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Texas House of Representatives District 94

Tony Tinderholt

Tony Tinderholt is the current Representative for State House District 94, and the Republican Candidate. A third-term state representative and Air Force Veteran, Tinderholt is a Director of Training and Recruiting for Eliot Management Group, a founding member of the Texas Freedom Caucus, and a father to four children. Tinderholt’s top priorities include lowering property tax rates for Texas homeowners, strengthening our border security, and protecting the sanctity of life by eliminating abortion.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • “Border security is national security, and the safety of Texans is of the utmost importance. I co-authored the bill to ban sanctuary cities in Texas. I will do everything possible to support the law moving forward.
  • “As a combat veteran and CHL holder, I stand ready to defend against any attempts to step on your 2nd Amendment rights. I have co-authored legislation to implement open carry, campus carry, and fee reduction for CHL licensing, all of which passed. I have also been a co-author of constitutional carry legislation and will continue to work toward its passage in the future.”
  • “Defunding the police is dangerous, and I will fight against cities or local governments who put the safety of Texans at risk.” (FB, September 10)

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “With more than 50,000 students at the University of Texas at Arlington and many other constituents being current or retired educators, our district has a unique interest in public education. Make no doubt, inspiring our younger generation through public schools is a fundamental role of government. While educating our children, we must not adopt a one-size approach, recognizing the needs of each individual child. Our schools need to be challenging, and students should be prepared for college or the workforce at the time of graduation.”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “I am against increased regulation that stifles competition and tax or fee increases for Texans. Key priorities like education, transportation, and border security must be adequately funded, and should be matched with reforms and cuts in lower priority areas.”
  • “During the 86th Legislative Session, we took steps toward cutting property taxes and provided transparency in the process. Through the Texas Property Tax Reform & Transparency Act of 2019, we implemented mandatory election triggers if taxes are raised by more than 3.5%.
  • “Transparency measures were also put in place so property owners know where taxes are going, how much they are being raised, and who is to blame when they are raised. Additionally, $5 billion was allocated for relief. The average homeowner should see a tax cut in both 2020 and 2021.”
  • “Eventually, we should abolish the property tax system and replace it with another funding mechanism.”

Healthcare

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Immigration

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Reproductive/Women’s Health

  • “As a God-fearing conservative, there is no duty more important than protecting innocent life. While we often take steps in the right direction, Texas is still outside the top 10 on lists looking at defense of life. I look forward to the day when abortion ceases to exist in Texas, the United States, and around the world.”

Infrastructure & Environment

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Social Services

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Alisa Simmons

Alisa Simmons is the Democratic Candidate. A sixth-generation Texan and Arlington-Native, Simmons’ is a small-business owner, a former Marketing and Communications Manager for Tarrant County 9-1-1 District, and a mother of two boys, one of which if currently serving as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Simmons’ top priorities include improving access to quality and affordable healthcare services through Medicaid Expansion, investing more state funds in education, growing the Texas economy by supporting small-businesses, and lowering property tax rates for Texas homeowners.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “When Alisa is elected in November, she will fight to fully fund public education, because all children in a state as economically prosperous as Texas should be receiving a quality education. Alisa also believes in fully funding prekindergarten.”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “Alisa believes that the state should uphold its responsibility to fund quality and accessible public education for children. Doing so will decrease property taxes, since 53% of property taxes are allocated to schools.”
  • “Alisa also supports local control and doubling the homestead exemption to give homeowners real relief.”
  • “Alisa understands the importance of supporting our local economy and small-business owners. She will fight to make Texas a great place to start a company, create local jobs, and run a thriving business.”
  • “In order to support our small businesses in Texas, we must maintain strong universities and vocational training programs, invest in good transportation networks, and improve our public services and infrastructure. “

Healthcare

  • “Alisa understands the importance of access to quality and affordable healthcare. She supports expanding Medicaid to ensure coverage for the thousands of Texans who are currently uninsured.”
  • “Expanding Medicaid would not only insure more working Texans, but it would also help the economy by creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs.”
  • “Texas should fully restore Texas’ Children’s Health Insurance Program to help cover the over half a million kids without healthcare.”

Immigration

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Reproductive/Women’s Health

  • All Texans deserve the freedom to choose their best mental and physical healthy lifestyle. We should respect that the decision about when and whether to become a parent is an individual person’s to make, with their doctor, family, and faith. Our laws should promote and safeguard Texans’ health by increasing our insurance coverage, not limiting our healthcare options.”

Infrastructure & Environment

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Social Services

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Jessica Pallett

Jessica Pallett (Libertarian Party) is running for election to the Texas House of Representatives to represent District 94. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Libertarian convention on March 21, 2020.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • When the legislature creates victimless crime laws, and tells the police to enforce them, it creates a lot of problems. This is most apparent in the war on drugs. We need to end the war on drugs. The best first step is to legalize the sale and use of marijuana. We need Libertarian legislators who will act like grown-ups, instead of running scared whenever the issue comes up.
  • Police militarization leads to unnecessary expense, violence, and death. We need legislation that will reduce the use of SWAT teams, and we should just say no to offers of federal military equipment for Texas police departments.
  • In the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police, it’s time for Texas to protect its citizens from abusive police. As long as qualified immunity protects police from federal lawsuits, the Texas legislature should pass a law that allows victims of police abuse to sue their abusers in state court.
  • “Civil asset forfeiture” is a process where police claim that property has been used in connection with criminal activity, and then seize that property. There is no requirement that the owner be convicted of a crime. In Texas, the police departments who seize the property can keep most or all of it for themselves, creating a huge incentive for corruption.
  • Civil asset forfeiture is a tragic and needless violation of people’s rights.
  • Libertarians support peoples’ right to keep and bear arms. Gun control advocates want to prohibit gun ownership to as many people as possible, on the grounds that they might commit a violent crime sometime in the future. [...] We believe that, after those convicted have served their terms of punishment, their ability to own and carry firearms should be restored.

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “As Libertarians, we believe that government should not force people to pay for other people’s education. Our proposals here are more limited.”
  • “We propose reducing the budget for education by 4% per year for ten years. Some of that reduction can be achieved by reducing per pupil spending, while some of the reduction can be accomplished by reducing the number of students in the public school system.”
  • “Libertarians seek to reduce the number of students choosing government schools by making private schools and home schooling more affordable. [...] One good way to encourage this shift is with education tax credits. Property owners should be able to offset at least 50% of their school property taxes by donating to private schools, or to private school scholarship funds.”
  • “We propose the politically feasible step of lowering the maximum compulsory age from 19 to 16, which is the maximum age in a number of other states.”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • I support the Libertarian Booster PAC plan to cut Texas state spending across the board by 4% per year for ten years. Combined with projected 3% annual current-dollar growth in gross state product, this plan shows how Texas tax rates can be cut in half by 2030, and how state spending (as a percentage of gross state product) can be reduced by half. The plan is called the “Modest Plan to Cut the Texas Budget in Half.”
  • “Our plan is to make Texans’ lives better by cutting government spending, reducing taxes, and moving many people off government assistance into a thriving free-market economy.”
  • We should replace mandatory government licensing with optional private certifications. Private certifications are already used in a number of industries, and they give customers information about a service provider’s training. If you only want your hair cut by someone who is certified with 1,500 hours of training, you can make that choice.