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Texas House of Representatives District 47

Justin Berry

Justin Berry is the Republican Candidate for State House District 47. An Austin-Native, Berry is a twelve-year senior police officer, a small business owner, and a community activist. Berry’s top priorities include reforming police departments by increasing state funds for officer de-escalation training and body cameras, protecting Texas schools, expanding access to healthcare services for Texas women, and cutting property taxes for Texas homeowners.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • “We need reform, NOT defunding, and must make sure departments have the resources they need to serve their communities well.”
  • “Justin Berry believes Texas should have a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of exploitation. Justin will work to stop illicit massage parlors, enhance investigative tools for law enforcement, and protect girls and boys from criminals who seek to exploit and enslave them.”
  • “Justin understands the importance of new school safety measures that improve security in our schools, increase mental health resources for students, and allow law enforcement to intervene before violence occurs in the classroom.”

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “We need to be more efficient with our use of taxes. This will help lower taxes for everyone.”
  • “We must also begin electing our Appraiser. The person appraising our homes, and assessing our property value, must be held accountable.”

Healthcare

  • “He supports the Governor’s plan to increase the amount of mental health counselors in schools.”
  • “As your next State Representative, Justin is committed to expanding the funding for women’s health care to ensure that all Texas women have access to life-saving cancer screenings and mammograms regardless of their income.”

Immigration

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Reproductive Health

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Infrastructure & Environment

  • “We need an East/West roadway system to help alleviate the choke points in the district and we need to stop Austin officials from redirecting funds for our district into their pet Projects.”

Social Services

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Vikki Goodwin

Vikki Goodwin is the current Representative for State House District 47, and the Democratic Candidate. A community activist and Relator, Goodwin is the owner and broker of Goodwin & Goodwin Real Estate inc, and a mother to four children. Goodwin’s priorities include combating covid-19 and expanding access to healthcare coverage across the state, increasing state funds for public education, and improving public infrastructure and transportation systems.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • Requiring universal background checks on all gun sales and closing loopholes.
  • Improving the NICS (background check database) based on DPS recommendations.
  • Holding firm against permitless carry.
  • More safety training for gun owners, similar to what is required for school marshals.
  • Disarming domestic abusers.
  • Extreme Risk/Red Flag laws similar to what 17 other states have passed.

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • Develop a sustainable revenue stream from a variety of sources that would allow for continued investment in our children even during the current economic downturn.
  • Maintain teacher pay raises to ensure we have the best and brightest teaching our next generation.
  • More training to prepare our teachers to deliver the best education for our students with disabilities.
  • Improve equity in schools.
  • Require high school students to complete at least one semester of personal financial literacy. I passed a bill adding this requirement last session, but the bill stalled out in the Senate. I plan to continue this effort.

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “To fully revive our economy we must also broaden the tax base and develop new revenue streams.”
  • “I will work to ensure all tax exemptions are necessary and to close any loopholes.”

Healthcare

  • Expand Medicaid to provide more health care to more people, including therapies for children with disabilities and mental health treatments.
  • Put women in charge of their own health, in consultation with their physicians.
  • Provide funding for community clinics, including those that provide abortion care and other women’s health services, that serve underserved populations.
  • Ensure everyone has access to affordable health care.

Immigration

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Reproductive Health

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Infrastructure & Environment

  • Continue to push for a Climate Change Commission in Texas.
  • Ensure incentives for renewable energy and plug-in electric vehicles stay in place.
  • Work with the Citizens Climate Lobby to push forward the carbon tax and dividend model.
  • Reduce gas flaring exemptions through monetary penalties.
  • Improve safety requirements for above ground petroleum and chemical storage tanks.

Social Services

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Michael Clark

Michael Clark (Libertarian Party) is running for election to the Texas House of Representatives to represent District 47. Clark is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. Clark advanced from the Libertarian Party convention on March 21, 2020.

  • Currently, this candidate does not have a Campaign Website, or any “platform issues” or “priority issues” listed on his Facebook page.