Answer The Call – May 15 - Campaign Update

This past week I was honored to host a lunch for leaders of the African American community. I am truly thankful for their involvement in our community as business leaders, civic leaders, healthcare professionals, religious leaders, and more. East Texas is a better place because of their voice.

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Friends and Neighbors,

We are less than six months out to the election! 

Neal's Notes
This past week I was honored to host a lunch for leaders of the African American community. I am truly thankful for their involvement in our community as business leaders, civic leaders, healthcare professionals, religious leaders, and more. East Texas is a better place because of their voice. During the luncheon, one of the leaders and I had this exchange:

“When you are elected and go to Austin, how do we know that you won't forget about the voices of the African American community - like so many politicians do?” 

There was a light giggle in the room as they waited on my answer. 

I replied,Because you have my cell number and if I ever become unresponsive to the community, you better call me and let me know. It’s always a matter of trust – and for 15 years, I have always answered the call to build relationships across this community.”

We live in an era when so many elected leaders simply calculate their combination of donors and voters, and serve only them. The data shows us that our current State Rep only represents a small fraction of actual East Texas voters.  And we know that over 80% of his funding comes from out-of-district donors. Will he answer our call when his community needs him? 

I will, because I understand that is the role of a true representative. 


Quick Update

  • Proud to continue to serve on the board of our Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce. I'm excited for the upcoming membership drive to bring in new members that will help grow our business community.



  • On Wednesday, the East Texas Council of Governments held an information session for older Americans as part of their Area Agency on Aging. It was an enlightening program that focused on specific concerns for our older community such as estate law, local resources, and hearing from the local nursing home ombudsman.





  • On Wednesday May 9th, the Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas gave the Person of Courage Award to the Honorable Kevin Eltife. As a founding board member of the Counseling Center, I am truly proud of the agency’s growth and how they are responding to mental health needs in East Texas. I thank Senator Eltife for being a voice of support for expanding mental health access through community awareness and responsible legislation. We need more leaders with his kind community awareness.


  • Last Thursday, I was honored to spend the afternoon with about 25 leaders from the African American community. They voiced their concerns, offered suggestions, gave advice, and shared their desire for an effective voice in Austin that represents all East Texans. What an outstanding moment!


  • Had a great meeting with some of the leadership in Bullard. They are an important part of our House District and as I pledge to be a voice of support for our smaller communities. 


  • Friday afternoon was a fun lunch with the Tyler Young Professionals Network. We heard an inspiring story of dreaming big and planning your way to success from Jose Feliciano. He spoke about the 2 Hour House, about which he wrote a bestselling book.

     

Will it be easy? No.  Will it be worth it? Absolutely! 

Let's keep moving forward together. 

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I look forward to seeing you around town.

To peace,
Neal