Republican candidates for U.S. District 8 discuss issues facing the area

Incumbent Kevin Brady will face Kirk Osborn and Melissa Esparza-Mathis in the Republican primary for U.S. District 8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Incumbent Kevin Brady will face Kirk Osborn and Melissa Esparza-Mathis in the Republican primary for U.S. District 8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Incumbent Kevin Brady will face Kirk Osborn and Melissa Esparza-Mathis in the Republican primary for U.S. District 8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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Incumbent Rep. Kevin Brady faces two challengers, Kirk Osborn and Melissa Esparza-Mathis, in the Republican primary for Texas' 8th congressional district.

Kevin Brady (incumbent)

Years in district:
35

If elected, I would change: I will keep working with the president to pass the MAGA agenda.

www.bradyforcongress.com


What are the most important issues facing residents in your district?

Federal regulations on individuals and businesses; national and border security to crack down on drug smugglers and human traffickers; flooding and future flood control

What are your district's greatest economic needs, and how do you feel you can help to address them?

Despite the progress we’ve made, we still suffer from arbitrary federal regulations and an overly complex tax code. When elected and returned to the chair of the Ways and Means Committee, I will fight for more individual tax cuts, increased simplification of the tax code and repeal more federal regulations.

Why do you believe you would be a good voice to represent Texans on the national level?

Through the tax cuts and deregulation that President Trump and I have fought for, Texas is stronger than ever. This means vast new job opportunities, growth of small businesses and increased take-home pay for all our families.

What are your priorities regarding immigration policy?

While in Congress, I’ve funded a border wall, increased penalties for criminal illegal aliens and put dangerous sanctuaries on notice they will help enforce our laws or lose federal funding. I support the president's view of merit-based immigration. We need to shut the back door of illegal immigration so we can keep open the front door of legal immigration.

Kirk Osborn


Years in district: 11

If elected, I would change: I will deliver on promises my party has made—repeal Obamacare, fund the wall, cut debt and drain the swamp.

www.kirkosbornforcongress.com

What are the most important issues facing residents in your district?

Keeping our promises made 10 years ago; repealing Obamacare; protecting our border; protecting our freedoms including our Second Amendment rights that guarantee those freedoms; reducing our national debt and pushing back against a corrupt, out-of-control federal government

What are your district's greatest economic needs, and how do you feel you can help to address them?

Before Obamacare a family of four paid $400 per month for insurance. Today the cost is over $1,400 per month. Taking $12,000 a year from families in District 8 with a median income of $70,500 has forced many to drop health insurance so they can afford to pay their mortgage. We must finally keep our promise and repeal Obamacare.

Why do you believe you would be a good voice to represent Texans on the national level?

I'm not a lawyer or a politician—I'm a businessman, husband and father who wants to keep America great for our children and grandchildren. Twenty-three years of out-of-control spending has added $250,000 per household to the national debt. I’ll vote to reduce size and overreach of government.

What are your priorities regarding immigration policy?

My first priority is full funding of the border wall, something Republicans should have done when we had the House, Senate and White House 2016-18. Border protection agents have requested this for decades to curb illegal immigration, human and drug trafficking responsible for 70,000 deaths and $750 billion costs per year.

Melissa Esparza-Mathis

Years in district: 40+

If elected, I would change: accountability, accessibility, and transparency of the office of representative; and term limits.

www.melissaesparzamathis2020.com

What are the most important issues facing residents in your district?

Flooding, education, health care reform, homelessness

What are your district's greatest economic needs, and how do you feel you can help to address them?

Infrastructure—floods have cost farmers untold amounts of money. We need to address the issues, allocate the appropriate funding and mandate accountability and transparency from the agencies responsible.

Affordable health care—we need accountability and transparency in the industry. Nobody should ever be surprised by a medical bill.

Why do you believe you would be a good voice to represent Texans on the national level?

I am a lifelong Texan. I have served in the U.S. Army, and I believe that I can take the integrity and leadership principles learned there to advocate for Texans in the U.S. Congress by incorporating the views and voices of the constituents of my district.

What are your priorities regarding immigration policy?

It is Congress' job to immediately enact comprehensive immigration reform, and we need to build a wall to provide for the safety and security of the American people.


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