State Rep. Jonathan Stickland said he did what he promised to do during his first term representing Texas House District 92 — and now he wants to go back for a second term.
“I want to continue the fight to defend life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in Austin,” the 31-year-old Bedford Republican said. “I have proven results. … And the values that I represent are more in line with the district than my opponent’s values.”
Democrat Tina Penney disagrees.
Penney, a 69-year-old retiree, said she is the right choice for the district, which is centered on Hurst, Euless and Bedford.
“The citizens of HD92 and Texas deserve fair, common-sense, accountable representation that is responsive to their 21st-century needs instead of representation based on an extremist ideology,” she said.
The two will face off Nov. 4. At stake is a two-year term that pays $7,200 a year.
Early voting runs through Halloween.
Stickland, an opinionated Tea Party conservative and oil and gas consultant, drew headlines in his first session for everything from authoring one of the country’s strongest email privacy measures to wearing his concealed handgun nearly every day at the Texas Capitol.
He drew criticism from moderate lawmakers who believed he was trying to gum up the works if he didn’t support a proposal — and praise from those who admired his conservative beliefs.
If he is re-elected, his top priorities will include working on infrastructure, prioritizing the budget for essential government services and eliminating unfunded mandates for school districts.
“I want to cut government, and Tina Penney is running on Obama-style government, to grow government,” Stickland said. “I’m accessible and responsive. I’m a hard worker and I always keep my promises.”
Stickland has gained endorsements from local officials including Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes and from statewide groups such as Texas Right to Life and the Texas Home School Coalition.
He raised nearly $13,000 from July 1 to Sept. 25 for his campaign and had just over $11,000 on hand, according to the most recent reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission.
Penney, who works part time in her family business, said she has worked on a variety of issues and with a variety of people — two things that taught her the value of compromise. She pledges to listen to constituent concerns, update residents and consider their opinion before casting votes.
Her top priorities echo those of many other Democrats — adequately funding public education, ensuring that women receive equal pay for equal work, accepting an expansion of Medicaid in Texas, boosting the minimum wage and meeting transportation needs.
“The main issue … is that of choosing between a candidate who will work to address the challenges facing this district and state in a manner that will allow all of us to have the opportunity to prosper and one whose decisions are made based on a narrow, extremist ideology,” she said.
Penney has picked up endorsements from the Greater Arlington Mansfield Democratic Women, the Tarrant County Democratic Woman’s Club, the North Tarrant Democrats and the Northeast Tarrant County Democrats.
Penney raised $2,523 from July 1 to Sept. 25 and had about $2,500 on hand, according to the most recent ethics commission reports.