Job descriptionThere are 150 representatives in the state House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Texas state legislature. Term is two years.
Duties
  • Writes and votes on state laws.

  • Proposes state constitutional amendments that are voted on by statewide ballot.

  • Votes to uphold or overturn a Governor’s veto.

  • All bills to increase taxes, appropriate funds, or raise revenue must start in the House.

  • The House can bring impeachment charges against statewide office holders (charges are tried in the Senate).
Annual salary$7,200/yr; $190/day when legislature in session

Who’s Running?

Joe Drago
Website: https://dragofortexas.com/
Email: contact@dragofortexas.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DragoHD96/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/dragofor96
Democrat
Nelson Range
Website: https://nelsonrangefortexas96.com
Email: nelsonrangefortexas96@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nelsonrangefortexas96/
Phone: 682-553-5523
Libertarian
David Cook
Email: david.cook@mansfieldtexas.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/people/Mayor-David-L-Cook/100006961804914
Republican

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Joe Drago
Nelson Range
The qualifications for candidacy for the Texas State House of Representatives are 1) that they are a citizen, 2) a qualified voter, 3) a resident of the state for 2 years, and 4) at least 21 years of age. I am most qualified for this office because I am not already part of the machinery maintaining it. We must protect the liberty of the individual from all threats, whether they are foreign or from within. There are strong forces at work to preserve the system that supports and enriches public-private collusion at all costs. The minute a new legislator sets foot on capitol grounds, they are beset with appeals of all kinds. We must maintain the fidelity of the function of representative by keeping constituent concerns most forward and resisting the pressure to form career politicians.
David Cook
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Joe Drago
Nelson Range
1) Eliminate corporate subsidies maintained by the State of Texas
2) Eliminate property taxes by means of multi-partisan legislative action
3) Help to end the oppressive and costly war on drugs in Texas
4) Maintain the state observance of rights to personal gun ownership
David Cook
3. WHAT SHOULD THE LEGISLATURE PRIORITIZE TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE IN TEXAS?
Joe Drago
Nelson Range
The most effective thing the State of Texas could do to improve access to healthcare and address the growing gap in rural care is to lift the numerous industry restrictions and licensing requirements that act to inhibit a free and open market. Market competition is an incredibly effective driving force for both reach and cost, and would help to bring treatment to areas currently under-served.
David Cook
4. GIVEN THE ECONOMIC ISSUES IN SCHOOLS RESULTING FROM THE CURRENT PANDEMIC, STATE AND LOCAL REVENUES ARE DOWN, EVEN AS NEEDS ARE HIGH. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS REGARDING FUNDING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THE NEW PHYSICAL AND VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT?
Joe Drago
Nelson Range
The economic devastation was predominately unnecessary, in my honest opinion. The real impact of the very real illness was just being outlined at the point the entire economy was shut down, and this has extended much farther than the scope first stated. The State of Texas must immediately lift restrictions to commerce and business. Having witnessed firsthand (in family) the devastating effects that unreliable state policy has had on local education this year, I am firmly convinced the best solutions to challenges in education will arise from educators themselves. We must utilize the vast resources comprised of local educators and administrators to do what is best suited to their districts. A policymaker several hundred miles away is at a far greater disadvantage than one who in the same community.
David Cook
5. IN RECENT YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN MANY PUBLIC DEBATES ABOUT STATE AUTHORITY VERSUS LOCAL AUTHORITY ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN THE TWO?
Joe Drago
Nelson Range
Federal, state, and local authority need only concern themselves with preservation of the liberty of the individual. That said, many solutions to issues currently served by unwieldy and burdensome centralized government would best be solved from local solutions to local problems. An individual 600 miles away is disadvantaged as to how to best approach a problem that occurs locally.
David Cook
6. HOW SHOULD THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE ADDRESS ISSUES SURROUNDING TEXAS'S ENERGY FUTURE (SUCH AS CHANGING ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES FOR THE ENERGY INDUSTRY, CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES, ETC.?
Joe Drago
Nelson Range
The amount of restriction and licensing relating to energy production is monumental. A restricted, limited, and state-subsidized market is frail and has very little incentive to increase quality or reduce cost. A free and open energy market, however, creates competition, which strengthens resilience to fluctuation, generally increases the quality of the product and service offered, and will drive prices down through the action of competition for customers.
David Cook
7. IN YOUR VIEW, WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS IN CREATING AN EQUITABLE REDISTRICTING PROCESS DURING THE 2021 SESSION? DO YOU BELIEVE REDISTRICTING SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE?
Joe Drago
Nelson Range
Briefly put, I support the initiative already proposed by the non-partisan group 10-4 Texas.
I absolutely reject the assumption that the legislative or even judicial branch of Texas government can be expected to remain impartial in such a critical decision. Establishment of an impartial, voter-led commission to establish and maintain appropriate districts for the population must remain at the most local level. Voters must not be left feeling they are without representation simply due to lines drawn to the benefit of those who do not live in said district.
David Cook
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Joe Drago
Nelson Range
We are in sore need of election reform!
Before I ever ran for office, I became an advocate for the non-partisan initiative to enact term limits in U.S. Congress, currently being proposed by Constitutional amendment since the legislative body refuses to do so as law for itself.
Throughout the process of campaigning this year, I have learned how critical the situation really is to ensure the voter's voice is not lost to a vast sea of influence and suppression. If you ask the average voter if their concerns and liberties are supported by any of the current candidates for office, the usual answer is that "it's the best we have." I have learned this situation is intentionally made so. For confidence in voting to return, complete and total transparency in campaigning and lobbying is a must!
David Cook