Ted Seago

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Ted Seago
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Texas House of Representatives, District 16
Former candidate
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sLamar University
Master'sLamar University
Ph.D.University of Houston
Personal
ProfessionEducator/pastor/business owner
ReligionChristian
Websites
Campaign website
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Ted Seago was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 16 of the Texas House of Representatives.

Biography

Seago earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in Education from Lamar University and his Ph.D. in Education from the University of Houston. His professional experience includes working as an educator, pastor and small business owner.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

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

Education

  • Excerpt: "I am a strong proponent of more local control of the education system, allowing each district to meet the unique needs of their particular school district. We must arm parents and teachers with the flexibility to prepare students for either the workforce or higher education, and implement merit-based compensation, funding and accountability standards. This will enable the many skilled and caring teachers in Texas to have the resources needed to provide a comprehensive yet customized education."

The Second Amendment

  • Excerpt: "I will oppose any attempts by Washington to impose unconstitutional gun laws on Texas. A law abiding citizen’s right to defend their family and property must not be put at risk by left-wing demagoguery over unfortunate events committed by disturbed individuals."

The Sanctity of Life

  • Excerpt: "As your State Representative I will never allow our tax dollars to go towards funding Planned Parenthood or any other organization that provides abortions. I will demand we apply proper health and safety standards to any facility that does choose to perform abortions, and I will fight with other conservatives to oppose any federal mandates that Texas citizens must purchase health plans that cover elective abortion."

Obamacare

  • Excerpt: "As a member of the Texas Legislature, my fight against Obamacare will include resisting any “expansion” of Medicaid in Texas, which promises money now, but creates unsustainable obligations for the state in years to come. I will also fight any attempts to force Texans to comply with insurance mandates by the Federal Government."

Water

  • Excerpt: "As a state representative, I will work with the local regulatory and consumer agencies to find a workable solution to maintaining a healthy water level for the lake. I will work to secure the funds necessary to solve the challenges we are facing."

Transportation

  • Excerpt: "With the healthy population growth we have experienced in Montgomery County in recent years, and growth that is projected in the coming years, transportation must be on the top of our county priorities. Transportation is one of the key factors in maintaining a healthy commerce environment."

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Excerpt: "Our state must continue to grow economic opportunities for individuals and businesses while keeping our tax burden low. Prioritizing budget needs at the beginning of each session would allow legislators to fund the needs of Texans first, while seeking to address the additional needs of our great state."

Budget and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Passing on a heavy debt load to our children should never be an option, and doing so ignores the wisdom of the balanced budget Amendment to our Texas Constitution. I will stand for conservative fiscal principles and values that so define the people of District 16."

Immigration

  • Excerpt: "The Legislature must arm law enforcement with the technology and manpower it needs to secure our border and punish those who would exploit and endanger innocent lives on either side of the Rio Grande."

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.[3][4][5] Millsaps suspended his campaign before the Republican primary and endorsed Seago; he remained on the ballot.[6]

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Seago's endorsements included:

Personal

Seago and his wife, Johnnie, have eight children, five of whom are adopted, and ten grandchildren.[1]

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