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Todd Staples Makes "Contract With Texans" In 2014 Campaign Push

Todd Staples campaign photo.

Todd Staples’ campaign for lieutenant governor has launched a new effort called a "Contract with Texans," where he outlines ten steps for creating a stronger Texas.

Staples is the current agriculture commissioner and is promising to usher in a new generation of leadership. He is one of four Republican candidates running in a very heated and controversial primary election.

Staples released a signed contract with ten promises he intends to keep as lieutenant governor, if he is elected, one of which is to secure the Texas border.

"What we need is parity with our border patrol agents -- we have seven in Texas compared to over 14 per border mile with our sister states," Staples said. "We need to absolutely use low-cost technology with high-impact results."

Staples said Texas has the second-highest population of undocumented immigrants and that’s one of the reasons he has advocated for a guest worker program that does not include amnesty.  Staples' "contract" also promises to protect traditional family values, which includes a ban on same–sex marriage.

"What people do on their own time is their own business, and I recognize that, but they should not be able to demand that government sanction something other than what we have already defined," Staples said.

When he was a state senator, Staples carried the legislation responsible for Texas current ban and constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage.