Editorial note: This is the sixteenth in our series of electronic interviews with candidates in contested primaries at both the Statewide level and throughout Harris County. We have sent eight open-ended questions to each of the candidates. The following are verbatim copies of the questions sent out and the answers received.
Azuwuike Okorafor, candidate in the Democratic primary for State Representative District 131
Texpatriate: What is your name?
AO: Azuwuike “Ike” Okorafor
T: What office are you running for?
AO: State Representative District 131
T: What is your profession/occupation?
T: In just a few words, what does the office you are running for do and what are its responsibilities?
AO: A state representative considers proposed laws and resolutions and appropriates all funds for the operation of state government.
T: If you are running against an incumbent (primary or general), do you think the incumbent has failed? If so, why specifically?
AO: I think the current incumbent has failed to adequately address the issues of the District. First, the District suffers from a lack of economic redevelopment. Also the incumbent a supposed expert in education has failed to introduce any meaningful legislation which aids the District’s failing schools. It is time the District is served by someone who has experience in the sector and is more in tune with the experiences and difficulties of the average family within the District.
T: What would be your three biggest priorities if elected?
AO: My three biggest priorities are education, economy and environment. I will do something about the failing schools, bring in businesses/opportunities to the district and create avenues for the families within the District to enjoy their environment through additional parks and recreational spaces.
T: What distinguishes you from your opponent(s)? Why should people specifically vote for you?
AO: I am a civil rights attorney. It is my job to advocate for those who have no voice. I will use the skills I honed within the courtroom and take them to Austin. I will advocate for my constituents to ensure that District 131 receives a fair share of any appropriations and the District is no longer ignored.
T: What is the most important thing you have learned thus far in the campaign?
AO: That Texas doesn’t need any more politicians but more public servants. The people know what they need and want, as a representative my job would be to listen to the voice of the constituents.