Matthew Whittington

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Matthew Whittington
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Former candidate for
Texas State Senate, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Matthew Whittington was a 2014 Libertarian candidate for District 5 of the Texas State Senate.[1]


Campaign themes


Whittington's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

Cut Taxes and Spending

  • Excerpt: "Taxes are too high. That's because government spending is too high. I want to reduce both."

End the War on Drugs

  • Excerpt: "Selling and using drugs may be personally unwise, but those activities don't violate anyone's rights. By establishing drug prohibition, our government has taken a modest problem and turned it into a huge problem. Now we have to deal with drug gangs and black markets, and taxpayers have to pay to keep thousands of people in jail. We need to end this nonsense."

Relief for Small Businesses

  • Excerpt: "State and local governments make it much harder than it should be to start your own business. Both native citizens and immigrants often wish they could start a business, but get frightened away by the mountain of red tape, fees, and regulations."

Education Funding

  • Excerpt: "It is not possible to to be fair or enforce equality in education using taxpayer money. Equity and fairness are subjective terms that are regularly bent to the will of whichever politician or community leader is using them. The second this round of education funding lawsuits ends, the next will start."

Water Rights

  • Excerpt: "Water Rights in Texas are a huge issue right now because of the drought. When this drought ends, the public and politicians are going to forget it is an issue until the next drought. This method of ignoring problems until they are a crisis and then reacting badly is not going to serve us well."



See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for 15 of the 31 seats in the Texas State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on March 4, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was December 9, 2013. Incumbent Charles Schwertner was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Joel Shapiro was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Schwertner defeated Shapiro and Matthew Whittington (L) in the general election.[3][4][1]

Texas State Senate, District 5 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Schwertner Incumbent 65% 112,930
     Democratic Joel Shapiro 31.2% 54,286
Total Votes 173,811


See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Whittington ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 136. Whittington ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by Tony Dale (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5]

Texas House of Representatives, District 136, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTony Dale 53.1% 32,383
     Democratic Matt Stillwell 40.7% 24,851
     Libertarian Matthew Whittington 6.2% 3,802
Total Votes 61,036

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