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Democratic nominees state their case in Decatur

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, September 15, 2018
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CAMPAIGN TRAIL – Former Dallas County Sheriff and current Texas Democratic Governor nominee Lupe Valdez speaks at the Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas candidate forum at the Decatur Conference Center Tuesday. Messenger photo by Austin Jackson

Former United States Air Force colonel and current Democratic nominee for Texas Commissioner for Agriculture Kim Olson was in the Pentagon when American Airlines flight 77 crashed through the building, reigning down terror in the nation’s capital on Sept. 11, 2001.

It was a day of terror that Americans will never forget.

But to Olson, she said the most important day to remember came 24 hours later.

“Today is the most important day, 9-12,” Olson said, on Sept. 12, 2018 – 17 years after what she called the day to never forget, at the Texas Democratic Women of Rural North Texas candidate forum in Decatur.

Alongside a bevy of candidates at the Decatur Conference Center, Olson said the presidential election in 2016 was like the 9-11 terror attack for Democrats.

She said the midterms, like September 12, are the most important day going forward.

Democratic nominee for Governor Lupe Valdez, nominee for Lt. Governor Mike Collier, and Bridgeport’s own and Texas Senate District 30 candidate Kevin Lopez were among the candidates to take a stop on the campaign trail to participate in the forum in Decatur. They say they are readying for the final push before early voting in October and the midterm election on Nov. 6.

Texas Democratic chair Gilberto Hinojosa introduced candidates, including Delonia Watson, Kathy Chung, Vanessa Adia and Greg Sagan at the forum.

Candidates spoke and often opened up to the crowd to answer questions.

The event was hosted by TDW of Rural North Texas, which president Lena Wells said works to “empower rural women to get their voices heard.”

Topics ranged from minimum wage, tariffs on agriculture, teacher pay to Lt. Governor nominee Collier’s pitch on his first course of action if elected.

Collier promised to close up a ‘$5 billion’ property tax loophole if elected. He’s been invested in reforming the Equal and Fair property tax law for years.

Collier said Equal and Fair unfairly permits commercial property owners to group buildings with less expensive ones across the state, pushing their property taxes lower.

“[Closing the loophole] is the only thing I’ve committed to doing in my first term as Lieutenant Governor,” Collier said. “Why? Because it’s real. It’s documented and it’s not raising taxes. We’ll close that loophole, recover that $5 billion in four years. And if there’s more to be done, I’ll propose it when I run for re-election.”

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