Dwayne Bohac for Texas House District 138: Republican incumbent Bohac was born and raised in this northwest and west Houston district and has served in the Legislature since 2003. He has worked hard to revitalize deteriorating parts of the district, sponsoring a bill creating the Spring Branch Area Community Improvement District to boost economic development. "We have to do a better job of funding health and human services," says the incumbent. "We have to do a better job of funding public education and changing especially the funding formula."
Joel C. Redmond for Texas House District 144: For this seat formerly represented by Republican Robert Talton, the Chronicle feels the best candidate for the job is Democratic challenger Joel Redmond. Running in a district with a distinctly conservative bent, the home mortgage executive has the credentials to match.
Redmond, a Baylor graduate whose father is pastor of First Baptist Church Pasadena, founded the Peace by Believing Ministries, whose outreach services include helping prisoners prepare for gainful futures and assisting homeless people.
He pledges to work to increase state funding for public education and opposes a voucher system that would undercut public schools.
Brad Neal for Texas House District 150: In this district that runs across the northern rim of Harris County, the Chronicle endorses Democratic challenger Brad Neal, a Texas A&M University graduate and oil equipment business engineer. Neal sees the state budget as the most important matter facing the Legislature and hopes to rein in the state's bond debt.
As an advocate for District 150, Neal wants to bring in new industry through tax breaks and more efficient environmental permitting. And he wants tax relief for small business.
He further proposes to streamline the Children's Health Insurance Program to eliminate the bureaucratic hassles that curtail access to thousands of Texas youngsters.