We invited the candidates in a couple of primary runoffs with big implications to answer one broad question: what do you think are the three biggest issues in this campaign?
Buddy Winn, a Republican running for Texas House District 14, said these are the biggest issues on his mind:
ISSUE #1: Budget
The issue that's most pressing is going to be the deficit in the state budget, and where to get the funds to fill that hole. If elected, I'd like to go over and be part of that Ways and Means Committee that all tax bills come through. People are paying too much tax right now. They don't want to be taxed anymore, and I would like to be on that Ways and Means Committee to use my expertise to eliminate the possibility, or at least be fair with the taxpayers of Texas on what they get taxed on.
ISSUE #2: Redistricting
It affects our lives, the voters lives for the next ten years on who's going to represent us not only locally, but Congress especially, and that's where the biggest deficit is today. They're obligating our great-grandchildren with debt right now, I would think, as much as the federal debt has climbed.
ISSUE #3: Growth
Texas is growing by leaps and bounds. Approximately 15,000 people a day are coming into Texas. Rural representation in the Texas legislature is becoming a major problem because if you don't have people in the legislature that understand the agricultural aspects, which is what our country is built on...it's built around this culture...somebody's got to feed these people and provide water for them. If you don't have that, folks, I think we're going to be in trouble.
Video of the full answers can be viewed above.
Winn, the former tax assessor-collector in Brazos County, is running against incumbent Fred Brown in the primary. There are no other candidates from other parties in the running for this position.