Sterling Russell

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Sterling Russell
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Candidate for
Texas House of Representatives, District 15
PartyLibertarian
Personal
Birthday03/16/1982
Place of birthHouston, TX
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Sterling Russell was a 2012 Libertarian candidate for District 15 of the Texas House of Representatives.

Russell graduated from Spring High School and immediately joined the work force. Over the next ten years, he worked in the energy sector, working on projects on 3 continents, 5 countries, and across the United States. Additionally, Sterling has worked as the manager of multiple employees to ensure projects come in under budget and exceed quality expectations.[1]

Biography

Sterling Russell was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Spring, Texas. Born into a working class family, Sterling earned a highly cautious view of government involvement in private enterprise after watching it destroy his father's small business. That coupled with the view that one's personal decisions are no one's but their owns, he quickly fell in line with the Libertarian party. Sterling has been vocal for the last decade that one's personal life should never be interfered with by any form of government; local, state or federal.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

Russell's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Education

  • Excerpt: "the best way to improve education is not to have less teachers and more students per class; that only creates a bigger problem. More of the money for education needs to make its way into the actual classroom. We also need to do away with federal and state mandates on public education that are not funded. The funds that are currently used to build bureaucracy for them would in turn be put back into our underfunded public education system."

Free Market

  • Excerpt: "Sterling opposes government subsidies to business, labor, or any other special interest. The only proper role of government in the economic realm is to protect property rights, and provide a legal framework in which voluntary trade is protected. All efforts by government to redistribute wealth, or to control or manage trade, are improper in a free society. Sterling will seek to divest government of all functions that can be provided by non-governmental organizations or private individuals in a more efficient manner."

Gambling

  • Excerpt: "Gambling regulations interfere with the peaceful actions of those who choose to gamble, and therefore should be made legal for all Texas citizens on all Texas state land. Government should confine itself to protecting individuals from aggression, coercion and deceit, not attempting to protect individuals from the consequences of their own behavior. While not condoning such activities, Sterling advocates the repeal of all laws criminalizing gambling."

Personal Responsibility

  • Excerpt: "Every person is born with the free will to live and act as he or she sees fit, pursuing his or her happiness as long as they respect other's rights to do the same. Our government's role should be to protect our freedom and all of our constitutional rights, crucial for building a free and prosperous society. Government interference into our personal lives should be viewed as intolerable, and we as a society must not allow it to happen."

Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Russell ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 15. Russell ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by Steve Toth (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Texas House of Representatives, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Toth 86.6% 57,520
     Libertarian Sterling Russell 13.4% 8,872
Total Votes 66,392

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