Q&A: Meet the Democratic candidates for Texas House District 132

Democrats Chase West and Cameron “Cam” Campbell are running to represent Texas House District 132 in the upcoming primary election. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Democrats Chase West and Cameron “Cam” Campbell are running to represent Texas House District 132 in the upcoming primary election. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Democrats Chase West and Cameron “Cam” Campbell are running to represent Texas House District 132 in the upcoming primary election. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Democrats Chase West and Cameron “Cam” Campbell are running to represent Texas House District 132 in the upcoming primary election. The winner will be on the ballot in the November general election. Two Republicans have also filed for the seat. The primary election will be held March 1 with early voting taking place Feb. 14-25. Candidate responses may have been edited for length and clarity.

Chase West

Occupation: music producer

Experience: small-business owner, emergency medical services experience, CAPEX accounting management experience, bilingual


www.westfortx.com


Cameron "Cam" Campbell


Candidate did not submit responses by press time.

www.facebook.com/votecoachcam

​​Why are you running to represent House District 132?


CW: After the insurrection at the [U.S.] Capitol and the bills I saw being proposed and debated, I knew somebody had to stand up. The danger that many of these laws will cause to individual health care, people of color and hardworking families is already being seen. This is not the time to destroy the government. It is time to bring us back to what we once were.

What are the most important issues facing residents in your district, and how would you address them if elected?

CW: Most of my Republican constituents are worried about Democrats "taking their guns.” I am actually a pro [2nd Amendment] candidate who will fight for responsible gun ownership. Keyword, “responsible.” I believe that gun safing and trigger locking should be mandatory. Texas leads the nation in unreported lost and stolen guns as well as accidental shootings. Responsible gun owners should know where their guns are at all times & require them to report when a gun is lost or stolen.

What should the state government’s role be in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and helping communities recover?

CW: Common sense policies. I don't believe in a government [vaccine] mandate, but if an employer requires one, then I do believe that is their right. In terms of the governor, the governor should not have the power to tell businesses that they can't require their customers to wear a mask.

How might you prevent future flooding in the district?

CW: In Cypress, many of the new neighborhoods are being built around bodies of water with a higher than usual grade for the foundation. This is an innovative way to keep water out of homes, but what about the large swaths of commercial and lower income residential developments? A few measures that I propose are: the division of sewage water, installing water infiltration and attenuation systems, frequent maintenance of our sewage systems, and installation of permeable pavements and sidewalks.

What are your top priorities regarding voting rights and fair elections?

CW: As the state representative, I would fiercely push for a change in the Senate’s filibuster rules that have greatly weakened two important voters’ rights bills, the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in the Texas Legislature. As well as focus on building a strong coalition and community under the two bills to fight against it.

By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.