Q: What office are you thinking of running for?
A: U.S. congressional Texas' 3rd 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: ecological wisdom, social justice and nonviolence.
Q: Do you disagree with anything in the GPTX platform? If so, please explain why you disagree.
Q: What is your experience with the consensus decision-making process?
A: 36 years business experience. Collin County Chairman and participation in the 2014 elections and state convention.
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: Yes I believe that Greens have relevance in the USA. I spoke in public forums several times during the 2014 election season and during the afterward meet and greet, I was always thanked for offering a different viewpoint from the two main party's candidates. People are hungry for all of the ten values and the Green Party platform. What they lack is information, confidence that the government can change for the better, and the will to support those who agree with them and not just vote against the candidate that they cannot agree with at all, on anything.
Q: Please list mailing addresses, phone numbers and other relevant contact information for your candidacy.
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: There is effectively no Collin County Green Party activity that I am aware of. I was the county chair until earlier this year.
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: 1. Climate change 2. Withdrawal of US military from all other countries and end of using force as our main foreign policy 3. Move immediately to public funded elections with full disclosure of all donated moneys. 4. Social justice and diversity- 5. Decriminalization of all recreational drugs The talking points of the Ten Key Values cover each of these issues
Q: List your constituency's characteristics and three ways you will reach out to them.
A: Texas US 3rd District is basically all of Collin County. The county is politically dominated by the Republican Party from top to bottom. There are, according to reports last year, over 40,000 children who live in Collin County with daily hunger. Obviously, no one has reached the people in need in this county. Also, the county is very well educated, fairly wealthy and contains hundreds of corporations, retail stores and small businesses. I will address the college students at the three main campuses in the county. I will used the printed media and I will make personal appeals to such organizations which will allow me to speak.
Q: List your opponents, their strengths and weaknesses and what is needed to win against them.
A: The only opponent of whom I am aware, is the Republican incumbent Sam Johnson. Mr. Johnson is 85 years old. He was traumatized as a POW during the Vietnam conflict. He is a very conservative Republican who represents the businesses of Collin County and not its people. He never met a people that he didn't want to bomb. I am basically opposed to every political stance that he embraces.
Q: List the name of your treasurer and any other campaign workers you plan to have working with you.
A: none that I'm aware of
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: I spent less than $100.00 of my own money during the last election cycle. I raised zero dollars for my campaign. I received 18 percent of the vote in my district, making me one of the most successful Green Party candidates of 2014. Slightly less than 25,000 people voted for me because they could not support the Republican candidate. I expect about the same results in 2016.
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: Graduated from Texas A & M in 1979 with a B.S. degree in History. My wife and I own a bookkeeping business. I spent 35 years in corporate America and know most of the games. We have 2 grown sons, both residing out of state. I love to grow fruit and vegetables and I play decent guitar.