Candidate Profile
James Wright

Republican , Texas

Biography

Name
James Wright
Party
Republican
Race
Railroad Commissioner
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

1
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Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

When the pregnancy is a threat to the mother's life


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree   

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

As Railroad Commissioner I would strive to make the organization more self sufficient so as not to rely on other types of funding.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Agree   

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Agree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Strongly Agree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Our Constitution guarantees us separation of church and state in that it guarantees there will be no government sponsored religion. It guarantees us freedom of religion, but does not guarantee us freedom from religion. Every person, including pastors of churches, has the right to have personal religious beliefs and to discuss them in public.


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

N/A.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree   


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

All immigrants who can prove their intentions to benefit the United States should have to follow the laws of a


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Disagree   

Promotion of the LGBT agenda in public schools, including teaching of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”, is completely inappropriate and should be opposed at the state and local level.

Neutral   

I support allowing public high school students to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in God, and his son Jesus Christi, and am thankful that he died for our sins and rose again. Everyday I strive to listen to his voice and live my life following his principles.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Conservative   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

My business experience, my personal story of hard work and entrepreneurship.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I own five businesses and am associated with 14 other businesses that deal with environmental and transport issues in a wide range of industries. I have been involved in these businesses since 1986.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

(Did not answer)


Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

Yes   

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

Stronger background checks for all transactions involving guns.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Disagree   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Neutral   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

As a Railroad Commissioner, I will support legislation introduced by state senators and representatives, that will modernize the TRCC and maximize the ability of the energy industry to continue supporting our state's economic success.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

I understand that racism exists in the United States, but do not feel it is a threat to our domestic security. I do, however, feel that racism from outside this country should be a direct security concern for the United States.


Background

Education
  • Calallen High School, Corpus Christi, 1980
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Wesley Community Center, Member
  • CASA of the Coastal Bend, Board Member
  • Robstown Area Development Corporation, Board Member
  • Lutheran
  • Cowboy Church
Offices
  • N/A
  • N/A
 

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