2020 Primary Election Guide Q&A: Get to know the Democratic candidates for Congressional District 14

Mikal Williams (left) and Adrienne Bell are two of the seven Democratic candidates vying for the 14th Congressional District seat in 2020.
Mikal Williams (left) and Adrienne Bell are two of the seven Democratic candidates vying for the 14th Congressional District seat in 2020.

Mikal Williams (left) and Adrienne Bell are two of the seven Democratic candidates vying for the 14th Congressional District seat in 2020.

This year’s Democratic primaries include seven candidates for the 14th Congressional District, which includes the League City area.

Community Impact Newspaper asked the candidates for their thoughts about district flooding and traffic. Early voting runs Feb. 18-28, and election day is March 3.

Incumbent Randy Weber, who has served since 2013, is being challenged by Joshua Foxworth in the Republican primaries. The winners of each race will proceed to the November general election. Community Impact Newspaper only publishes candidate Q&A's for contested races.

In this Q&A, candidates are listed in alphabetical order by last name. Their responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Sanjanetta Barnes

Occupation: This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


Email: This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Website: http://sanjanettabarnes.com

Years in District 14: 16

If elected, I would change: This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

What work can be done to mitigate flooding in the League City area? This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

How can transportation be improved in the League City area? This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

What do you bring to the table that your opponents do not? This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


Adrienne Bell

Occupation: Fourth-grade teacher

Email: adriennebell@voteforbell.com

Website: http://voteforbell.com

Years in District 14: Nearly two decades

If elected, I would change: I will work to enact laws that bring economic stability to our communities, clean air and energy, healthcare for everyone and criminal justice reform.

What work can be done to mitigate flooding in the League City area? One of the major ways we can mitigate flooding in this area is to tackle climate change. We are seeing the results of climate change, which has resulted in stronger storms. Our infrastructure designs must be strengthened so as to be resilient to increasing climate change.

How can transportation be improved in the League City area? At the federal level, we can increase infrastructure spending that creates jobs and boosts the economy. Investing in infrastructure is investing in people and is our first line of defense against flooding, hurricanes, and other disasters.

What do you bring to the table that your opponents do not? The people deserve representation in Congress by someone who is not bought by big money nor special interests. I will be a representative for all of the people and will speak out against social, economic, racial, and environmental injustices.


Eddie Fisher

Occupation:
Vice president, Gulf Hydrographic & Coastal Consulting

Email: This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Website: http://fisherforcongress.org

Years in District 14: This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

If elected, I would change: This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

What work can be done to mitigate flooding in the League City area? This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

How can transportation be improved in the League City area? This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

What do you bring to the table that your opponents do not? This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


Robert "Puga" Thomas

Occupation:
Probation officer, Brazoria County Community Supervision and Corrections Department

Email: This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Website: newamericanpatriotism-politics.yourvisionwebs.com/page/page/8522955.htm

Years in District 14: This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

If elected, I would change: This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

What work can be done to mitigate flooding in the League City area? This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

How can transportation be improved in the League City area? This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

What do you bring to the table that your opponents do not? This candidate did not respond to multiple requests for comment.


Mikal Williams

Occupation:
Attorney

Email: hello@electmikalwilliams.com

Website: electmikalwilliams.com

Years in District 14: I have spent my entire 44 years in the Galveston Bay area.

If elected, I would change: constituents' access to their representative. I will have an office in each county of my district and vow to spend as much time as possible in my district offices for citizens to personally share their concerns and questions to their representative. I will work to represent the citizens in a manner that is above reproach and that serves the best interest of Congressional District 14.

What work can be done to mitigate flooding in the League City area? As your representative in Congress, I will work closely with local and state representatives to ensure they have the federal funds and support they need to implement plans, such as coastal wetland and marsh reclamation, drainage infrastructure development, dike and levy management, and tidal gates that can mitigate flooding in League City and other areas of the district. All proposed plans should be presented to the citizens for voter approval.

How can transportation be improved in the League City area? As your representative in Congress, I will work closely with local and state representatives to ensure they have the federal funds and support they need to implement plans, such as public transportation projects to include high-speed rail and other viable transportation alternatives that would benefit our entire coastal district. All proposed plans should be presented to the citizens for voter approval.

What do you bring to the table that your opponent does not? Through my education and work as an attorney, I have worked throughout several fields ,including small business development, work force education and child and family advocacy. My legal training gives me the unique experience over my opponents of having been trained specifically to interpret and draft legislation to be proposed for congressional approval. This experience will help ensure that the citizens of Galveston, Southern Brazoria, and Jefferson Counties have a representative that will create and advocate for legislation that is in the best interest of District 14.
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

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