Texas House of Representatives, District 149
|Profession||Small Business Owner, Consultant|
- attended Queens College, City University of New York and Santa Monica College
- Small business owner
O'Connor highlights three issues important to his campaign:
Create Opportunities and Jobs
Excerpt:"I have spent most of my adult life creating jobs and other opportunities. The Government does not create enterprise and business expansion, the private sector does. Beyond reasonable and wholesome regulation the Government is a constraint on the Economy. The US and Texas lost much of its manufacturing base to low cost regions around the world. Texas must keep its High Tech leadership and bring back heavy and light manufacturing. I want to reduce the red tape and regulations that slow down business openings and relocations. I want to increase the small business tax exemption. I would also support the elimination of the business franchise tax."
O'Connor campaign ad
Increase Public Safety
Excerpt:"Neighborhoods and communities must be safe in order to thrive. The growth in Super Communities where two or more Home Owners Associations get together and provide the funds to hire an extra deputy has been successful and these are on the rise. The neighborhoods successful in keeping crime in check communicate with HPD, The Constable, the Sheriff, and their officers and employees.
I will work with local neighborhoods to encourage and enable those groups that want to take the initiative to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. At the state level we can provide incentives to do this and find ways to offset the expense of increasing public safety to the neighborhoods.
District 149 has many great parks and other places to go outside and enjoy the things that Houston has to offer. We need to make sure that our neighbors feel safe when attempting to enjoy these opportunities. By reducing crime and getting criminals off the street, we not only increase public safety, but we also create an environment where businesses will want to be located and where they can succeed, in District 149."
Increase Local Control of Education
Excerpt:I want individual school districts to have more input and decision making capabilities in achieving what should be their main objective: Giving children the education they need to graduate high school and move on to the next step in their lives.
I understand the drop out rate for HISD is 44%. In the years to come these dropouts will carry the burden of not being able to compete. Austin cannot watch over all 254 Texas counties in a manner that will lead to increased positive results. I want the local school districts to have the tools necessary for teachers and administrators to do what is right for our kids.
I support parental choice in education. The local school districts should be encouraged, and I would be in favor of a pilot program where school districts would decide if they want to participate in such a program where the parents and students have the right to choose where to get their education. Competition can be threatening but the results are always better. The number of Charter Schools should be allowed to increase. I have seen very positive actions and programs growing within the School Districts and I will support those that favor and enhance the success of the students."
O'Connor lost the race for election to Texas House of Representatives District 149. He defeated Dianne Williams in the April 13 Republican primary runoff. He was defeated by incumbent Democratic candidate Hubert Vo in the November 2 general election.
| Texas House of Representatives, District 149 |
2010 General election results
|Hubert Vo (D)||15,641||52.23%|
|Jack O'Connor (R)||14,304||47,76%|
His six largest contributors in 2010 are:
- Official Campaign website
- Official Facebook Page
- Candidate Twitter Page
- Texas House GOP YouTube Channel
- Contributions, Follow the Money
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Texas Tribune Profile
- Imagine Election Profile
- [O'Connor campaign site]
- Official Texas Election Results (timed out)
- Follow the Money - 2010 contributions to Jack O'Connor