Here’s a look at the candidates who are in a primary runoff election on May 27. Candidates below will be on the Tarrant County ballot.
I bring a business and managerial skill set that will allow me to effectively run a large agency like the Texas Department of Agriculture in a manner that is beneficial to taxpayers and stakeholders in the Agriculture industry.
I also have the conservative experience that Texans trust, which is why I’m endorsed by the former Agriculture Committee Chair, Rick Hardcastle, and the following individuals and groups: Gary Polland/Texas Conservative Review, Terry Lowry/What’s Up Radio Program/Link Letter, Congressman Ralph Hall, Department of Public Safety Officers Association, Texas State Fire Fighters Association, POLICE, Inc., Senator Kevin Eltife, several local mayors and county commissioners, numerous Republican party officials, and Donnie Gay, 8-time PCRA world champion bull rider.
1. ) Property Taxes: The reform of our property tax and property appraisal system is key to sustaining the Texas agriculture industry, because family farmers and ranchers are suffering due to oppressive property taxes.
2) Illegal Immigration: Facilitate cooperation between local landowners and law enforcement to stop illegal trespassing on private property and ensure that immigration regulations are enforced.
3) Water: Overhaul the burdensome bureaucratic water regulatory system to enable farmers and ranchers to effectively do their jobs while preserving our precious resources.
State Board of Education District 11
Finally, the Permanent School Fund is an uniquely Texas institution that helps finance public primary and secondary education in our state. Established with a $2,000,000 in 1854, the fund, through prudent investing and through land revenues, now has a portfolio of more than $28,000,000,000. The fund must continue to be a sound investment — protected from wayward spending and misuse. As a conservative and an experienced manager in the hospitality industry, I recognize the need for fiscal responsibility when dealing with any kind of budget or investment. As your SBOE member, I will work to ensure that the Permanent School Fund is transparent and solvent going forward.
Senate District 10
The Rosie Project: Texas State “Rosie”
Dallas Tea Party: Board Member
FreedomWorks: Platform Commissioner at the RNC
Liberty Central: Texas State Liaison
Texas State Legislature TEA Party Caucus: Advisory Committee member 83rd & 84th sessions
NE Tarrant Tea Party: Steering Committee; Board Member; Vice President
Calvary Lutheran Church: Council Member; Outreach Chair; President
The Gladney Center: Auxiliary Board Member; Outreach Chair; President
I have served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives for District 97, which includes southwest Tarrant County. I was appointed to great committees, Appropriations and Public Education, and helped balance two budgets without raising taxes.
I have been endorsed by Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. Plus: The Texas Medical association, The Texas Association of Businesses, The Texas Hospital Association, The Texas Municipal Police Officer Association. I am A rated by the NRA.
I will work hard in the Texas Senate. Due to my experience in the Legislature, I know how to get things done in Austin. I am very optimistic about the future of our Great State of Texas.
Judge County Criminal Court No. 2
In the 2014 Tarrant County Bar Association Judicial Candidate Qualifications Bar Poll, the lawyers and judges in Tarrant County rated me “well qualified” for the office of judge of county criminal court 2. More lawyers and judges voted me “well qualified” than the “well qualified” votes received by all three of the other candidates for this position combined. My commitment to legal excellence is further demonstrated by my 18 consecutive-year membership in the College of the State Bar, which is an honor society created by the Supreme Court of Texas.
County Criminal Court 2 has an annual budget of approximately $500,000. I possess the business background necessary to manage this budget and to manage the personnel of the court. I earned a degree in Business Administration and have owned and run my own law office for the past 19 years. I have dealt first-hand with the wide variety of laws and human relations issues confronting businesses.
Lastly, I possess the demeanor, temperament, life experience and ethics necessary to be a strong, fair and even-handed judge. In recognition fo these traits, the President of the State Bar of Texas appointed me to serve two three year terms on the District 7A Grievance Committee that addresses grievances filed against lawyers by clients, judges or members of the public. After conducting hearings and considering evidence, the committee is authorized to take actions ranging from dismissing the grievance to recommending attorney disbarment. A calm demeanor, a respectful attitude, an understanding of attorney ethics and a well-rounded life experience were essential to a positive resolution of these important and oftentimes very emotional cases. I will bring these same traits to the office of judge of County Criminal Court 2.
Judge County Criminal Court No. 3
Furthermore, I have extensive experience as a criminal trial lawyer. I have handled serious cases such as murder, sexual assault of a child, aggravated assault, and capital murder. My opponents, on the other hand, have either no criminal trial experience or limited experience from focusing their practice on bail bonds and misdemeanors.
I believe I am the most qualified candidate for this position due to my comparative advantage in life experience as well as criminal trial experience.
Finally, as the son of immigrants that literally lost everything they had to Communism, I was raised in a home that treasured the opportunities that America gives her citizens. Both my mother’s and father’s sides fled to the south to escape the North Korean invasion. Leaving everything behind, both families started over with nothing and rebuilt their lives in South Korea. Eventually, they came to the United States to ensure that they will never have to worry about a government that will arbitrarily seize property from an individual or deny them the fundamental rights that belong to every person. I personally understand the importance of liberty and of equal protection under the law. That is part of my very existence and the reason why I am in the United States today. We ask our Judges to follow the law and to understand the importance of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. There is no question that I am the person who will always hold those precious documents dear to my heart.
Justice of the Peace Pct. 3
Due to the relative recent changes in the rules and my position as chairman of the taskforce I am uniquely qualified as having a deep understanding of the letter and the intent of the rules for Justice Courts in Texas.
Martha, my wife of 40 years, and I have two grown children and one grandson, so I understand firsthand the importance of education that is accessible and affordable for Texas children. I’ve served on various civic boards and organizations in the Dallas area and have been involved in Democratic politics for more than 20 years.
State Board of Education, District 13
· Board Member, Young Leaders in Education (YLE): YLE is a group of young professionals committed to strengthening education in North Texas. As a Board Member, I have the privilege of working with other young professionals passionate about education and with non-profits in Dallas in need of additional support.
· Volunteer, Organizing for Action (OFA): As a volunteer for OFA I have organized and participated in numerous phone banks and “flyering” events urging our members of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
I am an educator committed to improving public education in Texas. As first generation college graduate, I understand the importance of preparing students for success. Upon graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts, I moved back to Texas to teach bilingual kindergarten and fourth grade. Teaching gave me unique insight into the challenges facing students, families, and educators and inspired me to commit my career to ending education inequity.
After teaching, I launched into the field of education policy. I attended the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and received a Master of Public Affairs in 2006. I spent a year in the San Francisco Bay Area working for a large private family foundation and worked on efforts to help close school readiness gaps. From California, I moved to Washington, D.C. where I spent five years working for a large civil rights organization tracking federal education policy and advocating for the needs of low-income children and families. Currently, I work for a Dallas-based nonprofit, Teaching Trust, where I lead a leadership development program for teachers.
I’m running to serve on the Texas State Board of Education because I believe that every child and family in District 13 should have the opportunity to succeed. I am passionate about education and about ensuring that Texas children have access to rigorous instruction, great teachers and leaders, and excellent schools.
· Develops rigorous learning standards that are aligned to college and workforce expectations and prepare all students for success.
· Adopts historically and scientifically accurate textbooks and curriculum.
· Ensures that teachers and students have access to high-quality instructional materials
· Adopts policies that help attract effective teachers and principals to the profession.
· Provides on-going professional development for teachers and principals that help them meet the needs of students.
· Works closely with educators to inform the educator certification process.
· Prioritize the needs of students.
· Develop professional staff that can deliver strong outcomes for students.
· Establish a culture of high expectations for all students.
1) Determining what new courses will be developed to give students more options under HB5, especially concerned with more alternative mathematics courses that would cover algebraic concepts for non-math majors.
2) TEKS review as a continuous cycle/ courses are reviewed every ten years/ the instructional materials are reviewed and then to make sure that the TEKS that are align with instructional materials are aligned with the STATE assessment.
3) Looking at the review and approval process of the next Social Studies books - last year the State Board approved the next biology books.
The main focus is on higher achievements in our schools.
I believe in term limits for all offices. We should serve our term (s) before the effectiveness of one's focus diminished. Why, because sometime the individual in office does not cultivate others to replace them and one begins to think of the office as their personal possession. Moreover one may become resistant to and not support new ideas and the apathetic voting public continues to send the familiar back to office.