To inform readers about the candidates seeking their votes on the November ballot, the San Antonio Report asked all candidates to answer the following questions. We edited answers for clarity, not substance or grammar, and we did not fact-check responses. We restricted responses to 200 words for each question.
Read other candidates’ answers here.
Link to campaign website:
Education background/degrees earned:
Went to college for a year in Arkansas and decided to follow a different path after that.
Current occupation, employer, or job title:
I am the Development Associate for the Libertarian National Committee.
Previous elected offices held and/or sought:
I was elected to serve as both the Secretary and the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Bexar County (San Antonio) and I am the current elected Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Texas.
Why do you feel you are the best candidate for the office you are seeking?
Our state and our country have been completely broken by tribalism. The rhetoric and promises from the right and the left cannot get us out of this mess because they are the very reasons we are here now. For there to be any hope in our future, I believe the focus must be entirely on protecting individual liberty, removing the tyranny of a bloated federal government, and giving people the freedom to live their lives as they choose. We have to have representatives who are not beholden to a political machine and who will actually represent their constituents, and that is what I can honestly promise to do.
What three issues do you feel are most important to voters in your district?
Ending the War on Drugs: Texas is behind the times. We continue to spend millions of dollars and ruin thousands of lives every year by locking people up for possession of a substance, even when no violence has occurred. We have to stop policing the personal choices of adults, and allow real drug addiction to be treated as a health crisis and not a crime.
Immigration: Besides being inhumane and unconscionable, restrictive border and immigration policies cripple any idea of a free market. Immigrants should be free to move peacefully in order to find a better future for themselves and their families, and Americans should be free to engage with, hire, and do business with whoever they chose. The free movement of peaceful people should not be infringed by government.
Taxation: A giant government that promises to fix every problem only means more taxes. Property taxes in Texas are out of control, and federal spending is cheapening the dollar by the day. I believe taxation is extortion, so I will fight any attempt to raise taxes.
If elected, what would be your top priorities after taking office?
I want to bring a culture of actually valuing individual liberty to Congress. I will work with any representative on any issue that will increase the personal freedoms of Americans – and will do so with civility to hopefully introduce that culture to Congress as well.
How has the coronavirus pandemic shaped your priorities?
It has simply made it more clear how a two-party system has broken us as a nation. When policy is made due to tribalism rather than science and honesty, we have gone about as low as we can go.
For incumbents: What do you consider your most significant accomplishments in office? What would you change?
For non-incumbents: What, if anything, would you do differently from the current officeholder?