Primary election Q&A: Four vie in Democratic race for state Rep. District 142

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Four candidates are vying for a place as the Democratic candidate for state Rep. District 142 in the March 3 primary election, including incumbent Harold V. Dutton Jr., Richard Bonton, Jerry Davis and Natasha Ruiz. District 142 includes portions of the Atascocita, Fall Creek and Summerwood areas. Dutton and Ruiz did not respond to the questionnaires by press time.

Jason Rowe is the sole Republican candidate in the running for District 142. Since Rowe is uncontested in the Republican primary, he was not asked to participate in this round of questionnaires. The winner of the Democratic primary will face Rowe in the November election.

Richard Bonton (D)

Years in district: 36

If elected, I would: change term limits. No person should serve more than 20 years.


What do you see as the most critical project or initiative in your district? As the district grows with new families and bustling industry, I want to make sure that residential areas are protected from exposure to environmental hazards created by industry. Our children deserve to breathe clean air and drink clean water.

What bills would you plan to file or sponsor in the next legislative session? I plan to sponsor legislation that provides relief for families still recovering from Hurricane Harvey and recent flooding events. I also want to focus on legislation that addresses rampant gentrification across the district in addition to protecting from property tax hikes. I look forward to fighting for every constituent in House District 142.

What is the most pressing issue facing the nation’s health care system, and how do you plan to address it? Texas has 5 million uninsured—this is a huge problem. I look forward to working with local and national leaders to ensure Texans have access to quality and affordable healthcare options.

Jerry Davis (D)

Years in district:

If elected, I would: change the presence of the State Representative in the community. More active and engaged during the 18 months away from Austin in the community. Use my connections and influence to provide more for my schools and various organizations with support.


What do you see as the most critical project or initiative in your district?

Positive Economics—we need to lift up working families and give all Texans a fair shot to get ahead. We need more jobs and better wages. It’s not just enough to write the bill and get it passed. You’ve got to see it into action.

What bills would you plan to file or sponsor in the next legislative session?

Work with the Teachers Union, an organization that has endorsed me, to come up with legislation that will address classroom sizes. A continuance of some of the work that occurred last session and that’s more raises for teachers and appropriation of more funds to our districts. A repeal or major amending of [House Bill] 1842 that affect our quality of life such as the distance of a concrete batch plant and its proximity to our neighborhoods, parks and schools. Universal background check that will keep dangerous guns out of the hands of people who are criminals, terrorists or violently mental ill.

What is the most pressing issue facing the nation’s health care system, and how do you plan to address it?

I think we work on the nations healthcare system by starting in Texas. We provide affordable access to healthcare for every Texan—including fighting for lower premiums, bringing down the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, ensuring access to mental healthcare and expanding Medicaid to give 1.5 million Texans access to the care they need.
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Kelly joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in June 2017 after majoring in print journalism and creative writing at the University of Houston. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor for the Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood edition and began covering the Spring and Klein area as well in August 2020. In June 2021, Kelly was promoted to South Houston managing editor.


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