And we get our first surprises in the Chron endorsements for State House. Two challengers are supported, but not one I thought might get the nod.
District 127, Charlotte Coffelt — The Democratic candidate, Coffelt is a retired teacher and principal and former Spring ISD school board member. She promises to work for increased school funding through a broad-based, fair tax, and to grant tax relief to property owners. She also favors improving access to affordable health care. Coffelt has the credentials and the compassion that will be needed in the coming Legislature.
District 134, Jim Dougherty — The Democratic candidate, Dougherty is a lawyer and former federal prosecutor. He seeks election to the Legislature in order to work to restore funding to the Children's Health Insurance Program and reverse cutbacks in mental health care. He favors the establishment of a sentence of life in prison without parole, and recommends alternative programs for minor drug offenders. Dougherty wants to coordinate highway and environmental programs with flood control. The incumbent, Rep. Martha Wong, supported the cuts in children's health insurance and continues to defend them.