Authors note: While this article may seem biased as there is a clear conflict of interest, I have provided plenty of links to help readers do their own research so they can decide for themselves.
With the primary elections over, it’s time to ramp up for general election happening on November 6th, 2012. One of the hotly contest races in the North-Eastern Dallas County area is for US Congressional district 32 for US House of Representatives. Here are the basics that you need to know about each candidate:
Pete Sessions is the incumbent seeking his 13th term in congress. According to Opencongress.org, Rep. Sessions votes 95% of the time along party lines, and Abstains about 1% of the time. According to the John Birch Society, he has supported his oath of office to uphold the constitution about 50% of the time. He has also voted in favor of controversial, freedom limiting, big government bills including: HR 3523 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (give Federal Government policing powers and control over the internet); HR 1540 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (includes indefinite detention violating the 4th amendment); HR 1904 Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2011 (continues unconstitutional federal control over land within state borders); HR 2017 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (Allowing continuation of overreaching government policing activities); S 990 Patriot Act Extension (violates bill of rights in many ways); H Con Res 34 2011-2012 Budget (authorizes continuation of out of control Federal Government spending spree); HR 1424 Financial Asset Purchase Authority and Tax Law Amendments (The 2008 Bank Bailouts); and many others.
Katherine McGovern is the Democrat candidate in the race. According to her web-site, she supports "ObamaCare", has been employed by a number of government bureaucracies as a lawyer, and has been involved with a number of political organizations were she “had an opportunity to learn a great deal about the inner workings of Congress”; of which she also says “a dysfunctional Congress does not serve our interests or the common good.” Can such an obvious “Washington DC” insider really change the underlying issues with the current government’s bloated and dysfunctional structure; especially when she supports overreaching government programs like ObamaCare?
Seth Hollist is the “Moderate” Libertarian candidate who claims to be helping to continue the “Liberty R[ƎVO˩]UTION!” started by Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, and even volunteered to help the Ron Paul Dallas Activists earlier in the year. While he may seem inexperienced within government participation, Seth Hollist is well versed in liberty issues while supporting ideals such as the Downsize DC Agenda. He also wants to see the Federal Government implement sunset legislation, similar to the Texas "Sunset Advisory Commission" program, - to cause all new and past laws to be scrutinized as to their effectiveness - and generally wants to see the Federal Government’s size greatly reduced. He also has some interesting ideas on how to force the government to stick to the original intents of the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and the Constitution as presented in his theoretical "The Clean Slate and Improving Representation Amendment".
Edit (10/1/2012): the below three candidates did not achieve ballot access.
Eric S. Smith is a disabled vet, who in a recent blog post said he had dropped out of the race. He does mention that, “The current congressional approval rating, at least on this site, is 14%. So at least 86% of you should be voting for anybody else this election.”
Michael Jeremy Piles is also on the list of independent candidate who have filed declarations of intent, but there appears to be very little information available on him to know what he stands for or what his intentions were for running.
Emma Elizabeth Berry is certainly an interesting independent candidate who claims to know how to win the race with very little resources. She seems to be interested in only one topic: “job creation”. An idea that all of the party affiliated candidates is certainly going to claim to also support. According to her web-site she is actively working on projects to stimulate job growth in the Garland, Texas area. Certainly running a campaign will help her garner some attention, but one is becoming a congresswoman really the best way for her to continue her efforts?