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Candidate Comparison: Governor of Texas

Abbott vs. Valdez vs. Tippetts

Texas Governor

Over the past year, we have been asking candidates running for various local and statewide offices to answer questions for our Voter Guide. While full responses will be coming this weekend, we are offering you shortened versions in “Candidate Comparisons” ahead of the November election. Each response below came directly from the candidate’s questionnaire and are unedited.

Photo by Tippetts Campaign

Photo by Tippetts Campaign

Mark Tippetts (Libertarian)

Occupation: International Legal and Business Consultant

Why did you decide to run?

“I want to role back the existing government intrusions into the lives of Texans, and prevent further erosion of our liberties. No other candidate will work as hard to ensure my children and grandchildren will grow up free.”

Would you sign property tax reform legislation?

“Yes. Property taxes are immoral, and property owners should not have to rent their property from the state. Also, property owners should not be forced to fund, through property tax, programs and services they don't approve of or use.”

Would you support legislation restricting the use, ownership or manufacturing of firearms?

“No. I oppose the infringement on the right of the individual to bear arms...for defense or otherwise. I uphold the right to gun ownership of any kind, in accordance with the Non-Aggression Principle.”

Why are you better suited than your opponents to serve in this office?

“Both of my opponents thrive on perpetuating the conflict between members of the political duopoly. They do not propose solutions that include free-market solutions, and both seek to restrict freedoms in many ways, just different ones. I am the only candidate who seeks free-market solutions to problems created by the existing regime.”

No response received from: Greg Abbott (Republican), Lupe Valdez (Democrat)

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