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Texas House of Representatives District 126

Sam Harless

Sam Harless is the current Representative for State House District 126, and the Republican Candidate. A first-term member of the State House, Harless is the founding owner and General Manager of Fred Fincher Motors, and a father to one son. Harless’ top priorities include supporting law enforcement, cracking down on human trafficking, and cutting regulations to get Texans back to work.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • “Passed a bill that protects women and children by instituting mandatory jail time for human and sex trafficking”
  • “Eliminated the rape kit backlog and gave law enforcement the tools they need to prosecute sexual assault crimes”

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “Stood up for retired teachers by adding over $500 million to the teacher retirement fund”
  • “Increased public education funding by $5 billion”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “Passed a Constitutional Amendment that bans a state income tax
  • Passed a bill that cut property taxes by $5 billion dollars and requires voter approval before tax rates can be imposed in the future”
  • “Cut regulations on small businesses”

Government Transparency & Ethics

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Healthcare

  • “Passed legislation to end surprise medical billing by ensuring patients know the costs of medical services in advance
  • Increased funding for women’s healthcare, providing lower-income women increased access to cancer screenings and mammograms
  • Passed a bill that improves access to medication for children”

Immigration

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Reproductive Health

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Infrastructure & Environment

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Social Services

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Natali Hurtado

Natali Hurtado is the Democratic Candidate. Hurtado is a former Congressional staffer and civil servant, and is now a community solutions strategist who works for management districts across the Greater Houston area. Hurtado’s top priorities include improving access to quality and affordable healthcare, investing more state funds in education, and revitalizing our neighborhoods.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • “It’s critical that police officers are provided with the resources to protect all of our citizens, including deescalation and anti-bias training. We must also fund mental health, addiction, and social service programs to relieve the burden on police and allow officers to focus on reducing crime.”
  • “I have worked in partnership with the Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Department, HCCP4, and the Office of the Harris County Attorney, and I pledge to ensure that our officers and emergency response teams are appropriately funded and that their voices are heard at the Capitol.”

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “I will support our public schools and educators by ensuring the Texas school system is properly funded – equitably and adequately. I commit to listening to our teachers, administrators, and parents to make sure our kids are getting the best education possible.”
  • “I am a strong supporter of career training programs, like those already offered in many of our high schools, that help students develop the real-world skills they need for success. All children and young adults – whether or not they are college-bound – should have the same access to these tools within our public school systems.”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “Attracting and keeping good jobs should be a top priority for the Texas Legislature, and no Texan should be living in poverty.”
  • “Texas leaders must create the right environment for businesses to thrive, and to attract better jobs that provide hard-working individuals and families with the opportunity to earn a living wage.”

Government Transparency & Ethics

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue.

Healthcare

  • “Quality, affordable health care should be the right of every Texan – not a privilege for a select few. No one should ever be faced with having to choose between medical care and feeding their family.”
  • “I believe that all Texans deserve equal access to the full range of reproductive health care. Medical decisions should be made between a person and their doctor, free from government interference.”

Immigration

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue.

Reproductive Health

  • “Health care, the right to make decisions affecting [women’s] bodies, childcare, and equal pay for equal work – these are all issues that cannot and should not be debated and decided without female representation.
  • “As your representative, I will commit to fighting to achieve full equality for women in whatever path they choose.”

Infrastructure & Environment

  • “I’ll work to implement mitigation policies to reduce the damage caused when extreme weather events hit and make sure we’re prepared to aid neighbors in need when it does.”
  • “I will work with partners at the local, state, and federal levels to update our flood map to more accurately represent our district. Future developments must be built with sustainability and resilience in mind, which is why I oppose development along the floodplain. I’ll fight to improve our infrastructure, including working to bring the reservoir into District 126.”
  • “Climate change and its effects on our health and safety are real – we must be proactive rather than reactive when dealing with these serious threats to our community.”

Social Services

  • Veterans:
  • “I promise to fight for jobs that are tailored to our returning military men and women. I commit to listening to their needs and making sure they have a voice and advocate on their side as they rejoin our communities and continue to serve at home.”