Q&A: Get to know the candidates running for the US Rep. District 8

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Three candidates are campaigning to represent residents of Texas’ 8th congressional district in the upcoming Nov. 8 election as incumbent Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands,

in April 2021. Candidates include veteran Republican and U.S. Navy SEAL Morgan Luttrell; Democrat and business owner Laura Jones; and Libertarian candidate Roy Eriksen.

Candidates had to limit their answers to less than 50 words, answer the questions provided and avoid attacking their opponents. Answers may have been edited or cropped to adhere to these guidelines, or for style and clarity. For more information on voting in Harris County, visit www.harrisvotes.com. For more information on voting in Montgomery County, visit www.elections.mctx.org.

Why are you running to represent Texas’ 8th congressional district?

Born in Montgomery County, I was brought up in every quarter of that district; I know these people and this neighborhood. Leaving District 8 for 14 years to serve my country as a Navy SEAL, I am now back home and raising my own family there. I want to serve this community, and representing them in Congress will be a great honor.

What are the biggest challenges facing the district and how would you address them if elected?

Our “open” border and inflation are the two biggest issues I hear about from voters. In Congress, I will fight for hard-hitting immigration reform that has teeth, stopping runaway government handouts and spending, and bringing accountability to all levels of government.

What general education needs would you prioritize if elected to Congress?

Education is a national and local issue. I believe that the federal government should not be involved in education.

How would you ensure your constituents have access to the health care services they need?

We are fortunate to have some of the best medical institutions in the country in our district. Free market policies will help spread this expertise and accessibility down and into the district. I am also deeply committed to improving veteran health care, both quality and access.

What will you prioritize in Congress to help ease economic strains on District 8 residents?

Our government must stop giving money. A tightening federal budget and a direct energy policy that brings us back to energy independence will stabilize our economy.

Why are you running to represent Texas’ 8th congressional district?

I believe that the best person to represent the regular and hardworking people of the district is a regular and hardworking person. I’m not a politician, and I’m not a Washington insider. I will fight to improve the daily life of the inhabitants of the district. I will report to my constituents.

What are the biggest challenges facing the district and how would you address them if elected?

Health Care: Bill to ensure quality health care is affordable for all. Public schools: increase school funding. Jobs/Infrastructure: I support any jobs bill that can improve the lives of the average American who lives paycheck to paycheck. High-speed Internet: bill so that all voters have access to it.

What general education needs would you prioritize if elected to Congress?

I would prioritize legislation to increase teacher pay, provide access to resources, ensure all students have high-speed Internet access at home, increase funding for the Title 1 program, fund mental health support, increase funding for the Head Start program and encouraging homeschooling.

How would you ensure your constituents have access to the health care services they need?

Bill to fund hospitals in underserved areas; increase funding for elder care services, adult daycare centers and home care services; reduce the cost of prescription drugs; add hearing and vision to Medicaid; fund mobile units that offer cancer screening; and ensure that care for veterans is provided in any hospital.

What will you prioritize in Congress to help ease economic strains on District 8 residents?

I would fight to raise the minimum wage; [to] add benefits such as sick days and paid vacations;[for] professional training, [to] continue to invest in alternative energies to create jobs throughout our neighborhood; [and to] bring jobs back to the United States from overseas, from growing grain to manufacturing prescription drugs.

Why are you running to represent Texas’ 8th congressional district?

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What are the biggest challenges facing the district and how would you address them if elected?

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What general education needs would you prioritize if elected to Congress?

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How would you ensure your constituents have access to the health care services they need?

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What will you prioritize in Congress to help ease economic strains on District 8 residents?

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