Holly White Turner is running for the GOP nomination in Texas House District 47. (Courtesy Holly White Turner's Web site.)
Updated: Wednesday, 03 Feb 2010, 4:44 PM CST
Published : Wednesday, 03 Feb 2010, 4:12 PM CST
AUSTIN (KXAN) - Three Republicans - David Sewell, Holly Turner and Paul Workman - are vying for the chance to take on incumbent State Representative Valinda Bolton, D-Austin, in their Southwest Austin district.
Bolton, who was elected in November 2006 opposed in the Democratic primary. She replaced a Republican in the district that is historically GOP-leaning.
The three Republican candidates have their differences besides their platforms. Sewell is an attorney who works on behalf of taxpayers to help protest Comptroller audits and claim refunds related to the Texas franchise tax, sales tax, and other state taxes. Turner is also a lawyer, but her firm counsels small businesses on how to avoid legal pitfalls. Workman founded a construction company that works on commercial buildings.
The candidates all name the job market and economy is among the main issues facing the district.
On the Texas economy, according to campaign materials:
Turner , who founded her own small business in Austin, emphasizes the need to cut taxes and end harsh regulations she says are crushing job growth. She says she sees danger to the Texas economy from out-of-control government spending in Washington D.C. and the threatened government takeover of healthcare. According to her Web site, she is "concerned that exploding government debt is putting our children’s future at risk. She believes that more people need to be taking care of themselves, not relying on the government." Turner supports ending illegal immigration by requiring companies to verify the work status of every employee and fining them for intentionally hiring illegal workers. She favors capping government spending, making property tax appraisal boards elected by the people - rather than appointed by politicians, and will vote for a senior property tax freeze.
House District 47 includes part of Austin, as well as many areas south and west of Austin, like parts of Shady Hollow, Lost Creek, Hudson Bend, Lakeway and Lago Vista.
A majority of the households in this district have over three people living under one roof. According to the 2000 census, nearly 70 percent of the households have both parents working. It is a highly urban district with 66 percent of the district's inhabitants between the ages of 18 and 66.
Over 67 percent of the district makes more than $50,000 a year and nearly half of the district has received at least a bachelor's degree. Less than 7 percent of the district has not received a high school education. Over 97 percent of the district is employed full-time.
Of those district households with children, over 90 percent of those kids attend public school.