Q. What is your plan to help stimulate job growth in your district?
A. My plan is to lower taxes on small businesses, this way they can keep more of their money and hopefully create more better paying jobs and resolve some of the nation's challenges. Give businesses a federal tax break for hiring veterans. I have never held a publicly elected position, but have served in numerous nonprofit organizations, i.e., Red Cross volunteer, Knights of Columbus, Little League coach, civil defense and emergency management.
Q. What can you do to restore voter confidence in Washington's ability to resolve the nation's challenges?
A. To make sure that we keep the government open and reach across the aisle and vote bipartisan to resolve issues that would help all Americans.
Q. What distinguishes you from your opponent(s)?
A. For the passed 40 years I have served the American public and never for personal gain or prestige. Constituents deserve the right to be represented with high moral standards. Also, I will represent all interests in the region effectively and professionally.
Q. What do you see as the three major issues you would tackle, if elected?
A. Maintain efficient services for veterans, maximize educational programs for all and protect the Second Amendment.
Q. What is your solution to ending the impasse on immigration law changes? Do you support building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border?
A. If any individual wants to come in into the United States, he must be screened to be sure he does not have any kind of criminal record. If that person is clear, provide him/her with a visa to stay and work in the U.S.A. for five years. If that person does not commit any crimes, he can apply for citizenship, provided that he has a Social Security card and his paper work in order.
Raul "Roy" Barrera was born on June 3, 1950 in Robstown, TX to migrant worker parents who worked in West Texas in the cotton fields in the winter months.
Raul remembers working long hours as a young teenager in the hot South Texas sun. Raul decided one day after he told his mother that he would someday grow up and work with a suit and tie because he had seen how hard his parents and older siblings had worked in the fields. Raul dreaded every year having to come home to South Texas, because that meant he had to start school late in the year and had to be a diligent student. It was a very frustrating time; he persevered in life and wanted to show his family that he could one day make a difference. Raul graduated from Robstown High School and he began his career as a Communications Officers with the Robstown Police Department. He continued his education at Del Mar College where he studied and received his Peace Officer License, which allowed him to become a Certified Peace Officer with the Robstown P.D. Raul, was assigned to the D.A.R.E Program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). For a short period of time in his career he worked with the Constable Department Precinct 5. All together Raul has worked over 35 plus years in Law Enforcement. He currently works as a Special Deputy/Court Security Officer at the United States Federal Courthouse in Corpus Christi, TX.
Raul married to Terry Barrera and is a proud father of Sandra (Ramon Ramos), Anthony (Jackie) Michael B. and has five grandchildren along with one great grandchild. A devoted Christian and is a member of Saint Theresa Catholic Church. Raul is a hardworking man of integrity with family values, morals and dedication. He believes in doing what is right for the constituents of District 27.
“COMMITTED TO THE PEOPLE.”