Primary Election Q&A: Republican Candidates for Texas Senate District 13

William Booher and Milinda Morris face off in the Republican primary race for Texas Senate District 13.
William Booher and Milinda Morris face off in the Republican primary race for Texas Senate District 13.

William Booher and Milinda Morris face off in the Republican primary race for Texas Senate District 13.

Two Republican candidates for Texas Senate District 13 are vying for a spot on the November 2020 ballot.

Community Impact Newspaper contacted each candidate with questions about their campaign priorities for the district, which covers parts of Southwest Houston. Answers may have been edited for length.

Early voting begins Feb. 18 and ends February 28 and Election Day is March 3. Find a polling location here.

William J. Booher

Occupation/Experience: Global Strategist


How will your professional or personal experience prepare you for this position?

My career in global business has offered me a different perspective on getting the people’s work done that I hope to bring to the Texas Legislature. We don’t personally have to be friends, we don’t have to build unholy alliances, but we can work together on achieving common goals.My career is a story of people who dislike each other in the market place coming together to build strong, beneficial new companies; aligned around a success agenda rooted in those we serve. I have learned to stay focused on outcomes.

What will be your top priority if elected?

As a Senator Sustainable Economic Development for the district built on Educational Options, Better Infrastructure and the elimination of unnecessary business chocking regulation. The advancement of policies that allows everyone to participate without favor. A focus on developing 1) robust Infrastructure allowing efficient commerce, information exchange, 2) flexible options based education systems that focus on skills, opportunities and the individual student/community, and 3) reducing the complex senseless regulation that stifles innovation, business, true transformation, and access to capital in a growing ecosystem.

How can you represent the diverse needs of this district?

Senate District 13 is one of the most diverse districts in the country. We have countless areas we would disagree on, but we do have basic areas that we can all support. Those areas are the areas I am focused on. Working across the district everyday I will develop a list of priorities that are best for our district. My time has taught me that building a program of sustainable economic development that the people of the district can participate and self-advocate would be the best use of the Senator's office.

Milinda Morris

Occupation/Experience: Physician


How will your professional or personal experience prepare you for this position?

I have 35 years of medical experience and I am a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist. I am a former Major in The United States Air Force. I will bring experience , knowledge, and leadership to this position.

What will be your top priority if elected?

I will promote lowering property taxes, supporting the 2nd Amendment, border security, safe neighborhoods, flood mitigation, flood prevention, veteran affairs, the right to life, and the sanctity of life.

How can you represent the diverse needs of this district?

During my 35 years of practicing medicine, I have provided care to all patients irrespective of culture, background, or income. I will apply these same principles to care for and listen to the needs of all constituents of Senate District 13.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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