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Profile: Jack Westbrook, Libertarian for State Senator, District 31

The following is a compilation of the unedited responses from Jack Westbrook, Libertarian candidate for State Senator, District 31, to the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Voter Guide Questionnaire. Westbrook is running against Republican incumbent Kel Seliger in the November election.


Jack Westbrook



Office Sought:

State Senator, District 31

What is your educational background?

BS in business, Wayland Baptist Univ.; MS in Bible and Family, Lubbock Christian Univ.; post-grad in counseling, Texas Tech Univ.

Please list any of your political, civic or non-profit experience.

Potter Co. Chair, Libertarian Party; Dir. Chorus Director Development, Southwestern Dist., Barbershop Harmony Society; school gov't (sgt-at-arms, VP); church elder/bishop; non-profit board member; producer, Vocal Majority.

What experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?

Financial management, budgeting, stakeholder evaluation, document control management, personnel management and coaching, planning, process management, public speaking, political advocate.

In 2017, Senator Don Huffines filed resolutions calling for term limits on Texas elected officials. Under Huffines' resolution, state legislators would have been limited to 12 years in office, judges would have been limited to 18 years in office and local elected officials would have been limited to 12 years in office. Would you have supported this resolution if it came before you for a vote? Why or why not?

Yes - one of the problems we have in government is professional politicians.

Do you believe that Texas judges should be elected in partisan elections? Why or why not?

No - judges should not take political bias to the bench.

Under Texas law, non-judicial candidates are permitted to accept donations in any amount from a donor. Would you support capping the dollar amount that a donor may give a candidate in a single election cycle? Why or why not?

Yes - buying elections via donations is a problem.

Do you support property tax reform? If so, what package would you ideally like to see approved in Austin?

Yes - larger percentage to education with closed loopholes used by corporations.

Do you believe that the Texas Railroad Commission should be renamed? Why or why not?

Yes, because it reflects its function.

Please rate the performance of Speaker Joe Straus during the 2017 Texas Legislative session.


Do you support "Constitutional Carry" legislation? Why or why not?

Yes, I'm a constitutionalist.

Should hotel occupancy tax legislation be reformed? Why or why not?

Yes - this started as a sin tax.

Is Texas in need of the passage of ethics reform legislation? Why or why not?

Yes - spending allocated to campaign supporters is unethical.

Are you supported by Amarillo Matters?


How will you better represent local voters than your opponent(s)?

I will stand for Libertarian principles.

Do you have any aspirations for higher office?


Why should voters choose you on November 6th?

Because doing the same thing and expecting different results is insane.



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