In keeping with our effort to provide Texans with the information they need to be informed voters, Texas Scorecard made a questionnaire available to those running the State Republican Executive Committee. While we won’t be issuing an endorsement in any of these races, we hope that the responses to these questions will help you decide which man and which woman will best represent your interest on the SREC.
Here are the answers from the Senate District 25 candidates who responded:
What are the qualities of a Texas Republican? Why are you one?
Kris Coons: A Texas Republican should be a strong advocate of free enterprise and be concerned with the size and role of government. He or she, like anyone in a leadership or advocacy position, should exhibit honesty, integrity, compassion, and a strong work ethic and character counts. I am a Texas Republican because our Party gives all citizens a chance to improve our communities, our State, and our country with its policies of making America work for all.
Texas has a lot of elected Republican officials. Who do you believe does the best job standing up for the priorities of the Texas GOP? Why?
Kris Coons: Texas has many good elected officials, but when asked to pick the most outstanding, you automatically think of Governor Greg Abbott. The Governor has the responsibility to lead the State so that it works for all Texans. One must admire the Governor for the example that he has set for people with disabilities and for those without disabilities- perseverance and hard work will produce results. I respect people with strong moral fiber, they usually make good decisions.
Some individuals say the current party platform is too long and should be shortened. Do you agree? If so, what portions of the platform would you advocate eliminating?
Kris Coons: I agree with the platform; however, I do think it should be reader friendly and should be more concise. Basic ideas and concepts over verbiage.
What must be done to ensure the Texas GOP’s legislative priorities are implemented by legislators?
Kris Coons: The Party must lead so that citizens are informed. First, the legislative priorities must be elucidated – major issues should be made obvious: (for example)
- Taxpayer protection, new taxes in Texas can be enacted by a simple majority, this should be raised.
- All General Elections should be given on a uniform date. This consistency will encourage voters to participate.
- Closed Primary should be considered; let the “parties” govern themselves.
Why have you decided to run for the SREC?
Kris Coons: I am running for SREC SD25 Committeewoman and I will bring enthusiasm, energy and experience to the position. I have been engaged in grassroots politics for a number of years and am a lifelong Republican. Keeping citizens in my District informed will be my primary goal. Electing Republicans is extremely healthy for my country, and lastly, I am watching out for my child’s future and the future of other children who are being raised in these chaotic times.