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Texas House of Representatives District 96

David Cook

David Cook is the Republican candidate. Managing partner of his own law firm and five-term Mayor of Mansfield, Texas. Cook’s top priorities are strengthening public education, cutting property taxes for Texas homeowners by revising the appraisal process, and securing the Texas border.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • “While some seek to defund our police departments David is committed to supporting our police by giving them resources they need to investigate crimes.”
  • “In the legislature David will work to implement programs that will ensure officers look more like the communities they serve, provide officers more resources and training focused on de-escalation tactics, and require body cams for all officers.”

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “Strong public schools are key to the continued prosperity of Texas. David will work to ensure that every child has access to a good education and that our educators are given the tools they need to help our children succeed.”
  • “David will support programs that increase mental health resources and allow intervention before violence occurs in the classroom because parents should never worry about the safety of their children at school.”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, David Cook lead the charge in Mansfield to cut property taxes to give families the critical tax relief they need.”
  • “Texas currently has the 3rd highest property taxes in the nation, as our next state representative David will fight to reform the property tax appraisal process and deliver real tax relief.”

Government Transparency & Ethics

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Healthcare

  • “David Cook believes that potentially lifesaving preventative health services and routine preventative care should never be seen as unobtainable.”
  • “As our next State Representative David will fight to increase funding for women's health care, providing increased access to cancer screenings and mammograms for all women, as well as ensure all children have access to quality healthcare, regardless of income.”

Immigration

  • “David supports adding additional protection and law enforcement resources along the southern border to protect Texas families from violent criminals, drug cartels, and put a halt to human trafficking.”

Reproductive Health

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Infrastructure & Environment

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Social Services

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Joe Drago

Joe Drago is the Democratic Candidate. A North-Texas native, Drago is a father of two daughters, an experienced attorney, and a former Judge of Criminal District Court #4. Drago’s top priorities are expanding Medicaid to cover more Texans, strengthening the public education system, reforming our criminal justice system, and lowering property taxes for Texas homeowners.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety

  • “Reforming our criminal justice system so that it does its job of keeping dangerous criminals off the street is my priority. We have an obligation to invest in education, training programs, and mental health treatment, to break the cycle of incarceration for first-time and non-violent offenders”

Education Funding & Teacher Pay

  • “A strong public education system is key to ensuring our young people have paths to opportunity. It is the responsibility of the state to partner with local communities to find solutions to the problems we face. This must be done through a holistic approach to solving the larger foundational challenges facing our public education system, not by one-off, Band-Aid solutions.”
  • “Tackling facility and funding deficits, investing in Pre-K programs and increasing teacher pay are key priorities.”

Texas Economy & Taxes

  • “A key focus of mine is bringing more economic development to House District 96 and the greater Fort Worth area.”
  • “Investing in our community — through education and skills-training programs — will help residents find meaningful work and earn a decent living. A stronger workforce creates a stronger community for all of us.”
  • “Home ownership is a hallmark of a healthy and thriving local economy, but the regressive nature of the state sales tax combined with the limitation of the federal property tax deduction creates an uneven playing field for Texans. By increasing the current homestead exemption, we will save homeowners hundreds of dollars in property taxes each year.”

Government Transparency & Ethics

  • “Our government should represent all of us, not just a vocal few. We need representatives that listen, learn and represent their constituents — and not only themselves. In Austin, I will fight everyday for this responsibility and accountability within the capitol.”

Healthcare

  • “Expanding Medicaid will help millions of Texans who urgently need access to high-quality healthcare.”
  • “We owe it to our citizens to improve their healthcare options, including access to mental healthcare and drug rehabilitation programs.”

Immigration

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue

Reproductive Health

  • Texas laws should promote the health and wellbeing of Texas residents. Individual healthcare decisions — including the when and how to become a parent — should be the decision of the patient, not of legislators.

Infrastructure & Environment

  • “Too many of our bridges and roads are in vital need of repair. Highway improvements have not kept pace with our immense population boom, leading to heavy congestion. A world-class transportation system with integrated bus and rail routes is vital to our continued economic growth and for the expansion of job opportunities in the region.”

Social Services

  • Nothing listed on Campaign website for this issue