By CHRISTIN COYNE
Early voting for primary runoffs begins Monday.
Several hopeful Republican candidates, including incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, were in Weatherford Tuesday night to answer questions at a public forum hosted by the Parker County Republican Party.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, challenged by Dan Patrick, who did not attend the forum, outlined why he believed voters should choose him.
He believes in the free market, Dewhurst said.
“You can’t have opportunity without liberty,” Dewhurst told the crowd. “I’m a liberty guy.”
Spending frugally and cutting taxes are also priorities, according to Dewhurst.
Dewhurst was asked about recent earthquakes in Parker County and whether he would get involved.
“I haven’t seen any signs that have indicated that pumping recovered water into deeper aquifers causes any earthquakes,” Dewhurst said.
Dewhurst said he has been interested in the issue for the past two years as “rumors have started to percolate.”
“There’s no evidence that I’ve been able to see, that [the state geologist] has been able to see that there’s any contamination in groundwater from fracking,” Dewhurst said addressing another issue of contention in southern Parker County, later adding that he has not seen evidence of earthquakes tied to injection wells.
“If that’s the case, we can certainly move the ground water [injection] to other places and where there’s zero chance of seismic changes,” Dewhurst said.
Dewhurst was asked if there was a possibility of restoring funding to public schools.
“I’ve tried to champion improving public education since I came into the legislature,” Dewhurst said.
He spent a year and a half working on changing the school finance system so the state could better support teachers in the classroom, Dewhurst said.
He’s supporting more distance learning, particularly in more rural areas, Dewhurst said.