Niko Letsos

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Niko Letsos
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Texas, District 2
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas at Austin
Personal
ProfessionHigh School Teacher
Websites
Campaign website
Niko Letsos was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Texas.[1] Niko Letsos lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Letsos is a math teacher in an economically disadvantaged minority high school. He has previously taught college-level economics and U.S. history.[2]

Letsos earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Letsos' campaign website listed the following issues:[3]

  • Trust in Government: "Narrow-minded interest groups have hijacked our government. Laws are made to benefit very small parts of the country to the harm of the whole. Politicians cater to powerful lobbying groups and not ordinary Americans. Elected office-holders hardly make themselves available to voters and they do not understand the effects of their actions. Politics has become a game where getting re-elected is the main goal—doing the right thing is shunned."
  • Education (K-12): "Bureaucrats and politicians make top-down laws that make teaching effectively more difficult. Collecting data and knowing what is happening in the classroom is essential. However, our current laws hamper teachers and administrators. Our education laws encourage narrow-mindedness and are focused on punishing teachers for underperformance."
  • Energy and the Environment: "As the world’s many low- and middle-income countries continue to develop, energy prices will continue to rise. Recently, we have discovered enough natural gas to meet our energy needs for decades and made innovations in renewable energy at the same time. Yet our electrical grid is unequipped to use these resources efficiently. The government continues to support energy paradigms of the past instead of looking towards the 21st century and making the needed investments."
  • Gay Rights: "We are at a cross-road: we are emerging from a time when sexual orientation was used to discriminate and we are getting to a point where full human and civil rights will be given to Americans regardless of sexual orientation. This can be seen in polls, where for the first time a majority of Americans support gay marriage. It is time our laws reflect the inclusionary will of the American people."
  • Gerrymandering and Extremism: "I fully support a constitutional amendment to end the process of states creating districts to guarantee easy elections. Such an amendment would mandate districts are created for compactness of shape and competiveness, as outlined by Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens."

[4]

—Niko Letsos' campaign website, http://www.nikoletsos.com/policies-and-commitments.html

Elections

2014

See also: Texas' 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Letsos ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Texas' 2nd District. Letsos won the Democratic nomination in the primary on March 4, 2014, with no opposition. He was defeated by incumbent Ted Poe (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[5]

U.S. House, Texas District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Poe Incumbent 67.9% 101,936
     Democratic Niko Letsos 29.6% 44,462
     Libertarian James Veasaw 1.5% 2,316
     Green Mark Roberts 0.9% 1,312
Total Votes 150,026
Source: Texas Secretary of State

Personal

Letsos is married.[2]

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