Q+A with Cecil Ince, Libertarian for Texas State House District 105
This marks an exciting point in this blog’s history. I am starting off a series of Q+As with candidates from all over the country, from all parties and backgrounds. Today, I present Cecil Ince, who is running in a swing State House district outside of Dallas, Texas. He has a background in entertainment and libertarian politics, having run for office before in Missouri.
The district in which Mr. Ince is running will be quite competitive this year. Specifically covering Irving, the area has a great deal of racial and socioeconomic diversity. In 2008, Republican incumbent Linda Harper-Brown won by only 20 votes over a Democrat and Barack Obama actually carried the district over John McCain 51.5% to 47.4%. The Libertarian in the 2008 State Rep. contest received. 2.6% of the vote. Ince hopes to use the current political climate and upset the two major parties.
Without further ado – here is Cecil Ince‘s Q+A – you can visit his campaign website here.
The Texas House has been going in the wrong direction, with increasing taxes and newer laws that restrict freedom and create more crime. I know that I am the best choice for Texas.
2. As a third-party candidate, do you believe that you can win this race? Why have you chosen to run as a Libertarian – instead of as a Republican, Democrat or independent?
First, the Libertarian Party is a registered party of the state of Texas; it is the minor of the Official parties. That means that the Libertarian Party has maintained ballot access by receiving at least 2% of the vote in the previous statewide general election. The Texas Libertarian Party does not have to petition for ballot access like third-party does. However, being a minor registered party, having received fewer than 20% of the vote, the Texas Libertarian Party does not qualify for a primary election, so our candidates are nominated by convention.
Yes, I do believe I can win the general election. I am running as a Libertarian because I know that the people are displeased with the two major parties. I am a Jeffersonian. Independents tend to lean either Liberal or Conservative. I am not a moderate or a centrist and I lean toward less government.
3. There are no third-party representatives in the State House. How would you overcome being outside the other two parties to achieve your legislative goals? Would you caucus with either the Democrats or the Republicans?
As an elected Libertarian, I can cross the party lines to get collective support from the house. In the Republican Party there are members of the Republican Liberty Caucus and in the Democrat Party there are members of the Democrat Freedom Caucus. I believe I can bring compromise to the Texas House, by making alliances with members of the house on issues that we see eye-to-eye one
4. What would be the first bill you introduce after being elected?
The first bill I would introduce to the Texas house would be the “Uniformed Property Tax Bill”. This bill would lower the tax burdens on property owners across the state. I would also introduce a new tax provision for county taxes.
5. Who did you vote for in the Presidential election in 2008? Why?
In the Primary Election I voted for Congressmen Ron Paul because he stands for principles rather than just policy. He is not your typical Republic or Libertarian. In the general election I voted for Bob Barr because he was not a Liberal Republican or a Liberal Democrat unlike his two opponents.
6. One important local issue in Irving is transportation and road maintenance. Last legislature, a bill was proposed to allow voters to decide on local taxes collected to improve public transportation, especially rail, and road improvements. How would you stand on this bill if it is reintroduced in 2011?
I have pledged to vote against Tax increases. However, if the tax burden can be relieved from the taxpayer, while at the same time making provisions to improve roadways, I would support such a bill.
7. Running for office in Texas, all candidates must consider the impact of immigration on the state. What specific proposals do you support for Texas state policy regarding Mexico and migrants?
Immigrants founded the region of Texas so I have no debate with open borders. I do however; oppose the hiring of illegal immigrants and suggest that businesses be fined if they do. I oppose welfare and social services for any non-Texas resident. I include that any property renter that leases to any non-resident shall be fined for doing so. Immigration is not the problem it is the reasons they cross the boarder that concern me. As for issues such as El Paso, and the drug war on the boarder, I support deploying Texas National Guard to suppress such action along our border.
8. What are you reading right now? What is the most recent movie that you saw?
I am presently in the process of reading “The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson”. The Book of Eli staring starring Denzel Washington was the most recent movie I saw at the theatre.
9. Another controversial decision was the executive order mandating the HPV vaccine for female students in Texas. The legislative moratorium will run out in 2011. Do you support the mandatory HPV vaccination or will you work to continue the moratorium?
I oppose any legislation that forces an individual to do anything against their will. I believe it to be an individual’s choice not the governments right to mandate citizens to get a vaccine.
10. When Texas A&M plays University of Texas-Austin, do you cheer for the Longhorns or the Aggies? (other answers are possible – such as changing the channel to an SMU game or ignoring football altogether)
I’m more of an NFL fan. I cheer for the Dallas Cowboys. With regard to college football I would have to say the Longhorns
11. Governor Perry has recently proposed that all proposed tax increases be passed by a two-thirds majority of the legislature rather than a simple majority. Do you support this and why or why not?
I oppose all tax increases. I am in favor of all tax increases voted by the people, rather than being decided by our legislators.