Election day for the 2018 Primary Election Runoffs is May 22.  See the Election Calendar for all dates.

Scroll through this page to see candidates and Q&A for these Democratic Party runoffs:

  • Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7
  • Texas Governor
  • United State Representative, District 6
  • United State Representative, District 25

 

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7

Frieda Porter

FB: voteforfriedaporter/
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Kenneth D. Sanders

www.VoteKenSanders.com
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Candidate Q&A

Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.

What is your current occupation? Educational background?

Frieda Porter: Current Occupation: I’m a Realtor/ Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner of Dream Catcher’s Realty.
Educational Background:
Fort Worth School of Business
Cedar Valley College – Psychology
Olga’s School of Cosmetology – Esthetician
Leonard Hawes School of Real Estate – Real Estate Theory, Real Estate Law, Law of Contracts, Fair Housing, Deceptive Trade Practices Act, Small Claims, Agency, Single Family Property Management, Ethics, Marketing

Kenneth Sanders: My educational background has provided me with a strong foundation for leadership. Growing up in Fort Worth, Texas, I spent my high school years at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. I was an active member of Youth in Government, which was the spark to my passion for public service. Afterwards, I was blessed to receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Southern A&M University. Since my matriculation, I have worked with a few local companies such as GM and Lockheed Martin. Currently I have the privilege of working as an independent licensed insurance adjuster.


What experience makes you the best-qualified candidate for this office? 

Frieda Porter: As a State Licensed Realtor of over 17 years and hours of Mandatory Continuing Education, I’ve worked diligently to help build Homeownership. As a Landlord Representative, I’ve worked hands on with the eviction process in the Justice of the Peace Courts to successfully resolve various Landlord and Tenant issues. I’ve volunteered my service for the Arlington NAACP to help citizens resolve Landlord complaints.
Working as a Substitute Teacher for the FWISD allowed me to work closely with students in various classroom settings.
My vision for the Justice of the Peace, Pct.7 is to be a support to all citizens in my community. I want to help the Truants move in a positive direction by focusing on Individual Success Plans in collaboration with their parents and teachers.

Kenneth Sanders: I believe I am the best qualified candidate because I have a heart for people and I am a problem solver. I believe in the Constitution and the Rule of Law. Yet real justice takes place with balance, fair, and a genuine view of the needs of the people that come before it.

I understand that people need fair and honest resolution to the difficulties that they may be faced with in civil disputes. I have the temperament essential in establishing a court room of procedural fairness and maintain proper decorum. A judge’s temperament is essential in establishing an atmosphere of procedural fairness. The American system of justice is the envy of the world and I would be proud and honored to contribute to that excellence as Justice of the Peace in Precinct 7.


What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals? What percentage comes from PACs?

Frieda Porter: Currently all of my donations come from individuals.

Kenneth Sanders: I am grateful to have contributions from my family and supportive friends in addition to personal funds I have contributed to my campaign. I have received no campaign donations from PACs.


As a Justice of the Peace, do you plan to perform weddings? What factors would you consider before performing a wedding ceremony?

Frieda Porter: As Justice of the Peace I do plan to perform Marriage Ceremonies. I think that’s the best part of the job. I believe everyone deserves someone to love. My only criteria will be everyone is of legal age to marry and the couple have their license.

Kenneth Sanders: As one of the fundamental duties of a Justice of the Peace, I do plan to perform all lawful weddings. As long as the parties meet the legal requirements for marriage, I will carry out my duty as a Justice of the Peace. In my lifetime I have experienced bias based on qualities that I cannot change. I will ensure every person, regardless of gender, religion, race, wealth, sexual orientation, or political affiliation, has access a fair and impartial judicial process, up to and including the right to marry who they love.

 

Texas Governor

Andrew White

https://www.andrewwhite.com
FB: AndrewWhiteTexas/
Twitter: @randrewwhite
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Lupe Valdez

https://www.lupevaldez.com
FB: LupeForTexas
Twitter: @LupeValdez
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Candidate Q&A

Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.

What is your current occupation? Educational background? What experiences do you have that make you the best candidate for Governor?

Lupe Valdez: The daughter of migrant farmworkers, I came from humble beginnings and with hard work
and help along the way I obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s, served our country in the
military, and worked in law enforcement for the last 40 years. As Dallas County Sheriff, I
led the 7th largest Sheriff’s Department in the nation, managed over 2,500 employees and
an annual budget of $153 million, and brought sincere reform to make sure anyone
touched by the criminal justice system was treated with respect, dignity, and
Professionalism.


What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals?  What percentage comes from PACs? 

Lupe Valdez: Almost every single donation we have received has come from individuals. Our campaign is powered by grassroots donors. We have not received any PAC money.


If elected, what would be the first piece of legislation that you would propose?

Lupe Valdez: School finance reform should be an emergency item in the next session. It should have
been addressed decades ago to ensure schools are able to provide a path for our kids to succeed and take the financial burden off of our local school districts. State investment in our public education has dropped significantly under Republican control. This must be reversed.


SB4, the sanctuary cities law, is currently law in Texas but is under review in the courts. How do you plan to deal with this complex issue?

Lupe Valdez: Last session, I fought back when Republicans passed SB 4, which harms immigrant communities, hurts community policing efforts. I was in Austin eight times testifying and advocating against it. As governor, I will support its repeal.


Over half of the average property tax bill goes towards funding our public schools, which are already suffering from budget shortfalls. How do you plan to address property tax relief vs. school funding?

Lupe Valdez: School finance reform is tied directly to property tax relief. We need to close loopholes and increase state investment in our children’s education. Texans are being priced out of their homes because special interests get breaks that allow them to not pay their share as our state’s population booms.


Should Texas participate in the Medicaid expansion system and why?

Lupe Valdez: I am committed to adopting the Medicaid expansion. If Mike Pence can do it in Indiana, we can too. It is the best deal we are facing and the governor refuses to take it. Every family deserves a family doctor and healthcare they can rely on. I am committed to working to expand Medicaid, adequately funding state mental health facilities, advocating for fixes to the ACA, and stopping the attacks on women’s healthcare. It is the right thing to do and just common sense.


In recent years, scores of women’s health clinics have been closed throughout the state, resulting in millions of Texans lacking access to health care and a shamefully high maternal mortality rate. How would you address the problem of access to healthcare that now confronts Texans, especially women?

Lupe Valdez: We need to stop the attacks on women’s health. As governor, my veto pen will do just that. Across our state in rural and urban areas, millions of Texans live in medical deserts where healthcare is far away leading to devastating maternal mortality rates. Expanding Medicaid would help keep rural hospitals open and ending the attacks on Planned Parenthood funding would ensure there is healthcare access in many communities.


What would be your priorities for future special sessions?

Lupe Valdez: Texans need to know they have a voice in Austin who will support our families, rein in
special interests’ influence, and bring back some sanity. The Legislature must respond to the people’s real needs and focus on issues where we can improve their lives – this includes the economy, accessible healthcare, an equitable education system, and adequate transportation funding.

 

United States Representative, District 6

Jana Lynne Sanchez


https://sanchezforcongress2018.com
FB: JanaLynneSanchezforUSCongress
Twitter: @janasanchez
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Ruby Faye Woolridge

http://vote4ruby.org
FB: voteforruby.org
Twitter: @RubyForCongress
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Here’s an article on both of these candidates: http://keranews.org/post/meet-democrats-vying-fill-joe-barton-s-seat-and-break-3-decades-republican-rule

Candidate Q&A

Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.

What is your current occupation? Educational background? What experiences do you have that make you the best candidate for US Representative?

Jana Lynne Sanchez: Currently, I am a communications consultant. I attended Waxahachie High School and was able to attend Rice University thanks to my wonderful public school teachers there and a combination of federal financial aid and scholarships. I grew up extremely poor right here in the district and so I am familiar with the challenges our local working families face. Beyond that, my experiences as a small business owner have helped me understand what our local economy truly needs to thrive. The people of District 6 deserve a representative who will fight for them in Congress, and I am the right candidate to do so.

Ruby Faye Woolridge: I am currently a retired public school educator. As a professional educator for 30 years with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Masters in Counseling and Administration, I am well prepared to serve as the 1st woman representative for Congress Texas District 6.
I have decades of experience volunteering with city, county, and state school districts and state organizations that adds value to my candidacy for Congress.


What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals?  What percentage comes from PACs? 

Jana Lynne Sanchez: 95% of our campaign donations have come from individuals (4% from PACs; the Hispanic Caucus’s BOLD PAC and the New Democratic Coalition PAC).

Ruby Faye Woolridge: 98% / 2%


If elected, what would be the first piece of legislation that you would propose?

Jana Lynne Sanchez: If elected, the first piece of legislation I would propose would be my health care plan. We face many serious problems here in District 6, but the most pressing is access to quality and reasonably-priced health care. Adequate medical care is a basic human right, and no one deserves to suffer because they cannot afford treatment. My comprehensive plan for universal and affordable health care is supported by medical professionals and politicians alike, because it would stabilize and reduce the cost of procedures and medications while decreasing overall cost for hospitals and doctors. If elected, I promise to fight for a solution that will solve the health care crisis, not penalize the poorest and sickest among us.

Ruby Faye Woolridge: I would propose legislation to provide healthcare for all through a program similar to Medicare Advantage.


What is your position on the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana? What regulations should there be on marijuana usage?

Jana Lynne Sanchez: Marijuana should be legal, taxed, and regulated. We need to stop sending people to prison for non-violent offenses like recreational drug use. The use of medical marijuana can have substantial benefits and can be an effective part of a pain management and wellness plan. Texas should join the other states that deal with marijuana through regulation rather than criminalization. This would free up law enforcement resources and provide additional revenues for schools and infrastructure.

Ruby Faye Woolridge: I believe marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes. Recreation use should be decriminalized and classified as a misdemeanor offense.


What are your priorities for comprehensive immigration reform?

Jana Lynne Sanchez: I support immigration reform that is humane and that offers a path to legal status. We simply have no idea who the majority of people who are here ‘illegally’ are. Under my plan, immigrants could come forward safely, so we know who they are and how to find them. They will pay taxes at the same rate as other Americans, and would be contributing members of society. After one year of living and working in the U.S., visa holders should have the right to apply for citizenship following the normal procedure. I also believe Dreamers should be fast-tracked to citizenship and never again face the terror of being deported back to a country they are unfamiliar with and that they do not call home. Dreamers are tax-paying contributing members of society who have faced thorough screening and who came forward voluntarily with their information. It is time to welcome them as American citizens.

Ruby Faye Woolridge: Use background checks to screen people for entry into the United States. Allow a legal process for Dreamers to apply for full citizenships.


What solutions do you propose for health care system reform?

Jana Lynne Sanchez: Universal affordable healthcare is a basic human right. We can do better for patients and for all taxpayers by building on what works in the US system and expanding it to cover everyone. Republicans have threatened the life and health of all Americans by rushing to repeal the ACA with no viable replacement.

My experience living in two countries with universal healthcare (Britain and the Netherlands) gives me first-hand insight into what would work and what would not work in the U.S. My priority is to make health care more affordable, effective and universal for all. Taking health insurance away from millions of Americans makes no sense. Making it more accessible and affordable for more people makes perfect sense.
I will push legislation that creates universal healthcare but that will work to control prices by creating a Healthcare Cost Review Commission that would decide and standardize the cost of all medical procedures and medications. This has already been successfully implemented in Maryland. Under this system, insurance companies would compete for clients but the amount of the premium that could cover administrative costs and profit would be strictly regulated on a federal level. I also believe in the expansion of Medicaid to anyone below the poverty line, and subsidies for health insurance to make sure all lower-income workers can afford healthcare. This should be funded increased taxes on the very highest income earners. We should also allow the voluntary expansion of Medicare at cost or anyone of any age as an option to private insurance (and to increase competition with for-profit insurers).

Ruby Faye Woolridge: I purpose Medicare Advantage to assure everyone has affordable, quality Healthcare.

 

United States Representative, District 25

Julie Oliver

https://oliver2018.com
FB: JulieForTexas
Twitter: @JulieForTX25
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Chris Perri

https://www.chrisperrifortexas.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisPerriforTexas/
Twitter: @ChrisPerriTX
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Candidate Q&A

Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.

What is your current occupation? Educational background? What experiences do you have that make you the best candidate for US Representative?

Chris Perri:  For over a decade, I’ve been a criminal defense attorney in Central Texas, protecting the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes. I earned my law degree from the University of Texas in 2005 and subsequently earned a master’s in economics from the University of Illinois-Chicago. I believe that the amount of money people make or the color of their skin should neither determine outcomes in the criminal justice system nor people’s voice in government.

As a community leader and volunteer in Central Texas, I’ve continued my fight for justice, serving as supervising attorney for UT Law’s pro bono Texas Expunction Project since its inception in 2014. The Expunction Project has assisted hundreds of Texans who can’t afford lawyers clear wrongful arrests from their backgrounds so that they can better compete in the job market and find housing.

I’ve dedicated my career to representing people and fighting for their rights. With this administration trampling the foundations of our democracy, the constituents of District 25 need someone who will listen to their concerns and fight to make their lives better.


What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals?  What percentage comes from PACs? 

Chris Perri: We do not take corporate PAC money, and we’ve raised over $100,000 through a people-powered campaign. We received $490 from the Circle C Area Democrats’ club upon earning their endorsement (the club is organized as a PAC). So, less than 0.5% of our contributions are from PACs. The rest of the donations are from individuals, except for a $4,000 in-kind contribution from the Texas Democratic Party (related to the purchase of the Voter Activation Network (VAN)).


If elected, what would be the first piece of legislation that you would propose?

Chris Perri: The first legislation I would propose is a bill that would mandate that all federal district lines be drawn by independent, non-partisan commissions. Partisan gerrymandering has disenfranchised millions of American. If we want to restore our democracy, voters must choose their representatives, instead of the other way around.


What is your position on the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana? What regulations should there be on marijuana usage?

Chris Perri: Marijuana should be legal for both recreational and medical purposes. Medical marijuana can be a substitute for many addictive opioids, and this would also save over $1 billion in Medicaid expenses. Also, we need to scientifically study the medical effects of marijuana in order to assess its viability as a treatment for illnesses, such as cancer. As long as marijuana is illegal, we won’t have the type of robust studies that are needed to make this determination. Moreover, marijuana arrests contribute to the mass incarceration problem in our country, which disproportionately affects African-Americans. Legalizing recreational marijuana would help reduce such incarceration. The federal government should regulate marijuana similar to the way it regulates alcohol and tobacco, and a federal marijuana tax could be used to raise billions of dollars for health care, education, environmental protection (e.g., laying the renewable energy infrastructure), and job creation.


What are your priorities for comprehensive immigration reform?

Chris Perri: We need a clean Dream Act in order to protect the nearly 800,000 DACA recipients who are subject to deportation. I also support comprehensive immigration reform that creates a reasonable, certain pathway to citizenship. We need to increase the per-country caps so that people don’t have to wait 15-20 years to become a citizen. America has a moral duty to welcome immigrants (as long as they pass certain security measures, such as criminal background checks), as diversity makes our nation stronger. Moreover, nearly every economist agrees that immigration strengthens our economy and our safety net.


What solutions do you propose for health care system reform?

Chris Perri: 

I’m in favor of Medicare-for-All. The for-profit, private health insurance companies have skimmed and scammed Americans for too long, as our hard-earned dollars line the pockets of CEOs instead of being used for actual patient services. Removing this waste from our health care system would reduce costs and increase efficiency. Also, universal coverage is the key to cost control, as preventative care is much cheaper than a costly, life-saving operation.

Medicare-for-All would also facilitate the adoption of an electronic record system that allows any doctor to view a patient’s complete medical history, reducing the likelihood of duplicative testing. Also, moving away from fee-for-service is important so that doctors do not have an incentive to order unnecessary testing. Pay-for-performance systems work better because doctors have an incentive to ensure that their patients receive appropriate preventative care, as doctors are rewarded when patients are healthy.

Another reason for soaring health care costs is the monopolization of our health-care providers, as doctors have had to sell their practices to corporate masters, leading to a lack of competition for health-care services. Antitrust enforcement is necessary to break-up these corporate monopolies and reduce prices for health care services. Regarding expensive pharmaceuticals, the main reason why we pay more for prescription drugs in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world is that the law prevents Medicare (through the HHS) from negotiating directly with drug companies. If Medicare could negotiate directly, it has enough market clout to significantly reduce prescription prices. If elected, I will introduce a bill that allows Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices with the pharmaceutical companies.