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Borden said that school finance reform is the
top issues in the District 108 race this year, and
that he believes the Legislature's failure to pass
education finance reform last year makes Branch
and other Republicans, vulnerable.
"School finance is the number one issue, and
with that comes the issue of taxation. I don't want
to see the little people be the ones having to pay
for it all," Borden said.
He said that few of the corporations in Texas
actually pay taxes in the state, and "that's where
we go to finance the schools. Make the corpora-
tions pay the taxes they should be paying."
Another top priority for Borden is the crime
rate in Texas, especially in Dallas, he said.
"We need more funding from the state to do
something about the crime rate, but instead they
[state officials] are talking about wasting the tax-
payers' money to build some big wall along the
border to keep out illegal immigrants," Borden
said. "I think we should be working to make it
easier for the immigrants to become citizens so
they can be good, tax-paying citizens, too."
He also pledged to make sure that GLBT com-
munity organizations "get the funding they
deserve" from the state.
Borden ran as the Democratic candidate for
Dallas County treasurer in 2002, losing to the
Republican candidate Lisa Hembry. In the spring
of 2005, he announced his candidacy for the
District 14 seat on the Dallas City Council but
was unable to secure enough signatures to get his
name on the ballot.
Borden said he ran for treasurer because
"sometimes there's just a situation where some-
body has to put their name on the ballot, so you
aren't just handing it to the other person.
Sometimes you just have to give the people a
"As Democrats, we should fight for every
office. Somebody has to at least give it a try, even
if they lose," he said.
He called his aborted race for the City Council
last year "a mistake."
Borden acknowledged that he has never
served on a city or county board or committee,
and that he believes doing so would interfere with
his community activism.
"I can do more for the community and for indi-
viduals if I am not on any boards than if I were,"
Borden said. "When you are on a board or com-
mittee, then you are always beholden to whoever
appointed you. I would rather represent the peo-
ple," he said.
Borden is a native of Pennsylvania. He moved
to Texas in 1975 after serving a stint in the U.S.
Air Force. He said he soon became active in the
GLBT community here and has remained so ever
Borden said he has participated in the
Firedancers club and several of the earliest AIDS
fundraising events. He said he participated in the
first meeting of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian
Political Caucus, now the Dallas Gay and
Lesbian Alliance, and that he has supported
AIDS Services of Dallas since its inception. He
also is a long-time supporter of the food pantry
operated by the Resource Center of Dallas,
He is also a member of the Oak Lawn Crime
Watch, Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, the
Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of
"I am a people's person," Borden said. "If
somebody has a problem, they come to me and I
find a way to solve the problem. I think that God
put me on earth to help other people, and I am
proud of what I have done."
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vative citizens of the district. That will take
money, he said, adding that he has ties to funding
that Borden can't reach.
Malin said the Legislature's failure during its
last session to pass a school finance reform bill
puts the Republicans who controlled the
Legislature, including Branch in a vulnerable
position. He also predicted that education would
be the most important issue in the race.
He said the current "Robin Hood" system of
using funds from wealthier school districts to
help fund the poor districts is not fair to schools
on either end of the spectrum. That system needs
to be scrapped, he said, and replaced with one
that will empower all schools and students.
The economy will also be a top priority issue,
Malin said. The stock markets are up and unem-
ployment is down, but that doesn't take into
account people who have been laid off two or
three times during the economic slump of the
past several years, he said.
"What we have to do is create an atmosphere
that fosters small and home-based businesses and
gives more people a chance to join the economic
cycle," he said.
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