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Why is it so expensive to live in Texas cities, and what can local officials do about it?

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Matthew Watkins

Breaking News Editor for The Texas Tribune
Watkins is the breaking news editor for the Tribune. Before becoming an editor, he wrote about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, Watkins covered local government as the Dallas County government reporter at The Dallas Morning News and... Read More →

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Gerald Cichon

CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso
Cichon has led the El Paso Housing Authority since 2008. He previously served as chief counsel for the western district of Texas with the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. Cichon was also a former senior felony prosecutor for the El Paso District Attorney’s Office... Read More →
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Sarah Eckhardt

Travis County Judge
Eckhardt has served as Travis County judge since 2015. Prior to her election, she spent eight years working as an assistant attorney for the county and was elected to the commissioners court in 2006. Eckhardt also serves on the Transportation Policy Board of the Capital Area Metropolitan... Read More →
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Rodney Ellis

Harris County Commissioner
Ellis has served as a Harris County commissioner since 2017. He previously represented Texas Senate District 13 from 1990 to 2017, where he worked on economic development, education and budget policy. Ellis also served three terms on the Houston City Council and as chief of staff... Read More →
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Eddie Bernice Johnson

U.S Representative, D-Dallas
Johnson, D-Dallas, has represented Texas’ 30th Congressional District since 1993. She is currently a ranking member of the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology and a senior member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. Johnson previously served as a regional... Read More →
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Rey Saldaña

San Antonio City Councilman
Saldaña has represented San Antonio Council District 4 since 2011. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and as chief engagement officer for KIPP San Antonio. Saldaña has worked on several education initiatives, including organizing... Read More →

Saturday September 29, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
Studio 919 at The Texas Tribune