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?

Debra Edmondson
Website: http://debraedmondsonfortexas.com/
Facebook: Debra Edmondson for Texas HD 98
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebraForTexas
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/debrafortexas/
Email: info@debraedmondsonfortexas.com
Phone: 682-549-9881
Democrat
Giovanni Capriglione (incumbent)
Website: https://votegiovanni.com/
Email: Giovanni.Capriglione@house.texas.gov
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VoteGiovanni/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/VoteGiovanni/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/votegiovanni/
House of Representatives page: https://house.texas.gov/members/member-page/?district=98
Republican

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Candidate Q&A

1. WHY ARE YOU THE BEST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE?
Debra Edmondson
As a former Southlake City Council person, small business owner (attorney) and 25 year resident of District 98, I understand the unique needs of District 98 and the importance of maintaining local control for our cities.
Giovanni Capriglione
2. WHAT ARE YOUR TOP FEW PRIORITIES IF ELECTED?
Debra Edmondson
If elected, I will be dedicated to local control for our municipalities, property tax reform, accessible health care, public education, and protection of the environment.
Giovanni Capriglione
3. WHAT SHOULD THE LEGISLATURE PRIORITIZE TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE IN TEXAS?
Debra Edmondson
Texas must move to expand Medicaid as it is one of only 16 states that refuse Medicaid money. Thus Texas has more uninsured people than any other state and our insurance rates are higher than any other state. Accepting Medicaid will help change those numbers and give more people access to healthcare.
Giovanni Capriglione
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?
Debra Edmondson
While there is an anticipated significant shortfall in the upcoming budget for the state, public education must not be sacrificed. We must maintain the increased funding levels set by the prior legislature for our schools by eliminating some of the larger property tax loopholes in the state's Tax Code and also through certain exemptions. Properly addressing challenges to public health and learning disparities in public school districts amid COVID-19 requires dedicated funding from the state government. For districts that have adopted virtual learning, low-income students and special needs students are disproportionately affected by the challenges presented with online classes. To further ease financial burdens, I support canceling the 2021 STAAR test and using the millions of dollars spent on testing to protect our children and teachers.
Giovanni Capriglione
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?
Debra Edmondson
As a former Southlake councilperson, I understand the importance of making sure our local governments have the power to craft solutions to represent and protect their constituents. It is fine for the state legislature to set the ”floor” for certain issues but it should not be setting the “ceiling.” Unfortunately, our current state government has decided it knows what is best for our communities and wants to control everything from trees to the look of a city’s commercial buildings. The cities in the 98th District each have a different personality because each city has its own unique vision.
Giovanni Capriglione
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.?
Debra Edmondson
The clean energy industry is perfect for an economic stimulus. Before COVID-19, Texas had over 182,000 clean energy jobs, and they were growing at a greater rate than in any other energy sector. Supporting this job growth and investing in renewable energy throughout the state will aid in economic growth, energy independence, and transition from fossil fuels.
All of this means lower costs for Texas ratepayers. Solar energy in particular helps with cost and grid reliability: Solar energy peaks when the sun’s at its hottest, and the grid struggles to keep up with air conditioning demand. More solar energy eases this strain.
Giovanni Capriglione
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?
Debra Edmondson
I would support the appointment of a nonpartisan redistricting commission that would make recommendations for fair and non-gerrymandered districts to the State Legislature. Democracy works best when voting maps are drawn by nonpartisan figures (not politicians) to ensure that every vote will count equally. This issue affects us all, as fair maps will more authentically represent the values of Texans.
Giovanni Capriglione
8. ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?
Debra Edmondson
One of the most pressing issues facing the next state legislature will be the anticipated shortfall in funding for the State’s budget due to the effect of the pandemic. Texas must take a hard look at its funding sources. One obvious place to look for more revenue is to review and end various property tax loopholes. Eliminating certain property tax exemptions will go a long way towards combating budget shortfalls. Texas should not be willing to reduce the increased funding that it gave to public schools in the last session.
Giovanni Capriglione