Editorial note: This is the twenty-eighth 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.
John Whitmire, State Senator District 15
Texpatriate: What is your name?
JW: John Whitmire
T: What office are you running for?
JW: State Senator, District 15
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?
JW: State Senator for Senate District 15 represents the residents of Senate District 15 in the Texas Senate. Senators draft and pass legislation, serve on Senate Committees and confirm gubernatorial appointments.
T: If you are running against an incumbent (primary or general), do you think the incumbent has failed? If so, why specifically
T: What would be your three biggest priorities if elected?
JW: Funding for public education
Access to health care
Greater economic opportunity
T: What distinguishes you from your opponent(s)? Why should people specifically vote for you?
JW: I am a long-time resident of the Senate District. I live here, I raised my family here. As the Dean of the Texas Senate, I use my experience and leadership to get things done and to take a stand for the people I represent. Public service is my passion. I wake up every day looking forward to helping the citizens of Senate District 15 and the people across this state who need a voice in Austin.
I have been endorsed by every major Democratic group in Harris County and have the support of our Democratic Congressman, State Senators and State Representatives. I also have the support of teachers, labor, Planned Parenthood, and other groups who share our common values.
T: What is the most important thing you have learned thus far in the campaign?
JW: I have learned that I am as passionate about serving the public and representing the diverse people of Senate District 15 as the first day I walked on the Senate floor. I have learned that as the make-up of Senate District 15 grows more diverse, the issues that matter in our every day lives are the same. We all strive for our kids to go to quality schools and universities. We all want the opportunity to succeed. We all want a fair criminal justice system and safe neighborhoods. And, I have learned that experience matters.