Job description Chief executive of the state of Texas. Term is four years.
Duties Signs or vetoes bills passed by the Texas Legislature.
Calls special sessions of the Legislature.
Appoints the Secretary of State and other positions that oversee state agencies and departments.
Declares special elections to fill vacancies in state elected offices; appoints judges to vacant state and district court positions.
Reports on the condition of the state to the Legislature at the beginning of each session; recommends a state budget.
Grants reprieves, commutations, or pardons upon recommendation of Board of Pardons and Paroles.
Serves as commander-in-chief for state military forces.
Annual salary $153,750
|James Jolly Clark|
5836 Terravista, Austin, TX 78735
|Cedric Davis, Sr|
14937 Farm to Market Road 2661, Flint, TX 75762
3837 Wintergreen Dr, Plano, TX 75074
|Greg Abbott (incumbent)|
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?
James Jolly Clark: Having watched the Texas Democratic Party commit political suicide for the past 4 gubernatorial elections, I decided to wait until the last day to see if there was anyone running for the Democratic nomination for Governor, who had any chance of beating Abbott. Alas, there wasn’t anyone who could.
Going back to 2002, a fine gentleman, a successful banker from Laredo, a very generous person with his charitable gifts, ran for the Governorship of Texas. He spent $60M in his campaign. The one problem he had, and it has nothing to do with my thoughts and beliefs, was he was Hispanic. AND he could have spent $160M and a Hispanic would not get elected in the very prejudice Texas, at that time. It is a whole lot better today. 2022 will probably have one of the Castro brothers running with a chance of winning.
Moving on to 2006. I was going to run for the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2006. I had $3M, some incredible programs, a company who would produce, FOR FREE, all of the buttons, signs, banners and anything else I would need to run a statewide campaign, along with some good people behind me. I went down to the Democratic headquarters in Austin to sign up on the last day. When I entered the office, Jim Mattox, the former Attorney General, was there. After some pleasantries, he asked a rather strange question. What had I done to cause such a “shit storm”? I told him I had no idea what he was talking about. So, I had my $3,000 and was filling out the forms, when a Mr. Seochting, the Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, invited me into his office. Thank goodness, I had a friend, Bill Hamilton, with me to verify what happened. We chatted a bit and then he made two statements. First, the Democratic Party would not take sides during the primary. I said, “I would expect nothing less.” Second, he stated, “If you, Jolly Clark, WIN the primary, the Democratic Party WILL NOT SUPPORT YOU in the general election.” To say I was speechless and stunned is an understatement. After consulting with Mattox and a few others, I decided not to run. MY MISTAKE. They supported a no-name nothing, who 99% of the people I’ve asked since then if they knew the name of the 2006 nominee, couldn’t tell me.
Moving on to 2010, they strong-armed Bill White, a former Houston mayor, to run. Bill is a bright, very intelligent, knowledgeable person, who knows how to run a government. Someone I would want to work for me if I become the Governor. But Bill’s problem, as a state wide candidate, is he has the charisma of a tomato plant. I’m not sure he could give ice cream to kids on a hot day. When the bigoted OOPS’ Perry said the gays, homosexuals, and other deviants in New Orleans caused the BP oil spill, Bill came out with a very long letter a Ph.D. professor would be proud of. The problem was, you fell asleep after the first paragraph. I wrote a letter to the editor to American Statesman and said, ” GREED NOT GOD caused the spill. Time and the investigation have proven me right.
Now we come to the 2014 election. Sen. Wendy Davis is a bright, extremely intelligent, articulate, knowledgeable about how to run the state government and a beautiful person, with incredible charisma. In spite of all of that, she had a snowball’s chance in hell in getting elected as Governor in Red Necked, Anti-abortion Texas. Having staged a filibuster against the Anti-Abortion bill, she became a national voice for the pro-abortion coalition leaving her with insurmountable odds to win. With Texas having 5 to 6 million Catholics, 3 to 4 million Evangelicals and Born Again Christians and the regular red necked Republicans, the only question was how badly she would hurt the down-ballot elections. She got slaughtered and hurt the Democratic Party.
Now we come to the 2018 election. In order to not be labeled a bigot, I need to let you know my Brother, Bobbie, who was one of the nicest, kindest and smartest people I have known, was gay. The man who ran my Jolly’s Place & Pizza Emporium” in Des Moines Iowa, way gay. Why do I make this statement? The present leading Democratic candidate for Governor is a Female, Hispanic, Lesbian. In spite of her tremendous resume, and it is, she will get destroyed in an election against Abbott and the Democratic Party down-ballot candidates will get killed. I also have it on pretty good authority, that the only reason she is running is to get significant name recognition so she can run for Mayor of Dallas.
Obama, who I voted for and think he did a great job, lost in Texas by 1 million and 1.2 million votes in his two presidential elections. The 4 Black candidates running to be the Texas Governor will also get swamped. Then there is the successful Dallas businessman, who has a husband, having NO CHANCE in red necked, bigoted Texas. There is an older gentleman who has run many times with no chance. A gentleman with a straw hat who is very Pro-Abortion. No Chance. Last is Andrew White, who said he wanted to move back into the house he grew up in. WOW – what a reason to run. He also has no idea about the Teachers in Texas when he says 50% do not have a college degree. What world is he living in?
Thus, you have NONE OF THE ABOVE who have a snowballs chance in hell of beating Abbott.
About me. I attended West Point and several other educational institutions. I have been the top salesman for 3 national companies. I have designed, rebuilt, owned and operated two college restaurant/bars in Des Moines & Ames. Iowa. I have owned and operated a couple of other businesses and apartment complexes. I have built 3 subdivisions-29 homes in Austin. I have had a couple of losses. One directly caused by the bigoted, ignorant jackass, OOPS Perry.
You have heard of HOLLYWOOD & DOLLYWOOD & BOLLYWOOD in India? Well I am about to build JOLLYWOOD in Austin, Texas. Mission Statement: We are building a billion dollar world class entertainment complex in the 11th largest U.S. city, Austin, Texas, titled “The Live Music Capital of the of the World”, where there presently is no viable concert arena, in a geographical area that encompasses 3 of the top 10 largest U.S. cities, with a population exceeding 19M within 200 miles, while creating over 2,000 jobs and adding $13 Billion to the economy in 10 yrs. Where our unique, World’s Largest, Temperature Controlled, COVERED Arena, seating 125,000 will have huge entertainment programs and be the host to many of America’s biggest entertainment, business and sporting shows. From a 125,000 person Taylor Swift concert, to national: car shows, soccer matches or other athletic events, business conventions, to hosting a 2024 National political convention are just a few of the programs we will draw because of our unique operation and Austin’s reputation for being a fabulous place to visit.
I have complete programs, delineated in detail as to how I would run the Texas government, regarding Education. the Environment, Healthcare and Taxes. As far as the environment is concerned, besides strong conservation programs, I intend to build 7 desalination plants in the Gulf to bring 1.4 trillion gallons of water into Texas every day. The farmers and ranchers can not only bring their crops and stock up to their regular levels, but also they can double them. AND the 7 plants will produce 20,000 megawatts of electricity, which is equal to the power being generated by the mercury spewing coal plants.
What bothers me about all these questionnaires is it lets candidates, who have little specific ideas about most facets of education or any other facet of the Texas government, to bloviate generalities with a few specifics scattered around. It is ridiculous to really know what a person REALLY knows about anything.
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
Grady Yarbrough: Occupation: a Retired teacher. Our government needs good common sense to solve our problems.
What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals? What percentage comes from PACs?
James Jolly Clark: I have none yet –but will have a lot before long
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.
Grady Yarbrough: None. no % Self Funded.
If elected, what would be the first piece of legislation that you would propose?
James Jolly Clark: That would depend a lot on what the congenital lying Jackass in the White House is doing at the time to ruin America.
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.
Grady Yarbrough: I will lift all restrictions of whatever nature on women’s Health access.
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?
James Jolly Clark: Again, that will depend on what the courts decide at the time and on what the congenital lying Jackass in the White House is doing at the time to ruin America.
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.
Grady Yarbrough: I will ignore the law until the court made a decision. The Law is illegal period.
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?
James Jolly Clark: With the Radical, Fanatical, Extreme Far Right Winged, religiously bigoted, Teabagging, Republicans running the system, with the mantra of “Cut the budget, No new taxes, Cut the Budget, Cut taxes”, the local tax payers will continue to get their taxes raised as the Republicans cut PUBLIC school funding, while supporting private Charter schools with public funds. First, I would charge a 6% sales tax on all residential property sales and 7% on all commercial property sales to off set some of the property tax loss. With the sales being registered, I will close the the present appraisal offices across Texas with billions of dollar savings. In addition, I will do away with the present property tax system and replace it with a system where the State pays for all school personnel and construction costs, with the local taxpayers just paying for operating costs that a local school board would control. Much of the taxes will be paid by businesses, which just received trillions of dollars in tax reductions. I will drop property taxes on all retired persons over 65 by 75%.
The state should pay for 80% of all public school funding. If we still have a crooked Attorney General, I will appoint a special prosecutor to file suit to STOP all funds, from any state coffers from going to any institution other than a State of Texas PUBLIC school. I personally believe using state funds for anything but State of Texas PUBLIC schools violates the Constitutions of the U.S. and Texas.
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.
Grady Yarbrough: I will stop the give-away of our Tax Dollars to Business entities to locate in Texas. This is the prime reason why there is a shortfall in our school finance. Businesses should not get any kind of tax break, they should pay their fair share of taxes as everyone else, then we would not have a short-fall. If all paid their part, we would not have to raise taxes.
Should Texas participate in the Medicaid expansion system and why?
James Jolly Clark: NO – I intend to set up my “FAMILY AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE PROGRAM”, which is a single payer system that WILL COVER ALL Texans at 30% to 60% less that they are presently paying. It is not that hard to do and will keep from killing over 20,000 Texas a year due to NOT having healthcare. It will also treat women with the utmost care and respect they are due, unlike they are presently treated, which is just a notch above how the Saudis treat their women.
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.
Grady Yarbrough: Yes. Texas should participate in the Medicaid Expansion program. Many people are not financially able to receive medical care, this expansion would help those people meet their medical needs. There is no logical reason why the expansion program was not instituted over four years ago, the money had already been appropriated.
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?
James Jolly Clark: See above.
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.
Grady Yarbrough: I would immediately encourage, and help to re-open those health clinics. These clinics provide a vital health Service to the people of Texas.
What would be your priorities for future special sessions?
James Jolly Clark: That will depend entirely on what occurs in the legislative session. To give a definitive answer will show someone is stupid. I can say this much, it WILL NOT BE A DISGRACEFUL, RELIGOUSLY BIGOTED BATHROOM BILL.
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.
Grady Yarbrough: Health Care for women would be my special priority for a special session.