Why I’m a Candidate

Our nation is at a perilous point in history. The danger is great and our demise as the world’s leading free country is plausible, if not likely. The uniqueness of today’s crisis as compared to past threats to America is that today’s most pressing issues were brought on ourselves by American governmental leadership at all levels—federal, state, and local. We have not been invaded nor are foreign armies amassing at the borders. Nevertheless, we find ourselves in a country of serious decline. Our decline is financial, governmental, cultural, structural, and moral.

However, all hope is not yet lost. There is a sense that the people are waking up to the dangers we face and are becoming more and more ready to get serious about their responsibilities as citizens and to take their selection of elected officials much more seriously.

Over the past 10 years, our state representative district has been ably served by a conservative man with skill and integrity. As he moves on to an office of even greater influence and responsibility, the citizens of District 70 have a responsibility to keep the district led by a conservative who can be effective in leadership and win an election. However, they must have a viable conservative candidate for whom they can cast their vote.

As the conservative leaders have reviewed the landscape, it is apparent that finding such a person to serve in a part-time and often out-of-town elected office is very difficult.

I have decided to run for the office of State Representative of District 70 because I love my country, my Texas, and my local community. My background as a CPA, business owner, and Executive Pastor has provided me with the experience to serve effectively in a difficult time in our history. My experience has given me insight and practice with balancing budgets, creating jobs, and imploring people to live in such a way that they are blessed.

Both of my grandfathers served and fought in World War II. Both survived and I had the privilege of knowing them well. One fought with the Army in Europe, the other with the Navy in the Pacific. Neither would share many details of their battles, but I would hear enough of their stories to know that they suffered. They suffered physically and emotionally. Their families were hard pressed to ‘make it’ while they were at war. Some of their friends died in battle. But both of them, volunteers, made it very clear that they risked their lives and made sacrifices in order to insure our uniquely American freedoms.

Although we are not engaged in war on the scale of WWII, we must continue the fight for our freedoms.  Our current enemies are wrong-headed philosophies and self-serving corruptions. Like my grandfathers, I am choosing to serve and to sacrifice for the future of an America that still has within her a remnant of exceptionalism that is poised to lead the nation back to a state of strength, sanity, and peace.

I believe in hard work and entrepreneurship. At the age of fourteen, I began my first business–a paper route–in Waco, Texas. In those days, we solicited the customers, served their needs, and collected the fees from subscriptions. Although I can’t verify this, I believe that I led the city in tips because of my exceptional service of putting the papers on the porch, not just throwing them on the sidewalk. I have always worked and enjoyed it. As an adult, I have owned four retail and two sales/service businesses. I have managed an organization with annual revenue over $9 million and assets over $29 million with employees of over 150. I know what it means to balance a difficult budget and make difficult financial decisions.

Some may wonder about how working at a church and holding political office may work together. America has a rich legacy of churchmen serving their country by holding political office.  Twenty-six of the fifty-seven signers of the Declaration of Independence held Christian seminary  degrees. The Colony of Connecticut was founded by four Christian ministers who wrote the first colonial constitution, which led to Connecticut being called The Constitution Colony.  American ministers were so influential in the Revolutionary Period that the British called them “The Black Robe Regiment.”  Ministers serve people. Government officials are elected to serve people. There is a great consistency between church ministry and the way that government officials are supposed to conduct themselves. It’s about people. We should always be working for their well-being; in mind, body, and spirit. I am blessed to work for a congregation that will allow me the flexibility to also serve in a government capacity.

There is a distinct difference, however, between the role of church and the role of government. The church, and other charities, should grow in order to lift people up. Government, on the other hand, should shrink in order to stop holding people down.