With early voting beginning in the Republican primary election on Monday, February 14, Texas Scorecard asked candidates in the race for Texas House District 73 a series of questions to help voters make up their minds before heading to the polls.
Barron Casteel (No response received)
The following are the full, unedited responses we received.
Why are you running for office?
Isaac: I’m running for state representative to give our conservative values a powerful voice at the Texas Capitol. As a fourth-generation Texan, daughter of an Air Force veteran, wife, mother, and proud conservative, I will never back down from a fight. I am running to fight Biden’s socialist agenda, unconstitutional mandates and lockdowns, secure the border, cut our property taxes, defend the Second Amendment, ensure election integrity, stand up to Big Tech censorship, fight for religious freedom, protect unborn life, stop critical race theory, and protect the Hill Country.
Green: To be a voice for the people, Stop government overreach, Stand with the police
What are the three main issues facing the district you hope to represent? How will you address them?
Isaac: Property taxes, lax border security threatening our communities, and voter fraud.
I’ll work to expand the authority of peace officers to detain people crossing the border illegally; fund the wall with a fee on international wire transactions completed without a valid ID; and revoke the nonprofit status of organizations aiding and abetting the transport of illegal aliens.
I’ll also fight to clean our voter rolls, return to paper ballots, enact precinct voting, and make voter fraud a felony.
Green: Under-representation – I am currently the Governor’s Appointee. Lack of accountability – I have been elected 3X since 2013 and use my past accomplishments as an example. Lack of Integrity – I am a certified school teacher and US Army Airborne Infantryman served honorably.
Texans all across the state are reporting an ever-increasing property tax burden. Should the property tax system be fixed? If so, how?
Isaac: My plan will use excess revenue, currently $12B, to buy down M&O taxes. Economists believe we can eliminate M&O entirely in 12 years, along with the recapture law that steals funding from every school district in HD 73. My opponent, who has a history of raising taxes, is offering gimmicks that shift the burden to businesses, renters, and landowners, and won’t reduce local governments’ dependency on property taxes. With my plan, we will cut property taxes in half without sacrificing school funding or raising other taxes to compensate; we will see lower taxes year over year.
Green: Yes. Reduce the amount of graft in the system.
Should Democrats serve as committee chairs in the Texas Legislature?
How would you characterize the state’s response to the coronavirus? What would you have done differently?
Isaac: I would certainly have approached the situation differently than my opponent, who as mayor of New Braunfels boasted about having some of the strictest, if not the strictest, lockdowns in the state, issued stay at home orders, and even closed outdoor parks over Easter weekend. I believe in limited government, personal responsibility, and individual liberty, and I believe Texans are best equipped to make informed decisions for their health and their family’s health — not the government.
Green: Erratic. Remove government control.