Voter Guide 2018: Incumbent Greg Bonnen faces two challengers for Texas House District 24

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Learn about and compare the candidates for Texas House District 24 here.

Greg Bonnen

Greg Bonnen (R)

Experience: three-term state representative
618-421-4535
www.drgregbonnen.com

What do you hope to accomplish in your term?
In my next term as State Representative, we will lower property taxes, maintain border security, fund public education, implement health care consumer protections, continue Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and future storm mitigation plans, address school safety, protect the Teacher Retirement System, and defend the sanctity of human life.

What makes you qualified to hold this office?
During my tenure, I have served on the Insurance, Energy Resources, and Select Mental Health Committees along with the Appropriations Committee and its subcommittees on education, health & human services, and public safety & the judiciary. A practicing neurosurgeon, I founded and continue managing my own neurosurgical practice and serve on the board of a hospital and a bank I helped to develop. In each of these endeavors, accountability, responsiveness, financial prudence, and reliability determine success. Those principles help me work with residents of this district, local leaders, and colleagues to author and pass legislation benefiting our community and state.

What is your approach to representing your district in Austin?
I listen to the concerns, frustrations, aspirations, and hopes of my constituents and work relentlessly on their behalf.

John Phelps

John Phelps (D)

Experience: U.S. Navy Reserves captain, gynecologist, attorney
713-371-6353
www.johnphelps.info

What do you hope to accomplish in your term?
Improve funding of our schools, healthcare cost transparency and campaign reform.

What makes you qualified to hold this office?
I will not be influenced by campaign contributions, I do not have any prior political experience and I will do my best to always place the interests of the citizens in my district first. I am a physician, teacher, attorney and military service member.

What is your approach to representing your district in Austin?
My campaign promise is to represent the citizens of my district over that of large corporations and insurance companies.

Dick Illyes

Dick Illyes

Dick Illyes (L)

Experience: retired electronic designer
618-421-4535
www.dickillyes.com

What do you hope to accomplish in your term?
Many in our society have accepted as true that government should continually grow, that it is progress if more and more things are brought under its beneficent control.

This is wrong. It must be deliberately denounced and opposed. Continual effort must be made to find ways to have the free market address public needs. My website has several specific proposals to do this.

What makes you qualified to hold this office?
At age 78, after successful life experience as a small business owner, father, grandfather, soldier, and political observer, I can see the big picture in full detail.

What is your approach to representing your district in Austin?
I will always be available. I will develop close working relationships with mayors and other local officials.

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Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.
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