Issues

Education

My wife, Wendy, was an educator for 25 years in our HEB public school system. I know the amount of work that our teachers put in every day. As someone who now has grandchildren in our local public schools, I understand the importance of ensuring that all schools have the funding they require and that teachers can teach to each student’s needs instead of teaching to the test. I am fully committed to driving dollars into the classroom, so that Texas can afford to pay world class teachers a world class salary.

“Defund the Police”

We must oppose this radical idea being pushed by Democrats across our district. The police must be funded fully. Our district’s residents know that if we defund the police, we put our entire community at risk. Public safety must remain a top priority, as we work on bipartisan reforms that ensure accountability for all law enforcement agencies.

Covid-19

We must ensure that our state is fully prepared to address the health care and economic challenges that have been brought on by COVID-19. We should remove any regulatory barriers to businesses that have been shut down by government order, while also supporting our health care workers and promoting healthy practices across our state.

Property Taxes

If your property can be seized for failing to pay taxes to the government, then you never truly own it. We must provide real property tax relief so that our neighbors stop getting taxed out of their homes. We must end the Robin Hood School Finance system, cap the rate of tax increases, and freeze appraisals. Any attempts by lawmakers, like those this past session, to place new taxes on Texans with little to no property tax relief, should be immediately rejected. I will also work to increase transparency and accountability at the local and state levels, so that you know where your tax dollars are going and have more control over how they are spent.

Mental Health

As someone who has been close to situations involving serious mental health challenges of others, I know that the state doesn’t have the resources and training it needs to handle the mental health challenges of our day. This must be a priority in our budget.

Second Amendment

Gun groups that support gun confiscation are flooding money into our community to elect my Democrat opponent. I am a firm believer in the right of every law-abiding Texan to keep and carry their own firearms. The Founding Fathers were clear that the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to empower citizens to defend themselves. It is a right that cannot be taken away.

Abortion

I am pro-life. I believe we must immediately ban all late term abortions and ensure that no taxpayer money gets spent on abortion. My opponent and I are directly opposite on this issue.