Central Austin Edition - June 2020

2020 Local Voter Guide

COMPILED BY JACK FLAGLER

JEFF RIDGEWAY

EDDIE RODRIGUEZ

DON ZIMMERMAN

Party: Republican Occupation: robotics engineer Website: www.texansforzimmerman.com

Party: Democrat Occupation: vice president, commercial business development, state representative Website: www.eddiefortexas.com

Party: Independent Occupation: physician Website: www.ridgewayfortx.com

The world is very different today than it was a few months ago. How has the pandemic changed the way you see the needs of the community?

The COVID-19 pandemic and the response have upended the priorities of Texans everywhere. Now that the economy is reopening, we need to focus our resources on making sure our healthcare systems have the equipment they need to handle any spikes in cases as well as keep our hospital staff safe and healthy. Testing and contact tracing will be important parts of that.

This pandemic has shown we have deep inequities that require common-sense solutions, like expanding Medicaid and paid sick leave. This crisis has also shown how porous of a safety net we have. We removed numerous restrictions to receiving benefits, and we must look at making some of these changes permanent.

The tendency of government to serve its own interests and charge the taxpayer more every budget cycle is a constant. We have seen our constitutional liberties almost completely ignored during the COVID-19 outbreak while government keeps trying to spend its way out. Our livelihoods and our health are in jeopardy the longer our businesses stay even partially closed. Keep Texas Open.

What separates you from the rest of the candidates in the field and makes you the best choice for this position in the state Senate?

I am a physician and the only [candidate] in this race with a medical background. We need more knowledge at the state level so our leaders are not constantly trying to catch up to emerging data about this disease. I am also the only independent candidate in this election, and will be able to focus on the needs of Central Texas rather than party agendas.

I am the candidate with the best experience and vision to guide us through this crisis and make sure we have an equitable recovery. With 18 years of experience in the State House, I have a strong track record of passing progressive legislation even while in the minority. Serving in the Legislature requires the experience and connections to pass good bills and kill bad bills. We can't have a rookie in this time of crisis

What other candidate has successfully stopped a new tax dead in its tracks? What other candidate has stood with taxpayers during appeals hearings? What other candidate has the courage and the tenacity to stand up to bureaucrats and lobbyists and instead represent the rights of property owners? I will continue to do that in the senate.

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