There are currently four potential candidates seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for Governor of Texas. I recently interviewed one of those hopefuls, Robert J. Bell. I would like to personally thank Mr. Bell for taking time to respond to these questions for IPR.
What’s your educational & occupational background?
I graduated high school from Strawn,TX. I received a BS in Chemistry from Tarleton State University and I have an MBA from UT Arlington. I started work at age 16 in a local restaurant and worked a couple of jobs while obtaining my undergrad degree. After college, I went to work for Alcon Labs doing stability testing for consumer products. Currently I work for Creative Testing Solutions as a lab manager. We test donor blood to make sure it is safe for transfusion.
How long have you lived in the state of Texas?
I moved to Strawn, Texas in 1989 after my father retired from the military. I was 11.
What motivated you to run for Governor?
I didn’t see any of the other candidates as being any different than what we have had in the past and I’m tired of hearing empty promises.
What’s your opinion of current governor Rick Perry?
I feel he allows his religious views dictate social issues in a manner that oppresses the people of Texas.
How long have you been a Libertarian? How did you come to the party & what about it did you find attractive?
I first heard of the Party when Bob Barr was running for President. Until then I usually voted Republican. I came to the Libertarian party because of their stance for personal freedom and limited government. Prior with the Republicans I guess I wished they would change their stance on social issues.
What distinguishes you from your opponents, namely perceived frontrunner Kathie Glass?
I am more concerned with helping Texas than fighting Washington and promoting fear mongering. While Fed overreach is a concern, education, social issues and increasing jobs is a higher priority to me.
What would you do to improve the Texas economy as governor? Does cutting taxes alone create jobs?
Cutting taxes in theory would create jobs if companies decided not to just keep the extra money. We are at a time where everyone is looking for ways to streamline, automate and become overall more efficient. Bringing in new business and helping small business owners is the only sure way to create jobs.
One issue of importance to many Texans is the border, and immigration policy. Would you favor increasing or decreasing border security? What can you do as governor to decrease border violence?
We need to push the federal government to do a better job in protecting the border as that is under their care. I would also push to get more funding to recoup the monetary losses for detaining illegals. I would have no problem calling on the state guard to control heightened crime in border towns.
Across America, more and more states are legalizing same-sex marriage. Would you support such efforts in Texas? Do you think Texas will move to legalize same-sex marriage in the near future?
I would push for it and to include sexual orientation protection for worker rights. I do not see any other candidate doing that.
Several states have legalized medical marijuana. Colorado and Washington recently legalized marijuana for recreational use. Should Texas be next? Why or why not?
Texas should legalize pot and to some degree other drugs. The amount of money spent fighting marijuana is ridiculous. There is a large amount of money the state could be gaining from this. Same goes for other ‘vice’ laws such as gambling and current liquor laws.
To learn more about Robert Bell’s campaign, visit his campaign website: http://www.robertbell2014.com/. He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. The Libertarian Party of Texas will hold its 2014 convention April 11th – 13th at the Mayborn Convention Center in Temple, TX. Click here for more information.