DALLAS MORNING NEWS: We recommend Van Taylor for the 3rd Congressional District
State Sen. Van Taylor’s eight years of legislative experience, and his deep knowledge of national issues that affect Texas, make him the best choice for the 3rd Congressional District to succeed veteran Rep. Sam Johnson.
Taylor, 46, has been a state senator since 2015 and was a Republican member of the state House for five years before that. He’s proud of working across the aisle on bipartisan practical solutions to real problems. That experience gives him a head start over impressive newcomer Lorie Burch, a Democrat and attorney.
For example, Taylor successfully sponsored legislation that closed a loophole that listed home addresses for people under protective orders. By making the information confidential, the measure prevents perpetrators from locating victims.
Taylor is a Marine vet, so he understands issues facing U.S. veterans. And he’s a solid conservative for this Collin County district who vows to meet with 100 percent of those who ask him to because he believes “constituents have the best ideas.”
We also like that he’s a fiscal conservative who believes government has gotten too big and expensive, and recognizes that Congress has given too much of its legislative power to the executive branch.
We’re concerned that Taylor steadfastly prioritizes securing the border over all other immigration solutions, but at least he has a strategy to break the frustrating logjam in Washington: dividing the many issues into individual bills instead of one massive overhaul.
There’s a lot to like about Burch, a 41-year-old Plano resident who owns her own law practice. Her time in Washington working on policy issues has served her well. And her collaborative instincts around getting more citizens to vote and campaign finance reform are refreshing. She’s one to watch and we’d encourage her to seek another office, perhaps at the state level.
Libertarian Christopher Claytor is also on the ballot.
For this race, Taylor’s the better choice.
Link to Dallas Morning News Endorsement: https://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/2018/09/19/recommend-van-taylor-3rd-congressional-district