Job descriptionRepresents his/her district in the US House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the legislative branch of the United States. Term is two years.
Duties
  • Writes and votes on federal laws.

  • The House has the power to vote on impeachment (the Senate holds the trial).

  • If there is a tie between Presidential candidates in the Electoral College, the House has the power to choose the President.

Annual salary$174,000

Who’s Running?

Jan McDowell

https://www.janmcdowell.com
FB: JanMcDowellDemocrat
Twitter: @JanForCongress
Democrat
Kenny Marchant (incumbent)

http://www.kennymarchant.com
FB: kennyforcongress/
Twitter: @MarchantforTX24
Republican
Mike Kolls

http://tx24.us
FB: https://www.facebook.com/tellwashington/
FB: Mike Kolls for Congress
Email: talkwithmike2014@yahoo.com
Phone: 214-475-0527
Libertarian

 

Candidate Q&A

Note: Answers to questions will appear as they are received from the candidates. (Also, some answers may be from questions asked during the primary races.)

1. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? WHAT EXPERIENCES DO YOU HAVE THAT MAKE YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE?
Jan McDowell Answer:
Current Occupation – CPA
Education – Texas Tech University, BA in Journalism/Public Relations
Undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Accounting and Business at UT Dallas
As a citizen who stays informed about the issues, and as a CPA with the financial background to find practical solutions, I am determined to put those skills to work to level the playing field for all Americans.
And having run for this seat in 2016, I have been engaged across the district for over two years, meeting people and getting to know them and their concerns.
I have helped in campaigns for other Democratic candidates, and I have been involved in the community. I registered to vote when I was 18, and I have voted in almost every election at every level since then. So I was a concerned citizen long before I became a candidate.
I've raised two daughters to be successful, independent adults, and I’ve seen the challenges faced by seniors as my siblings and I helped our parents navigate their difficult final years.
With a wide variety of life experiences, I think I have a broad perspective to bring to representing constituents all across District 24.
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
I am an IT Project Manager. Gov't needs more people who can identify real problems, critically identify them, formulate the correct correction, and (most importantly) implement the plan. But keep in mind, most action should take place by THE PEOPLE and by communities. The "action" by the federal gov't should be limited and only when approached by state-level authorities.
2. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS COMES FROM INDIVIDUALS? WHAT PERCENTAGE COMES FROM PACs?
Jan McDowell Answer:
100% individual contributions.
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
I do NOT believe money should buy (or keep) an office. Campaigns are about ideas, NOT finances. The other District 24 candidates are funded by political machines. As of 8/17, I have had $220 contributions.
3. IF ELECTED, WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION YOU WOULD PROPOSE?
Jan McDowell Answer:
I believe that income is income, and our tax law should reflect that. There should be no distinction between ordinary income (the money you earn in your paycheck or as the profit from your business) and capital gains income (from dividends and the sale of stocks). For some reason, the tax rate on capital gains income is about half the highest rate on ordinary income. Is it a coincidence that the representatives making these rules, and their donors, make most of their income from capital gains?
This phenomenon is how Warren Buffet’s secretary ends up paying taxes at a higher percentage rate than Buffet himself! In addition, there is no Social Security or Medicare tax paid on capital gains income. You absolutely pay those taxes on your wages or business profits.
The first legislation I would propose is one that recognizes all income as income. Whatever rules are set for taxing income should apply equally to all income.
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
Just one? I have 5 high priorities as a US Representative. They are: stop fighting foreign wars, pay the federal debt, provide care for veterans, remove gov't from the patient-provider relationship, and end NSA surveillance. Finding a way to care for our veterans may the easiest to address and might be my first cause. This legislation would include care that removes gov't from the process.
4. WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON VOTING LAWS? PLEASE ADDRESS WHAT IDENTIFICATION SHOULD BE REQUIRED FOR REGISTERED VOTERS AT THEIR POLLING PLACES, WHETHER YOU SUPPORT ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION, AND WHAT TIME RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE PLACED ON VOTER REGISTRATION.
Jan McDowell Answer:
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
Voting is an activity of a state. A state picks it representatives to the federal gov't. The federal gov't has NO business in the voting process; it merely accepts duly elected officials to meet in DC. The states are sovereign and should NOT be restricted by the federal gov't.
5. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS ACCESS TO FEDERAL FUNDS BY PUBLIC, PRIVATE, AND CHARTER SCHOOLS, THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND WHETHER FEDERAL FUNDS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO ADHERENCE TO FEDERAL EDUCATION GUIDELINES.
Jan McDowell Answer:
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
Education is a local concern - parents and community leaders. Each school board should have full authority. Similarly, state colleges and universities are the responsibility of the state. Funding for primary and secondary education are generated locally, NOT via federal funding. The federal gov't has NO business in education. The federal Dept of Education should be shut down. If towns have different standards, or states have different standards ... it's okay.
6. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON FEDERAL IMMIGRATION REFORM, INCLUDING THE TREATMENT OF THE EXISTING POPULATION OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS.
Jan McDowell Answer:
First, for Dreamers, the people who were brought here years ago as children, their situation should be handled separately, and immediately. Beyond the fact that it’s just the right thing to do, our nation has invested for years in their education, and it would be foolish to deport them now, when they are able to fully contribute to our economy. They should have a clear path to citizenship.

On the overall subject of illegal immigration, the number of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is at its lowest point in more than a decade, according to a study by the Center for Migration Studies. Our country benefits daily from the work done by immigrants, both legal and undocumented. Our diverse tapestry is richer thanks to their sharing of their culture. People in countries less fortunate than ours are trying to do exactly what we all do...providing a good life for their families. They would much prefer to enter the country legally, and it would be a benefit to all if we made that a viable option.

House Speaker Paul Ryan recently said that American women should start having more babies. Otherwise, the number of baby boomers dying each year will continue to outpace the number of babies being born, thus jeopardizing Social Security and Medicare. Democrats, though, see the benefit of having immigrants filling that population gap.

Of course, anyone here illegally who is convicted of a violent crime should be immediately deported. But for the majority, who for the most part are doing everything right...working hard and contributing to their communities, there needs to be a reasonable path provided for them to attain citizenship. Families should be kept together, not torn apart. Simultaneously, the legal immigration system needs to be streamlined, and our laws need to be changed to reflect our beliefs embodied in the Statue of Liberty.
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
I favor open borders with 2 provisos. 1, there is NO federal assistance (welfare, handout,...) given to non citizens. 2, immigrants should become state citizens before applying for US citizenship. Immigrants live in a city (part of state), AND NOT in federal territory. As such, this is a state issue, NOT a federal issue. If Texas and California have different processes for immigrants, it's okay.
7. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO JUDICIAL DISCRETION AND THE SENTENCING OF NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS.
Jan McDowell Answer:
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
Natural Rights, defined in the US Bill of Rights, must be protected in each of the sovereign states. Lesser transgressions are the purview of the sovereign states. Justice is a local phenomenon and follows local customs. I do believe in full remedy for injury (including death), property theft, and property damage. Offenders must make a full restitution for these. A law that tries to prevent a crime is difficult to prove; most of these "preventative" laws should be vacated. Legal remedy should be for actual damage caused.
8. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, INCLUDING THE ROLE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.
Jan McDowell Answer:
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
The federal gov't should become involved when disputes span sovereign states. The federal gov't to work with the states involved and guide the outcome. Environmental damage within a state should be addressed by the state in whose territory the damage occurred. Remedies should be made through judicial processes; a damaged plaintiff suing a negligent defendant.

The EPA, and other executive agencies, that have legislative, executive, and judaical "power" are unconstitutional. They do NOT operate under separation of power. Those under EPA scrutiny have the full weigh of the one agency against them - their accuser given "power" to convict them. If the EPA is dissolved, truly injured parties MUST have enhanced legal standing to overcome well-funded legal teams that stall, thwart, pervert, and prevent a just remedy. Justice should never be about who has the greatest war chest.
And how does the public get justice from pollution caused by the federal gov't and federal military?
9. WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE FEDERAL REGULATION OF FIREARMS UNDER THE SECOND AMENDMENT? WHAT RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE SALE AND OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS, INCLUDING WHERE FIREARMS ARE PERMITTED?
Jan McDowell Answer:
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
Per Amendment II, "shall NOT be infringed." Period.
10. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTHCARE PROVISION; PLEASE ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS UNIVERSAL COVERAGE, THE ROLE OF PRIVATE INSURERS, AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.
Jan McDowell Answer:
Healthcare is a right of every person, not a privilege for those able to afford it. By whatever name or means necessary, healthcare for all must become a reality in our nation. It is appalling for the United States to be the only very highly developed nation in the world without universal healthcare. Studies have shown that we spend more and achieve poorer outcomes than other developed nations. A reordering of our priorities is clearly called for.

I favor Medicare for all. If that needs to happen incrementally, one suggestion would be to lower the age of eligibility one year at a time until it reaches age 55. That would remove those age 55-64, typically those with the most costly needs, from the private insurance pool. Additionally, drug prices must be negotiable on Medicare, just as they currently are on private insurance plans. Americans’ need for lifesaving medications must not be held hostage to the greed of pharmaceutical companies and their lobbyists.
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
Healthcare is series of personal decisions between a patient and a provider. Gov't should be fully removed from any healthcare decisions or actions. In short, healthcare is a commodity, NOT a right, and NOT a "service" of gov't. Repeal ACA; do NOT replace it.

Our current healthcare crisis is complicated by a WWII decision to NOT tax fringe benefits. The War Labor Board made this hasty decision and tied healthcare insurance to employment. Gov't caused this crisis. Additional gov't "action" will NOT improve the situation.

Fee for service (without medical insurance) is the optimal answer. There are less parties involved (a lower cost) and patients would be encouraged to contract with providers. This would improve all non-critical medical care.
Critical care may become a service to a community. Providers following the Hippocratic Oath, amidst stressful events, would have a good will "payment" to critical patients and the community at large.
11. WHAT LEGAL RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE REQUIRED ON ABORTIONS?
Jan McDowell Answer:
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
Abortion, a highly emotional debate, has a SCOTUS decision. Roe makes abortion a woman's decision.
Roe wrongly ignores legal consent. Roe correctly omits ethical concerns. Laws should be enforced. Ethics are still individual choices.

Consensual sex should NOT end in abortion. Both parties knew the possibilities and acted. Both are responsible. Without the woman's consent (a rape) she did NOT agree; she should be able to terminate the pregnancy and have an abortion.
Ethically, even following a rape, a woman may choose to carry the child to term. This is her ethical choice alone.
12. DO YOU BELIEVE MARIJUANA SHOULD BE LEGAL UNDER FEDERAL LAW? ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL USE, THE STATUS OF MARIJUANA AS A SCHEDULE 1 DRUG, FEDERAL VS STATE RESPONSIBILITY, ETC.
Jan McDowell Answer:
I believe we need to end the federal prohibition on marijuana. The drug remains categorized as Schedule I at the federal level, meaning it has no recognized medical benefits and is wholly illegal, just like LSD and heroin. This is clearly not true. It has been proven to have significant health benefits in treating some conditions. It has recently been shown to be an alternative to opioids in treating pain.
For recreational use, regulations on marijuana should be similar to those in place for alcohol. States that have allowed legal marijuana usage should be consulted to find best practices.
Kenny Marchant Answer:
Mike Kolls Answer:
Cannabis and alcohol are very similar. They both impair users. Why are they treated so differently? They should NOT be so different.

Legally, prosecute those who cause injury, damage property, or steal property. An impaired individual is liable for these outcomes. If they cause injury or property damage, while willfully impaired, they should be held to a higher punishment. If they make-it-home while impaired and do NOT cause injury, nor cause damage, there is NO offense. Sobriety checkpoints violate our Natural Rights.
OTHER COMMENTSMike Kolls Answer:
Please visit my campaign website http://tx24.us. It has the answers above and provides info on other issues.

1. Real security can be achieved by enhanced diplomacy. Military adventurism causes mistrust and elevates global anxiety.
2. The gravest threat is out-of-control federal spending and the massive federal debt. Why do we indenture our children and grandchildren; this is horribly irresponsible.
3. Causing veterans to die while waiting for care is unacceptable. We owe our bravest citizens cure for combat and service injuries.
4. Healthcare is a commodity, NOT a right. Repeal ACA, do NOT replace it.
5. NSA surveillance violates our Amendment IV protection. End this unnecessary invasion now.
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