Landry declares candidacy for House Dist. 83

Landry declares candidacy for House Dist. 83

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TAHOKA, Texas -

A Democrat declared candidacy for Texas House District 83 Saturday, during a tour of the smaller towns in the district.

During a stop in Tahoka, South Plains College professor Drew Landry said the area needs a representative that ensures "respect" and growth in Texas's public schools. He said he wants to focus on vocational and technical training, as well as encouraging students to teach afterwards.

Landry said the Legislature should also be more accepting of dipping into the state's savings account -- the Rainy Day Fund -- to keep public education a priority during budgetary shortfalls.

"We have to go about listening to the superintendents and principals," Landry said, "and say 'what are the needs? What is it that you need?' instead of listening to an alt-right kind of lobbyist who says 'This is what we have to have, and this is how you're going to do it.' That's not my kind of leadership style."

Landry said the key difference between himself and the incumbent -- Rep. Dustin Burrows -- is he knows how to be a leader, and Burrows only plays the part.

Burrows ran unopposed in the Republican primary and general election for 2016. He's up for re-election next November.

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