|Texas House of Representatives, District 115|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|J.D.||Texas Tech University|
Stafford earned his B.S. in Political Science from Texas A&M and his J.D. from Texas Tech University. His professional experience includes being Founding Partner of Carter Stafford Arnett Hamada & Mockler, PLLC.
Stafford's website highlights the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: " Our government has consistently failed in its duty to properly fund the educational system in this state. We must listen to educational stakeholders like our teachers, administrators, parents, and students to ensure a top-quality educational experience for our citizens – from the ground-up, not top-down. We must properly fund education in this state, and we must be responsive to the demand of a changing technological society."
- Excerpt: " Although Texas has been an economic engine since the 2008 Recession, we must continue to improve the quality of jobs for our citizens, to ensure that working Texans have real opportunities to earn competitive livable wages to support themselves and their families. Texas must continue to be an economic beacon, promoting entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, growth, and economic prosperity for all."
- Excerpt: " Texas is a natural wonder, and we must preserve the nature, beauty, and utility of our state for future generations – for our children’s children. Recent approval of the referendum to divert $2 Billion from the general fund for water resources is a good start, but we must continue to be forward-thinking, strategic, and good stewards of the most precious commodity we have – the environment. "
- Excerpt: "The roads, bridges, waterways, and general infrastructure of our state are in desperate need of repair - and in some cases, complete overhaul. In particular, the transportation demands of our state have exceeded the capacity of our transportation infrastructure, and the problem is projected to worsen with each passing year. We must continue to improve our transportation infrastructure, as well as promote mass transit and more efficient modes of transportation."
- Excerpt: " Texans are at or near the top when it comes to the percentage of uninsured adults and children. Although government programs have caused lots of debate, this continues to be a problem in need of a solution. It is incumbent upon our elected leaders to not merely oppose changes to our broken healthcare system, but propose solutions which work for all Texans."
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. Matt Rinaldi defeated incumbent Bennett Ratliff in the Republican primary. Paul Stafford was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Stafford, Rinaldi and Kim Kelley (L) will face off in the general election.
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- Official campaign website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Paul Stafford on Facebook
- Paul Stafford on Twitter
- Biography from Texas Tribune
- paulstafford2014.com, "Issues," accessed February 14, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 March Primary Election Candidate Filings by County," accessed March 4, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Democratic Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
- Texas Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Party Primary Election," accessed April 9, 2014
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