Editorial note: This is the twentieth 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.
Bonnie Parker, candidate in the Republican primary for the Texas House of Representatives District 134
Texpatriate: What is your name?
BP: Bonnie Parker
T: What office are you running for?
BP:State Rep, District 134
T: What is your profession/occupation?
BP: Former teacher, angel capitalist
T: In just a few words, what does the office you are running for do and what are its responsibilities?
BP: The house is responsible for generating the state spending and taxation and the passage of laws designed to provide for the safety and welfare of the citizens.
T: If you are running against an incumbent (primary or general), do you think the incumbent has failed? If so, why specifically?
BP: She has not been aggressively committed to reducing spending and regulation. Her record also shows a person comfortable with legislation that favors certain sectors of the state economy over others. She is far out of line of the majority of Texas voters on social issues, supporting abortion without limits and marriage equality for homosexuals.
T: What would be your three biggest priorities if elected?
BP: I am committed to reducing state spending by eliminating funding that favors only certain sectors of the economy. I hope to help reduce regulation of the state economy, save for aspects related to public safety. As a former teacher, I hope to ensure that the quality of education improves and ensure that we have a adequately equipped population to meet our economic needs.
T: What distinguishes you from your opponent(s)? Why should people specifically vote for you?
BP: I have been involved in grassroot politics for thirty years and have clear consistent positions which respect the Constitution and values our market economy.
T: What is the most important thing you have learned thus far in the campaign?
BP: I have learned that voters in the district are concerned about state spending and regulation and are feeling somewhat powerless in controlling the government through their elected leaders. I have also discovered through blockwalking that traditional techniques of campaigning can effectively ignite interest and support.