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Tarrant County Republican Primary Voter’s Guide 2016 –

February 13, 2016

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The Candidate’s Statements included below were provided by the candidates themselves, appear exactly as they submitted them, and have not been edited in any manner. If no statement appears, no statement was submitted by the deadline for publication.

U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 6

Joe Barton:

Joe Barton

Joe Barton

Website:  www.joebarton.com

Facebook:  Congressman Joe Barton (Politician)

Twitter:  @RepJoeBarton

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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Steven Fowler:

Steven Fowler

Steven Fowler

Website:  www.stevenfowler.org

Facebook:  Steven Fowler for US Congress, Republican for TX-6

Twitter: @StevenFowlerTX

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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Collin Baker:

Collin Baker

Collin Baker

Website:  www.collinbaker2016.com

Facebook:  unknown

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 26

Michael C. Burgess:

Michael C. Burgess

Michael C. Burgess

Website:  www.burgessforcongress.com

Facebook Page:  Michael Burgess (Politician)

Twitter: @MichaelCBurgess

Candidate’s Statement:  I’m a small town doctor that delivered over 3000 babies prior to running for Congress. I have lived in the 26th district for 65 years. I raised a family here and I ran a successful medical practice here for 25 years. I have seen the effects of policy, both good and bad, on my friends and neighbors and carry that experience with me to Congress. I still believe in that quaint notion that we have a government with the consent of the governed. That is only possible by controlling the size of the federal government. My top priorities are protecting our national security, battling Obamacare, reigning in our national debt and replacing our current tax system with a fair flat tax. Our country faces challenges and adversities which demands decisive leadership. As in the past, I believe we will rise to the occasion and emerge as an even stronger nation.

Joel Krause:

Joel Krause

Joel Krause

Website:  www.krauseforhouse.com

Facebook Page:  Krause for House

Twitter: @KrauseforHouse

Candidate’s Statement:  I am a farm boy from Iowa with a degree in Engineering from Iowa State University.  I have worked for 2 corporations, Westinghouse and Honeywell and I have owned and managed my own business in the Lewisville area for 30 years.  Experience; managed 35+ employees and 25+ in China, visionary in several disciplines, traveled to all 50 states and 6 continents, candidate for US Congress, republican district delegate and alternate delegate for state convention in 2014. Why am I running? I am concerned with the safety of US Citizens. I am concerned with our 18 Trillion dollar debt. I am concerned with the lack of influence of “We the People” in Washington. I am concerned with the disregard of our United States Constitution. I am concerned with the lack of leadership in Washington. I have the experience, personality and courage to get things done. Thanks for Voting Krause for House.

Micah Beebe:

Micah Beebe

Micah Beebe

Website:  www.beebeforcongress.com

Facebook Page:  Micah Beebe for U.S. House of Representatives

Twitter: @beebecampaign

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 33

M. Mark Mitchell:

M Mark Mitchell

M Mark Mitchell

Website:  www.mmarkmitchell.com

Facebook Page:  M Mark Mitchell

Twitter: unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  As a pro-life physician, constitutional attorney, custom homebuilder, and investigations and security business owner, I’m running to stop the unprecedented economic and moral decline in our country.  I have a 20-year background in the Republican party as a precinct chair, area leader, committee chair of the senatorial rules committee, and member of the state party rules committee.  As a physician and attorney, I have the knowledge and experience in the medical field to take action on healthcare issues (Obamacare).  As an attorney, I have the knowledge and legal expertise on economic issues facing the next session.  As a contractor and small business owner, I realize that the economy needs a kick-start and a jobs program.  I know when to create jobs and how to build business.  I will fix the broken immigration system, limit government, and return government that is of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Bruce Chadwick:

Bruce Chadwick

Bruce Chadwick

Website:  www.chadwickforcongress.com

Facebook Page:  Chadwick for Congress (Politician)

Twitter: @chadwickforc

Candidate’s Statement: Spanning both Dallas/Tarrant counties is CD33, the “barbell district.” 65% percent Hispanic, 15% Black, and typically voting Democrat, the district has special needs. Only 58% earn high school diplomas. It has a $35,000 median household income for a family of four, down $1,000 from two years ago. Despite Obamacare, 40% still have no health insurance. Unemployment is 8.8% compared to only 4.1% in DFW. Democratic incumbent Marc Veasy does little to help. As a small business owner in the district since 1982, Bruce Chadwick understands the need to create jobs, fix immigration, and protect family values. Bruce is a keynote speaker, entertainer, illusionist, writer, and special effects design consultant. He is also a bi-vocational minister with BA and MA degrees from Baylor University, and a Master of Divinity degree from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Please pray for the Chadwick for Congress campaign and help reach the minorities in Texas.

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TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

John Greytok:

John Greytok

John Greytok

Website:  www.johngreytok.com

Facebook:  John Greytok (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @greytoktx

Candidate’s Statement:  John Greytok is endorsed by former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.  Commissioner Patterson chose John because of his qualifications, his commitment to conservative principles, and because he believes John will do the best job serving the interests of all Texans in this important position.  John Greytok will focus on preserving Texas energy jobs by 1) pushing for a temporary severance tax abatement (as we had in the 1990s), 2) implementing a moratorium on all new regulations, and 3) shutting down the RRC’s corporate welfare program that favors one energy company over another.  John Greytok got into this race because he was upset over the Obama EPA’s irrational war on fossil fuels.  The Railroad Commission can be a critical tool in the fight against federal overreach.  We have the right under the 10th Amendment to make our own decisions (if we have the will and determination to force compliance with the Constitution).

Gary Gates:

Gary Gates

Gary Gates

Website:  www.GaryGatesforTexas.com

Facebook:  Gary Gates for Texas (Politician)

Twitter:  @GaryGates4Texas

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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Ron Hale:

Ron Hale

Ron Hale

Website:  www.ronhalefortexas.com

Facebook:  Ron Hale for Texas (Politician)

Twitter:  @RonHale4TxRRC

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

Doug Jeffrey:

Doug Jeffrey

Doug Jeffrey

Website:  dougjeffrey4texas.com

Facebook:  Doug Jeffrey (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @DCJIV

Candidate’s Statement:  I served 13 years in the Air Force, and now I’d like to continue serving as your next Railroad Commissioner.   Obama’s EPA is doing everything in its power to destroy the oil and gas industry in Texas.  Despite his efforts, Texas has remained a world energy leader, and made the US energy independent for the next 2 generations.  This campaign comes down to who you think can do the best job.  I am the only person in the race that saved taxpayers 100’s of millions, and been in emergency situations where lives were at stake.  The Railroad Commission requires leadership because we are in a state of emergency in the oil and gas industry.  We have to do everything in our power to push back against the feds.  I’ll fight for you just like I did in the skies of Iraq and Afghanistan.  I look forward to your support.

Wayne Christian:

Wayne Christian

Wayne Christian

Website:  www.christianfortexas.com

Facebook:  Wayne Christian (Politician)

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  Wayne Christian is a businessman and former state legislator from East Texas. In the House, he served as Vice-Chair of Regulated Industries and as a member of the Energy Resource Committee. He is the only candidate in this race with experience crafting the rules and regulations that Texas business and industry must work under. During his time in the Texas Legislature, he was rated as one of the most conservative legislators in our state and served as President of the Texas Conservative Coalition. For his conservative voting record, he received the following awards: Taxpayer Champion (Texans for Fiscal Responsibility), National Hero of Faith (Vision America), Defender of Life (Texas Right to Life), Fighter for Free Enterprise (Texas Association of Business), Lifetime Achievement Award (Young Conservatives of Texas), Defender of the American Dream (Americans for Prosperity), and Freedom and Family Award (Texas Eagle Forum).

Weston Martinez:

Weston Martinez

Weston Martinez

Website:  unknown

Facebook:  Weston Martinez (Public Figure)

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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Lance N. Christian:

Lance N. Christian

Lance N. Christian

Website: unknown

Facebook:  unknown

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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TEXAS SUPREME COURT, PLACE 3

Debra Lehrmann:

Debra Lehrmann

Debra Lehrmann

Website:  www.judgedebralehrmann.com

Facebook:  Debra H. Lehrmann

Twitter:  @JusticeLehrmann

Candidate’s Statement:  It has been my sincere privilege to serve on the Texas Supreme Court since being appointed by Governor Perry in 2010.  I have a proven record of exemplary service.  With a total of 28 years judicial experience, including over 20 years as a trial judge in Fort Worth, I have served on this Court for 6 years and have written on a vast number of complex legal matters including oil and gas, contract interpretation, commercial, corporate and securities, tax, torts, family and probate, civil procedure and evidence.  As a scholarly jurist who has studied under Justice Antonin Scalia, I am a textualist who believes strongly in judicial restraint and who never legislates from the bench. My opponent has no history of service on the Supreme Court.  I take my oath to strictly and conscientiously apply the law in a methodical and scholarly manner very seriously.

Michael Massengale:

Michael Massengate

Michael Massengate

Website:  www.michaelmassengale.com

Facebook:  Justice Michael Massengale, (Government Official)

Twitter:  @mmassengale

Candidate’s Statement:  Justice Michael Massengale is a Christian and a lifelong conservative. He’s an Eagle Scout and a graduate of Southwest High School. A former partner of Baker Botts, he handled a wide range of civil litigation at the pinnacle of his profession, and he’s the only candidate who’s board certified in civil appellate law. As a justice on the First Court of Appeals for the last 6 1/2 years, he has a proven record of impartially applying the law and never legislating from the bench. Massengale has been endorsed by Texas Right to Life, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, and the Texas Medical Association’s TEXPAC. He’s been endorsed by Cathie Adams, Kelly Shackelford, Julie McCarty, DFW Conservative Voters, Tarrant 9/12 Action PAC, and Tarrant Republican Club. After appointing the incumbent in 2010, Governor Rick Perry has endorsed Justice Massengale for election to Texas Supreme Court, Place 3.

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TEXAS SUPREME COURT, PLACE 5

Paul Green:

Paul Green

Paul Green

Website:  www.texansforjusticepaulgreen.com

Facebook:  Justice Paul Green (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @PaulGreenTX

Candidate’s Statement:  Justice Paul Green was elected to the Supreme Court of Texas in 2004 after serving 10 years as a Justice on the Fourth Court of Appeals. Before that, he practiced law for 17 years and was president of the San Antonio Bar Association. Paul Green is a proven conservative who adheres to the Constitution and Texans values. His experience and expertise has earned him a well-respected reputation, earning endorsements from Texans for Lawsuit Reform, the Texas Medical Association, and the Texas Patriots PAC.

Rick Green:

Rick Green

Rick Green

Website:  www.RickGreen4Texas.com

Facebook:  Rick Green (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @RickGreenTX

Candidate’s Statement:  Pick Rick for Supreme Court if you want the Constitution guy endorsed by Dr. James Dobson, Chuck Norris, Kirk Cameron, David Barton, Kelly Shackelford, Cathie Adams, Judge Paul Pressler, & conservative leaders across the state. I was drafted to run because our religious liberties and other constitutional rights are being challenged in the state courts like never before. All the candidates have the necessary legal experience, but these legal champions and other leaders are all saying Rick Green is the only one with the business and constitutional experience we desperately need on the court at this time in our history. If you’re tired of judges acting like legislators, if you want to restore separation of powers, then you need a Constitutional Watchdog on the court. There are 2 Green’s in this race, so if you want to restore our constitutional republic, then make sure you Pick Rick!

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TEXAS SUPREME COURT, PLACE 9

Eva Guzman:

Eva Guzman

Eva Guzman

Website:  www.evaguzman.com

Facebook:  Justice Eva Guzman (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @JusticeGuzman

Candidate’s Statement:  I bring outstanding credentials and strong conservative values to the Supreme Court of Texas. Endorsed by Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, I am a conservative judge with a 17-year track record that proves it. Having served on the trial bench, the court of appeals, and the Texas Supreme Court, I have the judicial experience it takes to do the job well. I have ruled on thousands of cases, authored hundreds of published opinions, and consistently received high marks in judicial evaluation polls. More than a dozen organizations have honored me with awards for leadership and service. Most of all, I understand a judge’s role in our constitutional design. Judges should not legislate from the bench. Policy decisions belong to you – the People – not to judges. Texans who know my record know they can count on me to uphold our Constitution – for that is a judge’s highest duty. http://www.evaguzman.com.

Joe Pool:

Joe Pool

Joe Pool

Website:  www.poolforjustice.com

Facebook:  Joe Pool (Politician)

Twitter:  @pool4texas.com

Candidate’s Statement:  Our Texas judiciary and constitutions have been under attack by Establishment RINO’s ER’s for the past 10 years. They talk about conservatism out of one side of their mouths while they pour money into judicial campaigns out the other side trying to achieve lawsuit reform though judicial activism.  Unfortunately these ER’s $ have been successful in having the Supreme Court overturn 74% of the jury verdicts it has reviewed, have increased summary judgments by fourfold and have diminished everyone’s access to attorney representation by denied constitutional rights – Texas Art1 Secs.13 & 15 No Excessive Fines & Inviolate Right To Civil Jury Trial.  What the greedy ER’s do not understand is the interdependence between freedom, property rights, jury trials, creativity, new inventions, new businesses and more job creation.  After 11 years of ER’s Judicial Lawsuit Reform we had 295,000 less jobs with 5 Million more Texans.

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TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 2

Mary Lou Keel:

Mary Lou Keel

Mary Lou Keel

Website:  www.maryloukeel.com

Facebook:  Judge Mary Lou Keel (Politician)

Twitter:  @judgemlk

Candidate’s Statement:  Mary Lou Keel has served as a felony trial court judge in Harris County since 1995, presiding over hundreds of felony jury trials, including five death penalty cases. She also served Harris County as a prosecutor and handled 279 criminal cases on appeal, including five death penalty cases. She has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990. Keel’s first job after law school was as a briefing attorney for the First Court of Appeals. She has served as the wiretap judge for the Second Administrative Judicial Region of Texas since 2009. Keel is proficient in Spanish and is a volunteer interpreter for Cuban dissidents on the website translatingcuba.com. Keel met her husband, Jim Hippard, Jr., in law school at the University of Houston, and they have been married for 27 years. They have three children, all now young adults.

Ray Wheless:

Ray Wheless

Ray Wheless

Website:  www.judgeraywheless.com

Facebook:  Ray Wheless

Twitter:  @judge_rayCCA

Candidate’s Statement:  I have presided over approximately 23,000 criminal cases, including over 500 jury trials, and I have never been reversed on a case tried to a jury.  My twenty one year legal career as AV rated attorney, six years service as a District Judge and nine years service as a County Court at Law Judge is unmatched.  I graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and am licensed to practice in two states.  I am the only candidate with criminal private practice, prosecutor and judicial experience.  I am Board Certified in two areas and I am the only candidate with both criminal and civil jury trial experience in both Federal and State courts. I am endorsed by Texas Right to Life, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the Texas Home School Coalition, Texas Eagle Forum, Tarrant Republican Club, DFW Conservative Voters, Collin County Conservative Republicans and Grassroots America We The People.

Chris Oldner:

Chris Oldner

Chris Oldner

Website:  www.chrisoldner.com

Facebook:  Judge Chris Oldner for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2 (Government Official)

Twitter:  @JudgeOldner

Candidate’s Statement:  I will bring to the Court of Criminal Appeals a fearless integrity and an entire professional career committed to the improvement of the criminal justice system, as a prosecutor, judge and teacher.  I am board certified in criminal law and the only candidate that has extensive involvement statewide in improving the administration of the criminal justice system. From addressing disproportionality, to training experienced judges, to addressing legislative issues, to training the bar, no other candidate in this race can come close to my accomplishments. In the 16 years I have spent on the trial bench, I am consistently the top rated judge in Collin County, rated far better than either of my opponents. There are many challenges facing this court. We must have a judge with the background to do the job and the backbone to stand-up for what is right. I am that judge.

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TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 5

Scott Walker:

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Website:  www.scottwalkerforjudge.com

Facebook:  Scott Walker for Texas Judge

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement: Scott Walker graduated with honors from Dallas Baptist University.  He received his Juris Doctorate from Baylor School of Law.  Scott is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Bar College, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained in Texas. Scott’s law practice has primarily consisted of veteran’s disability, criminal litigation, and appellate advocacy.  Scott has written over one hundred appellate briefs and tried over forty trials in Texas courts across North Texas.  His experience makes him a perfect candidate for Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Scott Walker is a lifelong Texan.  Scott Walker and his wife both descend from a long line of conservatives, and both have been conservative Republicans all of their adult lives.   They have been married for 42 years.  Scott and his wife are evangelical Christians and are active members in their Dallas area church.

Sid Harle:

Sid Harle

Sid Harle

Website:  www.electsidharle.com

Facebook:  Sid Harle (Government Official)

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  Appointed in 1988 to a Felony Criminal Bench, by Governor Bill Clements, won election 60 days later, have never had an opponent since.  Former Prosecutor and Defense counsel, extensive trial experience, State and Federal, including Death Penalty cases.  Top of the Bar poll since its inception in Bexar County, presided over hundreds of Felony trials including 20 Death Penalty cases (none reversed on Appeal).  Prepared and argued Appeals before Intermediate Courts of Appeal and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.  Appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas to the Judicial Conduct Commission, served eight years and was elected Chair for consecutive terms.  Frequent presenter at Advanced Criminal Law courses and Texas Center for the Judiciary seminars.  Adjunct Professor of Law for over 20 years at St. Mary’s University School of Law, taught criminal law at College level for 15 years.  Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court*

Brent Webster:

Brent Webster

Brent Webster

Facebook:  www.votewebster.org

Facebook:  Brent Webster (Public Official)

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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Steve Smith:

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Website:  www.provenconservative4texas.com

Facebook:   unknown

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  After the 2014 elections, conservatives lost control of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Therefore, it is important that Republican primary voters elect a conservative in the race for CCA Place 5. As reflected on my campaign website, I am the only proven conservative in the race. I am a recognized expert on the Texas Constitution, have significant legislative experience that the other candidates lack, and am the only candidate in the race with prior high court experience. I served as a Texas Supreme Court justice and authored numerous opinions. My conservative judicial philosophy is an important qualification.

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TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 6

Michael Keasler:

Michael Keasler

Michael Keasler

Website:  www.judgekeasler.com

Facebook:  None

Twitter:  None

Candidate’s Statement:  Michael E. Keasler has been a judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals for seventeen years.   He received his undergraduate and law degrees from UT Austin.  He served as Dallas senior felony chief prosecutor, tried 432 jury trials, was appointed district judge, and was reelected four times.  He is a lifelong Republican.  He has served as Chair of the State Bar Judicial Section, the ABA Trial Judges’ Ethics Committee, the Dallas District Judges, and the Dallas County Juvenile Board.  He also was Dean of Texas Continuing Judicial Education and is a National Judicial College faculty member.  He teaches ethics and constitutional criminal law to judges nationally.  He believes strongly in judicial restraint and employs logic, common sense, and plain language in his judicial opinions. Judge Keasler has been married to the former Nancy Lawson for forty-six years. They live in Austin with their daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren.

Richard Davis:

Richard Davis

Richard Davis

Website:  None

Facebook:  Richard Davis for Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Place 6 (Political Organization)

Twitter:  None

Candidate’s Statement:  I graduated in 1982 from Baylor Law School. I am a former prosecutor for Sherman and Ector Counties in 1983, 1984 and 1985.  I have actively practiced law in the courts of this state for 33 years, Texas Hill Country and the Austin/Georgetown metropolitan area since 1987 and have appeared in court in over 60 Texas counties. I am rated as a strong Republican voter, having cast my first presidential vote for Gerald Ford in 1976.  I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and every citizen’s right to self protection. I am dedicated to the fair application of the law and individual responsibility. The law should hold the criminal responsible and protect a free people. I am dedicated to following the constitution, neither eroding nor changing it, and believe strongly that a jury of citizens is essential to the freedom as well as the security of all Texans.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 92

Jonathan Stickland:

Jonathan Stickland

Jonathan Stickland

Website:  www.jonathanstickland.com

Facebook:  Jonathan Stickland (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @RepStickland

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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Scott Fisher:

Scott Fisher

Scott Fisher

Website:  www.fisherfortexas.com

Facebook:  Scott W. Fisher

Twitter:  @SWFisherTX

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 94

Tony Tinderholt:

Tony Tinderholt

Tony Tinderholt

Website: www.tonytinderholt.com

Facebook:  State Representative Tony Tinderholt (Public Services)

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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Andrew Piel:

Andrew Piel

Andrew Piel

Website: www.andrewpielfortexas.com

Facebook:  Andrew Piel for Texas (Non-Profit Organization)

Twitter:  @apiel

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 96

Bill Zedler:

Bill Zedler

Bill Zedler

Website:  www.billzedler.org

Facebook:  Bill Zedler

Twitter:  @Bill_Zedler

Candidate’s Statement:  Bill Zedler (Arlington) is a 38 year resident of District 96, where he and his wife Ellen, raised their three children. They currently have 8 grandchildren. Bill Zedler has been given awards or high marks for his strong conservative voting record during the last legislative session from the following conservative organizations: Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Right to Life, Young Conservatives of Texas, DFW Conservative Voters, Texas Values Action, Eagle Forum, Heritage Alliance, Texas Home School Coalition, and Americans for Prosperity – Texas. While serving in the House, he has also received the following awards: “Champion for Free Enterprise”, “Texas Taxpayer Hero”, ” Defender of the American Dream,” Perfectly Pro-Life Legislator,” and “Legislator of the Year” from Texas Chiropractic Association. Finally he received the Chairman’s Award for Courage from the Texas Republican Party. This year he was ranked 10th most conservative legislator in the Texas House.

Wesley Nelson:

Wesley Nelson

Wesley Nelson

Website:  unknown

Facebook:  unknown

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 99

Charlie Geren:

Charlie Geren

Charlie Geren

Website:  www.charliegeren.com

Facebook:  Charlie Geren (Politician)

Twitter:  @CharlieGeren

Candidate’s Statement:  As our Republican State Representative, Charlie always fights for our values.  Last session, Charlie brokered a $4 billion tax cut and passed a balanced budget.  When Washington failed to secure our border, Charlie led the fight in the Texas House to protect our families from the threat of drug gangs, illegal immigration and terrorism.  He passed the largest border security legislation in Texas History – placing 250 new troopers, new monitoring aircraft, and high-tech surveillance to secure the border. Committed to education, Charlie cut overbearing STAAR tests and enhanced local control of our schools to ensure our kids receive a top-quality education.  For his strong, consistent pro-growth voting record, the Texas Association of Business named Charlie a “Champion of Free Enterprise.” A former U.S. Marshal, Charlie is ‘A’ rated and endorsed by the NRA and is 100% pro-life. With Charlie, we’ll always have a strong conservative voice in Austin.

Bo French:

Bo French

Bo French

Website:  www.bofrench.com

Facebook:  Bo French (Politician)

Twitter:  @rwbofrench

Candidate’s Statement:  I have never held public office, but like most people, I am fed up with the direction of our nation. I am a Christian, husband and father to 4 young children. I am a successful small businessman who understands the burden of government regulation. I believe we need elected officials on our side who will fight for our Constitutional principles and religious values. After all, those are what made this country great. I think the most critical problem facing HD-99 is having a representative who gets failing grades by conservative groups across Texas, because he is in bed with the special interests and lobbyists and votes with democrats more than republicans. My solution is to replace him with someone who will champion conservative reforms that will lower taxes and spending, dramatically reduce illegal immigration and make our schools the envy of the nation.

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SECOND COURT OF APPEALS, PLACE 3

Dabney Bassel:

Dabney Bassel

Dabney Bassel

Website:  www.dabneybasselforjudge.com

Facebook:  Dabney Bassel for Justice (Public Figure)

Twitter:  unknown

See & Hear Him on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  A court of appeals decides whether the courts that conduct trials made a proper decision.  It is often the last opportunity to correct an injustice that happened at trial.  I am uniquely qualified to serve as a justice because of my: 1) 30 years of experience handling complex appeals and the fact that that I am only person in this race board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; 2) service to the legal community; 3) study of what it means to have a conservative judicial philosophy; and 4) hard work for Republican causes and candidates.  I am proud how many agree that I am the best candidate, with endorsements from Stuart and Kathy Lane’s Green Card and the Texas Republican Assembly, among many others, and my victories in the TCGOP Candidate Fair Straw Poll and the Tarrant County Bar Association Judicial Candidates Qualification Poll.

Mary Johndroe:

Mary Johndroe

Mary Johndroe

Website:  www.maryjohndroe.com

Facebook:  Mary Johndroe for Justice (Public Figure)

Twitter:  unknown

See & Hear Her on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  What distinguishes me from the other candidates is that I have decades of lead attorney experience successfully resolving hundreds of cases at all levels of the legal system over a wide breadth of law, including eminent domain, construction, contract, property rights, personal injury, and business disputes.  The problem-solving and analytical skills developed as a result make me the candidate focused on substance, as opposed to procedure or form. Repeatedly named one of Texas’ Top Attorneys, I am also long recognized as AV Preeminent.  I am a Baylor Law School graduate and a former Adjunct Professor at Texas A & M University School of Law. As an unwavering Republican, I believe in Integrity, Impartiality, and Fairness in the courts.  I am a well-grounded, diverse practitioner, not a career politician.  I have a genuine enthusiasm and love of the law which I hope to use in service of you on the Court.

Elizabeth Kerr:

Elizabeth Kerr

Elizabeth Kerr

Website:  www.kerrforjustice.com

Facebook:  Elizabeth Kerr (Politician)

Twitter:  unknown

See & Hear Her on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  A good appellate judge must understand three things: how a courtroom works; how to analyze the law; and how to write clearly. After graduating from Rice and then UT law school, my career handling complex litigation matters has spanned over 30 years in Fort Worth; I get what happens at trial—and on appeal, too. I also have the mental nimbleness needed to understand and to solve legal dilemmas: my work has covered such topics as fiduciary duties, real estate, oil and gas, and, most recently, even contract and equitable issues involving Kentucky mineral law. Finally, I’m a “plain English” writer. I’ve briefed at the U.S. Supreme Court level, taught writing in the law-school setting, helped edit Black’s Law Dictionary, and am quoted in The Winning Brief treatise. And as a Fort Worth Republican Women vice-president and head of its “Second Saturday” program, I enthusiastically embrace the conservative cause.

Bill Ray:

Bill Ray

Bill Ray

Website:  www.billrayforjustice.com

Facebook:  Bill Ray

Twitter:  unknown

See & Hear Him on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  Education: BBA, Texas A&M 1982; St. Mary’s University Law School, 1985; U.S. Army Armor School, Ft. Knox, Kentucky 1982; U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School 1990. Honorably Discharged, U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, and Texas National Guard. Qualifications: Board Certified Criminal Appellate Law and Criminal Law; Former Briefing Attorney, Court of Criminal Appeals; Former Assistant District Attorney, Tarrant County. I have filed 468 appellate matters in the Texas Appellate courts in the last 25 years. (This is almost double the other candidates combined.) I have tried over 250 jury trials and 6 death penalty cases to conclusion. Former Republican Precinct Chair and Election Judge. Endorsements include: J.D. Johnson, Tarrant County Commissioner, Precinct 4; Tracie Pippen, Jack County District Clerk.

Andy Porter:

Andy Porter

Andy Porter

Website:  www.porter4justice.com

Facebook:  Porter for Justice (Politician)

Twitter:  unknown

See & Hear Him on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  I’ve worked on over 500 appeals during my career, giving me an unmatched depth of experience among the candidates. While criminal cases comprise the majority of the court’s docket, most of the court’s current justices came to the court with backgrounds in civil law. As the only prosecutor in this race, I would bring a much-needed perspective to the court. My prior service as a senior staff attorney at a court of appeals included working on a variety of civil cases. Therefore, among the candidates, I am the only one with recent, relevant experience in civil, criminal, family and juvenile law. I have written and lectured on constitutional and criminal law. Trial prosecutors across Texas frequently consult with me about a variety of issues. As a justice, I would work to improve the court’s efficiency and transparency. Among the candidates, I alone can do the job from day one.

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96TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

R.H. Wallace, Jr.:

R.H. Wallace

R.H. Wallace

Website:  www.judgewallace.com

Facebook:  R.H. Wallace, Jr.

Twitter:  unknown

See & Hear Him on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  I am a lifelong Republican who was appointed Judge in 2010 by Governor Perry (with recommendation from State Senator Jane Nelson). I recently won the 2016 Tarrant Republican Party Straw Poll and was rated “Most Qualified” judicial candidate in Tarrant County by the Tarrant County Bar. My endorsements include fellow Naval Academy graduate Roger Staubach, Betsy Price, and many local Republican leaders. My judicial philosophy is that the strength of America is in our Constitution. With this said, judges should apply the law, not make it. After graduating from the Naval Academy, I served on a Navy warship in Vietnam, graduated from Baylor Law School, served as a federal prosecutor during the Reagan administration, and then entered a private practice of law in Fort Worth. Jena and I have been married 30 years. We have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. We attend Hillside Community Church. Visit: www.judgewallace.com.

Traci Hutton:

Traci Hutton

Traci Hutton

Website:  www.tracihutton.com

Facebook:  Traci Hutton Attorney at Law (Law Practice)

Twitter: @tracihutton6

See & Hear Her on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  I have served as a Republican Precinct Chair of 3361, in various clubs and committees of the TCGOP, as election judge and delegate to the SD12 and state conventions. I received my law degree from Texas A & M University School of Law (formerly Texas Wesleyan University School of Law) and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Texas Tech University. I’ve built a successful law practice and title company. As a practicing attorney for more than 15 years in areas of law that impact business, property and family, I understand that a judge has power over life and death decisions, power over liberty and personal freedoms, power over government restraint, our property, our finances, and our health.  As a single mother of three grown children, a United States Marine son and two daughters, I understand the challenges in raising children in today’s culture. I would appreciate your vote.

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348TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Lisa Lumley:

Lisa Lumley

Lisa Lumley

Website:  www.lisaforjudge.com

Facebook: Lisa Lumley for Judge (Public Figure) 

Twitter: unknown

See & Hear Her on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  Lisa has earned dozens of awards during her 25-year career handling hundreds of cases.  Other attorneys rate her at the “highest level of professional excellence” and have voted her a “Top Attorney.”  Because of Lisa’s extensive trial and legal knowledge, she was chosen to help prepare the official jury questions used by judges across Texas, and to teach trial skills to lawyers around the country. Since joining her first Republican club 35 years ago, Lisa has been a member of many others, block walked, fundraised, been a precinct chair and a member of the Tarrant County Republican Party Executive Committee. Lisa is passionate about her conservative judicial philosophy and committed to protecting individual rights, including especially the Seventh Amendment right of trial by jury. As judge, Lisa will devote herself to defending our constitutional rights, ensuring the letter-of-the-law is followed with fidelity, and will never legislate from the bench.

Brooke Allen:

Brooke Allen

Brooke Allen

Website:  www.brookeallenforjudge.com

Facebook:  Brooke Allen for Judge (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @Allen4Judge

See & Hear Her on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  Texans deserve conservative judges who strictly interpret the law, apply it fairly and equally to all parties before them, and never legislate from the bench. My experience in complex litigation, focus on ethics and hard work, and record promoting Texas values make me the most qualified candidate for Judge of the 348th District Court. I’ve been a VP of FWRW for almost ten years, a Precinct Chair, block walker, phone banker, Election Judge, and worked on numerous campaigns.  And, I was voted the winner of the 2016 TCGOP Straw Poll. I have a diverse background litigating cases in areas of aviation, construction and oil and gas; areas common in the 348th. As a result of my work, I’ve been honored as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, and recognized as a “Top Attorney”, “Rising Star”, and “Attorney of the Year.” I ask for your vote in the Republican Primary.

Mike Wallach:

Mike Wallach

Mike Wallach

Website:  www.mikewallachforjudge.com

Facebook:  Mike Wallach for Judge (Political Organization)

Twitter:  @WallachforJudge

See & Hear Him on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  Our judicial system prospers when we elect ethical and experienced Judges who conduct their courtroom in a fair and balanced manner. That’s why Republicans are rallying around Mike Wallach for the 348th District Court. Raised in Forth Worth, Mike is respected as one of Tarrant County’s best and most experienced legal scholars, having tried over 100 civil cases and handled hundreds more. As a conservative, Mike has spent much of his legal career defending individuals, small businesses and professionals from frivolous lawsuits.  He worked with the medical and business communities in 2003 to help draft Texas’ successful tort reform legislation and has since advocated to protect those reforms in both the appellate courts and the legislative arena. With his legal experience and conservative approach to tort reform, Mike Wallach will bring impeccable credentials to the bench. He has the honesty, integrity and ethics needed to effectively serve as Judge. Any*

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360TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Mike Sinha:

Mike Sinha

Mike Sinha

Website:  www.judgemikesinha.com

Facebook:  Judge Mike Sinha (Government Official)

Twitter:  @JudgeMikeSinha

See & Hear Him on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  For 25 years I have proudly served as a judge in Tarrant County…5+ years as the District Judge of the 360th District Court; 20 years as an Associate Judge.  In 2010, I was elected by the Republican precinct chairs, appointed by Governor Perry, then elected and re-elected in 2012.   I am a conservative, fiscally responsible Republican. I have been married to Siri, a teacher, for 34 years and we have three grown children.  I pay my taxes and have never filed for bankruptcy.  I rule as governed by law as well as with compassion and integrity, recognizing the crises of the families who come before me.   I empower families to resolve problems with resources and education before litigation.  When re-elected, I will continue the conservative, equitable tradition of the 360th District Court, honoring the legacy of Justice Debra Lehrmann, my friend and predecessor.

Patricia Baca Bennett:

Patricia Baca Bennett

Patricia Baca Bennett

Website:  www.patriciabennettforjudge.com

Facebook:  Patricia Baca Bennett for Judge, 360th District, Tarrant County, Texas (Politician)

Twitter:  @PatriciaBacaTX

See & Hear Her on YouTube

Candidate’s Statement:  Patricia Baca Bennett is a Board Certified Family Law attorney who has been practicing law in Tarrant County for 21 years. She has a B.A. from the UTA and a J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law.  While attending law school she was a writer and an editorial board member of the Texas Bank Lawyer. Patricia has been married for 20 years and has two sons, ages 9 and 11.   She is the mother of a special needs child and knows firsthand the struggle parents of special needs children experience. Patricia has been a Republican Party Precinct Chair, an election judge and has helped on conservative campaigns.  She has testified before the legislature on matters concerning life and the Texas Family Code.  Patricia is endorsed by DFW Conservative Voters PAC, Tarrant Republican Club PAC, Tarrant 912 PAC and other conservatives throughout Tarrant County.

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TARRANT COUNTY SHERIFF

Dee Anderson:

Dee Anderson

Dee Anderson

Website:  www.sheriffanderson2016.com

Facebook:  Dee Anderson

Twitter:  @SheriffAnderson

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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Bill Waybourn:

Bill Waybourn

Bill Waybourn

Website:  www.billwaybourn.com

Facebook:  Bill Waybourn for Sheriff (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @BillWaybourn

Candidate’s Statement:  Throughout my 35-year carrier in law enforcement, it has been the relationships that I built in the community and with other agencies that have been the centerpiece of my success.  I was honored to serve 31 years as Chief of Public Safety, leading police, fire and EMS response. Today – more than ever – law enforcement must be boldly in the community creating relationships with the people we serve, so when crisis arises we are to head it off. I am Bill Waybourn, and I’m asking for your support.  I have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and am a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  Numerous leaders & public servants have endorsed me – including Gov. Perry, Ron Wright, Andy Nguyen, and Tom Wilder; as well as every major law enforcement association in the area.  Please vote Bill Waybourn in the Republican primary on March 1st. Visit www.billwaybourn.com for information.

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TARRANT COUNTY CONSTABLE PRECINCT 1

Dale Clark:

Dale Clark

Dale Clark

Website:  www.daleclark.org

Facebook:  Constable Dale Clark (Government Official)

Twitter:  @ConstableDClark

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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Tom Hathorn:

Tom Hathorn

Tom Hathorn

Website:  www.tommiehathorn.com

Facebook:  Tom Hathorn for Constable (Political Party)

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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TARRANT COUNTY CONSTABLE PRECINCT 4

Michael Hardy:

Michael Hardy

Michael Hardy

Website:  unknown

Facebook:  unknown

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  Hardy is the only fully qualified candidate in the race. Hardy is a military veteran, has ten years service as a deputy constable, is civil process proficient certified, a master peace officer and with senior management/supervisory experience in local and international settings. Hardy is married with three daughters, step-son and three grandchildren. Hardy is a local businessman, cattle raising and an active deputy constable. When it comes to voting for a new constable – the only logical issue is to hire an employee, and that is what a constable is, that is qualified and experienced. The constable is responsible for the justice court and for serving all forms civil process in his precinct. Hardy is a landlord himself and understands your needs. Ask yourself the question – do you want a policeman or do you want a professional constable – there is no doubt…. Please Vote – Vote Hardy

Joe D. “Jody” Johnson:

Joe D. "Jody" Johnson

Joe D. “Jody” Johnson

Website:  unknown

Facebook:  Joe D. “Jody” Johnson for Constable, Precinct 4 (Politician)

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  Joe D. “Jody” Johnson is a lifelong resident of Northwest Tarrant County and a retired Fort Worth Police Officer with 30 years of distinguished service. A Certified Master Peace Officer, Jody spent half of his career in the elite Fort Worth SWAT unit and served as a firearms instructor at the Fort Worth Police Academy.  He is a certified instructor in the following; Handgun, Basic Police, Patrol Rifle, Advanced Sniper, and is a Certified FBI Physical Fitness Instructor.  He has amassed an impressive 2370 Continuing Education and Training credits and is certified in Civil Process Service. A member of the Northwest Lion’s Club, Jody is a volunteer for White Cane Safety Day benefiting the blind. He is married to Jill for 25 years and they have two children; Dallan a graduate of Texas Tech and currently in his second year of Law School and Garrett a Junior at Texas Tech.

J.D. Sparks:

J.D. Sparks

J.D. Sparks

Website:  unknown

Facebook:  unknown

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  I began my Law Enforcement career in 1983. During my time as a Peace Officer, I have been given the opportunity to obtain several skills in all aspects of Law Enforcement and develop these skills through education and experience. I have extensive skills and experience in working with the community, and working with other entities. I have the experience and knowledge of supervision and administration, working with an allotted budget to reduce the financial strain on the taxpayers and identifying needs for an office to operate efficiently. As a Peace Officer I have the knowledge, skills and experience to tactfully deal with difficult situations when they arise.  I am familiar with what is required by Texas Law concerning the Constable’s duties.  I believe that individuals should be treated equally, with fairness and respect. I do not believe in being obligated to any one person or cause.

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TARRANT COUNTY CONSTABLE PRECINCT 6

Jon Siegel:

Jon Siegel

Jon Siegel

Website:  www.siegelforconstable.com

Facebook Page:  Jon Siegel (Public Figure)

Twitter:  unknown

Candidate’s Statement:  During my first term in office I accomplished many of the goals I had promised: I implemented a reserve officer program to provide a higher level of law enforcement service saving tax dollars. I reformed the overtime pay system resulting in a nearly 65% reduction in taxpayer funded overtime pay. I instituted accountability reforms resulting in enhanced performance, as well as increased productivity and accountability to taxpayers. I increased and diversified annual training to be better prepared. This training allows officers to be familiar with responding to a variety of situations and results in safer neighborhoods for you and your family. One of the most critical issues facing law enforcement today is the negative atmosphere between the public and law enforcement. Having increased transparency and accountability helps establish better community relationships.

Glen Bucy:

Glen Bucy

Glen Bucy

Campaign Website:  www.glenbucy.com

Facebook Page:  Glen Bucy for Constable (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @GlenBucy

Candidate’s Statement:  None provided.

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TARRANT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR

Tim O’Hare:

Tim O'Hare

Tim O’Hare

Website:  www.electtimohare.com

Facebook:  Tim O’Hare for Tarrant County GOP Chair (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @TimothyOHare

Candidate’s Statement:  Tim O’Hare is a Constitutional Conservative who is Pro-Life, Pro-Faith, Pro-Family, Pro-Military, Pro-Business and Pro-2nd Amendment.  Tim has experience winning campaigns (both as a candidate and campaign manager), raising money, running a successful business, growing local non-profits, and dealing with the media – all essential traits for the next Republican Party Chair. He is a person of strong faith, a family man and the choice of conservatives throughout Tarrant County.  Tim won the TCGOP Straw Poll with 68% of the vote and the Fort Worth 912 Project Straw Poll with 78% of the vote. As County Chair, Tim will work not just to keep Tarrant County Red, but to expand our lead, to bring people together, and to reach out to young people and other non-traditional Republican groups. Tim and his wife, Christen, have 3 little girls and love living in Tarrant County.

David Wylie:

David Wylie

David Wylie

Website:  unknown

Facebook:  David Wylie for Chairman, Tarrant County Republican Party (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @WithDavidWylie

Candidate’s Statement: Born and raised in Tarrant County, I served the Tarrant County Republican Party my entire adult life.   Being educated in Arlington schools has prepared me for a life as a computer consultant.  Having raised my family I am ready to commit myself full time to party activities.  Having served as precinct chair, area leader and SD10 Convention chairman gives me an understanding of what works and does not work in Tarrant.  I have recruited many precinct chairs over the years and will continue to grow the party going forward.  A delegate to many state conventions and serving on many committees including chairing registration at the two recent Fort Worth conventions.  Working with the state party on the SREC Candidate Resource Committee that works to elect down ballot Republican across the state.  Experience in Tarrant County is needed at this time to insure that we protect what we have built.

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Introducing Your Republican Candidates for the March 1, 2016 Primary (Contested Races Only):

January 18, 2016

Watch for an update to this post before early voting!

All candidates have been asked to provide us with more information about themselves and their candidacy.

We will publish the information they provide as a Voter’s Guide prior to the first day of early voting.

In the meantime, here are the links to their websites and social media sites (if known).

U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 6

Joe Barton

Joe Barton

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Website:  www.joebarton.com

Facebook:  Congressman Joe Barton (Politician)

Twitter:  @RepJoeBarton

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Steven Fowler

Steven Fowler

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Website:  www.stevenfowler.org

Facebook:  Steven Fowler for US Congress, Republican for TX-6

Twitter: @StevenFowlerTX

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Collin Baker

Collin Baker

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Website:  www.collinbaker2016.com

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U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 26

Michael C. Burgess

Michael C. Burgess

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Website:  www.burgessforcongress.com

Facebook Page:  Michael Burgess (Politician)

Twitter: @MichaelCBurgess

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Joel Krause

Joel Krause

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Website:  www.krauseforhouse.com

Facebook Page:  Krause for House

Twitter: @KrauseforHouse

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Micah Beebe

Micah Beebe

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Website:  www.beebeforcongress.com

Facebook Page:  Micah Beebe for U.S. House of Representatives

Twitter: @beebecampaign

U.S. CONGRESS, DISTRICT 33

M. Mark Mitchell

M. Mark Mitchell

Website:  www.mmarkmitchell.com

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Bruce Chadwick

Bruce Chadwick

Website:  www.chadwickforcongress.com

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John Greytok

John Greytok

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Website:  www.johngreytok.com

Facebook:  John Greytok (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @greytoktx

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Gary Gates

Gary Gates

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Website:  www.GaryGatesforTexas.com

Facebook:  Gary Gates for Texas (Politician)

Twitter:  @GaryGates4Texas

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Ron Hale

Ron Hale

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Website:  www.ronhalefortexas.com

Facebook:  Ron Hale for Texas (Politician)

Twitter:  @RonHale4TxRRC

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Doug Jeffrey

Doug Jeffrey

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Website:  dougjeffrey4texas.com

Facebook:  unknown

Twitter:  unknown

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Wayne Christian

Wayne Christian

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Website:  www.christianfortexas.com

Facebook:  Wayne Christian (Politician)

Twitter:  unknown

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Weston Martinez

Weston Martinez

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Website:  unknown

Facebook:  Weston Martinez (Public Figure)

Twitter:  unknown

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Lance N. Christian

Lance N. Christian

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Website: unknown

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TEXAS SUPREME COURT, PLACE 3

Debra Lehrmann

Debra Lehrmann

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Website:  www.judgedebralehrmann.com

Facebook:  Debra H. Lehrmann

Twitter:  @JusticeLehrmann

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Michael Massengate

Michael Massengale

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Website:  www.michaelmassengale.com

Facebook:  Justice Michael Massengale (Government Official)

Twitter:  @mmassengale

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TEXAS SUPREME COURT, PLACE 5

Paul Green

Paul Green

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Website:  www.texansforjusticepaulgreen.com

Facebook:  Justice Paul Green (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @PaulGreenTX

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Rick Green

Rick Green

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Website:  www.RickGreen4Texas.com

Facebook:  Rick Green (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @RickGreenTX

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TEXAS SUPREME COURT, PLACE 9

Eva Guzman

Eva Guzman

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Website:  www.evaguzman.com

Facebook:  Justice Eva Guzman (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @JusticeGuzman

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Joe Pool

Joe Pool

Website:  www.poolforjustice.com

Facebook:  Joe Pool (Politician)

Twitter:  @pool4texas.com

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TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 2

Mary Lou Keel

Mary Lou Keel

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Website:  www.maryloukeel.com

Facebook:  Judge Mary Lou Keel (Politician)

Twitter:  @judgemlk

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Ray Wheless

Ray Wheless

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Website:  www.judgeraywheless.com

Facebook:  Ray Wheless

Twitter:  @judge_rayCCA

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Chris Oldner

Chris Oldner

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Website:  www.chrisoldner.com

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TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 5

Sid Harle

Sid Harle

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Website:  www.electsidharle.com

Facebook:  Sid Harle (Government Official)

Twitter:  unknown

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Brent Webster

Brent Webster

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Facebook:  www.votewebster.org

Facebook:  Brent Webster (Public Official)

Twitter:  unknown

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Steve Smith

Steve Smith

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Website:  www.provenconservative4texas.com

Facebook:   unknown

Twitter:  unknown

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TEXAS COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS, PLACE 6

Michael Keasler

Michael Keasler

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Website:  www.judgekeasler.com

Facebook:  unknown

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Richard Davis

Richard Davis

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Website:  unknown

Facebook:  Richard Davis for Judge Court of Criminal Appeals Place 6 (Political Organization)

Twitter:  unknown

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 92

Jonathan Stickland

Jonathan Stickland

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Website:  www.jonathanstickland.com

Facebook:  Jonathan Stickland (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @RepStickland

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Scott Fisher

Scott Fisher

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Website:  unknown

Facebook:  Scott W. Fisher

Twitter:  @SWFisherTX

 

STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 94

Tony Tinderholt

Tony Tinderholt

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Website: www.tonytinderholt.com

Facebook:  State Representative Tony Tinderholt (Public Services)

Twitter:  unknown

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Andrew Piel

Andrew Piel

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Website: www.andrewpielfortexas.com

Facebook:  Andrew Piel for Texas (Non-Profit Organization)

Twitter:  @apiel

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 96

Bill Zedler

Bill Zedler

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Website:  www.billzedler.org

Facebook:  Bill Zedler

Twitter:  @Bill_Zedler

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Wesley Nelson

Wesley Nelson

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 99

Charlie Geren

Charlie Geren

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Website:  www.charliegeren.com

Facebook:  Charlie Geren (Politician)

Twitter:  @CharlieGeren

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Bo French

Bo French

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Website:  www.bofrench.com

Facebook:  Bo French (Politician)

Twitter:  @rwbofrench

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SECOND COURT OF APPEALS, PLACE 3

Dabney Bassel

Dabney Bassel

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Website:  www.dabneybasselforjudge.com

Facebook:  Dabney Bassel for Justice (Public Figure)

Twitter:  unknown

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Mary Johndroe

Mary Johndroe

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Website:  www.maryjohndroe.com

Facebook:  Mary Johndroe for Justice (Public Figure)

Twitter:  unknown

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Elizabeth Kerr

Elizabeth Kerr

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Website:  www.kerrforjustice.com

Facebook:  Elizabeth Kerr (Politician)

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Bill Ray

Bill Ray

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Website:  www.billrayforjustice.com

Facebook:  Bill Ray

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Andy Porter

Andy Porter

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Website:  www.porter4justice.com

Facebook:  Porter for Justice (Politician)

Twitter:  unknown

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96TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

R.H. Wallace

R.H. Wallace

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Website:  www.judgewallace.com

Facebook:  R.H. Wallace, Jr.

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Traci Hutton

Traci Hutton

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Website:  www.tracihutton.com

Facebook:  Traci Hutton Attorney at Law (Law Practice)

Twitter: @tracihutton6

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348TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Lisa Lumley

Lisa Lumley

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Website:  www.lisaforjudge.com

Facebook: Lisa Lumley for Judge (Public Figure) 

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Brooke Allen

Brooke Allen

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Website:  www.brookeallenforjudge.com

Facebook:  Brooke Allen for Judge (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @Allen4Judge

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Mike Wallach

Mike Wallach

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Website:  www.mikewallachforjudge.com

Facebook:  Mike Wallach for Judge (Political Organization)

Twitter:  @WallachforJudge

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360TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

Mike Sinha

Mike Sinha

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Website:  www.judgemikesinha.com

Facebook:  Judge Mike Sinha (Government Official)

Twitter:  @JudgeMikeSinha

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Patricia Baca Bennett

Patricia Baca Bennett

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Website:  www.patriciabennettforjudge.com

Facebook:  Patricia Baca Bennett for Judge, 360th District, Tarrant County, Texas (Politician)

Twitter:  @PatriciaBacaTX

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TARRANT COUNTY SHERIFF

Dee Anderson

Dee Anderson

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Website:  unknown

Facebook:  Dee Anderson

Twitter:  @SheriffAnderson

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John Garris

John Garris

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Website:  www.votegarris.com/page/491331614

Facebook:  John Garris

Twitter:  unknown

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Bill Waybourn

Bill Waybourn

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Website:  www.billwaybourn.com

Facebook:  Bill Waybourn for Sheriff (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @BillWaybourn

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TARRANT COUNTY CONSTABLE PRECINCT 1

Dale Clark

Dale Clark

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Website:  www.daleclark.org

Facebook:  Constable Dale Clark (Government Official)

Twitter:  @ConstableDClark

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Tom Hathorn

Tom Hathorn

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Website:  www.tommiehathorn.com

Facebook:  Tom Hathorn for Constable (Political Party)

Twitter:  unknown

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TARRANT COUNTY CONSTABLE PRECINCT 4

Michael Hardy

Michael Hardy

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Website:  unknown

Facebook:  unknown

Twitter:  unknown

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Joe D. "Jody" Johnson

Joe D. “Jody” Johnson

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Website:  unknown

Facebook:  Joe D. “Jody” Johnson for Constable, Precinct 4 (Politician)

Twitter:  unknown

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J.D. Sparks

J.D. Sparks

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Website:  unknown

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Twitter:  unknown

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TARRANT COUNTY CONSTABLE PRECINCT 6

Jon Siegel

Jon Siegel

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Website:  www.siegelforconstable.com

Facebook Page:  Jon Siegel (Public Figure)

Twitter:  unknown

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Glen Bucy

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Campaign Website:  www.glenbucy.com

Facebook Page:  Glen Bucy for Constable (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @GlenBucy

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TARRANT COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR

Tim O'Hare

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Website:  www.electtimohare.com

Facebook:  Tim O’Hare for Tarrant County GOP Chair (Public Figure)

Twitter:  @TimothyOHare

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David Wylie

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Website:  unknown

Facebook:  David Wylie for Chairman, Tarrant County Republican Party (Public Figure)

Twitter:  unknown

 

April News & Committee Reports

April 19, 2014

Meeting Reminder:

Konni Burton, Senate District 10 Candidate

Konni Burton, Senate District 10 Candidate

On Wednesday, April 23rd FWRW will have another great program!  These candidate forums have been a great way to help voters decide who they will support this highly critical Texas election year.

Dr. Mark Shelton, Senate District 10 Candidate

Dr. Mark Shelton, Senate District 10 Candidate

Bring your  friends and come meet your candidates who will be on the May 27th Primary Run-Off ballot:

Senate District 10 – Konni Burton and Dr. Mark Shelton
State Board of Education – Patricia Hardy (Eric Mahroum was invited but had a schedule conflict.)
Railroad Commissioner – We await Ryan Sitton’s confirmation.  (Wayne Christian was invited but had a schedule conflict.)

Social – 11:00am Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, April 21st to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.  If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE – APRIL  

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Judge Bonnie Sudderth, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Why am I a Republican? Because Republicans respect women.

As the media continues to carry the water for Democrats,  hyping up the myth that Republicans are hostile to women, let’s look for the truth that the media will never report. We can start by examining Tarrant County politics under Republican leadership. What do we find? A lot of women in public office today, that’s what. And the truth is – Republicans, not Democrats – brought them there.

When the Republican party became the dominant party in Tarrant County in the 1990’s, it appears that the first order of business was electing women to office. After decades of political dominance, the Democrats could boast only three women in the judiciary at any given time. Whereas, within four short years of becoming the majority party in Tarrant County, Republicans had tripled that number. And Republicans didn’t stop there.

Today almost 50% of the Tarrant County judges are women, and they are all Republicans. Notably, five of the seven justices who serve on Tarrant County’s Second Court of Appeals are women. In fact, in 2010, Republicans gave us the first female Chief Justice in the history of the Second Court of Appeals – Chief Justice Terrie Livingston. A few months later, Republicans elected the first Justice to the Texas Supreme Court from Tarrant County in more than half a century, also a woman, Justice Debra Lehrmann. This November will mark another first – we will elect Sharen Wilson as the first woman to serve as Tarrant County District Attorney.

But this phenomenon doesn’t stop at the courthouse. Republican women leaders surround us – from U.S. Congresswoman Kay Granger, to State Representative Stephanie Klick, to Tax-Assessor-turned-Mayor Betsy Price, to Tarrant County Clerk Mary Louise Garcia, and at all points in between, Republicans show commitment to electing women to positions of leadership in our communities. Media propaganda notwithstanding, the Republican Party is second-to-none in promoting women as leaders.

This serves to highlight a fundamental difference between Republicans and Democrats when it comes to women. Republicans respect us. Republicans know that we aren’t stupid, and they don’t treat us as if we were. Republicans recognize the strength of women. Contrary to liberal rhetoric, we are not the victims of society who need the heavy hand of Big Brother interfering in our lives in order to succeed. We have strong backs, strong minds and strong hearts. Republicans understand this, and through conservative Republican philosophy and policies, we are empowered to take chances, take charge and take control over our own lives.

Republicans respect the fact that women come in all shapes, sizes, colors and demographics. Republicans don’t put us in a box, define the issues for us, or pander to us by offering one-size-fits-all “solutions” to “our problems.”

The fact of the matter is that we really don’t hear a lot of talk about women’s issues in Republican circles. But that doesn’t mean that Republicans don’t care about women. Far from it. Republicans don’t talk much about women’s issues because Republicans understand that ALL issues are women’s issues.

As we in Fort Worth Republican Women say, “we are mothers, wives, daughters and sisters…” But looking deeper, we see embedded into these roles our strong relationships with men. We are mothers to sons, wives to husbands, daughters to fathers and sisters to brothers. And those men in our lives – our sons, husbands, fathers and brothers – are important to us, too.

What draws us to the Republican party is the very fact that Republicans don’t frame the issues in terms of us versus them. Good policies transcend lines of gender, ethnicity, race and culture. And that’s why, from a Republican perspective, women’s issues look a lot like men’s issues. Republican women want:

  • A prosperous economy so that every man, woman and child has an opportunity to achieve their dreams.
  • Personal liberty, an inalienable right, as set forth in our Constitution, that is protected, not violated, by our government.
  • A government that is separate from, but not hostile to, religious beliefs.
  • A federal government that recognizes and abides by the limits imposed upon it by the Constitution.
  • …and the list goes on, all without any references to gender.

And when it comes to equality, of course we care about equal treatment under the law! After all, which party freed the slaves? The Republicans. Which party gave women the right to vote? Republicans. Which party led the civil rights movement? The Republicans.

So let there be no doubt about it – Republicans have historically, and do to this day, support equality. And that includes equal pay for equal work.

Could there be any doubt? Even Democrats must concede that Republicans value hard work. Some may say we speak of little else, often overheard lamenting the decline of the work ethic in America, as Republicans are wont to do. We are the party who espouses the quest to earn a living through honest work as one of the highest of human virtues. Our most sincere desire is for everyone to have the opportunity to achieve prosperity, a goal which cannot be achieved without equal pay for equal work.

But what Republicans won’t do is blindly accept that another layer of bureaucracy is necessary to enforce rights already on the books. The Equal Pay Act passed by Congress in 1963 (with the only votes against it being cast by Democrats, by the way) already prohibits sex-based discrimination in the workplace. Wage discrimination based on gender is already illegal, women already have the right to sue their employers when it occurs, and women are already protected from retaliatory measures being used by employers against women who dare to assert their rights. The so-called Paycheck Fairness Act that the Democrats so eagerly promote confers no new substantive rights for women, but instead increases government regulation of private business and encourages more lawsuits in our court systems.

Armed with laws already on the books, women are perfectly capable of asserting and defending our rights in society. And try though the Democrats may to cast women as society’s victims, we are not victims. And it is disrespectful for Democrats to stereotype us in that manner.

Republicans respect the fact that women aren’t just employees, but we are also employers. And women who own small business (or run multi-million dollar companies, for that matter) understand that a strong, prosperous economy is the surest path toward independence and self-sufficiency for everyone, including women. And strong, prosperous economies don’t emerge from the red tape of government or oppressive regulations that stifle the growth of business.

Republicans respect women. They respect us enough to acknowledge that ALL issues are women’s issues. And that’s why I am a Republican woman.

Bonnie Sudderth

 

 

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Our BFFs

 

Justice Lee Gabriel, Second Court of Appeals

http://www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_lGabriel.asp

Brooke Allen, Brown, Dean, Wiseman, Proctor, Hart & Howell

www.brookeallen.co

Justice Bob McCoy, Second Court of Appeals, Candidate for County Criminal Court #3

www.electbobmccoy.com

Helen Bavousett

Byron J. Bavousett

Justice Sue Walker, Second Court of Appeals

www.2ndcoa.courts.state.tx.us/court/justice_swalker.asp

Atticus Gill, Candidate for County Criminal Court #2

www.GillforJudge.com

Paula Miller

Judge Jennifer Rymell, County Court at Law #2

www.jenniferrymell.com

 Tom Wilder, Tarrant County District Clerk

www.wildercampaign.com

 Judge Bonnie Sudderth, 352nd District Court

www.judgebonnie.com

Mary Louise Garcia, Tarrant County Clerk

www.tarrantcounty.com/eCountyClerk

 Holly Bishop

 Blanch Tyler

 Pam Bassel, Standing Chapter 13 Trustee

http://www.13network.com/trustees/fww/fwwhome.asp

 Dabney Bassel, Law Office of Dabney Bassel

Patty Emerson

Delane Angelini

Debra Coffey, 1st Vice President, TFRW

http://www.smartstartinc.com

Judge Daryl Coffey, County Criminal Court #8

http://www.tarrantcounty.com/eCCC8/site/default.asp

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, U.S. Congress, 12th District of Texas

http://www.kaygranger.com/

Judge Susan McCoy, 153rd District Court

http://mccoyforjudge.com/

FWRW Past Presidents: Sharon Dale, Beryl Dowd, Martha Durham, Cyndy McCoy, Kaye Moreno, Sherry Ward

Shirley K. Bain

Sharen Wilson, District Attorney-Elect

http://sharenwilson.com/

Jim & Kathy Conrad

Judge Tom Lowe, 236th District Court

www.tarrantcounty.com/eD236

Rep. Charlie Geren, State Rep. District 99

www.charliegeren.com

Dr. Mark Shelton, Candidate for Texas Senate, Dist. 10

www.drmarkshelton.com

Mayor Betsy Price, Fort Worth Mayor

www.betsypriceformayor.com

Judge Melody Wilkinson, 17th District Court

Judge David Evans, 48th District Court, Presiding Regional Judge, Region 8

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, U.S. Congress, 25th District of Texas

www.rogerforcongress.com

 Thanks for your support & friendship!

Red StarRUN-OFF REMINDER! 

Do you know your candidates?  Below is a list of those in the May run-off election.  Let’s put our best out there for November!

  • Lieutenant Governor – David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick
  • Attorney General – Dan Branch and Ken Paxton
  • Agriculture Commissioner – Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller
  • Railroad Commissioner – Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton
  • State Board of Education – Pat Hardy and Eric Mahroum
  • State Senator – Mark Shelton and Konni Burton
  • County Criminal Court No. 2 – Atticus Gill and Carey Walker
  • County Criminal Court No. 3 – Bob McCoy and Alexander Kim
  • Justice of the Peace No. 3 – Russ Casey and Lenny Lopez

Mark your calendars for early voting in the run-off election from May 19 through 23, 2014.  Run-off Election day is May 27, 2014!

 

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Tribute to Women

Fort Worth Republican Women will honor three of our members at the 2014 TFRW Tribute to Women Luncheon at noon on Friday, June 6. (Next month’s newsletter will feature all three of our honorees.)

This luncheon provides a special opportunity for us to pay tribute to women who deserve recognition from our club and from other federated clubs throughout Texas.

It’s always a wonderful and inspiring event, and we hope you will join us at the Fort Worth Republican Women’s table. We want a good crowd from our club this year, especially since the event will be held in our own hometown, at the Omni Hotel in downtown Fort Worth (across from the Convention Center)!

In order to secure your seat at the table, bring a check with you to our meeting on Wednesday, April 23. After the meeting, we will send all the checks in one envelope to TFRW, so that they will seat us together. (Fort Worth Republican Women’s table(s) are always filled with the most fun, enlightened and beautiful women in the room, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of it!)

If you cannot attend our meeting on April 23, then get your check in the mail today to: FWRW, P.O. Box 101613, Fort Worth, 76185-1613 so that it is received no later than Friday, April 25.

Reservations are $59 (yes, that’s fifty-nine dollars) per person. Checks should be made payable to TFRW-PAC.

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WHY AM I A REPUBLICAN?

For this month’s contribution to this year’s series of “Why am I a Republican,”  a note from our editor.  Cynthia is the daughter of a mother, who is first generation born in the United States, and a father who immigrated from Mexico City, Mexico.  We hope that in following this series of contributions throughout the year, you will be renewed in your beliefs.  For those of you who may not understand why a person, especially a woman, would be a republican, we hope that you will follow these posts with an open mind. We are confident that if you do, you will see that republican issues are women’s issues.  May you all be inspired to action to KEEP TEXAS RED!
FWRW 5th Vice President - Communications and Newsletter Editor, Cynthia Favila-Terry

FWRW 5th Vice President – Communications and Newsletter Editor, Cynthia Favila-Terry

 

My Republican beliefs undoubtedly stem from being raised by morally and fiscally conservative humble parents and grandparents.  I was taught not only the value of a dollar, but the value of earning a dollar – character.  We took care of our family and helped others in need.  These beliefs were reinforced through thirteen years of parochial school education.  Some may view this type of upbringing as a bubble.  I view it as an honor and a blessing for having benefited from the hard efforts of my family and teachers set forth so that I and others could become productive responsible citizens.

In my elementary school, privileges such as extra-credit academic points and classroom “free time” from work were earned by contributing to the betterment of the school whether it was by coming in on a Saturday in the fall to plant tulip bulbs or by running errands around the school for administrators or teachers (once your work was done, of course).  Classroom chores, such as washing the chalkboards, wiping desks, sweeping floors, and cleaning erasers, were required daily.  Whether a member of the school family was sick or celebrating, we were taught to acknowledge it by making a giant card using classroom supplies.  Children would ask to do this job, without being made to do it, because it was an honor to do this job for which there was no academic or material reward.  There is no doubt in my mind that the school had the children perform these tasks for the following reasons:  1) it was run on a tight budget, so having the school community contribute to maintaining landscaping and janitorial duties was a fiscally responsible thing to do; 2) it taught the children to be responsible to their community by working to receive the benefits of it; 3) it taught the children to care for those in need; and 4) these things build the character necessary to be a responsible and productive member of our society.  These are Republican principles.

At home, I grew up watching my parents earn honest livings while giving back to the community by donating their time and money.  On top of his full-time office job, my father owned various small businesses through the years with partners who I now label as “takers” as opposed to “producers.”  I know for a fact that these partners were not Republicans!  You see, they wanted to use other people’s money and efforts but they expected equal payouts.  My father finally realized his own dream of being a full-time small business owner.  So you can imagine that the words “taxes” and “government” were thrown around the house in a disgruntled tone!  Yet, he made sure that I understood that government and taxes are necessary, but in limited form.  My mother was always quiet and reserved, but her example was always her hard work, fiscal responsibility, and giving to and caring for others.  My grandparents stressed education and hard work.  They always had very limited means, but I vividly recall watching them pay taxes.  Although he had little, if there was someone in need, my grandfather would give them what he could to help, BUT he would also offer them household work and help direct them to someone who could help find them a job.  These are all Republican principles.  Let us work, earn, pay our necessary taxes, and care for our fellow citizens so that we may all be productive members of society!

To be quite frank, during my late college and graduate studies years, I did explore the possibility that maybe, just maybe, there was a better approach.  I saw the value of some certain other ideas.  However, I quickly learned that they are just that.  Ideas.  Ideas do not always become the best reality.  Nor did I like the rest of the belief system that came along with those ideas.  The idea that a government must grow in order to create a better society and economy is counter-intuitive.  The idea that if people are in need, you send them away to the government is against every moral and fiscal fiber of my being.  Most importantly this year especially, the idea of trading in the strongest economy in this nation for a set of ideology is reckless and offensive, and it makes me fear for my children’s future in this great State of Texas!  I came here for family and to experience the culture and opportunity.  I also came here to be a producer as opposed to a taker of all that Texas has to offer.  Therefore, I intend to do all I can to help Keep Texas Red.   Like all wise Texas natives and transplants say, “There is no other Texas to move to.”

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THE 2014 REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION WILL BE HELD AT THE

FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER JUNE 5-7

If you would like to volunteer to assist in this great production, please click HERE.

If you are a delegate and have not yet registered, please click HERE.  This is a great time!  A mini festival for republicans!  A great time will be had while getting work done.

If you are a FWRW member and a delegate, please email c.favila.terry@gmail.com and enter “RSC Delegate” in the subject line.  Please include your name and senate district.  The Fort Worth Republican Women would like to recognize your efforts in our May newsletter.

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The 2014 Republican State Convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from June 5-7, 2014 – See more at: http://www.texasgop.org/convention/#sthash.QMrxTBUx.dpuf
The 2014 Republican State Convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center from June 5-7, 2014 – See more at: http://www.texasgop.org/convention/#sthash.QMrxTBUx.dpuf

NOTICE OF VOTE ON FWRW BYLAWS REVISIONS:

At our May 28th Business Meeting, the Fort Worth Republican Women will vote on proposed revisions to our Bylaws.  Copies of the proposed revisions were distributed at the March meeting. To view the substance of the revisions, please click HERE.

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Debra McDaniels - Voter Registration Chair

Debbie McDaniels – Voter Registration Chair

A MESSAGE FROM OUR VOTER REGISTRATION CHAIR, DEBBIE MCDANIELS:

It is time to gear up to register voters (hoping for many that will become REPUBLICAN voters!) before the General Election in November.  I would like to compile a list of everyone as follows:

1.           Please email me if yYou are currently certified as a Deputy Registrar (you would have had to take the training IN PERSON at the Election Board 2013 or 2014).

OR

2.            Please email me if you would LIKE TO BECOME CERTIFIED as a Deputy Registrar which means you are willing to go to the Election Board and take the IN PERSON training at your convenience.  This only takes 20 minutes!

If I get a group of names, we could possibly go at the same time.  Please email me and I will be in touch with you to coordinate this effort.

 

Thanks for your support – LET’S KEEP TEXAS RED!!!!!!!

 Debbie McDaniels
817-291-5300
debbiemcdaniels@gmail.com

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Save the Date!

 
Meet & Greet
New Members Barbeque
 
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Saturday, May 3, 2014, 6:00—9:00 p.m.
Home of Bob & Cyndy McCoy
233 Verna Trail N., Fort Worth 76108
 
For New Members, Members, Associate Members
Prospective Members, Spouses, and Guests
Political Advertising Paid for By Fort Worth Republican Women, Sydney Leonard, PAC Treasurer, P.O. Box 101613, Fort Worth, Texas 76185-1613.
Contributions are not federal tax-deductible as charitable contributions.
Corporate Contributions Are Not Permitted.

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April News & Committee Reports

April 17, 2013
APRIL PROGRAM REMINDER

Red StarApril 24th Program – Attorney J. Shelby Sharpe, Sharpe & Rector, P.C., will speak about “Sharia Law: A More Sinister Threat Than You Might Think“.  Mr. Sharpe was born and educated in Texas.  He has practiced law in Fort Worth for over 40 years with the main focus of his practice being the defense of religious organizations.

Social – 11:00am  Program – 11:30am; Location – Fort Worth Club, 306 7th St., 12th Floor.

To make a luncheon reservation ($25 with reservation, $27 without), RSVP by noon on Monday, April 22nd to Helen Bavousett at 817-516-0704 or byronandhelen@live.com.

If you are not having lunch, no reservation is necessary. Those who RSVP but do not attend will be billed for their reservation cost. (Please do not RSVP using the Comment/Reply section below.)  For more information, click HERE.

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Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Repulican Women

Cyndy McCoy, President of Fort Worth Republican Women

Read President Cyndy McCoy’s March 2013 Message: Find it by clicking HERE

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A Special Thanks to Justice Lee GabrielLee Gabriel1

. . . for providing refreshments and sponsoring the FWRW Board of Directors meeting in March! Justice Gabriel sits on the Second Court of Appeals and serves the citizens of Tarrant County, as well as 11 other counties in north Texas as a justice on the Court.  She is also an active member of Fort Worth Republican Women, serving in the very important position as our Treasurer!

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KNOW A DESERVING YOUNG COLLEGE REPUBLICAN WOMAN?

It’s easy to apply! The student may be either an undergraduate or graduate student and should simply email us the following information:

Name, address, phone number, email address and the name of college she is attending.  She should also include a brief statement about her involvement in any Republican activities. The deadline for applications is: Friday, May 3.

Applications (or any questions about the application process) should be emailed to:  fwrw5thvp@fwrw.org.

Please encourage all young Republican college women you know to apply! By the end of this year, Fort Worth Republican Women plans to give a $250 scholarship to some deserving young Republican woman currently enrolled in college and in good academic standing. If you know any young woman currently attending college who has been involved in Republican events, please encourage her to apply. Involvement can be as simple as voting in a Republican primary, encouraging friends to vote Republican or attending a Republican event.

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Toni Anne Dashiell Elected as Texas National Committeewoman
 
             Toni Anne Dashiell, former Texas Federation of Republican Women President and current Kendall County GOP Chair, has been elected the Texas National Committeewoman to the Republican National Committee. An author and NFRW event presenter, Toni Anne succeeds Borah Van Dormolen, also a former Texas Federation of Republican Women President who passed away recently.
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Use Twitter for the Most Up to the Moment Political News!  If you have not created a Twitter account, click HERE.   Click on the yellow “Sign Up for Twitter” box and it will give you step-by-step instructions on setting up your personal Twitter account.  Of course, the first page you want to follow is @FWRepWomen and once you’ve done that, just look at who the Fort Worth Republican Women page is following for tips on who else to follow!  It’s simple.  In fact, here is a list of local state legislators that you will want to follow:

Please, take a moment now to click on any of the above Twitter names.   On any given page on the left hand side, you will see a yellow “Sign Up” rectangular icon.  Click on that to start your Twitter account!

Looking for more state and national conservatives to follow?  Go to http://www.topconservativesontwitter.net/Default.aspx for the Twitter names of over 7, 000 conservatives using Twitter!  All you have to do is click on their @ and it will link you to their Twitter page.

As of today, the Fort Worth Republican Women have 27 followers on the Twitter page @FWRepWomen and in just one month @FWRepWomen has tweeted 171 tweets for the world to see! Go ahead and join in on this part of the journey for the cause.  You will be glad that you did.

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twitter photoYEARBOOKS ARE IN!  

The 2013 FWRW Yearbook will be available at the April Luncheon. For those who would like the information but do not want a book, electronic copies are available.  What a great way to save space and yet have a memento and information source!  To request your electronic copy, send an email to:  Donna Thompson (donna-t@prodigy.net)
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JOIN THE FORT WORTH REPUBLICAN WOMEN AS WE HONOR JUDGE RUBEN GONZALEZ
Ruben Gonzalez Invitation Handouts
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This will be an informative and powerful event!
April 27, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.
      306 West 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas  76102

(Parking entrance is on 6th Street between Taylor & Lamar; Parking is free)

$30 Registration Fee (includes plated lunch and printed materials)

AGENDA

  • Diane Edmondson, Chair, Denton County GOP, “What You Need to Know About Liberal Efforts to Turn Texas Blue”
  • Jody Rushton, TFRW Vice President, Finance, “Show Me the Money!” – Fundraising Tactics for Local Clubs
  • Judge Sharen Wilson, Tarrant County Criminal District Court No. 1, “The Most Powerful Women’s Political Organization in Texas – Who Me?”
  • Featured Luncheon Speaker – Rafael Cruz, Father of Texas Senator Ted Cruz
  • Other topics include Texas’ changing demographics and parliamentary procedures for dynamic meetings

Make checks payable to Kaye Moreno.  RSVP by mailing your check postmarked no later than April 22nd to: 

Kaye Moreno, Leadership
1213 Kelpie Court
Fort Worth, Texas  76111

*Please include your name, address, occupation, email address and phone number.

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caryn-boddieIn the April 16th newsletter of THE AMERICAN THINKER, Caryn Boddie published a profound article, “Ending the Violence”, discussing the gun violence in schools and how quick America is to blame guns or individuals.

As you read through it below, think about what she is saying.  In the push for gun control, her ideas are foreign. The idea of taking real proactive responsibility as individuals and as a country resonates in her basic ideas of paying attention to our sons, helping them and praying for them.

What can we really do to stop shootings in our schools and other public places? I’d like to share two ideas — connected across the years — as we come up to the anniversary of a mass killing that affected my life and my community.

The first idea came to my attention not in the United States of America but in Central America.

It was March 1999, and I had taken a part-time reporter job at The Columbine Community Courier, a weekly paper in Littleton, Colorado. However, before working for the paper on a regular basis, I went off with my family on a long-planned mission trip to Honduras. There we worked on a few projects then did some sightseeing.

In Copan we stopped into a Catholic Church during mass. The church was packed, and we found out why that was so before long. The priest came to speak and he was absolutely furious with his flock. A woman in our party, who was a Spanish speaker, translated for us: Some of the young men of Copan had come into the town square the night before, during a festival, shot it up, and killed a few people.

The priest yelled a question at the congregation, “Why are you people not watching your sons?”

That moment stuck with me as we came back to Colorado, and I wrote the story of our trip for publication. Then, I proceeded to cover small stories in the community, such as the dedication of a new playground at an elementary school.

A week or so later, I was driving home from a dentist appointment when I passed Columbine High School. Just south of the school, I saw two young men, dressed in black dusters, walking toward Columbine. They looked into each other’s faces then strode up the sidewalk with smiles and knowing looks. Little did I know I was watching two of the sons in my community who were about to become murderers. I remember feeling the presence of evil, and I prayed briefly, but I did not know what else to do. (Since that time, I have learned that many other people in the community had similar experiences.)

On April 20, 1999, the two young men I saw murdered 12 students and one teacher then killed themselves at Columbine High School.

I covered the tragedy and its aftermath for the immediate community for about one year. Of course, it was a time of grief and trauma, and we all had to go through that and through the process of healing. In the midst of it, I believe there was a window of time where we could really learn and pass along what could be done to stop such a thing from happening in another community down the line.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media and the politicians came in and hyped the gun issue, just as they’ve done after every one of the tragedies that has followed Columbine. We all got focused on changing the laws that control guns. Family members of victims went to Washington, DC, and were displayed by our president, just as family members of new victims are being displayed by a president now. We had a Million Mom March in Denver. We debated closing the gun show loophole. Laws were changed.

We also focused on fixing Columbine High School and on building a memorial for those we lost. Some of us focused on blaming one person after another for the loss, and trying to make them pay; that went on for months and months.

Our focus on these things did not help other communities avoid similar tragedies.

So what should we tell other communities now?

First: Watch your sons.

Really, think about who is shooting in our schools; think about who it is that is killing innocents in Chicago; think about who it is that walked into a theater in Aurora and murdered people.

How do we watch our sons more carefully? By getting them more of what they need in their community, so that they are connected in their daily lives with more than one adult. The Search Institute of Minnesota has created a program called the 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents, which people in Columbine discovered after the tragedy there. Through it many people touch our son’s lives and watch them as they grow up.

But, it’s not enough to watch our sons, we must then get them help when they need it — and the help must be effective.

To that point, the second idea I want to tell you about came together for me when I was watching television, years after my family’s trip to Honduras.

I was doing some chores with news on in the background. I heard the anchor review who the shooters were in the latest mass killings in our country and what their mental states were, Then in an interview, I heard Dr. Keith Ablow, a forensic psychiatrist, say, “What all this gun legislation, restricting firearms or increasing background checks, fails to address is the real problem, which is untreated mental illness, and a mental health care system that is completely severed from anything like an ability to deliver outpatient services on an as-needed basis, sometimes involuntarily. So, we’ve allowed our mental health care system to become decrepit; people are falling through gaping holes in the system. It really has nothing to do with guns, as we just saw in the mass stabbing in Texas and as we should have learned in 1927 when 38 children were killed with homemade explosives at a school. This whole debate should be filibustered right off the Senate floor; people shouldn’t show up for this debate because it’s just a sideshow.”

So, the second idea comes from another credible source: Fix the mental health system and create an effective pathway by which people in a community can report a person who seems mentally ill and dangerous.

Young people proved this can work after Columbine. Adolescents started watching each other and reporting other adolescents who showed signs of being troubled and/or dangerous and some killings were stopped. This was because they heard that it was good to watch and to tell and a pathway was created for them to do so that was effective.

And finally, this thought: we must pray for our sons.

So, these are two ideas for stopping future mass killings. Let’s get our attention off the gun debate, ignore the politicians, and take them up for the sake of other communities across our nation.