This year’s Republican primaries include four candidates for Texas' 9th Congressional District.

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

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, though only one candidate responded to the questionnaire. His response has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

*indicates incumbent candidate

Al Austin

Al Austin did not respond to the questionnaire.

Julian A. Martinez

Julian A. Martinez did not respond to the questionnaire.

Jon Menefee

Jon Menefee did not respond to the questionnaire.

Johnny Teague

Top priorities: term limits, debt reduction, flooding solutions, crime reduction and traditional values

Occupation: pastor, rancher, small business owner, inventor and author

Years in the district: 21+

Campaign contact information: 281-924-4460, [email protected],

Why are you running for this seat?

The basis for our nation’s freedom and success comes from adhering to our Constitution and the Bible. We have strayed from both of these and are just now trying to make our way back. I am running because I want to see integrity, sacrifice, and servanthood restored to our government. I long to see our government as it was intended–of the people, for the people, and by the people. We should each take time to serve in some capacity and then return to live under the government and the laws we enact with no exceptions.

What is the biggest issue facing the district?

The biggest issues we face in this district is crime and flooding, and an unresponsive government to each. If there are no term limits, then those who represent us grow a deaf ear to our real needs. We need more than facial expressions of support in Congress. We need leadership by those who truly care and put that care to action.

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish by the end of the term?

By the end of my first term, I hope to put forth a term-limit bill presented in the House. I want to see a balanced budget amendment presented and passed. I want to see the budget deficit cut by 10%. I want to continue to do all I can to strengthen our national defense, our borders, and our integrity in all phases of government.