Everything to Know About the Upcoming Election

Things can get overwhelming in your day-to-day life, so it gets hard to learn about candidates running for office. A lot of people don’t even know all the candidates names! Here is a quick guide to learn about the people running to represent you.

By Nicole Mattox


U.S.Senate

Beto O’Rourke, Photo from flickr.com

Beto O’Rourke, Photo from flickr.com

BETO O’ROURKE (D):

Healthcare

  • Beto focuses his campaign on protecting the ACA (Affordable Care Act) and expanding Medicaid

  • Lower premium and prescription drug costs by making healthcare more affordable to everyone

  • Achieving universal health care is essential

Immigration

  • He does not think building a wall will help anything

  • Stresses the importance of closing immigration prisons, and encourages family reunification and education

  • Advocate for the DREAM Act, allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to gain citizenship in the U.S.

  • Refugees are also an important issue for Beto, he fights to ensure that they are given a fair opportunity in our country

Economy

  • O’Rourke has a strong stance that every worker in Texas should be able to enjoy the benefits of our growing economy

  • Encourages companies to return investments back to their consumers, employees and the community

  • Allow every entrepreneur to have the opportunity to be successful by lowering the barrier to entry for small businesses

  • Promote regulations to protect consumers, promote competition and grow the economy

Education

  • No public tax dollars should be given to private schools

  • Increase public funding for low income and underserved communities

  • Get rid of the Windfall Elimination Provision (a formula used to adjust Social Security worker benefits for people who received “non-covered pensions” and qualify for Social Security benefits based on other Social Security-covered earnings)

  • Reduce the emphasis on high-stakes tests in schools

  • Get rid of Senate Bill 6, which allows for discrimination against students based on sexual orientation or gender identity

National Security

  • He thinks we should support service members by clearly defining victory, adopting a strategy to achieve it and we should commit the resources and leadership necessary to see it through

  • It is important to acknowledge that killing people is not the way to achieve our goal

  • Congress owes the American people a debate and vote to give guidance to our military, as long as we are putting our own people in harm’s way

  • Provide the necessary finances to support military bases and facilities to ensure their victories

Ted Cruz, Photo from wikimedia.org

Ted Cruz, Photo from wikimedia.org

TED CRUZ (R)

Healthcare

  • Strongly advocates for repealing Obamacare

  • Wants to make healthcare more personal, portable and afforable

  • Cruz wants to allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines

Immigration

  • Supports legal immigration

  • Wants to strengthen the border

  • Expand green card opportunities and increase high-skilled “H1B” visas

  • Stresses the importance of welcoming legal immigrants into the U.S. safely and with dignity

Economy

  • Believes in a pro-growth policy for businesses

  • He is strongly against how much Washington is spending, our economic growth requires a smaller, less regulation-heavy federal government

  • Believes the Internet should be a platform for innovation without regulations

  • Cruz is very against the debt-ceiling and wants to make sure it is not raised

Education

  • He thinks school choice gives children more opportunities and improves public schools

  • Opposes Common Core (a set of high-quality academic standards in math and English arts/literacy, they outline learning goals for what a student should know and be able to do at the end of every grade)

  • Believes decisions should be made on the state and local level

  • Parents and communities should be more involved to find solutions for their children’s needs

National Security

  • Cruz believes a strong national defense is essential to safeguard America

  • Believes strongly that getting information from other countries is an important part of national security

  • Very wary towards Iraq

  • Passed the Expatriate Terrorist Act, which says any American who joins ISIS can’t re-enter the United States

  • Filed legislation to condemn the use of civilians as human shields by the terrorist group Hamas

Niel Dikeman, Photo from wikimedia.org

Niel Dikeman, Photo from wikimedia.org

NIEL DIKEMAN (L)

Healthcare

  • Big advocate for consumers choice in Healthcare

  • Needs to be free market based

  • Eliminate the price and service discrimination based on insurance plans

Immigration

  • Desires clearly defined pathways for immigration

  • Supports immigration into the U.S., since that’s what we were founded on

  • Practical and accessible, short-term, reciprocal economic labor mobility across borders

Economy

  • He believes fiscal responsibility should be the top priority for congress

  • Works toward a balanced budget and sound fiscal policy when it comes to federal debt levels

  • Believes in across the board zero based budgeting

Education

  • Hasn’t spoken out on his stance on education in Texas

National Security

  • Believes in having a strong national defense but doesn’t think there is a need for that defense to be indefinitely defending other nations

  • He does not support unnecessary foreign wars that drain our resources and risk the lives of Americans

  • Believes Congress should oversee military actions

  • Works to stand for peace, prosperity and human rights in the modern world

Governor

Lupe Valdez, Photo from wikimedia.org

Lupe Valdez, Photo from wikimedia.org

LUPE VALDEZ (D)

Healthcare

  • Healthcare is a right

  • Expand access to critical healthcare in our rural communities

  • Fights to protect women’s health and rights to their own bodies

  • Accepts the $9 billion Medicaid expansion to ensure 1.5 million people

Immigration

  • She supports making a safe pathway to immigration

  • Believes in helping those seeking asylum humanely

  • Valdez wants to help the DREAMers in the state

Economy

  • Strongly believes that anyone working 40 hours a week should earn a living wage

  • Fights to pass a paid sick leave across Texas, not just at a local level

  • Believes in equal pay for equal work, an economy that doesn’t treat women equally is not thriving

Greg Abbott, Photo from flickr.com

Greg Abbott, Photo from flickr.com

GREG ABBOTT (R)

Healthcare

  • Against Obamacare, thinks it was a bad law from the beginning

  • Made a healthcare plan to increase funding for preventative care and bringing more medicaid professionals to Texas

  • $50 million budget increase for women’s health programs

  • Loan forgiveness for aspiring doctors and compensation for doctors who provide care via telephone

Immigration

  • Urges congressional action on the separated immigrant families

  • No more Syrian refugee resettlement

  • Wants 500 more new state troopers plus Texas Rangers at the border

  • Enforce against sanctuary cities in Texas

Economy

  • Limit growth of State budget

  • Believes economic growth comes from cutting taxes

  • Wants to fund the enterprise fund to add jobs and grow the Texas economy

Mike Tippetts, Photo from mark4gov.com

Mike Tippetts, Photo from mark4gov.com

MARK TIPPETTS (L)

Healthcare

  • Government should not provide, control or require healthcare

  • People do not have the right to healthcare at other people’s expense

  • Opposes a “single player” concept and federal legislation of Obamacare

  • Opposes any unearned tax credits, tax subsidies and tax penalties directed under the Affordable Care Act

Immigration

  • Encourages immigration of students, workers and business owners willing to invest in Texas

  • The right to work and travel is an inherent personal liberty

  • Supports the idea of the American Dream, where any immigrant can start new and eventually prosper and thrive through hard work

Economy

  • Growth has to pay for itself in order to be sustainable, the government shouldn’t take your tax money to grow

  • There needs to be a supply and demand balance in order for the economy to grow

  • Eliminates policies that favor large corporations

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Mike Collier, Photo from The Austin Chronicle

Mike Collier, Photo from The Austin Chronicle

MIKE COLLIER (D)

Priorities

  • Public education and property taxes

  • Increase access to healthcare

  • Reform criminal justice system

  • School and gun safety

  • Taking a stand against corruption

  • Border security

  • Reform water management

Dan Patrick, Photo from The Texas Tribune

Dan Patrick, Photo from The Texas Tribune

DAN PATRICK (R)

Priorities

  • Budget proposals

  • Property tax reform

  • School choice

  • Sanctuary cities

  • Photo Voter ID

  • Women’s Privacy Act

  • Fetal tissue/Partial birth abortion

Kerry McKennon, Photo from Liberatarian Party of Texas

Kerry McKennon, Photo from Liberatarian Party of Texas




KERRY MCKENNON (L)

Priorities

  • Elimination of property taxes

  • Industrial hemp, medical cannabis and recreational cannabis

  • Right to self defense— including open carry

  • Oil, gas, mineral and water rights

  • Judicial reform and the death penalty

  • Educational reform

  • Prison reform

Attorney General

Justin Nelson, Photo from The Austin Chronicle

Justin Nelson, Photo from The Austin Chronicle

JUSTIN NELSON (D)

Key Points

  • Strongly believes no one should be above the law, no matter their position

  • Will serve as a check on power— he is adamant that he is not a rubber stamp for anyone

  • Believes that law comes before politics, he will stand up for the rule of law

  • Named a top lawyer in Texas, works at UT Law

Ken Paxton, Photo from Wikipedia

Ken Paxton, Photo from Wikipedia

KEN PAXTON (R)

Key Points

  • Will preserve the Constitution

  • Believes in guarding religious freedoms

  • Fight against voter fraud

  • He is the incumbent Attorney General, but operated his own law firm beforehand

Michael Ray Harris, Photo from lptexas.org

Michael Ray Harris, Photo from lptexas.org

MICHAEL RAY HARRIS (L)

Key Points

  • Feels there is something very wrong with our current two-party system

  • Would like to investigate cases where people were wrongly convicted

  • Emphasis that there is a section in the law enforcement code that there is a limit to how much force may be used

  • Would like to legalize marijuana

Comptroller

Joi Chevalier, Photo from Houston Chronicle

Joi Chevalier, Photo from Houston Chronicle

JOI CHEVALIER (D)

Priorities

  • Tax and revenue modernization

  • Improved cost and benefits analysis

  • Urge lawmakers to close tax loopholes

Glenn Hegar, Photo from Texas Comptroller

Glenn Hegar, Photo from Texas Comptroller

GLENN HEGAR (R)

Priorities

  • Tax reform

  • Government accountability and transparency

  • Rein in wasteful spending

Ben Sanders, Photo from Vote Smart

Ben Sanders, Photo from Vote Smart


BEN SANDERS (L)

Priorities

  • The economy

  • Constitutional rights

  • Limited government



Land Commissioner

Miguel Suazo, Photo from Houston Chronicle

Miguel Suazo, Photo from Houston Chronicle

MIGUEL SUAZO (D)

Priorities

  • Hurricane Harvey help

  • Storm preparation and recovery

  • Public Education

  • Climate Change

  • Remembering the Alamo

George P. Bush, Photo from Twitter

George P. Bush, Photo from Twitter






GEORGE P. BUSH (R)

Priorities

  • Accountability from our schools

  • Entrepreneurs need the freedom to pursue their dreams

  • Honor our Veterans

  • Supports reasonable drilling for oil and natural gas on public lands

  • Wants to protect Texas jobs and land at the same time

Matt Piña, Photo from electmattpina.com

Matt Piña, Photo from electmattpina.com


MATT PIÑA (L

Priorities

  • Remember the Alamo

  • Disaster recovery

  • Permanent school fund

  • Property rights

  • Veterans rights


Agriculture Commissioner

Kim Olson, Photo from Plano Profile

Kim Olson, Photo from Plano Profile

KIM OLSON (D)

Priorities

  • Farmland preservation

  • Regenerative Agriculture

  • Rural Developments

  • Local and regional markets

Sid Miller, Photo from Twittercar

Sid Miller, Photo from Twittercar

SID MILLER (R)

Priorities

  • Water

  • Cutting unemployment/boosting the economy

  • Stopping illegal immigration

  • Cutting government spending

  • Protecting 2nd Amendment rights

Richard Carpenter, Photo from Brownsville Herald

Richard Carpenter, Photo from Brownsville Herald



RICHARD CARPENTER (L)

Priorities

  • Climate change

  • Push the agenda of Ranchers and Farmers

  • Water

Railroad Commissioner

Roman McAllen, Photo from Facebook

Roman McAllen, Photo from Facebook

ROMAN MCALLEN (D)

Priorities

  • Protect Texas’ water

  • Advocate for the public

  • Tell the truth to the people

Christi Craddick, Photo from Railroad Commission of Texas

Christi Craddick, Photo from Railroad Commission of Texas

CHRISTI CRADDICK (R)

Priorities

  • Stop federal intrusion and governance regulation

  • Lead towards energy independence

  • Protect private property rights

Mike Wright, Photo from mikewrightforrtrc.com

Mike Wright, Photo from mikewrightforrtrc.com

MIKE WRIGHT (L)

Priorities

  • Transparency

  • Water recycling

  • Operator responsibility

Early voting has already started around Texas and goes till November 2nd. Go out and vote, it is your civil duty to vote for who you want to see in office and voice your opinion. Here is a link to see where the closest polling place is to you!