. This another area where we have Federal over reach. If we took the billions of dollars in the annual Department of Education budget and distributed among the states we would be better off.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? I am in favor of maintaining the current concealed carry status. In the present climate, too many people, rightly or wrongly, are paranoid when they see guns in a public setting. I would not, however, oppose open carry legislation on a national or state level.

U.S. Rep., District 12

Republican Kay Granger (i)

Age: 71

Occupation and/or main source of income: Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

City of your residence: Fort Worth

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: 817-870-5000, kay@kaygranger.com, www.kaygranger.com

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Fort Worth Zoning Commission, Fort Worth City Council, Fort Worth Mayor, Member of Congress

Past public offices you have run for or held: Fort Worth Zoning Commission, Fort Worth City Council, Fort Worth Mayor, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Why are you the best candidate for this office? I have a strong connection to the communities that I represent. My voting record accurately reflects the 12th District.

What are your top issues? National Security and Defense related issues. Additionally, promote policies that will encourage economic growth and job creation, and work to ensure President Obama doesn’t overreach his executive authority.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms you would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? I do not support term limits

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? Keep the Texas lottery

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? I am against casino gambling in Texas

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? Texas should ensure it is taking steps to protect the border.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? Yes, I agree with the law

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? Currently, Texas sends too much money to Washington and doesn’t receive enough back in return for transportation projects. I believe Texas should be able to keep more of its money in the state to use on our infrastructure needs.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? No, I do not agree

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? Yes

Democrat Mark Greene

Age: 56

Occupation and/or main source of income: Consultant

City of your residence: Fort Worth

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: 817-900-3800,

info@markgreeneforcongress.org, www.markgreeneforcongress.org

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Consultant on local campaigns/Aledo ISD 1986-88, frequent letter-to-the-editor and op-ed writer (Star-Telegram, Newsweek) 1988-2014, Tarrant County coordinator of Ross Perot for President 1992, senate and state Democratic delegate multiple times, 2000 Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives (TX-12), multiple citizen committees in Benbrook 1999-2001, Benbrook City Council 2001-2003.

Past public offices you have run for or held: 2000 Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives (TX-12), Benbrook City Council 2001-2003.

Why are you the best candidate for this office? My opponent has been in Washington for 18 years, and has become just another hyper-partisan beltway insider. Folks had high hopes for her in the beginning, but with each passing cycle she has become more and more of a tool for her party’s leadership – leaning whichever way they tell her to, just to solidify her position so she can help a handful of her cronies downtown. The more than 700,000 constituents of the 12th district deserve someone who is going to Washington to serve them, not himself or his party’s leadership or a few wealthy supporters, and that is what they’ll get in me.

What are your top issues? My first priority is political reform, although this is the toughest to do and will take some time. We must minimize the partisanship, which can only be done by reforming the hyper-partisan redistricting process, and we must eliminate the corrupting influence of money on the political process, which colors every decision representatives make. They are being paid to represent the people full time, but spend more than half their time fundraising, and they allow the money-race to influence their decisions. My second priority is water security. Texas and much of the country are in a long-term drought, and even with the possibility of some respite due to the weak incoming El Niño, it is unlikely to provide sustained relief. The fact is that despite multiple House subcommittees having authority over various aspects of water, we don’t have a national water policy, and we need one. My third priority is a viable national energy policy. The Barnett Shale runs through the entire district, and Texas is the energy epicenter of the country in terms of both renewable and fossil-energy resources, and energy companies. We must have a viable long-range national energy plan to safely and responsibly produce our natural gas and oil resources as we work through the transition from a carbon-based energy economy to a combined renewable/hydrogen energy economy. Lack of a national energy policy has severely impeded the development of our renewables sector, and the federal government has failed to adequately protect its citizens from inadequate state-level regulation of the drilling and production industry. Both industry and the population will benefit from the predictability of a stable long-term federal energy plan.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms you would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? I am limiting myself to seeking this office for no more than five terms, unequivocally. While I am not adamantly opposed to mandatory term limits, I think that in reforming the political system they are secondary to eliminating the corrosive effects of private money and partisan gerrymandering. I would not oppose reasonable term limits as part of a comprehensive political reform package, but do oppose them as a stand-alone measure. Term limits alone only tell the influence-buyers the shelf-life of their product, and alone they create the dangerous illusion of effective reform in the eyes of the voters, which will further jaundice the public when they ultimately fail.

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? As this is not a federal issue, I can only respond as a private citizen. No opinion.

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? See above.

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? Again, as a private citizen, I strongly support casino gambling, while recognizing its potential negative social effects. Texas transfers hundreds of millions of dollars out of state due to this ignorant prohibition, and a portion of the revenues generated can and should be directed to treatment of gambling and other addictions, with the balance going to the general fund, increased (not replaced) education funding, etc.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? Controlling our borders is a federal issue, as are illegal employment practices, inefficient visa processing, inadequate asylum courts, the failed war on drugs, etc. Texas can support its state and local law enforcement in enforcing state and local laws, and push its congressional delegation to immediately pass effective comprehensive immigration reform. Should the child refugee crisis rematerialize in the fall, Texas can support NGOs working to deliver a humane response. Finally, Texas can push its congressional delegation to pass legislation which fully compensates the state and local governments for the costs they incur in providing education, healthcare, law enforcement, and other services to the undocumented population.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? No I do not.

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? First, all data shows that more traffic lanes only result in more traffic. It really is that simple. I support increased spending on road, highway and bridge repair and maintenance, and on new construction where absolutely necessary. I also support high-speed, commuter and light rail. I am opposed to using eminent domain for any more tollway projects, to privatizing formerly public traffic lanes, and to developing a two-tier transportation infrastructure which favors the shrinking number of haves over the growing number of have-nots. It is a recipe for financial disaster and will ultimately fall on the general populace to pay the tab when the model fails. We also need to do much more in the area of water conservation and enhanced water supplies, and I strongly believe that desalination will be a part of the ultimate solution. From the federal side I will support initiatives in all these areas as prudent long-term investments in our national transportation and water infrastructure.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? I believe high-quality education of ALL Texas children should be our No. 1 priority, that the 2011 legislation was an unmitigated disaster, and that 2013 legislation didn’t go nearly far enough to mitigate it.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? No.

Libertarian Ed Colliver

Age:47

Occupation and/or main source of income: System Engineer

City of your residence: Fort Worth

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: email: ed@edcolliver.com

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Fort Worth 912 Group

Past public offices you have run for or held: None

Why are you the best candidate for this office? I feel its time for Public officials to be in the public when they are back home. Having townhalls and speaking to the voters. For too long we have lost that interaction. I will have my staff attending most meeting around the district so I know in Washington what is going on in the district. To me, being a Representative is just that, you are a representative of the people. When I vote, I really have only a few criteria #1 Does it affect your personal freedoms? #2 Does constitution allow Federal Government to regulate it? #3 How do the people in the district feel about it?

What are your top issues? Personal Freedoms, Over Regulation, Veterans Issues

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? Yes and Yes

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? This is a state issue and should be handled by our State Representatives.

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? This is a state issue and should be handled by our State Representatives.

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? This is a state issue and should be handled by our State Representatives.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? I would like to see the Federal Government enforce current law. I feel we need to create a guest worker program, and make changes to current law to allow family members to visit the family here in the US without jumping through major hurdles.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? This is a state issue and should be handled by our State Representatives.

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? This is a state issue and should be handled by our State Representatives.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? This is a state issue and should be handled by our State Representatives.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? Yes, and should be expanded to “constitutional carry” meaning there is no permit required.

U.S. Rep., District 24

Republican Kenny E. Marchant (i)

Age: 63

Occupation and/or main source of income: Member of Congress

City of your residence: Coppell, Texas

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: Phone: 972-242-7211, Email: campaign@kennymarchant.com, Website: www.KennyMarchant.com

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: I am a five term congressman for the 24th District of Texas and currently serve on the Ways and Means Committee and Education and Workforce Committee. I am a former councilmember, mayor, and state representative. Other relevant recognitions include the Healthcare Leadership Council’s “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” Award, the American Conservative Union’s “ACU Conservative” Award, named as a “Guardian of Seniors’ Rights” by The 60 Plus Association, named as a “Guardian of Small Business” by the National Federation of Independent Business, Americans for Prosperity A+ rating, named to NumbersUSA’s “Top Ten Members of Congress,” ranked as the third most conservative member of the House of Representatives by National Journal.

Past public offices you have run for or held: United States Congress, 2005 – Present; State Representative, Texas Legislature, 1987 – 2004; Mayor, City of Carrollton, 1984 – 1987; Councilmember, City of Carrollton, 1980 – 1984

Why are you the best candidate for this office? As a resident of the 24th Congressional District for more than 50 years, I understand the concerns of families and individuals in the district. I work hard each day to ensure that all people who live in the 24th District are represented and have a strong voice in Congress. I have a dedicated record of fighting for my constituents – from helping veterans obtain medals they never received for their service to our country, to battling against excessive federal regulations that hurt our economy and small business owners in the 24th District. My experience as a small business owner and as a local and state public servant gives me a unique perspective and in-depth understanding of the ways in which federal regulations and taxes impact the daily decisions of small businesses, mayors, city council members, and state legislators. Voters in the 24th Congressional District deserve a responsible, experienced representative in Washington, D.C.

What are your top issues? The main issues in this race are the need to reduce the size and scope of the federal government and get spending under control. The federal government has expanded beyond its constitutional limits, and, as a result, our national debt has risen to a level never seen before. The bottom line is: we must stop spending money we do not have and passing the debt onto future generations. I have a consistent record of fighting to cut spending, working to reform our tax code by making it simpler and fairer for all taxpayers, defending the rights of the unborn, pushing back against job-destroying regulations on small business, opposing amnesty for illegal immigrants, and advancing policies that will create jobs for all Americans.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? Every two years voters are given the opportunity to rate my work in Congress at the polls.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? As a member of the Border Security Caucus, I am working to ensure border security and interior enforcement remain top national priorities. I recently traveled to South Texas to view the border crisis firsthand. The dramatic influx of illegal immigrants is placing strains on our local communities, state agents, and federal resources. This is not fair to the American taxpayers or those who have legitimately applied to come to the U.S. and contribute to society. If we are going to truly secure our border, we need to clamp down on illegal entries with a swift, firm, and humanitarian response that utilizes all appropriate resources. Any additional federal funding should be tied to a permanent border security solution.

Democrat Patrick McGehearty

Age: 63

Occupation and/or main source of income: Computer Scientist for Oracle Corporation

City of your residence: Lewisville

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: patrick@patrickforcongress.org; 972-979-8469; website: patrickforcongress.org

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Volunteer reader to elementary classes; previously on company’s emergency response team

Past public offices you have run for or held: None

Why are you the best candidate for this office? I will work to move our country forward and solve the issues which face our nation, especially those relating to getting the economy going, setting conditions that encourage job creation, and improving fairness in our country. My opponent has worked to shutdown the government in Oct 2013 for no beneficial purpose, costing the economy billions in growth and the loss of thousands of jobs.

What are your top issues? We need to improve our economy and encourage job creation. We need to raise the minimum wage to at least $10.10/hour to start addressing the serious and growing crisis of income inequality. We need to expand funding for the transportation, not take emergency stopgap measures which create uncertainty in the construction industry. We also need to plan strategically, investing in education and training to allow the children and young people of today to have successful futures in the coming decades. I discuss these and other issues in more detail at patrickforcongress.org/positions.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? Term limits are a matter for the voters to decide. If a representative is not serving the people, they should replace him/her.

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? Unless a replacement is found for the funds the lottery provides, proper funding our public school system requires the lottery continue.

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? I see no reason to change the current rules.

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? Limited casinos with the expectation that they provide revenue for public schools may be in our future.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? The U.S. Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Senate bill 744 is a workable compromise that would move our country towards solving many issues, including most of the border challenges. It improves border security and strengthens employer requirements to confirm documented status. Those changes reduce the incentives for people to come without papers. The measure also provides a process for undocumented immigrants without criminal records to pay fines and other penalties in return for obtaining legal status. That change would move 11 million people out of the shadows and into the mainstream of our country. Then there are many other provisions of the bill which would allow DHS to reduce the backlogs they have in their case load.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? No. The law is a trap law intended to make it impossible or very difficult for a woman to get access to legal medical procedures that have been guaranteed since Roe vs Wade. It was passed under false pretenses of claiming to protect the health of women when in fact it already has been found to be forcing women to take dangerous risks.

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? Education should be the top priority. After that non-toll roads need to be expanded as well as funding for to maintain roads that otherwise are being returned to gravel due to too much heavy usage.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? Texas education funding needs to be increased.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? The current open and concealed carry gun laws in Texas are workable and don't need to be changed.

Libertarian Mike Kolls

Age: 51

Occupation and/or main source of income: Project Manager, Information Technology

City of your residence: Lewisville

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: Website - http://tellwashington.us OR http://tx24.us; Email - talkwithmike2014@yahoo.com

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: I have not served as a public servant, ...yet.

Past public offices you have run for or held: This is my first run for public office.

Why are you the best candidate for this office? My positions and policy details are based on The Constitution of the United States. I believe we need to shrink the federal government and return decisions to THE PEOPLE and the sovereign states. I have been influenced by "The Federalist Papers", a 1788 explanation of and commentary on the Constitution.

What are your top issues? The annual deficit and enormous federal debt are core issues of my candidacy. The federal government is too big, it tries to do too much, and what it does it does poorly. The more government eats the bigger it gets. Each dollar taken by government takes away opportunity and Freedom from We The People.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? If elected, I would server no more than six years in the House of Representatives. It will then be time for some new fresh ideas. Citizens can effectively force term limits by not voting for incumbents. We do NOT need more legislation and government “enforcement.”

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? This is a state issue better decided by the people of Texas and the state legislature. If the lotto indeed provides revenue and reduces the tax burden for Texans, I would support the Texas lotto. Lotto players play voluntarily; they are not coerced (like paying taxes).

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? This is a state issue better decided by the people of Texas and the state legislature.

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? This is a state issue better decided by the people of Texas and the state legislature.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? My position is (hopefully) clearly laid out on my campaign web site - http://tx24.us/V2Law.html#immigration. At a high level, I believe in open borders WITHOUT any public assistance. Newcomers must be able to stand on their own or be aided by family or a charitable organization. The details of state security become an issue for the people of Texas and the state legislature.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? Abortion is NOT a federal issue; it should be decided by The People of the sovereign states. It is good that the Texas legislature has taken action; hopefully this legislation is in the best interests of Texans. I am not familiar with the details of the legislation.

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? This is a state issue better decided by the people of Texas and the state legislature. Federal money/resources (block grants) should NOT be sent to the states for infrastructure spending/improvements. I am in favor of closing the federal Department of Transportation and allow that money to stay within Texas. This would reduced the need for some federal income tax “revenue.”

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? Education is not a federal issue; it should be decided by The People of the sovereign states. It is good that Texas has taken action for citizens of Texas. I am not aware of the details of this legislation.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? Absolutely, this a basic right listed in Amendment II that is to be defended by Congress. The federal government is responsible to ensure that this right is not infringed. Amendment II of the Constitution of the United States is quite clear on this matter.

U.S. Rep., District 25

Republican Roger Williams (i)

Age: 64

Occupation and/or main source of income: United States Congressman

City of your residence: Austin, Texas

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: www.williams.house.gov or 202-225-9896

Past public offices you have run for or held: I previously served as Texas Secretary of State, appointed by Governor Rick Perry from 2004-2007.

Why are you the best candidate for this office? As a principled conservative Republican with more than 40 years of small business experience, I understand the struggles that Texans and all Americans are going through in the current economy, and I have a plan to fix it. Since coming to Congress in 2013, I have stood by my principles, voted the values of my district, and have held President Obama’s feet to the fire on issues that matter most to Texas.

What are your top issues? My top priorities are to strengthen the economy, fully secure the border, and defend our Constitutional rights.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms you would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? I believe voters have the freedom to vote a candidate in or out of office each election cycle.

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? Not under federal jurisdiction

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? Not under federal jurisdiction

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? Not under federal jurisdiction

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? The Senate Democrats and President Obama need to pass the House’s bill that does four things. It boosts border security and law enforcement activities, accelerates and prioritizes repatriation of immigrants, amends the 2008 law to treat Central Americans the same as immigrants from Mexico and Canada, and reimburses border states for shouldering the financial burden of national importance.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? Yes, I believe in protecting life at every stage.

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? My top priority is to solve the federal Highway Trust Fund shortfalls.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? Not under federal jurisdiction.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? Law-abiding citizens should be able to openly carry a firearm.

Democrat Marco Montoya

Age: 69

Occupation: 1. Consultant, Marco Montoya and Associates; 2. Former Assistant Commissioner for Health Affairs, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; 3. Former Captain, United States Public Health Service; 4. Former First Lieutenant, United States Army; 5. Former Adjunct Professor, Texas State University

City of residence: Austin

Best way for voters to reach you: 512-270-6236

Highlights of present/past civic involvement: 1. Current President of the Department of Texas, Reserve Officers Association of the United States; 2. Current Member of the Third Infantry Division Society Scholarship Board; 3. Current Committee Member, Boy Scout Troop 289, Austin; 4. Current Member, American Legion, Austin; 5. Current Member, Catholic War Veterans, Austin; 6. 2013 Co-Vice President (United States/Argentina) of the Pan American Union of Professional Reserve Officers of the Armed Forces; 7. 2012 - Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Public Health Service Reservists Association; 8. 2000s- Directed ENLACE, MAPS and CSTEP, and Project La Costa, four projects funded by major foundations to increase low income student enrollment in higher education and technology education; 9. Appointed by U.S. Surgeon General to U.S. Public Health Service Scientist Career Development Committee; 10. While on active duty, assigned to the U.S. Congress at the request of Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee to review legislation dealing with Hispanic related health issues.

Public offices run for or held: While this is my first run for public office, I have devoted my life to public service. It has been my honor to have served in the enlisted and commissioned ranks of the uniformed services and as a senior State of Texas official.

Why are you the best candidate for this office? As the Assistant Commissioner for Health Affairs at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, I was privileged to fund 23 Family Practice Residency Programs annually training over 700 physicians now in private practice across our Texas and in our medical clinics and schools. Having coordinated health professions education in our public universities and health science centers, I have learned to listen so as to best address urban and rural communities. I believe District 25 needs a leader who will listen to all constituents regardless of their political affiliation or income status. I have traveled the District for nearly a year doing just that, and I have heard from many people about our shared concerns regarding the future of Social Security, the quality and availability of public and higher education, the quality and availability of health care for military and civilian families, and the need for good jobs to make ends meet. I will use my extensive experience in and around government as a U.S. Army officer, U.S. Public Health Service officer, adjunct college professor, and Assistant Commissioner for Health Affairs of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the people of District 25. I want to see today’s young people get the kind of opportunities that I had. Having had the experience of applying the US 5th Circuit Court's Hopwood Decision in an equitable manner in our pharmacy schools, I understand the need for clarity in the legislative process. I plan to make full use of my experience as the director of several regional partnerships and coalitions to make higher education and technology education more available to people from families of modest means. I know how to get things done in Austin and in Washington. One example is that as a veteran with a degree and experience in public health, I can immediately focus on the Veterans Administration. With my training in socio-demography, I can address needed economic and job development, Medicare and Social Security concerns. Lastly, being a Distinguished Graduate of my Naval War College program, I can start working on day one on our national security issues.

What are your top issues? The priority issues are Jobs, the Economy, Health Care, Immigration, and the Environment: 1. Increase the Federal minimum wage to reduce government costs of unemployment programs and promote extension of unemployment insurance and a living wage to stimulate local economies and jobs; 2. Provide our military personnel a living wage to reduce the government’s costs of food stamp programs as part of our commitment for a debt-fee soldier to focus our attention on a strong National Defense and maintain the Nation's promises for retirement, health, and education support for our veterans; 3. Allow federally approved hospital facilities to draw, for charity care of Medicaid-eligible patients, from Medicaid Expansion funds within the Centers for Medical Services; 4. Provide for the continued funding of the Affordable Care Act with opportunity for health insurers to incorporate a dental component; 5. Allow any undocumented high school graduate who has lived in the United States for at least the last high school year, without a felon crime record, to earn legal status by serving a three year commitment in the regular, reserve or guard components of the Armed Forces, OR, become a baccalaureate STEM graduate in four years; 6. Support the Paycheck Fairness Act to end race and gender-based and sexual orientation discrimination in the workplace; 7. Improve rural broadband access in support of education, economic development, and small-business growth to promote American participation in the global market; 8. Improving the cost-efficiency of Medicare and keep it as is, not a voucher program; 9. Continue the existing Social Security program as a governmental function while adjusting the personal contribution to a higher annual income to improve the Social Security Trust Fund and reduce the National Debt; 10. Promote the full infrastructure funding of the Federal Highway Trust Fund to improve rural roads, provide the necessary investment for safe roads and bridges and the maintenance of our national interstate road system.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms you intend to serve? Should there be term limits for the office you seek? I favor term limits for executive offices, as we have for the Presidency and should have for the Governor, because these serve longer terms than Congressional Representatives and can accumulate enormous power over time. Term limits for Representatives are worth considering, but the current seniority system must be modified to address changes in term limits. A U.S. Representative should ideally serve no more than two-terms in office. I will limit myself to two-terms and would serve an additional third-term only if no other candidate opted to run. U.S. Representatives are answerable to the voters every two years, which gives the citizens a chance to impose their own term limits, if they wish. It is illogical to believe a person not working, living and legally voting with his neighbors, who does not share the same living and economic conditions can represent them in Congress. Our current situation has us being taxed without honest representation since the incumbent has his homestead exemption, family and home, and business interests in CD-12's Parker County. I believe our U.S. Representative should be a resident and a citizen of our district - I am the only candidate from CD 25 and for CD 25!

Should the lottery be abolished? This is a question for the Texas Legislature to decide. I will defer to its wisdom on this question and would continue to support Federal statutes associated with states' rights.

Should historical horse racing be allowed? This is a question for the Texas Legislature to decide. I will defer to its wisdom on this question and would support the state's right to determine its involvement and interests in horse racing as promoted by the Federal Interstate Horse Racing Act.

What about casino gambling? This is a question for the Texas Legislature. I will defer to its wisdom on this question and will support the use of the Illegal Gambling Business Act, for example, to maintain the state's prerogatives in deciding its role regarding the gambling industry.

What should Texas do about the border crisis? Recognizing that Texas bears much of this burden, as a Congressman, I would seek federal impact aid for our school districts and local governments. As an immigrant from Mexico, I believe America is still the land of opportunity. Becoming an Eagle Scout was my first step in becoming an American citizen. The success of America’s economy, and especially Texas’, draws the best and brightest people from around the Globe. The peace and security that America’s rule of law provides to us all is a beacon to thousands fleeing crime and violence in their native lands. As an American citizen and a Texan, I believe that border security begins at home. It begins with a rational immigration system that protects American jobs, but recognizes that people come here to live and to work in peace and safety. We need a rational path to citizenship for the young who have grown up here, and in whom we have already invested in their education. We need a commonsense system to place families already resident here on a citizenship track.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed by the Texas Legislature now being fought in the courts? As a Congressman, I would uphold the existing U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe vs. Wade. I believe that women's reproductive decisions are personal and private as expressions of their Constitutional Rights and Freedoms. We will have to wait and see how the courts address this issue, and what guidance is provided the Texas Legislature. I would not have voted for this poorly written law. Any law in which the intentional or unintentional consequence is to limit a women's access to health care should be scrutinized by the courts.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? As a Congressman, I would uphold the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. This question is an issue for our Texas Legislators. I will defer to their wisdom in this matter since it is a state's right issue.

Libertarian John Betz

Age: 55

Occupation and/or main source of income: delivery Driver

City of your residence: Fort Worth

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: e-mail: jjbetZ@SWBELL.NET

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement:

Past public offices you have run for or held:

Why are you the best candidate for this office?

What are your top issues?

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek?

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? On gambling of any sort I am neutral. I don't care for it myself, but if somebody else wants to waste their cash on a pipe dream, OK by me.

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks?

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas?

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? WE need MAJOR reform in the immigration laws. The people who are coming over want a better life and are willing to work. Why are we keeping them out.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? I was an adopted infant, I'd say that says my opinion on abortion.

What are your priorities for improving Texas’ infrastructure?

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts?

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? I have no problem with open carry, but many people do and I see no need to cause that much of a panic over it. Days past you could carry in the open without a problem, but those days are gone and will not be back in my lifetime.

U.S. Rep., District 26

Republican Michael Burgess (i)

Age: 63

Occupation and/or your main source of income: Member of the United States House of Representatives, 26th

City of your residence: Lewisville, TX – Denton County

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: contact@burgessforcongress.com, 940-320-5020, Campaign Office, www.burgessforcongress.com.

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: After spending nearly three decades practicing medicine in North Texas I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.

Past public office you have run for or held: I have served the constituents of the 26th District since 2003 in the United States House of Representatives.

Why are you the best candidate for this office? North Texas has been my home for over 60 years, and as a physician for more than 25 years, I predicted the catastrophic effects that the Affordable Care Act is having on families, small businesses and physicians – and tried to stop it. It is more important than ever, for all Texans, that we have physicians in Congress. The impact that the ACA is also having and will have on job creation and the economy is devastating.

What are your top priorities? 1. Jobs and Spending: One of my main priorities is fighting for a pro-growth, pro-job creation agenda. Creating jobs and getting Americans back to work is a vital necessity. In order to be successful, we must address the Federal Government’s out of control spending. We need a government that is efficient, less expensive, and more responsive. Not a government that continues to overspend and places burdensome regulations on small businesses. I will continue to work hard to promote a pro-growth, pro-job creation agenda which will put people back to work, cut the national debt and get the economy Texas Congressional District growing again.

2. Health Care: Paying for health care, keeping coverage, or being able to see the doctor you choose are major concerns for many Americans. The massive government overhaul of our health care system has created more taxes, increased our costs and has massively expanded our government. As a physician, health care is my passion and I will continue to battle the problems of Obamacare. I will fight for the reforms in health care that will make it more affordable and accessible, and against those ideas which would simply turn over our health care decisions to the federal government.

3. Protecting our Borders and our Nation: I oppose amnesty and any path leading to the legalization of people who have entered our country illegally. Right now our obligation is to the 11 million citizens looking for work. Opening doors to additional competition is ill-advised at a time when our economy is still struggling under the harmful policies of the current administration. Enforcing existing law and securing the border would go a long way to solving our problem.

Numerous threats challenge our national security which calls for continued transformation of our intelligence agencies and armed services. Since first elected to the U.S. Congress, I have been working to ensure the United States maintains the most capable military in the world. We must not lose our resolve against extremely capable and committed enemies, foreign or domestic.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms you would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution provides that the House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year by the people. Every two years, voters have the choice to re-elect their Member of Congress or vote them out of office. I believe in our electoral process and I have confidence that the great folks of Texas are capable of electing or re-electing public servants that share their same ideas and values.

Libertarian Mark Boler

Age: 54

Occupation: Computer Software Engineer is my main source of income.

City of your residence: Oak Point TX

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: Email is best, or phone - mark@markboler.com or 972-896-0047

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: I’ve been involved in the Libertarian party since 1989

Past public offices you have run for or held: I ran for the same office I currently seek in 2010 and 2012, and now again in 2014.

Why are you the best candidate for this office? Because my opponent has become beholden to lobbyists.

What are your top issues? Economy and taxes: getting the government out of the way of entrepreneurs and businessmen. Restoring our civil rights, our 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th amendment rights. Making government live within it's means, moving most federal functions back to the state and local levels.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? I do not plan to serve more than 3 terms. I used to believe in term limits, but now if we get certain good people in, we should try to keep them in.

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? Keep the lottery.

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? Yes.

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? I think whatever consenting adults do should be allowed. As long as all parties to an agreement or transaction is consensual it should not be prohibited by government. The government’s job is not to be adult citizens’ babysitters.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? It is the federal governments responsibility to protect the border. When Texas sends the national guard to the border it is largely for show. At the federal level we should reform the immigration system so that those that want to come here to work, not to get freebies, and do not want to harm us can do so legally. Once we have a legal framework that makes sense, most people coming illegally will be those that want to harm us. We should also stop giving away so many free things.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? No, I don't. I am pro-life but those new laws are just to impede abortions and create more red tape. We need genuinely smaller government, not smaller government except for certain people's pet issues.

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? Stop taking so much money from people in the form of taxes at the federal level and free up the money for the states to use it as they see fit. I am running for a federal office, so I want to drastically shrink the size and scope of the federal government back to where it is supposed to be constitutionally.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? I personally do not believe that schools should be run by government any more. And certainly not by the federal government. I think governments have proven to be a very inefficient machine at educating people. I think the sooner we get to a private education system the sooner the costs will go way down, and competition will drastically improve the quality.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? Yes. But I personally would not open carry. I prefer concealed carry.

U.S. Rep., District District 33

Democrat Marc Veasey (i)

Age: 43

Occupation and/or main source of income: Member, U.S. Congress

City of your residence: Fort Worth, Texas

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: Campaign office (817) 446-8222 or Campaign@marcveasey.com

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: Congressional Black Caucus, Multicultural Alliance, Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, Texas Lyceum Alumni

Past public offices you have run for or held: Representative, Texas House District 95, 2005-2013

Why are you the best candidate for this office? I have a long record of service that voters can judge. I am consistently open and honest about my views and voting records. The constituents of Congressional District 33 can be confident that a vote for me is a vote for someone who will fight for them and their families.

What are your top issues? I will continue to tirelessly fight to protect the voting rights of all Texans, for comprehensive immigration reform, and to support economic development forhardworking Texas families.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? No

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? This issue is not in my purview as a federal candidate.

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? This issue is not in my purview as a federal candidate.

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? This issue is not in my purview as a federal candidate.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? I support the president's efforts to fund our border resources so that we can adequately and humanely deal with the influx of unaccompanied children into our country. I support providing for a strong judicial review system to ensure that no child is returned to a situation in which their life may be in danger. However, this humanitarian crisis will not be fully solved until we institute comprehensive immigration reform.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? No. I believe a woman's reproductive choices should be a private matter between her, her family, and her physician.

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? In order to allow our state to reach its economic potential, we must have an adequate transportation system to serve both people and goods. That means investing in all aspects of our transportation system - roads, ports, rails, air, and mass transportation. In order to do that in a smart way, we must stop passing these short-term transportation funding bills and instead provide long-term plans that our state and local governments can rely on.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? No. Investing in our children's education is the right thing to do for them and for the economic future of this state. Past school funding plans have been inadequate, and I'm glad that the courts are recognizing that.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? This issue is not in my purview as a federal candidate.

Libertarian Jason Reeves

Age: 41

Occupation and/or main source of income: Security Guard

City of your residence: Grand Prairie

Best way for voters to reach you via phone, email or website: 702-538-4990, jason@votejasonreeves.com, www.votejasonreeves.com

Highlights of your current and past civic involvement: (No answer given)

Past public offices you have run for or held: NV State Assembly 2010

Why are you the best candidate for this office? I am not beholden to the Democrats or Republican, I can act independently to get legislation passed, not having to worry about party sanctity. I will work in a bipartisan manner to get things accomplished.

What are your top issues? Job Creation, Immigration Reform, Healthcare Reform.

Do you plan to limit the number of terms your would serve, and do you believe there should be term limits for the office you seek? I believe there should be term limits.

Should the state keep, kill or expand the Texas lottery? Keep.

Should Texas allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks? If it requires more government control, it's a bad idea.

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? If it requires more government control it is a bad idea.

What should Texas do regarding the border crisis? Keep the National Guard on the border, but have the Federal government fund their deployment.

Do you agree with the abortion law passed last year by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? Yes

What are your priorities for improving Texas' infrastructure? Existing funds should be used to improve infrastructure as opposed to adding new taxes.

Do you agree with the school funding plans passed in 2013 and 2011 by the Legislature and now being fought in the courts? Yes.

Should open carry be allowed in Texas? Yes

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