Breakthrough polls area candidates
Bob Eckhardt, candidate for reelection to the U.S. House of
Representatives, District 8.
Served 10 years in Congress
and 8 years in the Texas House
Eckhardt has been targeted
by the oil companies because he
has consistently supported regulation of the oil industry and is
against any sudden price decontrols. His opponent is a
special interest (oil) candidate.
Nick Gearhart (beware of name
confusion. Remember Yar-
brough —Yarborough?) is running from outside his district.
(He lives in River Oaks).
1. Un e mployment and high
prices tace my electorate daily.
2. The availability of jobs with
an adequate salary is the greatest problem facing women in
the 8th District. I will continue
to support the enforcement of
equal opportunity, as well as
legislation which provides funding for day care centers, adequate health programs and full
3. Yes. I interpreted the
Supreme Court's decision as""
saying that the government
should not involve itself more
than absolutely necessary in
this matter which is essentially
a medical, moral and perhaps
religious question to be resolved by a woman in consultation with her doctor and
anyone else she chooses.
4. Yes. The constitutional
guarantee of equality is the
highest expression of a democracy.
5. Adequate child care at a
reasonable cost is essential to
working mothers. I supported
legislation in 1971 (which was
vetoed by Nixon) to aid Day
Care Centers and I will continue
to do so.
1. The way to end abuse in
the Medicaid program is to
supplant it with a comprehensive system of National Health
Insurance. Many people who
need assistance cannot get it
because of "cracks" in the law
which are due to income limitations, whereas others get
assistance through frauds or administrative laxity even though
they should not be receiving it.
2. I support the Health Maintenance Organization Act of
1973 (PL 93-222) in the Interstate and Foreign Commerce
Committee on which I served
and I supported it on the House
Editor's Note: In early September Houston Breakthrough sent questionnaires to area political
candidates in the November 2 election. Our intention was to publish all responses.
Republican responses were so light that we decided to focus on four key contested races - two
Congressional [Districts 8 and 22], one Senate [District 7] and one county [Precinct 3].
Despite our repeated efforts to contact the Republican candidates in these races we could not get
them to meet our "extended deadline/' Finally, Nick Cearhart's office told us, in effect, that he
wasn't interested in women's issues. It appears that neither were Dr. Ron Paul, Walter Keith or Bob
Eckels. Questions were:
1. What are the one or two greatest problems facing your electorate?
2. What are the one or two greatest political, social, or economic problems facing specifically the
women in your constituency? If elected, what kind of legislation will you sponsor or work for to help
women in these areas?
3. Do you approve of the Suoreme Court position on abortion? Why or why not?
4. Do you publicly support ratification of the ERA? Why or why not?
5. What is your position on government support to day care programs for children?
In specific questions to county, state and national candidates we focused on one area - health. In
our opinion it is the number one issue or crisis in this country, particularly the way it affects women
and the poor. Thus, we asked the following questions:
To U.S. Representatives:
1. How do you plan to help correct abuses in the Medicaid program?
2. Would you support legislation to encourage the development of health-maintenance
3. Would you support a bill for nationalized health insurance? If so, whose sponsored-bill?
For State Legislators:
1. Do you feel that the UT Board of Regents acted illegally in dissolving the UTSSN ?
2 Would you support a bill to allow the nursing profession to control nursing education?
For County Commissioners:
1. Would you support a nurse member on the Hospital District Board of Managers?
2. Are you in favor of combining city and county health departments?
3. I support the Kennedy-
Griffith Bill, which was renamed the Kennedy-Corman
Bill when Griffith left Congress.
Bob Gammage, candidate for
the U.S. House of Representatives seat, District 22. Served
in the Texas Senate, 1973-1976
and Texas House of Representatives, 1971-1973.
Gammage's opponent is another special interest candidate
(medical establishment). Dr.
Ron Paul is heavily back by the
American Medical Association
($15,000 contributions) and the
Texas Medical Association
($15,000 contributions) and
many $1,000 contributions (the
new legal limit) from individual
doctors. Paul is a favorite of
the right wing lobby. His
financial campaign manager ran
for Vice-President of the American Party this year. Paul won in
last Spring's special election
over Bob Casey's seat. His
voting record in Congress was
singled out and praised recently
in Thunderbolt, the KKK national magazine.
1. The total lack of House representation in Congress. The
2. Economic opportunity: prohibitions and penalties for discrimination in credit lending,
hiring, and promotion practices.
3. I am personally opposed to
abortion, but support the U.S.
Constitution as interpreted by
the Supreme Court. This
question is a matter of personal
4. Support. It's right-for all
5. I have consistently supported day care assistance to
those who could not otherwise
afford it-preferably through
private programs, where available.
1. Monitoring of procedures-
costs by health care professionals and institutions.
2. I sponsored the state's
HMO legislation - National
Health Insurance should be
cost-effective and rely upon the
private sector as much as
Gene Jones, candidate for the
Texas Senate, District 7.
Served two terms in the Texas
House and is the incumbent
His opponent Walter Keith,
owner of a janitorial cleaning
and supply company, ran unsuccessfully in several local
races in the past. Dr. Ron
Paul's efforts and money have
helped Keith by virtue of some
overlapping in strong Republican precincts.
1. Keeping taxes down/tax
reform and equitable financing
of public education.
2. Availability of adequate
child care facilities. I will work
for an appropriate level of state
funding and regulation of such
facilities. Also, sex discrimination in state employment,
particularly in high salaried
positions. I will actively seek
remedies for such instances of
3. Within that position it is
possible at the state level to
provide for certain restrictions
on abortion. While it is certainly
not necessary to consider a
constitutional amendment in
reference to this issue, there are
some rights which need to be
considered and protected:
a. I support a "conscience
clause" preventing medical
personnel from being compelled
to participate in abortion.
b. I am opposed to the
expenditure of public funds for
c. I cannot support abortion
on demand in the final trimester
5. As a means of encouraging
mothers (or fathers) to seek
employment or job training as
an alternative to reliance on
other forms of public assistance, funding day care centers
is certainly a more desirable
and more productive expenditure of tax dollars.
I certainly question the authority of the Board of Regents
to dissolve a system created by
the Texas Legislature. I will
support legislation designed to
afford nurses professional autonomy and control over their
Janis Pool, candidate County
Commissioner, Precinct 3.
Twenty years as a community
activist. Experiences range
from organizing foster parents
in St. Louis to reform the
Missouri Child Welfare Department to organizing neighbors in
the Westador sub-division in
Harris County to lay down a
speed bump for the safety of
their children.When Commissioner Eckels sent "3 men, a
gradall and a dump truck" to
scrape up the speed bump,
claiming it was a road hazard.
Pool decided to run against him.
Pool attended Commissioner's
Court meetings without fail to
study the manner in which they
handle county business. This
has reinforced her belief that a
citizens' advocate is needed oh
1 Flood control—the more
concrete we pour, the more we
risk flooding. Also, the county
needs ordinance-making power to enforce state regulations.
2. The County Commissioners feel no responsibility for
the lack of a county Affirmative
Action program. As a county we
presently violate federal laws.
Also, a salary scale to equalize
wages so that women of all
income levels can become more
3. I believe in freedom of
choice. The Hyde Amendment
cuts out federal funds to poor
women. It now means that
"freedom of choice" will not
apply to women without means.
5. I support it simply because
there are parents that absolutely have to work and day care
programs would insure that
children would be properly
cared for and protected. I am
particularly worried about children left alone — the "latch
key" children. Hopefully, the
government would set quality
standards for day care centers.
1. Yes, definitely.
2. Yes. I would like to see
other departments like parks
and recreation also combined.