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The Republican and Democrat vying for the Texas Senate District 5 seat are at odds when it comes to their stances on key issues, but don't disagree that education, water, health care and transportation are among the priorities that need to be addressed by whoever takes home the most votes.

For District 5 voters, which consists of Brazos, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Walker and Williamson counties, the choice is between Republican incumbent Dr. Charles Schwertner and Democrat Joel Shapiro.

AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry says he's creating a state task force to ensure Texas appropriately responds to infectious diseases like the Ebola virus.

Perry on Monday announced the creation of the Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. It will be overseen by Dr. Brett Giroir, who's the CEO of Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Perry also called on federal officials to implement screening procedures at all U.S. points of entry. Screeners would take the temperature of travelers and conduct other assessments to determine their overall health.

(KLTV) - The chairman of the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee said the newest case of Ebola in Dallas is a wake up call for the nation.

In an exclusive interview with KLTV 7 Wednesday, State Senator Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, said the new case is concerning.

"This is a wake up call for our country and Texas," Sen. Schwertner, also a practicing physician, said.

Schwertner's health and human services committee held a special hearing earlier this month after the first U.S. case of Ebola was diagnosed in Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan.

Republican incumbents representing Bryan-College Station in the Legislature are far out-raising their Democratic and Libertarian challengers, according to campaign finance reports detailing donations and expenses from July 1 to Sept. 25.

State Rep. John Raney raised $27,340 in the three months before October and spent $20,876, giving him $63,299 going into the final month of campaigning. One of his donations in the past three months was $500 from College Station Professional Firefighters For Responsible Government.

After appointing Republican state Sen. Jane Nelson to chair the Senate Finance Committee, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has picked state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, to replace her as the head the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

Dewhurst revealed that he would be tapping Schwertner, a practicing orthopedic surgeon, to lead the committee on Thursday evening during an interview that aired on Time Warner Cable News' nightly political show Capital Tonight.