Republican challenger Connie Scott believes she can offer common sense leadership she believes has been lacking from the District 34 State Representative Seat under the tenure of incumbent Abel Herrero.

Scott grew up in Luling, Texas, as one of six girls in her family. Her parents left the family when Scott was in high school, and she has lived on her own since that time, she said.

Scott's husband, Mike, owns a construction company in Corpus Christi.

Connie served as executive director for the organization Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse before stepping down to run against Herrero in 2008. She said she is proud of the 10 years she spent with that organization.

"When I started there, we really didn't have that many supporters and were not that well known in the community," Scott said. "Before I left, we had really grown and had become known throughout the nation."

One of the skills she learned in that position, Scott said, is the ability to work with people who come from a variety of political backgrounds.

"That's one of the things I credit myself with over my opponent," Scott said. "(That) Is being able to work with all parties involved. In Bay Area Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, we have major Democrat supporters and major Republican supporters. It's not about party, it's about doing what is right."

Scott pointed to an anticipated budget shortfall at the state level as one example of government that is out of control.

"Whatever it is, it means we need to cut spending," Scott said. "Government needs to go back to the basics and prioritize, like we do in our families."

Scott said she would not cut public safety, education or infrastructure, but everything else is on the table.

One area in which she disagrees with her opponent, Scott said, is on a proposed countywide drainage district.

While Herrero has said he would not support legislative moves toward such a district, Scott said she would.

"The legislation they are asking for would only allow the county and the city to negotiate together. Then they would bring it before the voters and the voters would decide," Scott said. "It is not a piece of legislation that the legislature would cram down their throats… it would come back to the voters for the voters to decide if they wanted it."

One area in which Scott said she breaks from the traditional Republican platform is that she supports the legalization of the gaming industry in Texas.

"I'm not opposed to gaming. We already have the lottery and horse racing and dog racing," Scott said.

Scott said she also supports term limits, although she declined to place a number on the table. She also said she would work to find middle ground in the district.

"I'm not a career politician. I believe in term limits. I won't marginalize myself by taking extreme positions one way or the other," Scott said. "We can sit down together and most often work something out that benefits the majority."