Are you a legal resident of the district you’re seeking to represent? Yes
Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Class C Misdemeanor (tickets)
Have you ever sued a public entity or been sued by one? No
Do you have any unpaid property taxes? No
Do you have any unpaid parking tickets? Yes for a car I sold that the title was not transferred. A lesson learned.
Do you have any other debts to a public entity? No
If elected will you work at the job full time? Yes
Will you continue to own or operate an outside business while holding this full-time public office? Yes
Will you have your home phone number listed in the phone book? I do not have a land line but will provide my mobile number.
Will you keep regular office hours? Yes.
Q. Why should voters choose you? What are your specific qualifications for the position?
A. I am not a politician. We need representatives who are not politicians. People who make a career out of politics do not represent the people of their district they represent the special interests that fund them.
Q. What are the issues in this campaign? What is your platform on those issues?
A. People in this area are concerned about rebuilding their lives. Governmental officials should not be allowed to keep us from our homes and to keep us from repairing and rebuilding. Our property rights are being reduced every day and we need to restore our property rights. We have also been losing other rights. The press was restricted after Ike we are losing our privacy rights each day etc. Our Founding Fathers would not recognize our government today.
Q. If you promise to control or reduce taxes tell us how and be specific. For example how do you propose offsetting the inflation in government operating costs you cannot control (insurance utilities fuel costs etc.) by cutting costs you can control?
A. We need to cut the fat from the budget. When I worked for the University of Texas I saw employees flying first class money spent to change landscaping every few months etc. There is a lot of fat in the budget that could be cut.
Q. What government programs or personnel can be cut to reduce the increasing cost of government? Be specific.
A. Subsidies for most businesses should be eliminated. If a business cannot profit without the help of the government it should not exist. Another problem is assembling committees to study problems. We spend money that could be used to solve problems on studying problems.
Q. What specific actions would you take to make the office you seek more accessible to county residents and work efficiently with tax monies?
A. Not only will I have regular office hours I will provide people with my personal email and mobile phone number.
Q. Tell us a about yourself. How old are you? What is your occupation? What is your highest level of education?
A. I am 43 years old and I am a teacher at Houston Community College and San Jacinto College. I have completed a JD at University of Houston but hated practicing law. I also have an MA in Behavioral Sciences- Psychology from University of Houston Clear Lake and have taken classes toward a doctorate at University of Texas School of Public Health. I was the first in my family to graduate from college. I returned to the Island as soon as they allowed us after Ike and believe that you can only understand what is happening to the people in a community if you live in that community especially after a disaster. I can promise that I will not move to Austin after a hurricane like our current state representative has done.