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In this interview, Brandon Waltens, managing editor for Texas Scorecard, is joined by Lt. Colonel Allen West, candidate for Texas governor. From West’s experiences as chairman of the Texas GOP to his stance on abortion, Texas Scorecard shares the conversation.

A Brief Biography

Born into a career military family in Atlanta, Georgia, West’s fate as a G.I. was sealed when he joined the United States Army in 1982. He graduated from the University of Tennessee and holds two master’s degrees from Kansas State University and the Command and General Staff Officer College, respectively. 

After retiring from the armed forces in 2004, West pursued a career in policy, first running for Congress in 2008. He eventually served as the representative for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District from 2011 to 2013. In 2015 West and his family relocated to Garland, Texas. In 2019 West ran for chairman of the Texas Republican Party, where he served for one year before resigning and announcing his campaign for governor. 

COVID-19 Response

“We’re not a constitutional monarchy. We don’t live by edicts and orders. Unfortunately, the governor opened up Pandora’s box last year,” said West on the issue of COVID-19. When asked about employer vaccine mandates, West said, “I think the citizens should have the type of leadership that would stand and say, ‘I’m aligning myself with the liberty and freedom of the citizens of Texas, and not the corporate interests out there.’”

West also pointed to Florida, saying, “Governor [Ron] DeSantis is even saying, ‘You don’t get to come in here if you’re going to mandate people to have the vaccine.’”

“That’s what I think we should have here in Texas,” he added.

Border Security

West expressed his position that Gov. Greg Abbott could be doing more to secure the southern border. In reference to Abbott’s

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