Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.
Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
I support using a party caucus to nominate my party's candidate for Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, and I pledge to vote for my party's nominee.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
With the advances in medical science, there are very few instances of medically needed abortions. In those rare occurrences where it is one or the other or both die, I would support the mother's choice but it is important to have those conversations between the husband/partner/guardian and wife/mother-to-be and then also with the physician prior to admittance. Advanced directives should be in place.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The Founders were educated in the history of man and then also witnessed the corrupting nature of power. It was important to secure a checks and balances so as no one man could rule.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Christian and believe that God sent His Son to Earth to redeem us of our sins. We are sinful in nature and fallible thus requiring a constant relationship with God through the Church and Christian fellowship.
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
You can review my responses on key issues via my website at www.vote4clward.com or www.facebook.com/vote4clward. I do not have a public voting record since I have not held public office prior to this race. I understand that my voting record in my future role as State Rep will be held to scrutiny and welcome the spotlight.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
The best way is to get government out of the way of small business creation and operation and allow them chance to flourish. I applaud the recent attempts to lower the corporate tax rates and also increasing the incentives to allow companies to repatriate money. All aspects allow a business to re-invest into itself. This investment helps increase promotion or creation of a new product, increases labor to make that product, increases sales, and increases tax receipts at every level. Sales tax, income tax, and corporate tax volumes go up without a need for tax rates to go up.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I stand behind an open market, increasing competition among providers. Each citizen should have the right to choose a plan catered specifically to their needs and pay accordingly.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The government should get out of the way and allow the economy to flourish through limiting extraneous regulations and crippling taxation.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
My experience as a taxpayer and property owner qualifies me first and foremost. To bolster that, my education in critical incident management has helped solidify a method of decision making based on hard evidence and facts. My career started as a researcher and now in Quality Control has served me well. Some days you're the dog and some days you're the chew toy, but both scenarios have provided invaluable experience in problem solving and relationship development and retention.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I entered this race as an angry taxpayer. We sat on the sidelines watching as the myth that increased home value equals increased burden on infrastructure and services infiltrated local dogma. Taxes have continued to rise and many have reported property taxes doubling over the last 10 years. One of the primary culprits is school finance and it is why it should be the primary focus during the next session. The taxpayers deserve it, our children deserve it, and the peace that comes from having one less thing to fight over would be a start to closing the gaps that have divided the party over the past few years.