Election Q&A: US House District 2

Three candidates are running to be elected the representative for U.S. House District 2. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Three candidates are running to be elected the representative for U.S. House District 2. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Three candidates are running to be elected the representative for U.S. House District 2. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)



HOUSTON



U.S. House District 2





Responses have been edited for length and clarity.



*indicates incumbent








Dan Crenshaw*



R



Occupation: U.S. representative for District 2


Experience: retired lieutenant commander of the Navy SEALs






What is the top issue in District 2 you would address if elected?



DC: Health care. Texans are paying too much for their prescription drugs, which is why I have a bill to hold big [pharmaceutical] companies accountable. ... Texans want personalized health care, which is why I am introducing a plan that will put patients in control of their health care. ... Texans with preexisting conditions want to ensure that they aren’t denied coverage, which is why I support a plan that guarantees ... coverage to those with preexisting conditions.



Why are you the most qualified candidate for the position?



DC: [I] have made it a priority to work across the aisle to get things done for our district. That’s why I am in the top 10 of the most bipartisan members of Texas' [delegation]. ... I have worked across the aisle to secure flooding relief for our community after hurricanes [and] ... provide our community with an honest, straightforward voice in Congress. I fought overseas as a Navy SEAL because I believe in ... service above self.



How would you help the economy, businesses and residents recover from the coronavirus pandemic?



DC: The first thing we can do is re-pen our economy safely. That is why I have pushed back hard against calls for further lockdowns, ... advocated for further relief from Congress to help our small businesses ... [and] called out [U.S. House Majority Leader] Nancy Pelosi for holding this relief hostage multiple times. We can reopen our economy in a smart manner, and that is the best way to help our community get back on its feet.



Flooding is an ongoing issue in the Houston region. What steps should be taken to mitigate future flooding in your district?



DC: Improving flood mitigation and readiness has been a top priority for me, ... and it’s something that is critical for Houston. I secured the release of funding for [Hurricane] Harvey disaster mitigation, championed efforts to address the San Jacinto River mouth bar [and] led the Texas delegation effort to gain disaster declaration after [Tropical Storm] Imelda. [I] offered a bipartisan amendment passed by the House to provide $45 million Hurricane Harvey relief. [...]









Sima Ladjevardian



D



Occupation: lawyer


Experience: senior adviser for Beto O’Rourke’s U.S. Senate and presidential campaigns






What is the top issue in District 2 you would address if elected?



SL: No matter where you go in our district, the issue is health care. And as a breast cancer [survivor], this crisis hits close to home. We’re in the middle of a pandemic in the nation’s least insured state. We need high-quality, affordable and accessible health care now more than ever, but my opponent has twice voted in favor of a lawsuit to gut the Affordable Care Act. In Congress, I’ll protect and expand our health care.



Why are you the most qualified candidate for the position?



SL: As a cancer survivor, a lawyer, an immigrant and a mother of two who has lived in Houston for more than 30 years, I understand the issues at stake for our families in this election, and I’ll know how to address them once I get to Congress. I am alive today because of high-quality, affordable health care, and I won’t stop fighting until every family in TX-02 has access to the care they deserve.



How would you help the economy, businesses and residents recover from the coronavirus pandemic?



SL: You can’t have a healthy economy without healthy people, and we need politicians who take this crisis seriously enough to help our families recover. Small businesses and middle-class families are struggling to stay afloat right now. We need to ensure they get the interest-free loans and [Paycheck Protection Program] support they deserve. Unfortunately, big corporate entities took advantage of the program’s benefits, and we have to make sure that money gets where it’s needed most.



Flooding is an ongoing issue in the Houston region. What steps should be taken to mitigate future flooding in your district?



SL: We need to have a serious conversation about improving our existing reservoir system, investing in innovative flood prevention infrastructure and working with both public and private companies to reduce pollution and find solutions for climate change. We’ve had three 500-year floods in three years, and we can’t pretend this isn’t happening. We need real solutions, and we need leaders who take climate change seriously so we can safeguard our district, our state and our nation.









Elliott Robert Scheirman



L



Occupation: supply chain project manager


Experience: 13 years leading major infrastructure project execution, large organizational process improvements, cost reductions and streamlined efficiency






What is the top issue in District 2 you would address if elected?



ES: Jobs! We need to get Americans back to work and do so responsibly. My solutions are to eliminate all taxes on overtime work—rewarding hard work, legalizing marijuana—bringing over 60,000 new sustainable jobs to Texas, and eliminating bureaucratic red tape barriers to entry for creative and innovative Americans to start their own small businesses. We need to make this economy work for everyone.



Why are you the most qualified candidate for the position?



ES: Americans are sick and tired of partisan bickering in [Washington,] D.C. I have the benefit of being above it all by offering liberty-oriented, common-sense solutions to the challenges we face. I have no interest in kicking problems down the road to use them for political gain later on. I just want to right wrongs and protect people’s rights to live and let live. I support peace, equality and prosperity.



How would you help the economy, businesses and residents recover from the coronavirus pandemic?



ES: Government shutdowns are killing people’s businesses, life savings and prospects for the future. We need to reopen and allow businesses to set their own responsibility standards. Those who act recklessly should be held monetarily liable if they are found to be a hot spot of viral transmission. Americans can adapt with masks and distancing while still going about their lives. Let us be responsible adults.



Flooding is an ongoing issue in the Houston region. What steps should be taken to mitigate future flooding in your district?



ES: As the only native Houstonian in the race, this issue hits home. Deeper bayou excavation and retention areas is the best solution for Houston’s ever-expanding population growth. New building and neighborhood development should offset construction with either self-provided mitigation strategies or financial contribution to city infrastructure efforts. Houston will no longer tolerate unaccountable developers creating new flood patterns.


By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.



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