Two candidates compete for open Texas House District 126 seat

Several local issues will be on the November election ballot.

Several local issues will be on the November election ballot.

Texas Representatives District 126 Q&A Joy Dawson-Thomas[/caption]

Joy Dawson-Thomas (Democrat)

Hometown: Spring
Occupation: attorney, The Dawson Thomas Law Group and adjunct professor at University of Houston-Downtown
Top priorities: safety/crime, public education curriculum, public education funding, profitable employment

What inspired you to run for this position?

My desire to see the area in which I grew up prosper and grow. Encouragement from my students to “practice what I preach” [motivated me], considering I always encourage them to make a difference in their community by running for the offices for which they are voting. I want to improve the quality of education so students have a stronger chance of successfully completing high school and attending college, vocational school or simply just gaining profitable employment. [I want to] set an example of service and selflessness for youngsters so they will understand the reward of helping others, giving back to your community and building a better community is superior to worldly riches.

What experience qualifies you for this position?

I’m a former U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent, which helps me identify and address crimes like human and drug trafficking, prostitution, fraud, identity theft and other violent crimes in an effort to create safer communities. I practice criminal and family law, and my experience will give me the tools to contribute to jurisprudence legislation, drafting bills and addressing crime. I own my law firm. I worked in State Rep. Dr. Alma Allen’s office, so I have personal experience of session regarding drafting bills, committee meetings, lobbyists, interest groups and hiring efficient office staff.

Texas Representatives District 126 Q&A Kevin Roberts[/caption]

Kevin Roberts (Republican)

Hometown: Houston
Occupation: executive director and chief operating officer at The Lanier Law Firm
Top priorities: property tax relief, ensuring public safety and security, creating a business environment that supports small business and stimulates economic growth, and maintaining our public infrastructure

What inspired you to run for this position?

I was taught that to whom much has been given, much is required. I have been blessed to grow up and raise my children in Texas. I am inspired to run because of the opportunity to give back and to represent my community and state by utilizing the knowledge, leadership, management skills and experience I have gained over many years.

What experience qualifies you for this position?

I have over 25 years in executive management and leadership positions. I serve on the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce’s Public Policy Council, Grow Northwest Committee, the Economic Development Council, the Klein ISD Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, the board of directors for the
D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek and the Houston Realty Business Coalition. My extensive involvement in the community allow[s] me to better understand and identify the needs of District 126.

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Candidates’ responses were edited for space.

By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.