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Southeast Texas: Thank You- NOw I Have Work to Do Essay

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Southeast Texas: Thank You - Now, I Have Work to Do

Undoubtedly, I have one of the most prestigious positions of public trust in the U.S. represent Texans in Hardin, Jasper, Newton, Polk, and Tyler counties. This people hold firm to their faith in God. They believe in hard work and fair play. They willingly give their daughters and sons in the defense of liberty. They are Southeast Texans and I am proud to to represent them in the Texas House of Representatives.

Early in December, the filing period for the 2014 election cycle ended. Looking over the ballot, I am gratified by the number of my fellow citizens that desire to serve. When I look at my place on the ballot, I am unopposed in the primary in March and the general election in
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Our constituents want a vibrant economy that creates good paying middle-class jobs. Southeast Texans demand educational opportunities for their children that prepare them for the the 21st global economy. And, they want to rule of law upheld and our Texas borders secured.

Throughout 2014, my staff and I will visit every city, county, hamlet, and town to learn and listen from our citizens on their ideas on enhancing our region's economic competitiveness. We will engage parents, educators, and industry on educating our youth. And, respectfully, we will engage our taxpayers and law enforcement on securing our Texas borders and maintaining safe Southeast Texas communities.

This is not about who is blue or red, but about what investment green dollars we can attract to our region. There are no Democratic schools or Republican students, only young Southeast Texans needing the tools to compete against China and India. Southeast Texans have always been conservative people that believed in the Almighty, practiced traditional values, and valued freedom.

My fellow conservatives and Republicans our countrymen that are Democrats have a valid point. No society can remain strong with wealth disparity in wealth and diminishing opportunities for upward mobility. This is not a novel argument. All the great philosophers of the Western tradition have articulated this. Yet, in 1916, William John Henry Boetcker, a Presbyterian minister,
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