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Candidates for State Representative, District 30, respond to survey

Nov. 3, 2012 at 6:03 a.m.

Alex Hernandez Jr., state Rep. democratic candidate for District 30

Editor's note: The Advocate is profiling candidates in the Nov. 6 election. This profile compiled by the League of Women Voters features candidates for State Representative, District 30.

• Name: Alex Hernandez Jr.

• Political Party: Democratic

• Campaign Office Phone: 361-935-9055

• Website: alexhernandezlaw.com

• Email: electalexhernandezstaterep@gmail.com

Texas ranks very low among states in percentage of persons with health insurance. Do you support changes to Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program? Please explain.

The extension and expansion of Medicaid and CHIP will provide access to basic health care services for persons at risk of medical indigency with special attention to children of low-income families and persons of low incomes. These changes will ensure availability of a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost to all U.S. residents.

How would you balance the need for clean air and water and the need for energy independence?

Through state control of air and water pollution and responsible management of all resources. We cannot sacrifice the environment for our need of energy. We need air and water to live and breathe, not oil and gas, although they are important for all of us to function. There needs to be a balance.

How should Texas finance public education in light of reduced revenues from property and business taxes?

No more budget cuts. Enough is enough. Texas public education has been gutted by the current legislation and needs to be restored. There is more than enough money to cover the costs associated with public education. The cuts were unnecessary.

What is the best way for Texas to meet its growing transportation needs?

Increase funding for public transportation, expanding light rail and freight rail lines.

What are the most important issues for the state's economy and jobs and how would you address them?

I think our economy and jobs situation is healthier than most other states, and there are more important issues this coming legislative session, including those mentioned above and more specifically education, which is my focal point if elected. This focus will mean that teachers will be able to keep and love their jobs.

• Name: Geanie Morrison

• Political Party: Republican

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