As time gets closer to the November election, it is important that voters have a variety of resources with which to research candidates and make an informed decision when they go to the polls. One of the best ways to obtain that information is to ask the candidates directly. Not only do these questions help voters in their decision-making, but they also help inform politicians of what their legislative priorities should be. Sometimes they even influence policy directly.
For all of these reasons, I am happy to announce the 2014 Texas Leftist Candidate Questionnaire. Questions have already been sent out to several candidates, with a goal of covering even more in the next few days. As responses are received, they will be published on Texas Leftist.
Here is an example of the TLCQ 2014…
1. What is your name, as it will appear on the ballot?
2. Are you a current or former elected official? If so what office(s)?
3. As a political candidate, you clearly care about what happens in certain levels of government. In your own words, why is government important?
4. If elected, name your top 3 priorities you hope to accomplish for 2015 legislative session. Describe how you plan to accomplish them.
5. A 2013 survey found that 54 percent of Texas voters support Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Expansion is also supported by the Texas Hospital Association. Without Medicaid Expansion or an alternate solution, Texas Hospitals are having to provide over $5 billion dollars annually in uncompensated care to patients who lack insurance. This leaves Texas taxpayers paying not only for the uncompensated care of our residents, but also paying for expanded healthcare benefits in other states. If elected, would you support Medicaid Expansion or an alternate solution for the state of Texas, so we can bring our tax dollars back where they belong? If not, please explain why. If so, please explain how you would work to pass such a measure.
6. In the coming years, the state of Texas is projected to have a population boom of historic proportions. But with more people and more opportunities comes an ever-increasing strain on Texas roads and infrastructure. Describe your thoughts on what needs to be done to improve Texas infrastructure now so we can plan for a bright future for the state.
7. What makes you the best candidate for this office?
8. When not on the campaign trail, how do you like to spend your free time?
The above format is going to be used for legislative races, but formats will vary for the other statewide offices. There are a lot more races to cover than in last year’s municipal elections, but I’ve decided to give it a try.