Updated: Tuesday, 02 Nov 2010, 12:21 AM CDT
Published : Monday, 01 Nov 2010, 10:10 PM CDT
HAYS COUNTY (KXAN) - In the hours leading up to election day candidates for House District 45 worked into Monday night to convince voters to head to the polls and cast ballots in their favor Tuesday.
Incumbent Representative Patrick Rose, a Democrat from San Marcos, is fighting to keep his seat from Republican Jason Isaac of Dripping Springs. Both admit it will be a close race both will campaign up until the bitter end.
District 45 is a rapidly growing and changing district which includes portions of Hays, Caldwell and Blanco Counties.
Representative Rose has campaigned to "do what's right for Texas," by stopping jobs from going overseas, bringing new jobs to Texas, balancing the state budget, in part, by eliminating waste and fraud in programs like Medicaid, and not raising taxes. The incumbent lawmaker, now 32, has served the district since age 24, when he won the spot from Republican incumbent Rick Green.
"You have a clear choice in this campaign between somebody and me who's worked very hard with Democrats and Republicans to bring jobs to this district, to build Texas State University, to improve our schools, improve our roads. Somebody who brings people together to get things done, who makes Austin different than Washington," said Rose.
"The alternative is somebody who wants to make Austin more partisan who thinks you ought to vote for him because he's a member of a certain political party," added Rose.
Isaac, 38 years old, has worked in the trucking industry for 15 years and owns his own small business. He said he understands small businesses drive Texas' economy. Isaac said he is tired of the government wasting Texans' hard-earned money.
"We have got to get in there and really cut spending. We've got a huge budget shortfall this next session. We've got to balance that budget and then we've got to provide that tax relief...we've got to get people spending their money again, we've got to let people keep more of their own money. If you want the government run like a business let's send a businessman to the government," said Isaac.
In this heated race, each candidate has paid for attack ads that hit the airwaves claiming the other wants to overtax citizens.
Each man has worked tirelessly to win and has high hopes for when the polls close Tuesday night.
"We have an opportunity to put Texas first and partisanship second and that's why I believe I've earned the vote of our district," said Rose.
"I'm not the incumbent. I'm not a lawyer, no offense to anybody who is, but I've actually had life experience prior to getting into politics and I want to let people know about my experience," said Isaac.
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