Texas Governor Candidates

Some Texas Southern University students and faculty have strong opinions or votes on the candidates in this year’s Texas governor election.

Many people have read, spoken, or heard about this gubernatorial election.

Midterm elections, as it is also called, become crucial for a candidate running for Texas governor. And this year’s election is sparking quite a buzz.

Both Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have gone back and forth over issues that were facing Texas.

Both come from different political parties; Democrat and Republican, respectively.

Besides those, many candidates from other parties like the Green Party, for instance, quietly join in the running for a chance to become governor.

But only time will tell if Texas is ever going to have a governor whose political party is one other than the Republican or the Democratic.

Throughout history, Texas has been a “red” state, as in, Republican. There have only been fewer Democratic governors in the state of Texas.

If one were to speak in sports terms, Republicans are considered the “favorites” while the Democrats are known as the “underdogs”. And, Republicans candidates in Texas have taken governor office a majority of the time.

Chances are that the favorite, in this case Abbott, is projected to become Rick Perry’s replacement. But in comes along Davis, who has been known to become the Democratic candidate to win office as governor of Texas.

Their debates, their positions in certain issues, and some of their persuasive actions have intensified the race, making it a very, close race.

Some students and staff members on Texas Southern University have been keeping up with this election. Some even talk about why this candidate or this candidate is going to be governor. Those that go to the TSU Thurgood Marshall School of Law discussed about who they say could be governor.

School of Law student Pamela Moreno said she is voting for Wendy Davis because Davis’s “policies for women and equal pay” is what she, “as a woman”, agrees to those policies.

Marcos Soto, another law student, said he thinks Abbott becomes governor but is voting for Davis because Davis’s “policies” on the issues discussed in her debate are what he follows.

Then “a lack of education” is what Davis will fix if she gets elected.

On the other hand, two others being interviewed favored Abbott as Texas Governor.

Adam Andrews said he is going for Abbott because “Texas is a ‘red’ state.”

He went on to say that “his (Abbott) values are for Texas”. He also didn’t approve Davis’s wheelchair advertisement, which aimed at Greg Abbott.

Thomas Lee said he is voting for Abbott because “he is better situated for governor”. He also gave fair points on his take.

He discussed that Abbott is from Austin, Texas and “he studied legislature . . . learned under Rick Perry” and also has solutions to Texas laws and the border wars.

One interesting candidate is Kathie Glass. This Libertarian candidate, chosen by law student Gavin, has a solution to the “private property tax” issue. On this main issue is a reason why he is voting for her.

Silent candidates have been voted on or spoken of, but in the end, the Lone Star State may have another Democratic or Republican candidate as their governor.



Texas Election Day

While many Texas Southern University (TSU) faculty members and students could say Texas has been a “red” state for 14 years, students shouldn’t be discouraged to go out and vote.

All individuals in the U.S. have had the option to have early voting in early October in order to choose their candidate in their proper state, including Texas.

Then along came Election Day. That is, faculty members, all other eligible individuals and eligible students vote on their candidate, for today is “the deadline” for election.

Other than that, there are so many different political parties who have their top candidates such as the Green Party and the Libertarian party, but it is more than likely that Republicans and Democrats are the big favorites to control and dominate office.

Some of these TSU faculty members and students shared their thoughts on Texas Election Day.

Terrence Bolton, president of TSU’s Student Government Association (SGA), spoke a little on the governor election.

He said he has voted for Wendy Davis because “I believe she is what Texas needs.”

Bolton was able to sit and talk to her whenever she came to TSU during her campaign.

What Davis said about the issues she will fix, if elected governor, Bolton favors, and she had his vote.

On the other hand, Edward Moore from TSU’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law gave his opinion on the election.

He said that, even though “statistically, the Democrats are favored, historically, Texas has always been a ‘red’ state.” So history may be the factor in the Texas election.

Maria Lumbreras from TSU’s Hispanic Students Association brought up an interesting response to her opinion.

She said that Republicans are going to win because “Texas is a ‘red’ state, even though it has a ‘blue’ heart.”

Autumn Gray, who is a member of the NAACP, said that Democrats would win because the education issue and “ideas” are why she leans toward the Democrats.

Then there came expectations for this election.

Bolton said that he expects “proper results”, and that this election “empowers the voter and the voter would say ‘Yes, I made a difference’”.

Moore said that he expects the government to “function, get things straight”. He continued to say “the country can move forward and put politics aside”.

Madeline Spence from the Office of Student Services at TSU’s Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs said she expects that the election “improves the well-being of this country, all aspects.”

Gray expects the election to be “a shocker, if the Democrats win” most of the offices.

James Beard, also from TSU’s School of Law, said the election’s expectations “depend” on a couple of factors, such as the demographics and the political parties other than the Republicans and the Democrats.

TSU student Gustavo Bautista on expectations: “Not much. It’s going to stay the same. No change.”

Overall, these individuals discussed the expectations for this election and it began with how a vote is considered a key factor, because a vote leads to a big difference in this election.



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