In the Texas House District 70 GOP Primary, we recommend


This editorial is on the Dallas Morning News editorial board’s list of recommendations for the 2022 primary. Find the full project here.

We consider it a sign of healthy local politics and civic engagement when voters can choose from a pool of strong, strong candidates, each boasting legitimate accomplishments in life. Such is the case in the GOP primary for Texas House District 70, redrawn to encompass parts of Plano and Allen in the southwest corner of Collin County.

In this competitive race, we lean towards Jamee Jolly, who has built a resume of working with associations that represent Plano voters. Jolly, 46, is senior executive director of the Plano ISD Education Foundation and former chief executive of the Plano Chamber.

Jolly appears to be the most willing to address major Texas legislative issues in a balanced way.

For example, while all of the Republican candidates in District 70 want to cut property taxes while improving schools, Jolly came up with a concrete idea. Plano ISD, with high property values, must donate a portion of its tax revenue to the state to distribute among districts with lower property tax revenue. Jolly suggests requiring the districts receiving this money to have maxed out their own property tax rates, as Plano did.

She advocates better compensation for teachers, especially those in districts where the cost of living is relatively high. And she acknowledges that the cost of a student’s education has gone up while funding hasn’t, and that Texas has a Robin Hood system in place for a good reason — to address equity in matter of education. She said the system that relies so heavily on property taxes to fund public schools must change.

As Texans worried about voter fraud, Jolly searched for answers. She asked a Collin County election official to explain how the county handles ballots, and she concluded that her voters were in good hands.

Jolly offers a good understanding of the legislative response to last year’s blackouts and where there may be gaps in natural gas supply regulation.

From topic to topic, Jolly shows that she understands voters and aims to learn more. When asked which political leader she most admires, she gave the correct answer for that district: the late Rep. Sam Johnson, who represented the 3rd congressional district for nearly 30 years.

Another strong contender in the race is Hayden Padgett, 29, director of product management for online tax filing company TaxAct with an impressive list of civic volunteer work, including the Plano Parks and Recreation Board. Padgett has a clear understanding of important issues and a reasoned view of limited government that always does the job of governing.

The other primary candidates are Eric Bowlin and LaDale Buggs, who offered compelling ideas but lacked the civic background of the others, and Daniel Chandler, who did not meet with our Editorial Board or respond to emails. emails.

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