orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

January 11, 2014

Watts eyes Texas Land Commissioner

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — David Watts believes executive agencies should adhere to the Constitution while being accessible to the public.

Watts is a Conservative Republican running for Texas Land Commissioner.

“I admit I fundamentally distrust government,” Watts said in an interview on Friday. “We need to restrain government to its proper authority while individual liberties are enhanced.”

Land Commissioner office manages public lands for education funding, veterans benefits, preserving Texas history and coastlines.

“We need to adhere to the Constitution,” Watts said. “We are finding many who believe they are tired of being on the defense and want to know when is it time to be on the offense.”

Watts believes that time is now.

“I was in Brownsville and as I was being driven around, the driver said the number one problem in Brownsville is that they cannot teach the children efficiently,” Watts said. “The man told me that every morning one could see children crossing the bridge from Mexico to attend school. Plyer v. Doe says that we must provide education for non citizen children because to deny them is to deny their 14th Amendment rights. This is a topic that Texas does not want to talk about. It is costing more than $1 billion to give free K-12 to non-citizen children. It is time the Land Commissioner goes on the offense.”

Watts said he wants to educate the public and the legislature to refocus the funding to Texas children.

“It needs to go back before the Supreme Court,” Watts said. “For thirty years this has been draining funds for Texas children. We would not give Louisiana $1 billion a year and they are part of our country.”

Watts also believes there is a way to better serve veterans.

“Currently we have two boards. Why?” Watts said. “We need to bring them together and cut the red tape.”

Watts has spoken against efforts to get the Alamo and four other mission sites designated as U.N. World Heritage sites.

“The General Land Office (GL0) took over the Alamo when leadership issues arose with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT),” Watts said. “We need to recognize the 105 years the DRT were custodians of the Alamo and give it back to DRT. The Alamo is the very symbol of Texas and should not be influenced by the United Nations. There is no problem at the Alamo that Texans cannot solve.”

Watts is a business professional with more than 22 years of experience solving business problems, helping organizations become more efficient, and to better serve their clients.

Watts and his wife for 24 years, Desiree Watts, and their three children, ages 13, 15, and 17, live in the East Texas Piney Woods between Gilmer and Longview.