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3 candidates vying for District 11 State Representative Position

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District 11 State Representative, Chuck Hopson, says he's the "Right Prescription For Texas".

"Texas leads this nation and continues to in small business. And, we have 1,000 people a day coming to this great state. And, they're coming here because we have fair tort system," said Hopson.

Serving as a representative for nearly 12 years, he says he knows how to improve the state of Texas. One of the larger problems, he says, lies within the school system. He says too much testing and not enough money take away from student learning.

"We need to make sure those kids are prepared for their future," said Hopson.

Hopson's opponents also see room for improvement in public school education. Candidate Tony Sevilla says the government can't keep expecting the same quality of education with less money.

"The problem with education we have today is nobody is being educated. There's too much bureaucracy, and so the kids are really getting hurt and the teachers," said Sevilla.

Candidate Travis Clardy says this year STAAR Testing is a large and new issue. He claims the tests are costly and ineffective.

"We can spend that half billion dollars better, putting it back into the classroom," said Clardy.

As a lawyer, with a business background as well, Clardy says money should be budgeted better in the state. He feels Texans cannot tax their way to prosperity.

"The more that we can make government look like private enterprise is a good thing. And, the less we can do to make private enterprise be forced to run like a government, the better," said Clardy.

Sevilla says the problem is not necessarily that there is not enough money available. He feels budgets are being divided improperly.

"We're going to be looking at more cuts come next session. What the problem is, is that we're making cuts where people are being hurt. But yet, we're not making cuts where it's needed," said Sevilla.

Since taking office, Hopson says he's worked hard on balancing budgets. He's also proud to have passed a stiffer timber theft bill, making it a felony, in some cases, to steal trees in East Texas.

"We don't have room in Austin to pass a lot of bills every year, and I think we have the ability to stop a lot of bills every year and bills that would harm East Texas," said Hopson.

If re-elected, Hopson hopes to also create both a 50-year water and transportation plan.

But, Clardy says it's time for a new voice to meet the new challenges facing Texas.

"We need to return to the principles that our country and Texas, in particular, were founded upon. And, that's personal independence, you know, upon an entrepreneurial spirit upon doing things where you don't rely upon the government," said Clardy.

Sevilla says it's time that the state and nation turn back to the religious principles they were founded upon.

"I want to be that individual that people are proud of. The problem with politicians nowadays we all talk about God, but nobody ever displays Godly characteristics," said Sevilla.

All three candidates agree, it only takes one vote to let your voice be heard.

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