Democrat, Republican face off in House 123 District run-off

A special run-off election for Texas House District 123 contest will have a Democrat and Republican vying for the post at the election Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The seat was held by Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, who is is running for the Mayor of San Antonio.

The Democrat candidate is Diego Bernal, 40, who is an attorney and consultant.

For Bernal, State House District 123 covers roughly the same territory as San Antonio City Council District 1 which he has resigned from.

Bernal said he wants to restore and expand funding for public schools to make them the best in the U.S. He wants equal opportunities—in funding and curriculum—for all students, including economically disadvantaged, Special Education, Special Need and English Language Learner students. He wants to expand state Pre-K programs to full-day offerings and end regulations that force teachers to “teach to the test.”

Bernal wants to increase access to health care by expanding Medicaid and closing the “coverage gap” and bring essential health services and information to the front door by using neighborhood community workers.

He wants to create a true education pipeline so that every business can find the workforce it needs in San Antonio. He also wants to make sure that small businesses receive state incentives and subsidies.

Bernal wants to restore access to critical women’s health services and curb hunger for Texas children. He also wants to increase opportunities for working families to become home owners. He also wants to protect local law enforcement from the movement to turn them into immigration officers.

The Republican candidate is Nunzio Previtera, 62, an insurance agent.

Previtera describes himself as an Air Force brat and has lived in Turkey and Colorado. In San Antonio his business experience has been in finance. He currently works in the insurance field. He says he needs to do three simple things: listen, serve and lead.

He want to promote individual opportunity through job creation and training. “Our public schools must work together with industry associations to create apprenticeship programs to train our students in trades such as masonry, electrical, heating and air conditioning, and nursing,” Previtera said.

Previtera wants to prevent taxes that are specified for a particular need such as school funding or roads not to be diverted for other uses. He doesn’t want to create new taxes and he doesn’t want to increase existing taxes.

On affordable health care for small business, he wants businesses to be allowed access to group health plans without participation requirements. Additionally, he wants to abolish individual mandates. “We should all be allowed to buy only the coverage we need,” Previtera said. “Health insurance is not ‘One Size Fits All’.”

He’s a big believer in First Amendment rights. “No laws shall be passed that infringe upon the individual constitutional rights given to us by the Founding Fathers,” Previtera said. “All citizens shall be treated equally, without any favoritism toward any group.”

He is Pro Life during conception and end of life. “I will advocate for legislation that prevents any abortion that is not performed to save the life of the mother and prohibits any government agency or physician from withholding life-sustaining measures without the written consent of the patient or the patient’s medical power of attorney,” he said.

Early voting starts Monday, Feb. 9, and ends Friday Feb. 13.

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