SAN ANGELO — The Standard-Times sent a questionnaire to the three candidates running for the 11th Congressional District of Texas, Wacey Alpha Cody (L), Jon Mark Hogg (D) and August Pfluger (R).
Candidates were asked to keep their responses brief and limited to 4-5 sentences. Their responses are listed alphabetically by candidate. Some responses were edited for clarity and length.
What’s the biggest issue farmers and ranchers in Texas’ 11th district are facing that legislation could solve?
WACEY ALPHA CODY: “The biggest issue is a bloated federal government won’t kick them off the tit. We all have to wean ourselves off of government subsidies. I believe in our Ag-industry. Lets quit charging plumbers, truck drivers, teachers, and every other industry to bankroll the (agricultural) industry. Here is a crazy concept: FREE MARKET enterprise.”
JON MARK HOGG: “They have been crippled by a foolish and never-ending trade war, and by the over-centralization of markets and control of the means of transport, sale and processing of their products. If the President will not do it, Congress must intervene and end the trade war to stop its crippling impact on agriculture across the nation. Congress should also fully fund the antitrust section of the Department of Justice and require an assertive enforcement of anti-trust laws where there is unlawful concentration of economic power and market share. We must have more competition in agriculture processing and production creating more options and markets for our farmers and ranchers. As COVID has shown us, centralization of the means of production of our food supply is something that needs to change.”
AUGUST PFLUGER: “Having a strong and equitable trading relationship with our international partners is critical for the future success of our farmers and ranchers. I was proud to stand with President Trump in support of the USMCA and I will continue to support strong trade policies that put America first.”
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