Gary Louie

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Gary Louie
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Candidate for
Texas House of Representatives, District 16
PartyRepublican
Prior offices
Mayor, Oak Ridge North
1987 - 1996
Education
Bachelor'sTexas Lutheran College
Personal
Place of birthSan Antonio, Texas
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Gary Louie was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 16 of the Texas House of Representatives.

Louie served as mayor of Oak Ridge North from 1987 to 1996.[1]

Biography

Louie earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Texas Lutheran College. His professional experience includes owning an automotive repair business and working as a high school chemistry and physics teacher.[2]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Louie's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Water Resources

Representing District 16, I am committed to

1. Assure that water resource management decisions are made on sound scientific principles backed by reliable and trustworthy data;
2. Educate and encourage conservation and effluent water reuse for individuals and high capacity corporate users;
3. Provide financial resources through the Texas Water Development Board to municipalities and utility districts to repair and install water infrastructure;
4. Support development of new technologies that reduce the cost of purification and treatment of brackish ground water.[4]

Transportation

As your State Representative I will work to

1. Ensure that motor fuel taxes are dedicated entirely to transportation related needs;
2. Search for other sources of transportation funding such as a portion of the automobile sales tax; and
3. Work closely with municipal and county governments to maximize partnership opportunities.[4]

Education

As the District 16 State Representative, I pledge to

1. Encourage parental involvement at home and at school and insure that all information on curriculum and child performance is made available to parents;
2. Allow classroom teachers to teach our children, rather than focusing on passing standardized tests;
3. Address “zero tolerance” policies that limit the decision authority of the principal or the involvement of elected school board members;
4. Assure students who choose not to attend college have educational opportunities that will prepare them for rewarding careers in technical and vocational trades; and
5. Work with State authorities to eliminate the federal Department of Education in order to return education dollars to the states, where it can be put to better use in our classrooms.[4]

Access to Affordable Healthcare

Even with severe federal mandates restricting the State, as your State Representative, I will

1. Support the repeal and replacement of the federal Affordable Healthcare Act and encourage replacement with a market based health insurance system that protects patients and healthcare providers;
2. Support legislation that increases the number of healthcare professionals entering the workforce in Texas;
3. Support creation of local providers that have the healthcare tools needed to meet the needs of uninsured and under-insured working men and women, at-risk senior adults, and children.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for all 150 seats in the Texas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. Those candidates who did not receive 50% or more of the vote in their party primary on March 4 faced an additional May 27 primary runoff. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Michael Hayles, Sr. was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Will Metcalf and Ted Seago defeated Duane Ham, Gary Louie, Jason Millsaps and Steve Simonsen in the Republican primary. Metcalf defeated Seago in the May 27 Republican primary. Bob Townsend is running as a Libertarian candidate.[5][6][7] Millsaps suspended his campaign before the Republican primary and endorsed Seago; he remained on the ballot.[8]

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