Candidate Profile
David Watts

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
David Watts
Party
Republican
Race
State Rep., Dist. 7
Incumbent
No
Links
   

Panel Rating

Very Conservative Information icon

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

93%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Endorsements

Conservatives

5
Cathie Adams, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Values Action, Young Conservatives of Texas

Reported by Candidate

5
Cathie Adams, President, Texas Eagle Forum, Concerned Women for America, Julie White McCarty, Pres., NE Tarrant Tea Party, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Mike Spencer, Upshur County Commissioner

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
6
Bryan Hughes, David Simpson, Jerry Patterson, Jonathan Stickland, Matt Schaefer, Romney Victory Inc.
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Watts helped write Longview Proclamation to celebrate traditional marriage. http://www.news-journal.com/news/2015/jun/17/longview-area-residents-draft-proclamation-in-cele/

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

Election of judges by the people for a definite term of office is the best way to select judges.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry into the country.

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

There should be a strict constitutional spending limit for state and local governments that would tie the rate of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

Free-market competition for education dollars, rather than a government monopoly, would create a better education for all students.

Strongly Agree

Where minor children are involved, divorce laws should be reformed to include mutual consent of both parents and an increased waiting period, unless there is fault or abuse.

Strongly Agree

The Ten Commandments should not be displayed in public school buildings.

Strongly Disagree

Business owners should be required by law to bake cakes, provide flower arrangements, etc., for same-sex weddings, even when these activities would infringe on their sincerely-held religious beliefs.

Strongly Disagree

Our state should participate in the nationwide Common Core standards for high-school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

Physician-assisted suicide should be legal.

Strongly Disagree

The more people live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Our founders knew that it is in man's nature to accumulate more and more power and control for himself. Thus, they built a system of checks and balances, and separations of powers, to block those tendencies that all men have.

Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Constitution, Voters, Congress and the Supreme Court together as co-equal branches of government.

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I know of no circumstances in which the murder of an innocent unborn child is lawful.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Christian who follows the strict New Testament pattern. I look to the Scripture as the infallible word of God and and the only source of authority my life. Government, per the Apostle Paul's writing in Romans 13, established government and it is by his authority that rulers and governments have authority. As a Christian, I assemble on the first day of each week with the Northeast Church of Christ in Longview, TX, partake of the Lord's Supper, and worship according to the New Testament Pattern.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

When the new Mayor of Longview signed (summer 2015) a proclamation declaring LGBT Pride Month, I drafted a proclamation in celebration of traditional marriage. The mayor also signed this proclamation and as a result of this effort, a large rally in defense of traditional marriage was held at the Gregg County Courthouse in August 2015. I was honored to have played a small part in being a champion for traditional marriage. I have repeatedly raise concerns about eminent domain abuse and the practice of civil asset forfeiture. Both during and after the race for Texas Land Commissioner, I have been a persistent voice against the UNESCO designation for the Alamo, as this will allow UN influence to creep into the operations of the Alamo. I have been a vocal advocate against the efforts to use eminent domain to seize Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula. I have been a vocal champion for coastal property rights.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you.

david@WattsforTexas.org

Additional comment from candidate:

Thank you for the opportunity.


Background

Education
  • University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, B.S. Political Science, 1993
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Church of Christ, Evangelist
  • United States Civil Air Patrol, Previous, Adult squadron member
  • Church of Christ, Extensive preaching trips to India
  • Home School Legal Defense Association, Parent member
  • Texas Home School Coalition, Parent member
Offices
  • Kentucky State Representative, Sought 1992
  • Texas Land Commissioner, Sought 2014
 

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