U.S. House of Representatives: Meet the candidates

Gun Rights

U.S. House of Representatives

District 5

Lance Gooden (R)

Age: 37

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Occupation: Worked in the insurance industry before being elected

Lives in: Terrell

Education: Bachelor’s degree in finance, University of Texas

Experience: Has served three terms in the Texas House of
Representatives. Vice ranking member of the House Committee on Financial
Services. Has served on the Appropriations, County Affairs and House
Administration Texas committees, 2013-2014; Served on the Administrations,
Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and Licensing and Administrative procedure
committees, 2017.

Did you know: Is a board member at the Terrell Share
Center.

Website: lancegooden.com 

Issues

COVID-19: Gooden’s website has a
COVID-19 updates tab with information on how COVID spreads and ways to prevent
it. He encourages wearing masks and social distancing. His website also
includes resources for businesses that are struggling due to the COVID-19
pandemic.

Criminal and social justice:
Encourages enforcing better security along the border. His plan includes $800
million to expand operations along the Texas-Mexico border, more troops and stricter
enforcement of immigration law.

Education: Wants to make public education
a priority by getting rid of the “one-size fits all” method that government uses.
Has worked to increase funding for public and higher education and to eliminate
many of standardized tests. Believes in giving teachers and parents control of
their schools.

Gun control: Believes
in the right to keep and bear arms. Has been recognized by the National Rifle
Association and the Texas State Riffle Association for his work in strengthening
the gun rights of Texans.

— Compiled by Kayla Pineda

Kevin Hale (L)
Age:
50
Occupation:
Salesman

Lives in: Dallas

Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of North Texas

Experience: Has worked in sales.

Did you know: Won his first sales contest at the age of 7.

Website: givecongresshale.nationbuilder.com

Issues

COVID-19: Does not believe the
state government should order schools to provide online-only classes during the
pandemic.

Criminal and social justice: Wants
to end the war on drugs and completely decriminalize marijuana. Believes this
will allow police to focus on actual crimes with actual victims. To ease the
tension between civilians and police, he would pardon and release all non-violent
offenders of victimless crimes such as drug use and sex work, repeal laws for
victimless crimes, and end qualified immunity for law enforcement, militarization
of police, civil asset forfeiture, mandatory minimum sentencing, the ATF and the
DEA. He would also make police carry liability insurance.”
Education: Wants to end standardized testing, saying they “have
zero indication of a student’s future success or failure.” Wants to empower
parents and teachers to set curriculums for the individual student, end primary
education at the 10th grade and replace the last two years with
pre-paid college, trade school or job training. Believes remote learning would
benefit rural communities, allow flexibility for both students and teachers and
decrease overcrowded classrooms. Would reduce administrative staff by requiring
a staff-to-student ratio as a condition of federal funds and would reinvest
portions of saved costs back into teacher salaries and classroom supplies.
Wants to end predatory student loan lending.
Gun control: Does not favor additional restrictions on gun purchases.
Believes teachers should be allowed to carry guns at school.
— Compiled by Kayla Pineda

Carolyn Salter (D)

Age: 64

Occupation: Physician

Lives in: Palestine, Tx

Education: Attend Stephen F. Austin
State University in Nacogdoches; earned her M.D. from UT Southwestern in
Dallas 

Experience: Served two terms as the
first female mayor of Palestine, Texas starting in 2005. Served on
not-for-profit boards following her tenure.

Did you know: Salter
was a faculty member in anesthesiology for three years at the VA hospital in
Albuquerque.

Website: salterforcongress.com

Issues

COVID-19: Promotes precautions such
as “mask hacks” in order to help make masks more comfortable or a better fit.
Believes in the importance of educating people about reducing the spread of
COVID-19. Encourages everyone to do their part and continue to social distance,
wear masks and sanitize.

Criminal and social justice: Believes
police officers should be better monitored. Doesn’t believe in the death
penalty and thinks those convicted of drug possession should not be given a
mandatory minimum prison sentence.

Education: Believes the federal
government should help pay student tuition.

Gun control: Believes
the government should institute a mandatory buyback of assault weapons. Would
provide more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun.

— Compiled by Kayla Pineda

District 30

Tre Pennie (R)
Age:
42

Lives in: Dallas
Occupation: Has worked as a police sergeant and college educator

Education: Associate degree in administration of justice,
Honolulu Community College; bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, Midwestern
State University; masters degree in counseling, Prairie View A&M; doctorate
in higher education, Texas Tech University.
Experience: Served in the U.S. Army for four years and spent 20 years as
a Dallas police sergeant.
Did you know: Is the executive director of three nonprofit organizations
that help families of police officers injured or killed in the line of duty.

Platform: Developed an economic recovery plan called
“EARN IT” (Education Academic Reward Network in Training in response to the
COVID-19 pandemic and social injustice. The plan would allow corporations and
individuals to “earn economic and social rewards based on their contributions
to the recovery process.” The plan also includes decriminalizing and legalizing
marijuana. Wants to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community.
Wants to invest in the infrastructure of public schools. He believes the pre
check systems for immigration helps the process more efficient. Wants to “ensure greater accountability in reducing
crime, enhancing education, growing the economy, and improving the lives of all
constituents.”
Website: pennieforcongress.com

Eddie Bernice Johnson (D)

Age: 84

Lives in: Dallas
Occupation: U.S. Representative, District 30

Education: Nursing degree, Saint Mary’s College;
bachelor’s degree in nursing, Texas Christian University; masters of public
administration, Southern Methodist University.

Experience: Has been a state representative for the 30th
district since 1993; representative for the the 33rd district,
1973-1977; member of the Texas Senate from the 23rd district,
1987-1993. Serves on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
and subcommittees for Highways and Transit and Water Resources and Environment.
Is vice chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus.

Did you know: Was the first black woman from Dallas
elected to a public office and the first nurse elected to Congress.
Platform: With her nursing background, she believes quality healthcare
for the American people should be a priority. 
Introduced the COVID-19 Shelter Act to address the disproportionate
impact of COVID-19 on minority communities. Says it is “plainly evident that
America’s immigration system is broken” and wants to reform the system and keep
families together. Wants to legislate against voter suppression and
“discriminatory tactics that would deny American citizens their sacred right to
vote.”

Website: ebjcampaign.com

— Compiled by Al’darius Thompson

Eric Williams (I)

Age: 53

Lives in: Dallas

Occupation: Documentary filmmaker who spent 30 years
working in journalism

Education: Bachelor’s
degree in communications and journalism, University of Detroit; masters from University
of Hartford
Experience: Staff photographer at National Geographic and a number of
newspapers including the Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the
Hartford Courant. Integrated the photo departments at many of the publication
he worked for during his career. Personal filmmaker for the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Is CEO of Out The Box Productions, and his independent documentaries have
appeared on CNN, ABC, FOX, BET, CBS, NBC and PAX TV. His photographic
documentary “Haiti Cries Out” was presented at the Jimmy Carter Presidential
Library in Atlanta.

Did you
know:
Was the first
African American to win the National College Photographer of the Year award in
1987.

Platform: Supports strengthening public schools,
Medicare for all and comprehensive immigration reform. His priorities are the 3
E’s: education, economic development and the environment.

Website: ericwilliams2020.com

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