Joshua Darr

Q: What office are you thinking of running for?
A: U.S. Congress; TX 2nd Congressional District

 

Q: Of the Green Party's ten key values, please list the three you feel are the most important and what relevance they offer to Texas voters.
A: Feminist Values, Future Focus & Grassroots Democracy.  Feminist Values calls for cooperation and understanding rather domination, Future Focus urges to think what we need long term rather than just what is easy to get what we want today, and Grassroots Democracy calls for an inclusive system where all voices are respected.  These values, for all voters, are calling for a governing system based on mutual respect, thoughtful logic and reason, and the good of each individual as well as our shared society as a whole.

 

Q: Do you disagree with anything in the GPTX platform? If so, please explain why you disagree.
A: I don't care for voting systems that incorporate transferable voting. I feel for a public voting system it creates to much confusion and suspicion when some votes get shuffled around and others don't, some people get a first choice vote while others may get a first and second and even third choice vote. To complex for a public system.  I do support a one round "multi-vote" for single seats, where a voter ranks their choices 1-2-3, and each rank is given a point value, 1=3pts, 2=2pts, and 3=1pt; and the candidate with the most points wins.

 

Q: What is your experience with the consensus decision-making process?
A: Ideally I think it is a great idea, I just feel to often we move to a majority vote when we have run out of time and/or patience. Also I see often times the record fails to reflect what objections were, but rather just shows that objections existed, and the idea is that the objection is duly noted is part of the trade off for being willing to stand aside in the interest of consensus; so I feel the details of the objection should always be noted, not simply that an objection existed.

 

Q: Do you believe Greens have relevance in the USA? Please list why you believe/don't believe a third party possesses relevance in the US electoral system.
A: Greens and all 3rd parties do have relevance which is why the major party duopoly works so hard to keep us all locked out of the public election arenas.  Minor parties are important because they will develop and present the new and bold ideas that established parties cannot and will not consider.

 

Q: Please list mailing addresses, phone numbers and other relevant contact information for your candidacy.
A: right now it is simply my personal email address listed in the GPTX data bases. I plan to develop a website and email address specifically dedicated to my campaign; possibly a dedicated cell number and p.o. box as well.

 

Q: Are you active with your county Green Party? Please list why if you are not. If you are active, please list your primary activities with your county party.
A: Recently returned to active duty with the Harris County Green Party.  current project is committee coordinator for updating our bylaws

 

Q: In your race, please list the top five talking points that you would cover in a debate with your opponents. With each talking point, please show how the Green Party's ten key values or platform would provide a solution.
A: My number 1 issue is Electoral Reform, and there are several areas of the platform I would cite such as none of the above, gerrymandered districts, public financing and automatic voter registration. Criminal Justice, namely an end to private prisons and sentence reductions for petty offenses; while calling for harsher sentencing for pedophile and other sexual assaults, and white collar crimes. An end to the War on Drugs favoring treatment over incarceration, including an immediate release of all prisoners sentenced for petty drug related offenses such as possession and low level dealing and trafficking and having their records expunged of the offenses. Banks that are to big to fail are to big to exist. Reinstate the Glass-Stegall Act. Corporate reform such as NO recognition of person-hood for corporations, one shareholder one vote, a complete ban on corporate involvement in public elections, the support of worker-owned coops, worker and community representation on the boards of large corporations. I also like the idea of stock trading not being processed until the end of the days trade, and then al trades being based on the stock price at the close of that business day, perhaps with some limitations on the fluctuation of a stock price in a single day. Also business should not have to pay quarterly taxes and inventory they intend to sell. We should always support a women's right to choose, because first of all "choice" means the right to freely choose among the available options, without pressures form outside forces, whether they be political, social, economic or whatever. 2nd simply because any individual of legal age and of sound mind should have the right to determine what is best for them. The best way to ultimately deal wit terrorism in the middle east is to recognize our own role in stimulating it, recognizing our long history of foreign interventions and our foreign policy as a whole and finally an approach similar to dealing with gang rehabilitation would be far more effective that bullets and bombs. In the short term we should be questioning why we are putting troops on the ground in any capacity when countries like Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Dubai are not. We should also be paying much more attention to domestic terrorism such as those who threaten women's health care facilities, white supremacists and other hate groups.

 

Q: List your constituency's characteristics and three ways you will reach out to them.
A: My would be district is a mix of about 60-40 republicans to democrats and is widely varied in income ranges.  my plan is to be out on foot, create a website heavy with short videos, utilize social media and get out to as many speaking engagements as possible. I will do what I can to build a community based people powered campaign

 

Q: List your opponents, their strengths and weaknesses and what is needed to win against them.
A: My incumbent opponent is 5 term Judge Ted Poe. He is rather popular in this region of the country but my plan is to present my self as a choice to change the system. Ted Poe is a reliable republican vote, and some people may want that. A vote for either the republican or democrat is just a vote to change the players, a vote for me is a vote to change the game.

 

Q: List the name of your treasurer and any other campaign workers you plan to have working with you.
A: none at this time

 

Q: How do you plan to raise money for your campaign? How much money do you plan to fundraise? Please include a copy of your prospective budget(s).
A: for 2016 maybe none at all, minimal if any.

 

Q: Please provide a profile with background information that is not addressed by the above questions. Feel free to list alma mater, employment, family, hobbies, etc.
A: In my professional back ground I have worked as a Union Organizer and in Quality. I plan to utilize the skills learned in these professions for both campaign management and as an office holder.


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