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Texas politicians gear up for primary elections

Staff Reporter

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014 00:01

Long-time incumbents in Texas could be ousted during the upcoming midterm elections.

Immigration and tax policymaker positions could shift in November for Huntsville’s governing officials and representatives. This year’s election cycles will begin with primary elections in March. Midterm primaries run in the same fashion as presidential primaries.

Republican Craig McMichael is challenging Huntsville’s long-time U.S. Representative Kevin Brady (R-Texas).

According to Brady’s website, his platform includes preventing tax increases for Texas energy and real estate companies, border security and stopping illegal hiring.

In an interview with the Cleveland Advocate, McMichael, a former U.S. Marine, said that if Brady is re-elected, not much will change.

“[Brady] has shown time and time again that he is pro-big government,” McMichaels said. “By voting for seven debt ceiling increases and by supporting CISPA, TARP and The Patriot Act, Brady has proven to the people of District 8 and Texas that another term with Brady at the helm will be ‘status quo,’ or more of the same.”

According to McMichaels’ website, his platform includes a smaller federal government through implementing a zero-based budget. Zero-based budgeting is the practice of building a brand-new budget each fiscal year instead of basing a new budget off of the previous year.

He also wants to lower taxes, work on paying off the national debt, enforce border security and help small businesses grow.

Also on the ballot will be the lieutenant governor seat where Republican David Dewhurst currently resides.

Dewhurst, who has held the position for 11 years, is opposed by Republican Texas Sen. Dan Patrick, Republican Land Office Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Republican Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, and Democrat Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

GOP lieutenant governor candidates held a debate on Monday to discuss issues such as undocumented immigration, abortion and education.

When asked how he planned to protect Texas’ borders, incumbent Dewhurst says it’s a process he is familiar with.

“My plan on securing our border is not a plan, it’s what we’re already doing,” Dewhurst said. “I started seven years ago appropriating money to put assets… [and] high altitude spotter aircraft, helicopters, more DPS on the border.”

Although all candidates said they want stricter immigration reform, Staples doesn’t believe Dewhurst is doing enough.

“I can tell you that throwing money at the problem is not going to secure the border, and the border is not secure today,” Staples said. “I’ve taken budget savings from my agency and given grants to the Department of Public Safety.”

Another office on the ballot is the district 18 state representative, which is currently held by Republican John Otto with Republican Pastor Terry Holcomb challenging.

Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 ballot includes incumbent Republican Mark W. Holt, Republican Troy B. Allen and Republican Everett Harrell. Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 ballot includes Republican Sandy Brown Glisson, Republican Stephen Cole and Democrat Cade S. Reece.

Primary voting will be held March 4.

For a full list of candidate filings, visit https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/candidate-filing/cf-report.aspx

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