2014 Texas Candidates

 

Texas – United States House of Representative Candidates

DISTRICT 1

GohmertLouis Gohmert (R) – is the incumbent. He ran unopposed in the primaries. He is a Southern Baptist who has been in office for the last 10 years. He does not believe in man made climates change and claims that evidence supporting same is “fraudulent.” He supports charter schools and vouchers.

Gohmert sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Bill, believing that life begins at conception. Additionally, after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School Gohmert claimed that the tragedy never would have happened if teachers had been armed. In an interview, he told Chris Wallace, “I wish to God that she [principal Dawn Hochsprung] had had an M-4in her office, locked up so when she heard gunfire, she pulls it out… and takes him out and takes his head off before he can kill those precious kids.” He also claimed that the 20 victims who had been killed with a Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle had “defensive wounds.”

Gohmert has distinguished himself as somewhat of a conspiracy nut with his rantings about “Terror Babies,” where Muslim women become pregnant and deliver here in the United States and take the children back to become terrorists. Also, his paranoia about national security and the Muslim Brotherhood has helped to raise concerns within the Muslim community.

Gohmert sponsored legislation that would designate the first weekend in May as Ten Commandments Weekend.

On the issues, Gohmert is: anti-women’s rights; anti-affirmative action; anti-LGBT rights; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-enforcement of anti-gay hate crimes; anti-prohibiting job discrimination basend on sexual orientation; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; voted no on giving mental health full equity with physical health; pro-charter schools, vouchers, and parental choice; pro-absolute right to gun ownership; opposes higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration, anti-birthright citizenship, pro – declare English as the official language; anti-green energy; pro-big oil and gas industry.

Gohmert has been endorsed by: Freedom Works; Campaign for Working Families; Tea Pary Patriots; Government Is Not God (GING PAC); Eagle Forum. REBIBLICAN

Louie Gohmert is a special kind of a bat-shit crazy, uber-conservative, ReBiblican. Unfortunately, he has a lot of support from like-minded money men and powerful groups.

McKellarShirley McKellar (D) – a retired United States Army officer, and registered nurse. McKellar is somewhat of an enigma. Although she is running as a Democrat, the opening statement on her website where she discusses her political stands can’t help but to raise an eyebrow or two. It reads:

“Compassionate Conservatism
“I strongly believe in core Texas values – encouraging personal responsibility, compassion for others, and supporting family values. Strong families are the foundation for a prosperous and civilized community.”
The rest of the discussion can only be described as “generic.” Her stance on education leaves one scratching their heads: “A good education system helps strengthen our society by teaching and instructing young adults, giving them a strong foundation that will help them learn and succeed as citizens and individuals.” Really? On health care she claims that we have the “greatest health care system in the world,” and then says that we need to reform it.
In a statement she makes to her electorate she closes with: “With the guidance of family and friends I now realize that God has a distinct and very different pathway for me to follow. It is my desire to use my skills and ability to enforce the greater good for ALL Texans. “I ask for your VOTE and your SUPPORT.”
My gut tells me that, at the very least, she is a Blue Dog Democrat, or a Republican running not-too stealth.
NOTE: Sorry, Texas District 1 is in serious trouble. Unfortunately, it appears that Louie Gohmert will remain in D.C. spewing his nonsensical and venomous message – and we’ll have to live with that for another two years.
DISTRICT II
PoeTed Poe (R) – is the incumbent and the first Republican to ever represent the Second District. That isn’t his only distinction, however. In 1981, Poe was appointed as a felony court judge – the first Republican judge in Harris County. There he became nationally known for his “creative sentencing.”
Poe has been surrounded in controversy for a number of years. First, in November of 2002, Poe ruled from the bench that he would allow the PBS show “Frontline” to film jury deliberations during a capitol murder case. On appeal, the higher court struck down Poe’s decision.
Quoting Nathan Bedford Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, on the House floor in 2007, didn’t do a lot for his image, either.
In 2009, Poe became a co-sponsor of H.R. 1503, furthering the ridiculous notion that President Barack Obama is not an American citizen. This act created a lot of negative reaction from the media for Poe.
In 2011, it came to light that Poe, along with two others were trying to prohibit soldiers families from choosing which prayers could be said at the funerals of their fallen loved ones. This was seen as an effort to impose Christian ceremonies on military funerals.
He is currently under scrutiny over erroneous charges he filed in 2003, which have resulted in a young boy requiring 24hr medical care for the rest of his life. It is promised that a book chronicling the circumstances surrounding this case will be forth-coming in November of this year.
Ted Poe is a hard-core conservative who is: anti-women’s rights; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-LGBT rights; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-vouchers and school choice; pro-absolute right to gun ownership; opposes higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration; anti-birthright citizenship; pro-English as official language; anti-green energy.
Poe’s endorsements include the following: Texas Medical Association; Houston Association of Realtors; Texas State Rifle Association; National Rifle Association; Freedom Works; National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); National Right to Life; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Texas Alliance For Life, Inc.; National Association of Police Officers. REBIBLICAN
Poe lives in Humble, Texas where he is a member of the Church of Christ. He attended Abilene Christian University. In spite of the many controversies surrounding Poe, he has managed to garner support from a number of heavy-hitting groups and deep pocketed PACs.
LetsosNiko Letsos (D) – a teacher out of Houston. At the moment, Letsos isn’t making any noise in spite of his slogan “The Time for Boldness is Now.” He is advocating for a Democratic National Convention in 2014 – as if that is going to happen. With a little over 3600 people on his Facebook page, a call for government transparency and accountability and little to no name recognition, I don’t like his odds against the Poe machine.
NOTE: Again, unfortunately, it appears that yet another Texas District will remain red, only helping to destine Texas to an ultimate fail. One can’t help but wonder where the real liberals and progressives reside in the State of Texas – and why they aren’t stepping up.
DISTRICT III
Johnson SamSam Johnson (R) – the incumbent from Plano. Johnson will turn 84 this year. He is a retired construction executive, former fighter pilot and Viet Nam prisoner of war for seven years. He was first elected to the House in 1981. Johnson is a hard-core conservative.
On the issues he is: anti-women’s rights; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; pro-vouchers and charter schools; pro-abolishing the Department of Education; pro-absolute right to gun-ownership; opposes higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration and birthright citizenship; anti-green energy.
As one of Texas’ longest serving congressman, Johnson is part of the old-guard. It appears that he runs largely on his conservatism and his military background. He currently has over $763,421 in his coffers. REBIBLICAN
NOTE: Sam Johnson will, once again, be the United States Representative for the Third District of Texas as he drew no Democratic challenger, and Cecil Ince, the Libertarian candidate failed to be nominated by the Libertarian Party.
As the Texas mid-term elections are taking shape, the lack of Democratic candidates signals a dire situation in the State.
DISTRICT IV
Hall RalphRalph Hall (R) – is the incumbent. At 91 years of age he is the oldest serving member of Congress, the oldest person to ever serve in the House of Representatives, the oldest person ever elected to a House Term, and the oldest House member ever to cast a vote.
In the primary he received 45.42% of the vote in a field of five. He will face a run-off with United States Attorney, John Ratcliffe, who received 28.77% of the vote.
Hall was a member of the Democratic Party for more than 50 years when, in 2004, he switched his allegiance. His voting record certainly does not reflect any semblance of either a liberal or conservative Democrat. Currently, he cannot be labeled anything other than a hard-core conservative Republican.
On the issues Hall is: 100% pro-life; anti- Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; anti-enforcement of anti-gay hate crimes; anti-gay adoptions; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; pro-charter schools and vouchers; pro-absolute right to gun ownership; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration and birthright citizenship; advocates making English the official language; anti-green energy; pro-big oil and gas. REBIBLICAN
While he has received an endorsement from Michele Bachmann, and will garner some sympathetic support from his District IV constituents, he might just have his hands full with his Republican challenger in the run-offs.
RatcliffeJohn Ratcliffe (R) – from 2004 to 2007, Ratcliffe was appointed to the office of Chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the Eastern District of Texas by George W. Bush. From 2007-2008, he served as U.S. Attorney. He is currently listed as a Partner in John Ashcroft’s Law Firm.
On the issues Ratcliffe is: anti-Obamacare; anti-immigration and amnesty; pro-gun ownership; anti-gun control; anti-woman’s right to choose; pro-Israel.
He is endorsed by: North Texas Tea Party; Collin County Conservative Republicans; Senate Conservatives Fund; Red State; Club For Growth; Madison Project; Our Liberty Elections; Jim Gilchrist (Minuteman Founder); Dallas Morning News. REBIBLICAN
NOTE: There is, once again, no Democratic challenger in this race. However, the run-off election will tell us a couple of things: 1) How loudly does money speak? Right now, Hall and his old-guard cronies are scrambling to raise campaign funds, while Ratcliffe’s coffers are being lined by big-business and heavy-hitting right wing groups; 2) How far does sympathy go? Hall has spent seventeen terms in the House. As the oldest member, will his constituents re-elect him, or will they seek to infuse new blood into their little corner of Congress? Obviously, the Fourth District will remain red either way.
DISTRICT V
HensarlingJeb Hensarling (R) – the incumbent. Hensarling is an attorney who was first elected to the House in 2002. He was the former State Director for U.S. Senator Phil Gramm. He was dubbed the country’s “Budget Nanny” by the National Review in 2005.
On the issues he is: anti-woman’s right to choose; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-gun control; anti-Obamacare; pro-parent choice and charter schools; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Affirmative Action; pro-privatization of Social Security; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration and birthright citizenship; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN
Hensarling is a hard-core conservative Republican, who promises to deliver more of the same to the Fifth District and the nation. He has drawn a Libertarian challenger.
AshbyKen Ashby (L) – a former engineer and teacher. Ashby’s stand on the issues is the usual Libertarian fare – smaller government; no more bailouts; end the war on drugs; shut down the Department of Education, commerce, energy, Homeland Security, etc.; end the TSA; end farm subsidies; cut entitlements; and lower taxes. He doesn’t address social issues or civil liberties.
NOTE: Ken Ashby has been running unsuccessfully for office since 1992, and probably won’t do any better this time around. Hensarling is pretty much a shoe-in for the Fifth District.
DISTRICT VI
Barton JoeJoe Barton (R) – the incumbent. Barton, a member of the Tea Party Caucus, has held his seat in the House since 1985. The Sixth District encompasses the communities of Arlington, part of Fort Worth, and several rural areas south of Dallas.
Barton was the lead representative in forcing the switch from analog to digital TV and auctioning off the public airwaves to private companies.
Last year, Barton, a real piece of work, campared man-made climate to the Biblical flood story and argued that climate change isn’t man-made. He is a major proponent of the Keystone Pipeline. Additionally, in the House hearings on the BP oil spill, Barton told Tony Hayward, the executive officer of BP, “I apologize. I do not want to live in a country where any time a citizen or a corporation does something that is legitimately wrong, is subject to some sort of political pressure that is, again, in my words — amounts to a shakedown, so I apologize.”
Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) listed Barton on its Most Corrupt Report in 2011.
A hard-core conservative, Barton is another of the old-guard Republicans that Texans seem to be so fond of. As to the issues, he is pro-life; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-gay adoptions; voted against prohibiting job discrimination based upon sexual orientation; anti-enforcement of anti-gay hate crimes; anti-separation of church and state; supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN
Interestingly, Barton recently switched his position on creating a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in this country. This resulted in his loss of an endorsement from Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC) and placed him on their “traitors” list. He has, however, been endorsed by: Red State; the National Rifle Association; Dallas Morning News; Texas Alliance For Life; Concerned Women for America; Americans for Prosperity; Keep America Safe; American Security Council Foundation; Christian Coalition of America; Family Research Council.
cozadDavid Cozad (D) – a former United States Marine and teacher out of Arlington. He is pro-education; pro-equal pay for women; pro-choice; pro-Obamacare; pro-immigration reform; pro-Dream Act; pro-green energy; anti-fracking and pro-EPA regulations.
NOTE: On the surface, Cozad looks like a dream candidate for liberals and progressives. The big question is “how will all of this liberalism play out with the voters in District VI? Cozad ran against Barton in 2010, and Barton garnered 66% of the vote to Cozad’s 31%. It all depends on how disgusted District VI voters are with the status quo. Liberals and Progressives have a golden opportunity here to unseat Barton and bring a little bit of sanity to Texas and the nation. The first hurdle is getting them to the polls to vote.
DISTRICT VII
culbersonJohn Culberson (R) – the incumbent. Right out of the box, the Seventh District takes in a very big part of West Houston and Harris County. The District was created in 1967, and has been, historically, Republican. Culberson has been endorsed by: Americans for Legal Immigration; Family Research Council; National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); Texas Right to Life; and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
On the issues, Culberson is: pro-life; anti-Obamacare; anti-immigration; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-enforcement of gay hate crimes; voted no on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation; anti-separation of church and state; pro-privatization of Social Security; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN
cargasJames Cargas (D) – is an energy attorney out of Houston. He served on the President’s Council on Sustainable Development during the Clinton Administration, later worked in the Al Gore Presidential Campaign. Cargas ran against Culberson in 2012, and received only 36.43% of the vote. He had the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle, the National Herald, NEO Magazine, and the Washington Monthly.
Cargas is running on the following issues: increase federal funding for science and biotechnology; a comprehensive national energy policy; protecting social safety nets; protecting women’s rights; enacting comprehensive immigration reform; and supporting public transportation.
In short, Cargas appears to be a highly educated, intelligent individual with a passion for creating a sustainable environment, bringing common sense and humane ideas for immigration reform to the table, and protecting the rights of women as well as civil and human rights. He has been endorsed by an impressive list of civil rights organizations and renowned scientists and physicians.
Sounds good, right? The big question is how smart are the voters in the Seventh District which has never elected a Democrat?
fowlerGerald Fowler (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination to run in the Seventh District. He is a civil litigation attorney. Fowler isn’t making a lot of noise, and it is unlikely that he would win the seat. However, his candidacy only serves to muddy the waters in what is certain to be a difficult climb for Cargas.
DISTRICT VIII
BradyKevin Brady (R) – the incumbent. Brady is a Chamber of Commerce executive. He is a hard-core, right wing, conservative Catholic.
On the issues he is: fiercely pro-life; strongly against Affirmative Action; voted no on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act; opposed to LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation, and enforcing anti-gay hate crimes; anti-separation of church and state; supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatizing Social Security; pro-vouchers for private and parochial schools; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration, amnesty, and birthright citizenship; anti-EPA regulations; pro-big oil and gas development. REBIBLICAN
Brady is endorsed by: Family Research Council; Texas Right to Life; Texas Alliance for Life; National Rifle Association; Texas Conservative View; Conservative Republicans of Texas; and the United States Chamber of Commerce.
pettyKen Petty (L) won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. Petty parrots the Libertarian theme quite well, although he doesn’t seem to be making a lot of noise. He is running as the “Liberty Candidate,” emphasizing individual freedoms and states-rights. He rants against Brady and Obama, and Obamacare, while championing for the 2nd Amendment. He is very much in favor of school vouchers and parental choice.
NOTE: Voters in the 8th District will, likely, send Brady back to D.C., putting another feather in the nest of ReBiblicans who are seeking re-election this year. Of course, the alternative that they have in Petty doesn’t leave them with much of a choice.
DISTRICT IX
greenAlexander (Al) Green (D) – is the incumbent serving since 2005. He is a Southern Baptist attorney out of Houston who previously served as the President of the Houston NAACP.
On the issues he is: pro-choice; pro-gun control; pro-Affirmative Action; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-Obamacare; pro-separation of church and state; pro-higher taxes on the wealthy; pro-immigration and pathway to citizenship; pro-green energy.
Al Green has excellent ratings among all liberal groups who are endorsing and funding campaigns. The fact that he has held his office since 2005, gives hope to Texas Democrats and the people of the Ninth District.
johnsonJohnny Johnson (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. His platform includes: securing our borders and no amnesty; repealing Obamacare; supporting term limits; controlling spending; return to the Constitution; and protecting Second Amendment Rights.
Johnson strongly believes that the First through Tenth Amendments to the Constitution are “granted by our Creator.”
NOTE: It appears that Johnson has very little in the way of backing or endorsements. Green should run away with the vote and help to bring a little ray of sanity to an insane House of Representatives.
DISTRICT X
McCaulMichael McCaul (R) – the incumbent and the wealthiest member of Congress. He is a Catholic out of Austin, and has held his seat since 2005. According to Wikipedia:
“In August 2011 AlterNet reported that McCaul, along with John Culberson and Ted Poe, was attempting to remove the right of deceased soldiers families to choose which prayers, if any, were to be read at a soldier’s funeral. The three politicians were said to be attempting to impose Christian ceremonies on the military funerals of everybody who has served in the military, regardless of whether or not the deceased was Christian and with or without the consent of the family of the deceased.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_McCaul
On the issues he tows the GOP party line: pro-life; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-vouchers and charter schools; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration and pathway to citizenship; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN
He has been endorsed by the Texas Farm Bureau; National Federation of Independent Business; National Rifle Association; and the United States Chamber of Commerce.
CadienTawana Walter – Cadien (D) – a registered nurse with virtually no political experience. As of April, Tawana only had a little over $2,000 in her campaign coffers, and almost nothing in the way of an internet presence.
kelseyBill Kelsey (L) – is a pilot for Zimex Aviation out of Austin who really doesn’t appear to be running any sort of campaign at all.
NOTE: Given the current lack of funding and media presence, it is unlikely that McCaul will be upset in November. The apparent disinterest of the Democratic Party in Texas screams of its imminent defeat.

DISTRICT XI

Mike ConawayMichael Conaway (R) – the incumbent, and long-time friend of George W. Bush. Conaway is an accountant out of Midland and has held his seat since 2005. He is a hard-core, conservative, Southern Baptist.

On the issues he is: pro-life; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-LGBT rights; anti-separation of church and state; pro-prayer in school; anti-Obamacare; pro-vouchers and school choice; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; ant-immigration and pathway to citizenship; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN

Conaway has the support and backing of the National Rifle Association, and all of the right-wing pro-life groups, while civil and human rights groups shun him like the plague.

Ryan LangeRyan Lange (L) – won the nomination of the Libertarian Party. He lives in Ballinger. For all practical purposes, no one seems to know anything about Ryan Lange. His Facebook page is a hodgepodge of his simplistic views on a variety of policies and practices making it obvious that he lacks the knowledge and the maturity to pose any sort of real threat to Conaway.

DISTRICT XII

Kay GrangerKay Granger (R) – the incumbent out of Fort Worth, and the first Republican woman from Texas in the House of Representatives. She has been there since 1997. Prior to taking a seat in the House, Granger was the Mayor of Fort Worth.

Despite some GOP members thinking she might be “too liberal” for the House back in the early 1990’s, Granger has made her bones on some of the conservative issues favored by the hard-right.

On the issues she is: pro-life (she claims “pro-choice,” but her voting record says otherwise); anti-Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; anti-separation of church and state; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatization of Social Security; pro-vouchers and charter schools; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-gun control; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN

Mark GreeneMark Greene (D) – is a former City Councilman. He is the antithesis of Granger on all issues: pro-choice; pro-civil and human rights; pro-separation of church and state; pro-public schools; pro-green energy.

 

 

Ed ColiverED COLLIVER (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. According to his website: “Ed Colliver believes in personal freedoms, local jurisdiction, fiscal responsibility, and international non-interference.” He claims that if elected he will “protect your Constitutional rights and fight to keep the federal government out of your bedroom, out of your medicine cabinet, out of your gun locker, and out of your wallet.”

NOTE: There is little doubt that Texas needs a change. That change could begin with the election of Mark Greene. It remains to be seen whether the Democratic Party, Texas businesses, and the voters in District Twelve have the good-sense and the conviction to make this happen.

DISTRICT XIII

Mac ThornberryMac Thornberry (R) – is the incumbent. He is an attorney and rancher out of Clarendon. Mac has been serving in the House since 1995.

On the issues he is: fiercely pro-life; strongly against Affirmative Action; voted no on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act; opposed to LGBT rights, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation, and enforcing anti-gay hate crimes; anti-separation of church and state; supports a Constitutional Amendment for school prayer; anti-Obamacare; pro-privatizing Social Security; pro-vouchers for private and parochial schools; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration, amnesty, and birthright citizenship; anti-EPA regulations; pro-big oil and gas development. REBIBLICAN

He has been endorsed by: BeefPAC of Texas; National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); National Rifle Association; Texas Association of Business; Texas Farm Bureau; Texas Right to Life; and the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Mike MinterMike Minter (D) – is the owner of Falls Foundation Repair, Indian Capital Group of Texas, and Indian Plains Leasing of Nevada. He is a member of Texoma Cowboy Church. He says that his “strong Christian faith and belief in the value of liberty and education will be the foundation” of his work in Congress.

Emily PivodaEmily Pivoda (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. She has established absolutely nothing in the way of internet presence.

 

NOTE: It is absolutely unclear as to whether or not Mike Minter will truly represent liberal or progressive ideologies or if he will further the interests of the Blue-Dog Democrats. Pivoda seems to be more of a token representative of the Libertarians. Thornberry has the backing. It will be an interesting race, but I fear that District XIII will vote for more of the same.

DISTRICT XIV

Randy WeberRandy Weber (R) – is the incumbent out of Pearland who succeeded Ron Paul. He is a small businessman, politician and former Texas State House Representative.

On the issues he is: pro-life; anti-Affirmative Action; anti-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-traditional values; ant-separation of church and state; anti-immigration; anti-Obamacare; anti-gun control; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN

He has been endorsed by: Ron Paul; Rick Perry; Gregg Abbott; Todd Staples;Ruth and Nolan Ryan; Sheriff Joe Arpaio; Texas Right to Life; Eagle Forum.

Don BrownDon Brown (D) – is a mortgage broker out of Galveston. He is a strong supporter of unions and of LGBT rights. He is running on preserving Medicare; strengthening the public education system; preserving Social Security; and restoring jobs and the economy.

 

John WiederJohn Wieder (L) – is a minister and Viet Nam War veteran. He ran in the 9th District in 2012. In an interview with the Examiner in 2012, he made the following statements:

“There is a Parental Rights bill before Congress now. Please go to parentalrights.org and sign the petition to return parental rights to the parents.Please join us in prayer for the safe return of my wife, Jernielyn Wieder, to us. Prayer for prayer back in school, prayer that all the unborn see the light of day all over the world and they live long productive lives, and pray parental rights are returned to the parents.”

“Guns, anyone can own gun, just register them like cars.”

“GOD, prayer back in school, whole life(conception to natural death),students use modern technology etc.”

Enough said.

NOTE: Don Brown seems like the most logical candidate in this race. The question is, “can he outspend Randy Weber and his endorsers?” It’s a shame that we have to ask something like that, but thanks to Citizens United that is exactly where we are.

DISTRICT XV

Ruben HinojosoRuben Hinojosa (D) – is the incumbent out of Mercedes. Apparently, there is hope for Texas! Hinojosa is a grocery executive who has been serving since 1997.

On the issues he is: pro-choice; pro-Affirmative Action; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-separation of church and state; pro-public education; pro-preservation of Social Security; pro-immigration and pathway to citizenship, and the Dream Act; pro-green energy; pro-Obamacare.

Hinojosa has been endorsed by the National Education Association and the Texas Hospital Association PAC. He has been a tireless advocate for the disadvantaged.

Eddie ZamoraEddie Zamora (R) – is the Executive Vice President of OE Investments. Zamora writes about his unsavory past on his campaign website. He served a little over 5 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections for threatening his ex-wife with a gun in a Wal Mart parking lot in 1994. Two years later, he was convicted of stalking. In 2002, he claims that he found the Lord and that has changed his life.

On the issues he is: pro-life; anti-same-sex marriage; pro-states rights; pro-elimination of the Department of Education; pro-limited government; anti-Obamacare; anti-gun control; anti-EPA regulations and mandates; pro-oil and gas; anti-immigration and amnesty.

Zamora believes that all of our rights, including the right to bear arms, were bestowed upon us by God.

Zamora has garnered the endorsement of Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), and Red State.

Johnny PartainJohnny Partain (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. We won’t even discuss this candidate other than to say that he ran in 2012, and gathered 1.65% of the vote.

NOTE: While it is unlikely that Hinojosa will be unseated, as District XV is largely Democrat, Zamora could make a good run. A lot will depend on voter turn-out in this race. Hopefully, the Democrats will understand this.

DISTRICT XVI

Beto O'Beto O’Rourke (D) – the incumbent and businessman out of El Paso. He was first elected in 2012.

On the issues he is: pro-choice; pro-Affirmative Action; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-separation of church and state; pro-Obamacare; pro-public education; pro-immigration and pathway to citizenship; anti-military expansion.

In 2012, O’Rourke won the primary against Silvestre Reyes who had been endorsed by both President Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

Corey RoenCorey Roen (R) – is a career Army Officer who pledges to “vote the Bible” if elected.

On the issues he is: pro-life; anti-same sex marriage; pro-traditional values; anti-immigration. REBIBLICAN/DOMINIONIST

Jaime Perez (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination.

NOTE: Look for Roen to pick up endorsements from numerous right-wing, and religious right groups between now and November. This one is tough to call at the moment.

DISTRICT XVII

Bill FloresBill Flores (R) – the incumbent and former CEO of Phoenix Exploration Company out of Bryan. He is a Southern Baptist and has held the seat since 2011. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Houston Baptist University. His last campaign was endorsed by George H. W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee.

On the issues he is: pro-life; anti-LGBT rights and gay marriage; anti-Obamacare; amti-gun control; voted no on the Violence Against Women Act; anti- separation of church and state; pro-vouchers and school choice; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; anti-immigration; pro-military expansion; anti-EPA regulations.

He is endorsed by:  Business and Commerce Political Action Committee (BACPAC); National Right to Life; and Gun Owners of America. REBIBLICAN

Nick HaynesNick Haynes (D) – is a social worker. His platform includes the fight for immigration reform; equal opportunity; and a government that works for its people. He is a member of the Antioch Community Church, and a member of Bibles, Badges, and Business for Immigration Reform. Haynes’ wife came to this country illegally, hence he has taken up the fight for immigration reform.

Shawn Michael HamiltonShawn Michael Hamilton (L) – won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. He is a former government contractor out of Waco.

On the issues he is: pro-life, believing that life begins at conception; anti-gun control; pro-state rights; pro-school choice and parental right to choose;

NOTE: The waters are really murky in this race. That Bill Flores needs to go is a given. Hamilton is, apparently, a rather right-leaning Libertarian and probably stands little to no chance of a victory. Haynes on the other hand, is an enigma. A former conservative, he is now championing the immigration issue. However, where he stands on other issues remains to be seen.

DISTRICT XVIII

Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson Lee (D) – is the incumbent out of Houston. She is an attorney and a judge and has been serving since 1995. She is known as one of the “meanest” bosses in Washington with an outrageous turnover of staff. In spite of that, Lee represents liberal and progressive issues much of the time.

On the issues she is: pro-choice; pro-Affirmative Action; pro-LGBT rights and same-sex marriage; pro-separation of church and state; pro-public education; pro-Obamacare; pro-preservation of Social Security; pro-gun control; pro-immigration reform; pro-green energy; and anti-military expansion.

Sean SeibertSean Seibert (R) – as a former Colonel in the United States Army. He ran against Sheila Jackson Lee in 2012, where he received 22.5% of the vote. His platform is rather generic in that it speaks in vague generalities regarding national defense, border security, taxes, jobs and the economy, and fiscal responsibility. He, perhaps wisely, shies away from addressing any of the social or hot-button issues currently being debated.

NOTE: Given the demographics of District 18, it is highly unlikely that Seibert will unseat Lee. Of course, it is early and major endorsers are waiting to commit, however, I think it is safe to say that Lee will retain her seat.

DISTRICT XIX

Randy NeugebauerRandy Neugebauer (R) is the incumbent. He is an account and real estate developer out of Lubbock who has held his seat since 2003. In 2001, he was ranked as the “most conservative member of the House” by the National Review. Neugebauer lives up to that label with his voting record. He is a member of the Values Action Team and the Prayer Caucus.

On the issues he is: pro-life;  anti-LGBT rights; anti-gay marriage; anti-Obamacare; anti-separation of church and state; anti-gun control; anti-immigration, amnesty, pathway to citizenship; pro-privatization of Socail Security; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy.

He is endorsed by: Americans for Legal Immigration (ALIPAC), Business and Commerce (BAC-PAC), with top ratings from the following organizations: American Conservative Union, Christian Coalition, National Right to Life, Club for Growth and National Rifle Association.  REBIBLICAN/DOMINIONIST

Neal MarchbanksNeal Marchbanks (D) – is a retired meteorologist and United States Air Force Veteran. He is running on the following platform:

Agriculture; Public Education; Wind and solar energy; A strong middle class; Improving services and benefits to veterans; Women’s rights; Pro-Choice; Pro-Obamacare; Pro-pathway to citizenship; anti-racial profiling; and anti-Voter ID laws and voter suppression.

Richard Chip PetersonRichard “Chip” Peterson (L) – is Professor Emeritus at Texas Tech University and is a frequent candidate. He claims that he is running: “1) to give people the option of voting for a well-qualified candidate who doesn’t belong to any major party; 2) Because some people do not want to vote for the incumbent (possibly because they don’t want to vote for any incumbent) and I want them to have a choice other than staying home or for voting for a member of the Democratic (“Socialist”) Party who would have to support the policies of Nancy Pelosi if elected; 3) To keep pressure on the present incumbent to keep him fiscally conservative and not let him pander to special interests by promising to spend more of the people’s money than his opponent from the Democratic (“Socialist”) Party; 4) To insure that at least one candidate in the race will be strongly committed to obeying the U.W. Constitution and protecting individual liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights; 5) To help build the people’s awareness and support for the Libertarian Party which is the only party truly committed to following the principles established by our nation’s founders in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. It is the party dedicated to support limited government, individual liberties, and low taxes.”

NOTE: Rarely are Texans given the opportunity to elect someone like Neal Marchbanks – a true liberal. Marchbanks would be a breath of fresh air to the Nineteenth District. What becomes problematic here is that Neugebauer has held this district for a number of years. Last election he won 85% of the vote against Peterson. In a District that is heavily Republican it will be a serious challenge for Marchbanks – especially if Peterson is able to garner that same 15%.

DISTRICT XX

Joaquin CastroJoaquin Castro (D) – is the incumbent and identical twin of Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio. He first served in the Texas Legislature from 2003-2013. Interestingly, Castro is running unopposed assuring him the seat. While he is a Democrat, and considered a liberal, he is a little more moderate than progressive. Still, his stance of social issues will help to level the playing field a little more in Texas and the rest of the country.

DISTRICT XXI

Lamar SmithLamar Smith (R) – is the incumbent and an attorney out of San Antonio and has been serving since 1987. He is a Christian Scientist.

On the issues he is: pro-life;  anti-LGBT rights; anti-gay marriage; anti-Obamacare; anti-separation of church and state; anti-gun control; anti-immigration, amnesty, pathway to citizenship; pro-privatization of Socail Security; anti-higher taxes on the wealthy; pro-military expansion; anti-green energy. REBIBLICAN

Smith has been endorsed by: Texas Association of Business  & Commerce (PAC); Texas Alliance  for Life; Texas Right to Life; and National Rifle Association.

Ryan ShieldsRyan Shields (L) – is an oilfield worker who won the Libertarian Party’s nomination. Shields shares little about his personal life getting straight to the issues which he finds problematic. He is running on an 8 point platform, this is where he stands:

1) Introduce Fair Tax and Balance Budget Amendment; 2) Repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; 3) Strengthen Private Property Rights; 4) End the Federal Reserve; 5) Reintroduce the Marijuana Act of 1937; 6) Protect  private decisions in a persons private life from government intrusion; 7) Make across the board cuts to the budget; 8) Increase oversight on government spending.

Philip PKT TottenhamPhilip “PKT” Tottenham (I) – is a non-profit founder and businessman. Tottenham is all over the place with peace, love, and freedom. He quotes Ron Paul, Bernie Sanders, and Gandhi. Apparently, Philip is extremely liberal in his views and wants to put an end to injustice, inequality, and corruption. All noble quests, to be certain. He refuses to take ANY donations relying on social media to garner him a win.

NOTE: Twenty-seven years is long time for anyone to serve in Lamar Smith’s capacity. But, it appears that he will be there for a couple of more years. Shields is a typical, bombastic Libertarian while Tottenham is way too altruistic in his goals.

TO BE CONTINUED

 

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