Q&A: SK Alexander is running for U.S. representative, District 35

SK Alexander

SK Alexander

SK Alexander has filed to run for U.S. representative, District 35. He is running against David Smalling, also a Republican, in the March 6 primary election. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett is unopposed in the Democratic primary election.

Community Impact Newspaper sent Alexander a list of questions about his candidacy. Below are his answers, edited for newspaper style.

Why are you running?

I’m running for Congress because I think our nation is at a critical juncture. For eight of the last nine years, we had an administration that increased taxes on businesses and individuals, burdened Americans with restrictions on what they could and couldn’t say, and perpetuated a culture of victimhood. As a fifth-generation Texan, I’m confident that we can do better.

What relevant experience do you have?

While I have a degree in accounting, I think my career as a cattle rancher best prepared me to run for office. It may sound silly, but the long hours and work ethic required to keep up a ranch is no small task. I know that if I can move a bunch of stubborn cattle in a certain direction then I ought to be able to convince some congressmen to do what’s best for America.

What are the top issues the district is facing?

District 35 is a very diverse district. Many parts of my district, especially the smaller towns and cities, are in economic recovery mode. After eight years of economic turmoil, people and businesses are just starting to regain their footing on the road to prosperity again. On top of that, we have a bloated health care insurance system that continues to make it hard for Texas families to make ends meet.

What are your thoughts on the growth and development within District 35?

I want to see policy in place that enables responsible growth and development in the district. If the growth and development can match the pace of economic growth, and we know that families will be able to provide for themselves with a great job and living situation, then I’m all for it.

Why should residents vote for you?

I hope that residents will vote for me because I care deeply about our district, our state and our country. I’m not running for office to install myself in D.C. for a couple decades; I genuinely want to listen to my constituents and serve them. Even if we disagree on some of the issues, my neighbors in District 35 will always have an open door to talk with me.

What are your thoughts on the gerrymandering case, which involves District 35, currently awaiting a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court?

We need to make sure every Texan has adequate representation in Washington, D.C.


MOST RECENT

The coffee chain offers hot and cold beverages, such as cold brew and frozen coffee as well as its own energy drink and muffins. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Dutch Bros Coffee opens in Round Rock

Dutch Bros Coffee held a grand opening for its 1700 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Ste. 850, Round Rock, location July …

The new 35-story building overlooks Lady Bird Lake and Shoal Creek. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Workers celebrate topping out of Austin 'sailboat building' concrete structure

Workers who contribute to the construction of the Block 185 building celebrated topping off the structure, a big milestone for the development project that began in 2019.

A system to identify at-risk Austin Police Department employees has not been effective. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Audit finds Austin police system to flag at-risk officers is failing

Austin's city auditor and police chief agree the police department's computer program to identify at-risk officers is not fulfilling its mission.

After a relatively calm June, COVID-19 cases are being reported in increasing numbers in Hays County with the arrival of the Delta strain. Several free vaccine clinics are available this month. (Community Impact staff)
Hays County's COVID-19 cases are on the rise again

After a relatively calm June, COVID-19 cases are being reported in increasing numbers in Hays County with the arrival of the Delta strain. Several free vaccine clinics are available this month.

Heidi's Bakery offers several baked goods such as bagels, Bundt and coffee cakes, scones and cookies. (Courtesy Heidi's Bakery)
Veteran-owned bakery offering bagels and Bundt cakes opens in Georgetown

Heidi's Bakery offers homemade baked goods, and orders may be made through social media.

The city’s first railroad quiet zone went into effect July 6, restricting train operators from blowing horns from CR 172 to Burnet Road, according to a press release from the city. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock implements first phase of railroad quiet zone

Phase 1 the city of Round Rock's railroad quiet zone went into effect July 6.

Bond updates and public comment guidelines were discussed at the latest Hutto City Council meeting. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
ICYMI: Here are three topics discussed at the latest Hutto City Council meeting

From a bond update to a Brushy Creek Amphitheater sound study report, here are some topics to expect at the next Hutto City Council meeting, Aug. 5.

Purple Sky Bookkeeping services Georgetown and the surrounding areas. (Courtesy Pixabay/Pexels)
Purple Sky Bookkeeping service now open in Georgetown

Purple Sky Bookkeeping offers various monthly bookkeeping services.

A rise in COVID-19 cases has Travis County back in stage 4. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Austin reverts to Stage 4 guidelines with rising delta variant cases

As delta variant COVID -19 cases are sending more young people to local ICUs, The Austin-Travis County Health Authority has moved the area back to guidelines that require masks indoors.

Dutch Bros Coffee's menu offers cold brews, Americanos, specialty espresso drinks, teas, smoothies and pastries, as well as its Blue Rebel Energy Drink. (Courtesy Dutch Bros Coffee)
Four businesses coming to Hutto in fall 2021

Need a coffee break? Dutch Bros Coffee and three other businesses are expected to have construction complete this fall.

Spicy Boys at Fairweather Cider Co.
Fried chicken food truck Spicy Boys opens new North Austin location

Spicy Boys offers customers a variety of fried chicken options, including sandwiches, chicken wings and boneless bites.