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CANDIDATE FORUM: State Legislature, District 83

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KCBD NewsChannel 11 and the League of Women Voters are teaming up to bring you a series of candidate forums in advance of Lubbock's May elections.

On Thursday, May 3, Delwin Jones and Charles Perry were in our studio to answer questions from viewers and from the Lubbock League of Women voters.

Information provided by the Lubbock League of Women Voters.

Delwin Jones

Party: Republican

Web Site: www.delwin83.com

Education: Texas Tech University

Questions:

Q: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office.

A: State Representative for 30 years and a successful farmer, business owner, and civic leader in Lubbock and West Texas

Q: What changes would you propose to ensure stable and long term financing of state government?

A: None - We have adequate funding sources. We should adjust spending to stay within our income.

Q: Given how often Texas redistricting ends up in court, would you favor an independent redistricting commission? Explain your position.

A: Redistricting is a constitutional issue - I would support changes IF the voters vote for a constitutional change. I would not support giving the governor more control of the process.

Charles Perry

Party: Republican

Web Site: www.CharlesPerryForTexas.com

Education: Texas Tech University

Questions:

Q: Describe the training and experience that qualify you for this office.

A: As a certified public accountant with 30 years of business experience as well as with auditing taxing entities and serving on multiple community service boards I have the skills to provide a balanced approach for good public policy.

Q: What changes would you propose to ensure stable and long term financing of state government?

A: Texas has an economy driven budget, meaning it reflects appreciation in values as well consumption taxes (i.e. sales tax). That is why Texas has fared better during this economic climate than other states. Options for stable funding could include: direct fees for direct services, better stewards of funds during good economic times, and creating a more efficient gov't.

Q: Given how often Texas redistricting ends up in court, would you favor an independent redistricting commission? Explain your position.

A: I'm open to discussion about an alternative redistricting process. My main concern is regional representation that reflects the diversity of the State. TX is an economically, culturally, and geographically diverse state, and all regions must be fairly represented. Appointed positions typically reflect the politics of the day and don't address the true needs of the state.

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