Election Q&A: Texas House of Representatives District 127

Republican incumbent Dan Huberty is running against libertarian candidate Neko Antoniou for the House District 127 seat. (Designed by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Republican incumbent Dan Huberty is running against libertarian candidate Neko Antoniou for the House District 127 seat. (Designed by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)

Republican incumbent Dan Huberty is running against libertarian candidate Neko Antoniou for the House District 127 seat. (Designed by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)



HOUSTON



Texas representative, District 127





Responses have been edited for length and clarity.



*indicates incumbent








Dan Huberty*



R




Occupation: chief operating offer and president of The Parking REIT


Experience: state representative for House District 127 from 2011-present; Humble ISD trustee from 2006-10






What is the top issue in District 127 you would address if elected?



DH: As the author of House Bill 3, ... some of the items included in the legislation are not working the way it was intended in the bill language. School districts in [House District] 127 have been extremely helpful in this process and have provided useful comments on how HB 3 has affected our local community. Next session, I plan to address these issues by passing a smaller bill to adjust the statute. [...]



Why are you the most qualified candidate for the position?



DH: [There] is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the upcoming session, but we do know that we will have to address a projected revenue shortfall when passing the state biennial budget, and we must pass updated maps for redistricting from the 2020 Census. Having served in this position since 2011, I worked to address the then $27 billion shortfall and pass new maps during redistricting. This experience will be crucial in ensuring our community is well-represented. [...]



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



DH: The best thing we can do for our economy at this time is to reopen Texas. The small businesses ... need to be open to employ residents and serve their customers. As the chairman of [the] House Public Education [Committee], I worked tirelessly alongside my senate counterpart, the speaker of the house, the lieutenant governor, the governor and the education commissioner to reopen Texas school districts. ... We must take a similar approach to reopening our economy. [...]



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



DH: In the last legislative session, I was able to secure a $30 million grant in the state budget to specifically address the dredging of the mouth bar in Lake Houston. ... Next session, I will secure further funding for this program and also pass legislation to allow for [Coastal Water Authority] to operate it. We have worked tirelessly to remove all the accumulated sand, silt and sedimentation that causes our tributaries to backup and flood our neighborhoods. [...]









Neko Antoniou



L




Occupation: Texas peace officer


Experience: 15 years in law enforcement






What is the top issue in District 127 you would address if elected?



NA: The top issue for the citizens of District 127 is spending. Far too much money earned by hardworking Texans is being spent on wasteful and frivolous programs that do not benefit the Texans that are forced to pay for them.



Why are you the most qualified candidate for the position?



NA: I have been a servant of this community for almost 20 years, serving alongside the bravest men and women our state has to offer, as a certified master peace officer. I love Texas and her people. It is time that Texans are represented by one of their own rather than career politicians that seek to exploit our wonderful state for their own personal gain.



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



NA: The government cannot spend its citizens’ money better than the citizens themselves. We are a hardworking people that do everything we can to support our families and our livelihoods. The best place to keep Texan money is in the hands of Texans. As for the pandemic, if business owners are willing to open their doors and people are willing to use their provided services, the state has no right to halt business between consenting adults.



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



NA: Flooding is a major problem that we must mitigate to protect the lives of our citizens and their property. We must provide more funding to the [Harris County] Flood Control District in order to dredge Lake Houston and the other smaller bayous around the district. It is also crucial to confer with the [San Jacinto] River Authority to release water from Lake Conroe and Lake Houston when we become aware of impending heavy rains, tropical storms, hurricanes, etc.


By Kelly Schafler

Managing editor, South Houston

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.