Two men are vying for the District 106 representative seat that now covers the north and east parts of Denton County.
The Libertarian Party will field Rodney Caston as its candidate. Pat Fallon won the Republican primary to secure his spot on the ballot.
“Gore Vidal was once asked whether this country needs a third political party. He replied that he was still waiting for a second one,” Caston said. “It is my belief that our two-party system offers little to no choice to the voters on a number of important issues ranging from the size and scope of government, taxation, individual rights and regulation on business.”
He said that as a libertarian, he can offer a different approach to governing by eliminating government from citizens’ wallets and personal lives.
Caston, who owns an information technology consulting company, said he can directly relate to the challenges faced by people who have struggled during these difficult economic times.
“As we continue to move forward in an information-driven society, it becomes critical that our government officials are knowledgeable in these areas as they will impact all our lives,” he said.
His top three areas of concern are cutting taxes and spending, ending the war on drugs and providing relief for small business.
Asked about his chances in this election, Caston said the only constant is change.
“Libertarianism has been growing dramatically over the last several years as both major parties continue to erode our civil liberties. So long as neither major party will embrace libertarian policy, then it leaves the door open to those who do,” he said.
As the Republican nominee, Fallon wants to go to Austin and help continue what Texas has done in terms of attracting small businesses and growth.
Fallon said he recently attend a GOP caucus and got a briefing on the budget and what it will look like for the upcoming legislative session, including the good news of increased sales tax revenue and the more challenging issues such as water resources for the growing population.
“We’re going to spend money on things we vitally need and not on things we’d like to spend money on,” he said.
Fallon said some of his most immediate concerns are education and health and human services, depending on if the Affordable Care Act holds up after the November election.
“There are a lot of unfunded mandates that will put a crunch on the budget. If that is the law of the land, that will be a challenge to comply with,” he said.
Fallon said some of the top-performing school districts in the state were not the ones spending the most money, and he wants to figure out how to get more resources to the students.
While he is aware of his opponent, and compliments the man for stepping up to run and stand up for what he believes in, Fallon is paying more attention to his own endeavors to get the voters behind him.
“It’s better for you to focus on your own campaign,” he said. “Honing your message … and getting it out to as many as possible.”
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .
DISTRICT 106 REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES
• Age: 35
• Experience: information technology consulting (systems, security and programming)
• Age: 44
• Education: bachelor’s degree in government and international relations, University of Notre Dame, 1990
• Experience: U.S. Air Force veteran; president and CEO of Virtus Apparel