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Editorial: Price is right again

October 23, 2012
Amarillo Globe-News

Editor’s note: This is the first of the Amarillo Globe-News’ recommendations in races on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. Early voting began Monday.

Texas House District 87 had an unknown quantity in 2010 when Walter “Four” Price, an Amarillo lawyer, won election to the spot held for nearly two decades by David Swinford.

Two years later, and voters have a clear picture of what they have in Price — a proven conservative that reflects the political beliefs and values of the majority of voters in the district.

Following redistricting, the district has expanded to include Hutchinson County in addition to Carson, Moore, Potter and Sherman counties.

Price is again the best candidate to support conservative values. Democrat Abel Bosquez, former Potter County Democratic Party chairman, is again running against Price, who received 77 percent of the vote in November 2010.

Price hit the ground running as a legislative rookie, passing 10 bills as a freshman, which tied for the top spot among first-year House members.

Price has emphasized his support for public schools and water, and funding for public education will again be a primary issue come January.

Many of Price’s legislative colleagues, especially from the Texas Panhandle, have complimented Price during his first two years in Austin, including state Reps. John Smithee, R- Amarillo, and Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, and Swinford.

Price’s conservative philosophy also has earned him support from the Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture Fund, Bell Helicopter, the Texas Association of Business, the Texas Conservative Coalition and the National Rifle Association.

Four Price has shown he has a grasp of what his district needs in Austin — a strong conservative voice.