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Joshua Baker
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Candidate for
Texas House of Representatives, District 14
PartyLibertarian
Education
Bachelor'sDallas Baptist University
Personal
Place of birthBay City, TX
Websites
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Joshua Baker was a 2012 Libertarian candidate for District 14 of the Texas House of Representatives.

Baker earned his BA in Political Science from Dallas Baptist University.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

Baker's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Cut Taxes and Spending

  • "I would vote to repeal the business margins tax that was proposed and signed in 2006 by Republican Governor Rick Perry, and filed by Rep. Jim Keffer (Republican from Eastland). "
  • "I would file a bill to cut the state sales tax from 6.25% to 4%."

End the War on Drugs

  • "I would vote for a bill to allow medical marijuana like HB 1491, filed last year by Rep. Naishtat (Democrat from Austin). "
  • "I would vote for a bill to reduce marijuana penalties like HB 548, filed last year by Rep. Dutton (Democrat from Houston)."

Relief for Small Businesses

  • "I would file legislation to reduce the power of cities to use permitting ordinances to limit and block businesses."
  • "I would file legislation to repeal many anti-competitive occupational licensing laws."

Liberty for Latinos

  • "I'm encouraging Latinos to volunteer for Libertarian campaigns."
  • "I'm encouraging Latinos to run for office as Libertarians."

Elections

2012

See also: Texas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Baker ran in the 2012 election for Texas House of Representatives, District 14. Baker ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by incumbent John Raney (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Texas House of Representatives, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Raney Incumbent 60.2% 24,269
     Democratic Judy Le Unes 36.2% 14,614
     Libertarian Joshua Baker 3.6% 1,463
Total Votes 40,346

2011

See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Baker faced Republicans John Raney, Bob Yancy and Rebecca Boenigk. He also faced Democrat Judy Webb LeUnes. Since no candidate received a majority of the vote on November 8, the top two vote getters--Yancy and Raney--proceeded to a runoff election.[4][5]

Debates

  • On October 18, 2011, candidates for District 14 participated in a debate sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce.
  • On October 25, 2011, candidates for District 14 participated in a second debate sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Audio of the debate can be found here.

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