In this interview, Senior Editor Drew White sits down with Justin Berry, one of several Republicans seeking to reclaim House District 47 after it was flipped from red to blue by Democrat incumbent Vikki Goodwin. Berry discusses his perspective as a police officer, what his policy objectives would be if elected, as well as his favorite holiday traditions.
When asked what policy issue would be his first priority if elected to office, Berry said, “I really want to see our property tax system change. I really want us to switch to that consumption model… I think that has the greatest impact in people’s day-to-day lives.”
A consumption model would make the state government less dependent on property taxes for revenue and more dependent on sales taxes and other types of consumption taxes.
“I’m glad we saw some of our elected officials try to fight for it last session and I look forward to being another person in that camp that’s going to be right there beside them,” said Berry.
Berry has been a senior police officer for twelve years and recently received the Civic Leadership Award for his work with local charities.
Watch the full interview with Justin Berry below.
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Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.