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?
Fred Brown, a Republican running for re-election the state representative for District 14, said these are the biggest issues on his mind:
ISSUE #1: States' Rights
"These huge, unfunded mandates like the new insurance bill that was just passed, that's going to cost the state of Texas billions and billions of dollars, and we haven't figured out how we're going to pay for it. That's an issue of states' rights, where the power of the federal government is imposed upon the state, and constitutionally, that's wrong. That's going to be the number one priority.
"As a body, both the House and Senate, we're going to go to the governor and say we want this resolution to go to the federal government, but in addition to that, we want to join 36 other states and demand our rights as a group of states against the United States."
ISSUE #2: Balancing the Budget
"We have a big shortfall in our budget. Our economy is showing positive signs of turning around. We were the last state to have a downturn in the United States, and we're going to be the first state out of these difficult times. We're still going to have anywhere as high as a $20 billion shortfall, so we do have a large rainy day fund that we'll use part of that, and we'll make cuts where cuts are appropriate without raising taxes."
ISSUE #3: Moving the Tax Office
"Every ten years, it's time for redistricting, and we have a chance here in Texas of picking up four congressional seats, so it's going to be very, very important to us, because we need to send people back to Washington that are atune to the problems we're facing in Texas and the help that we need in the State of Texas. So it's very important that our district lines are drawn properly. It's very important to Bryan and College Station that we keep Bryan and College Station and Texas A&M intact as one district."
Video of the full answers is available above.
Brown, the incumbent, is facing Buddy Winn in the GOP runoff. There are no other candidates from other parties in the running for this position.
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