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The San Marcos Area League of Women Voters posed questions to candidates running in the Nov. 4 general election for federal, state, county and city office.
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   San Marcos Area and Wimberley Unit  League of Women Voters VOTERS GUIDE  Election November 4, 2014 The San Marcos Area and Wimberley Unit League of Women Voters (LWV) Voters Guide lists candidates who appear on the ballot in the November 4, 2014 General Election, with their responses to a questionnaire sent by the LWV. Candidates were given limits. Re-sponses are printed as submitted and cut off if over the limit. Candidates are listed in the same order that they will appear on the bal- lot. There is no party afliation in city races, so party afliations are not listed with city candidate names. U.S. Representatives, State Senator and Representative, County Judge, County Court at Law, Justice of the Peace, Edwards Aquifer Authority Board, Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, City of San Marcos and Wimberley ISD candidates are included in this Voters Guide. The ballot will list other elections in some precincts of Hays County. These elections, listed on page 17, are not covered by this Voters Guide. The San Marcos Area and Wimberley Unit League of Women Voters prepares and places this local Voters Guide in city halls, public libraries and many other locations in Hays County. The local Voters Guides are also inserted in the San Marcos Daily Record and The Wimberley View. The state LWV Voters Guide, a separate document which covers the state races, is placed at the same locations as the local Guide in Hays County by the San Marcos Area LWV. Both are available online at www.lwvtexas.org. In addition, a new LWV service, www.Vote411.org, is another information resource which can provide a personalized preview of the November ballot for each person who uses that website, by entering their address. The League of Women Voters does not support or oppose any political party or any candidate. The League does promote informed  participation of all citizens in their government by providing factual information to help prepare citizens to cast an informed vote. The League does take action on selected issues that it has thoroughly studied and on which its members have reached consensus. We hope you will take an active role in the election process. You may bring this Voters Guide into the voting booth. Your vote matters! See the state LWV Voters Guide at www.lwvtexas.org  for the many State races that will be on the ballot, including Governor. Or try the new Texas LWV feature, www.Vote411.org . Enter your address to create a sample ballot which will include all the races that will be listed on your personal ballot on Election Day. It can also give you the specifc  precinct and location where you will vote, as well as your district and precinct numbers (these numbers are also found on your voter registration card). Federal and State candidates for Hays County ........................................................................................................Pages 2-6Hays County candidates .........................................................................................................................................Pages 7-11Aquifer and Groundwater district candidates ......................................................................................................Pages 11-12City of San Marcos candidates ............................................................................................................................Pages 13-15Wimberley ISD ...........................................................................................................................................................Page 16List of other special elections on the ballot ................................................................................................................Page 17Voter I.D. and Ballot by Mail information ..................................................................................................................Page 18Early voting dates, locations and times .......................................................................................................................Page 19Election day polling locations .....................................................................................................................................Page 20 INDEX  Page 2 - LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS Please describe what combination of education, motivation and/or experience qualies you for this ofce?Immigration: What specic changes, if any, would you propose to the current immigration policy? Please explain. Infrastructure: What would you propose to do to improve the current condition of transportation infrastructure, such as  bridges, railways, highways, and pipe- lines? Lamar Smith, R www.exansForLamarSmith.comAfer graduating rom high school in San An-tonio and then Yale University, I earned a law degree at Southern Methodist University.Experience: I have served as a state represen-tative and county commissioner. I now chair the Science, Space and echnology Commit-tee. I stay in touch with my constituency.Te US has a tried and proven pathway to citizenship. Our nation admits one million people every year - as many as all other coun-tries combined. Te right way to enter Amer-ica is to play by the rules and wait your turn as generations have done beore. I current immigration policies were enorced and the border secured, illegal immigration would be reduced. America’s roads, railways and bridges are essential to our prosperity. Investing in the maintenance and expansion o transportation inrastructure is imperative or the socio-eco-nomic health o the nation. Tis also is true o pipelines. Te President could help the coun-try become energy independent by approving the XL extension o the Keystone pipeline rom Canada to Houston. It’s beyond time or the US to take advantage o this opportunity. Ryan Shields, L twitter @ryanshieldsexas A&M San Antonio, History/Political Science. Head o many private organizations and civic groups, and an avid community activist.Our immigration policy should be in direct correlation with our economic needs. I our economy is booming and we have more jobs than workers; our immigration policy should reflect such needs. As or the opposite, which is what we are going through now, where we have more workers than jobs our immigration and tax system should try to make it easier or  job creators to move their businesses to the United States rom other countries.I would cut programs and departments that are not necessary rom the budget in order to und needed inrastructure repairs and developments. For example: Te bureau o land management, the department o educa-tion, EPA, and the IRS. Each o the entities have state agency counterparts that do the same job, so having a duplicate in Washington D.C. makes very little sense, and costs the tax payers billions. Antonio Diaz, G Associate Degree C.B.M. Electronic ech. exas A&AM Electronic Engineering Ext. St. Philips College Nursing Program. Retail Sales Management Nursing ransportation Service Industry Immigration Reorm should include a path to citizenship.O the 11 million already here a-ter all their contributions such as tax paid into existing inrastructures then either give credit or apply a ee to them, then move on to legal-ize their Immigration status.O the 500,000 Dreamers their status should be legalized . O the current influx o Unaccompanied Chil-dren,a majority should qualiy as Reugees due to fleeing economic violence.All these issues offer employment opportuni-ties or large segments o our underemployed worker population.Also it opens opportu-nities to protect our Natural Resources by rerouting highways,railways, or pipelines that are polluting our water or that are destroying habitats needed by pollinating insects,such as Bees and Butterfly. We must think o quality o lie or our uture generations. A vibrant economy doesn`t have to come at such a high cost U.S. Representative, District 21  LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS - Page 3 Please describe what combination of education, motivation and/or experience qualies you for this ofce?Immigration: What specic changes, if any, would you propose to the current immigration policy? Please explain. Infrastructure: What would you propose to do to improve the current condition of transportation infrastructure, such as  bridges, railways, highways, and pipe- lines? Roger Williams, R No ResponseNo Response Marco Montoya, D PhD (Socio-demography); MPH (Public Health); 3rd Inantry NCO Academy, Nation-al Deense University and Naval War College Distinguished Graduate. Army Staff Sgt/1st L; Public Health Service LCDR/CDR/CAP; EPA Researcher; xState Program Director; X Coordinating Board Assistant Commis-sioner.Border security begins at home. It starts with a rational immigration system that is air to everyone and protects our national interests. We need to make our bright, young Dream-ers citizens, place hard working, tax-paying amilies on a citizen track, but make sure we hire citizens first. o accomplish these goals, we must reorm immigration now!District 25 needs good roads and bridges. So does the rest o exas, but we’re not there yet. One o every 3 roads is in poor condi-tion and one o every 5 bridges is deficient or obsolete. We aren’t making the very necessary investments or a transportation system that is second to none. I would revamp the Federal rust Fund to improve rural roads and pro-mote the necessary investment or sae roads and bridges. John Betz, L No ResponseNo Response U.S. Representative, District 25 Please describe what combination of education, motivation and/or experience qualies you for this ofce?Immigration: What specic changes, if any, would you propose to the current immigration policy? Please explain. Infrastructure: What would you propose to do to improve the current condition of transportation infrastructure, such as  bridges, railways, highways, and pipe- lines? Susan Narvaiz, R www.susanorcongress.comLeadership raining Institute Certificate, Public Policy 2002 – 2005 Universidad Nacio-nal Autónoma de México Spanish. Tree-term mayor o San Marcos, small business owner who balances budgets, meets payroll, and pro- vides leadership that produces positive results.Gaining operational control o all o our borders, (land, sea and air) must be our first priority. It is the Federal government’s re-sponsibility to protect all Americans rom the influx o drug cartels and gang members. Securing the border comes first and afer that I am open to immigration reorms. We should begin those reorms by streamlining our legal immigration process.States should have the responsibility and dis-cretion to allocate more o their own dollars towards improvement o aging inrastructure. State and local officials are better aware the condition and the urgency o repairing or re-construction o critical transportation struc-tures in their own cities and towns. I would  vote to return more o exas’ share o their gas tax dollars. U.S. Representative, District 35 More District 35 candidates’ responses on next page.  Page 4 - LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS Please describe what combination of education, motivation and/or experience qualies you for this ofce?Immigration: What specic changes, if any, would you propose to the current immigration policy? Please explain. Infrastructure: What would you propose to do to improve the current condition of transportation infrastructure, such as  bridges, railways, highways, and pipe- lines? Lloyd Doggett, D www.votedoggett.comBA Business, JD, University o exas at Aus-tin. As a lie-long exan, I have served in the State Senate (1973-85), exas State Supreme Court (1989-94) and U.S House o Represen-tatives (1995-present)o grow our economy, to prevent amilies rom being torn asunder, to accord opportu-nity to DREAMer students, I support com-prehensive, bipartisan immigration reorm such as that endorsed by the Chamber o Commerce, LULAC and others. As Ranking Subcommittee Democrat concerned with all orms o child abuse/neglect, I strongly oppose undermining due process protection or children fleeing violence. Not asking or amnesty, only a little humanity.We are ailing to make the required invest-ment in repairing roads and bridges to en-sure saety, boost our economy, cut commute times, and create jobs. We need a 5-year transportation bill o the type that previously enjoyed bipartisan support to permit reason-able planning and unding o our roadways and public transportation needs. Delay costs us dollars and lives. Cory W. Bruner, L No ResponseNo Response kat swif, G www.votekat.orgSchool o rial by Fire. CoChair Green Party o exas, Ballot Access Coordinator, Spokes-person National Women’s Caucus, 15 years o electoral activism in X.Te immigration policy is too convoluted and ull o problems that probably the best thing to do is to start over rom scratch. Reduce or eliminate the cause(s) that lead to the need or people to illegally immigrate and simpliy the process to legally immigrate. Te policy needs to be based on the health o the nation as a whole and done in a humanitarian way. As a first-world nation, we should strive to have air and just system.Redirect unding rom the Military & Prison Industrial Complexes to our basic needs o in-rastructure, which would also create sustain-able jobs. Pipelines are not an environmental-ly reliable sae transportation mode and need to be phased out. Rail needs to be upgraded such that people can travel around the coun-try easily and quickly - hours not days; and we need to restructure cities such that transporta-tion is less car dependent. U.S. Representative, District 35 Continued
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