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CANDIDATE FORUM: State Senate, District 28

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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 Friday, May 4, Robert Duncan and E. M. Garza were in our studio to answer questions from viewers and from the Lubbock League of Women Voters.

Robert Duncan

Party: Rep


Education: BS Agricultural Economics Texas Tech University 1976
 JD Texas Tech School of Law 1981

Questions:

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

A: I have served in the following capacities: General Counsel for the Senate State Affairs Committee (1989); Texas House of Representatives (1993-1996); Texas Senate (1996- present); President Pro-Tem of the Senate (2011)

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

A: Reforming our current public school finance system must be a priority during the next legislative cycle. Our current system is driven more by school finance lawsuits than balanced public policy ensuring compliance with the constitutional mandate for an "efficient system of public free schools".

Q: Given low voter turnout and lack of understanding regarding proposed constitutional amendments, are you in favor of a new Texas constitution? Explain your position.

A: I do not favor a "new Texas constitution". The present constitution has served Texas well. Given Texas' economic, cultural and political diversity, it would be difficult if not impossible to improve upon the existing fundamental protections the current constitution provides for the Texas citizens and the economy.

E. M. Garza

Party: Rep


Education: Wayland Baptist University graduate.
 Master of Art's in Management, Bachelors of Science.

Questions:

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

A: I will quote Abraham Lincoln "that government of the people, by the people, for the people". I am a working class American who understands that hard work and steadfastness gets you ahead in life. As a military reservist, I understand what it means to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

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

A: Keep taxes low as that always attracts investment. Investment's promote job creation and an essential steady tax base. The reality is that we have to pay taxes. However, we don't pay taxes so that our government can become bloated, intrusive and/or abusive. More government is the problem, not the solution.

Q: Given low voter turnout and lack of understanding regarding proposed constitutional amendments, are you in favor of a new Texas constitution? Explain your position.

A: I don't see the connection of voter turnout and understanding the proposed amendments. Calling a spade a spade, Voters are tired of the games long term politicos play with governance. While Americans are busy working to earn an honest living, legislators seem to be busy figuring out new ways to tax their hard work at the local, state and federal level. Stop it already!

 

 

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