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By Gail M. Williams
Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

Photo by Gabby Perez/Muleshoe Journal
Vance W. Boyd, candidate for the District 19 House seat in the Texas Republican Primary, is one of two candidates challenging Rep. Jodey Arrington.

Vance W. Boyd, candidate for the District 19 House seat in the Texas Republican Primary, is one of two candidates challenging Rep. Jodey Arrington.
The Republican Primary takes place on March 3. Whoever wins the primary will face Democrat Tom Watson and Libertarian Joe Burnes in the 2020 election.
Boyd stopped to chat with a small group of people at the AIM Bank meeting room Monday.
The candidate from Anson is a contractor who rode bulls for 18 years and worked as a stunt man in Walker Texas Ranger as well as other TV shows and movies. The former mayor of Anson is traveling through District 19 handing out cards that set goals for the position he seeks. His campaign motto is, “Just say no to career politicians and say yes to a working man.”
Boyd said he had always wanted to run for the office and decided last summer that he would try it.
“With my oldest son in college and my twin sons in their senior year in high school, I decided to try to make a difference and lead our country a little better,” he said.
When Boyd spoke out in favor of term limits at the meeting, one attendee mentioned that one politician who ran on term limits has now been in office 20 years.
Boyd, however, insists that he means it.
“If eight years is enough for the president, it should be enough for a congressman,” he said.
Boyd said as mayor of a small town, he saw that what he did affected people, and that if you did something they didn’t like, you were confronted immediately.
“In the House, you’re 2,000 miles from your district,” he said. “We need turnover to get fresh ideas. Every time there’s a new face, things get shaken up.”
In a phone interview, Boyd said he would “absolutely” pledge to serve no more than eight years if he is elected.
At this point, Boyd’s campaign is small, and his website is low key.
“I’m not a politician,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of other stunt guys, and my buddy in Dallas is doing the website. It’s just my picture and contact information with the same card that I give out.”
However, Boyd said, people have been calling him and added, “I’m going to say something you’ll never hear another politician say. I don’t want anybody’s money unless I get past the primary. I’m just trying to get the word out that there is another option.”
The candidate is calling for equity in rural hospital reimbursements.
“The Medicare reimbursements are averaging 30 to 35 percent less in rural hospitals,” he said. “If someone is on a tractor in the northern part of Haskell, it could take one and a half to two hours to get someone to a hospital. It actually puts people at risk.”
Boyd believes that any country where being Christian is illegal should get no more tax money from the U.S., and has set that as one of his campaign’s goals.
“What religion people practice is between them and their creator,” Boyd said, “but why would we take money from American taxpayers and give it to people who hate Christians? It’s not right. If they hate Christians so much, why do they want our money?”
Another campaign goal is to use a voter ID rather than a drivers license in all elections.
“Now that we have people on the east and west coasts giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens, we have to have a voter ID for legal citizens to vote in the election. It’s just commonsense,” he said.
When it comes to education, Boyd thinks that more money should go to teachers in the classroom.
“Statistics say that 70 to 80 percent of a school’s budget goes to administrative costs,” he said. “That should be reversed. It should go to teachers in classroom, the ones who are actually educating our kids. I don’t know how we got so top heavy on administration, but that needs to be corrected at some point.”
Boyd discussed farm subsidies with the group, saying that subsidies should be in place if there’s a bad year.
“But when you see farmers driving around in an $80 thousand Escalade, farm subsidies are a hard sell,” he said.
The group agreed that the only cure for poverty is free enterprise. However, subsidized Chinese farmers make it hard to compete.
“Every time there’s a farm plan, you hear ‘give us more money, give us more money,’” said one attendee. “There’s no way of getting out of it.”
Other goals that Boyd discussed were:
n Put working people first
n Uphold the Constitution as written by our founders
n Fund the border wall
n Finally, Boyd said, “The Second Amendment is non-negotiable.”
Boyd’s phone number is 325-665-0417.

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