With early voting beginning in the Republican primary election on Monday, February 14, Texas Scorecard asked candidates in the race for Texas House District 91 a series of questions to help voters make up their minds before heading to the polls.
Stephanie Klick (No response received)
Anthony Reed (No response received)
Benjamin Damico (No response received)
David Lowe (No response received)
The following are the full, unedited responses we received.
Why are you running for office?
Silvey: I am running for office because I believe that our government needs more common Americans. I am not a politician in any sense of the word – and I like it that way. Too often our leaders are absorbed with their own self-interests, and not actively working in the interest of the people. I am running to change that. As a lifelong Texan, I have a sincere love for my state and my community. As I look around at our current leadership class, I realize that I have a duty to step up and defend Texas from our political enemies.
What are the three main issues facing the district you hope to represent? How will you address them?
Silvey: Ban Child Gender Modification – I will aggressively fight back against youth hormone blockers, castration, and other such procedures. I will also push to legally punish parents who subject their children to these inhumane, vile, and dangerous procedures.
Ban Vaccine Mandates – Across our country, we have seen tyrannical and authoritarian vaccine mandates forced by both the federal government and large private sector employers. Nobody should be forced to make a decision between their bodily autonomy and their job. I will always defend individual liberty, especially when it comes to this issue.
Education and Parental Rights – I will always fight to preserve the innocence of Texas children. I will hold the public school system accountable for the content that they produce, and I will ensure that every parent has the right to know what their child is being taught.
Texans all across the state are reporting an ever-increasing property tax burden. Should the property tax system be fixed? If so, how?
Silvey: Property tax reform is another key issue that needs to be addressed in a meaningful way during the next legislative session. I have created several proposals that would eliminate the need for property taxes as they are integrated into our state. Our strongest and quickest path to eliminating property taxes is to legalize sports betting in Texas. The additional tax revenue earned by the state through legal sports wagering would eliminate the need for a property tax if executed properly. You can read more about my proposal on my campaign website.
Should Democrats serve as committee chairs in the Texas Legislature?
Silvey: Absolutely not. This should not even be a point of consideration within the Republican party. Any candidate or officeholder who is unwilling to deny Democrats access to leadership positions in the legislature should not be on the Republican ballot. It is unacceptable to allow this to happen in our state.
How would you characterize the state’s response to the coronavirus? What would you have done differently?
Silvey: Overall, our governor and some members of the legislature have allowed the pandemic to cloud their judgement when it comes to the liberty of Texas citizens. In principle, I am greatly opposed to the idea that the governor can unilaterally institute a mandate that shuts down Texas businesses. I am also extremely outspoken about my opposition to vaccine and mask mandates, and I seem to hold an opinion that is not universally accepted within the Texas GOP. To be clear – I will always stand for the freedom of Texas citizens, even during a pandemic.