Sinclair is a health care executive who served as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the Army National Guard. He lives in San Antonio and is making his first run for public office.

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What should Congress be doing to rein in inflation and/or stabilize/boost the economy?

The first thing we must do is acknowledge that we have a spending problem in Washington. This means stopping the Democrats massive spending bills, like the $739 billion so-called “Inflation Reduction Act,” which is contributing to record-breaking inflation that’s hurting working families the most, and Biden’s student loan “forgiveness” plan, which is a slap in the face to every family who sacrificed to save for college, every graduate who paid their debt, and every American who chose not to go to college or who served in the military to avoid taking on debt. The solution to curing inflation is not staying on this dangerous economic course, but rather, to pass pro-growth policies like tax cuts for middle class families that create incentives for more production and employment, and less government-spending and sound fiscal monetary policies.

What should Congress be doing to reform immigration laws?

Every day on our southern border, hundreds, and some days thousands, of vulnerable people, including many children, risk their lives by crossing dangerous ground while suffering from the lack of food and water, abuse, assault, and extortion by the cartels and others who prey on the weak. I understand their urge to flee to a better life here in America, and our border security solution must transcend partisan politics, which focuses more on blaming than problem solving. This is a hemispheric problem that demands joint action by all countries impacted by immigration, principally at the southern border. I firmly believe in the words of the sonnet by Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty, but I would add that there needs to be an orderly process that protects the interests of the United States and its citizens … first. It’s also important to note that the unanimous global practice of establishing borders has been in place for hundreds and thousands of years. Every country is identified by a legal border that symbolizes and reinforces the sovereignty of each country and its citizens. What I am proposing is Congressional law, supported by state law that provides a safe, orderly process of immigration. It must prevent criminals, terrorists, cartel/gang members, illicit goods including drugs, and other threats to the United States and its citizens. Laws that prioritize humane treatment and the due process of law. I advocate for immigrants who are escaping tyranny and abuse in an orderly process. I advocate for those with financial means and skill sets identified by the United States as priority professions.

Do you believe Congress should take action to legalize abortion?

I believe that the individual states should make the decision to end or legalize abortion, not Congress and not nine justices on the Supreme Court. That’s why so many Americans are celebrating a victory after the Supreme Court overturning of Roe v. Wade, effectively ending recognition of a constitutional right to abortion, and giving individual states the power to allow, limit or ban the practice altogether — the way it was before Roe. I’m pro-life and I praise the work of the pro-life movement over the last 50 years to stand up for the rights of the unborn and ensure the dignity of every person is protected under the laws of the United States.

What do you consider the top challenge facing our nation and how would you address it?

I believe there are many contenders for the “top challenge” facing our country. Among the top three are an economic and border/immigration crisis, which I have addressed, and a law-and-order crisis (public safety) crisis. Close behind this are two other major challenges facing San Antonio families: education and health care. Cities across America, including San Antonio are facing rising crime and lawlessness. As a member of Congress, I’ll do everything I can to support law enforcement at all levels and ensure that they have the tools and resources to keep San Antonio neighborhoods — especially our lowest-income neighborhoods, whose residents decry call to defund police the most — safe. We all need health care, but we don’t all need the same kind or same amount. And while people should be free to live as they choose, no one should be forced to endorse or celebrate those choices if it violates their religious beliefs. American students are falling behind the rest of the world and one of the biggest culprits are the teacher’s unions and out-of-touch school boards, which have sidelined parents. The teachers’ unions are directly responsible for falling test scores as they demanded school remain closed due to COVID-19 long after the science concluded that such closures were unnecessary, and indeed harmful to students, especially our youngest ones.

We live in a time of deep polarization. If elected, how do you see your responsibility to represent all your constituents, even those who didn’t vote for you?

I know I’m running in a diverse district, and I will strive to represent the views of all my constituents, even those who do not agree with me, while still upholding my values and my principles. While I know I will never please everyone, every time, in my district — no one can — I commit to transparency in my work and open lines of communication with my constituents, so that they understand my positions and why and how I came to them. With this approach, I hope to earn the trust, not only of those who may agree with me politically, but also those who may not agree with me, but understand that I come to my decisions in good faith.

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This article was assembled by various members of the San Antonio Report staff.