Listening To The Community – June 18 Campaign Update

This past week, as I held office hours, a young woman stopped by to say hello. We had never met before, but she saw the office hours posted and decided to stop in for a visit. She is a lifelong Republican, and she came by to talk about a couple of issues that were close to her heart. 

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Friends and Neighbors,

Another awesome week for the campaign - signatures, friends, celebrations, donations, and more energy. Let's keep up the great work!

This past week, as I held office hours, a young woman stopped by to say hello. We had never met before, but she saw the office hours posted and decided to stop in for a visit. She is a lifelong Republican, and she came by to talk about a couple of issues that were close to her heart. 

She shared with me stories of frustration as she tried to have similar conversations with our current State Rep. It took her two months to set up a meeting with him, and the only way they found time to meet was for her to drive down to Austin. She did so because she was passionate about her issues. In that meeting, her concerns were belittled and dismissed.

Here's the important part of the story: the bill that she was advocating for was passed into law. And it happened with a “no” vote from our current State Rep. It was a compassionate bill that dealt with specific health care needs for children. The bill became a law by a bipartisan majority. Not because of our current State Rep, but despite him. This is the story of ineffective representation that keeps repeating itself.

East Texans deserve representation that will be accessible, available, and will listen to the community.  I will be that voice.  


Quick Update

  • On Tuesday June 12th, East Texas held its first-ever Women's Veterans celebration. June 12th is the anniversary of federal legislation allowing women into armed services. As Americans, we are proud of our women and men who serve to protect our liberties. Pictured with me was a participant at the event -  Air Force Technical Sergeant Natalie Buffington. She works for the Air Force here in Tyler as the Enlisted Accessions Recruiter. Since my office is right behind hers, we have become friends over the past few months. I thank her for her continued service to our country.

  • Once a year, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce holds a membership drive to increase its numbers. We have one of the most successful chamber organizations in the entire country right here in Tyler. Our numbers, enthusiasm, organizational structure, and economic impact is overwhelming. It remains one of the reasons our business climate is so strong in East Texas, and I am proud to serve on the Chamber of Commerce board. Being a Chamber member is not just about marketing, it's about supporting the organization that helps drive business to our community. During the membership drive, people dress up in costumes and compete against each other for memberships. This year, we gained 677 new members in 3 days! It's a lot of fun, but it's also crucial to our local economic health. Congrats to the chamber for another successful drive.

  • Saturday night was Cattle Barons benefiting the American Cancer Society. Every year, East Texas outdoes itself with a truly wonderful fundraiser. It is always fun to spend the evening seeing old friends and meeting new ones as we come together to raise funds for cancer research.


  • This past weekend was Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a yearly celebration of the emancipation date for Texas slaves in 1865. It is a fun day of community, music, and festivity. I was honored to be in the parade and say hello from the main stage. I was also happy to have my campaign volunteers out there collecting signatures. On Friday afternoon, I was thankful to attend the pre-celebration luncheon where we honored some of this year's Juneteenth Association scholarship recipients. The three young women at that particular event were headed off to college to study physical therapy, biology, and law. 

  • This past weekend, we had a campaign booth at the Lone Star gun show held at Harvey Hall. It was great to meet with people from across the region and to hear their concerns about gun regulation and safety. I recently completed a License To Carry course from an amazing instructor here in Tyler. It is important to understand and appreciate the laws surrounding proper firearm ownership. One of the other participants in that class was a local Catholic priest. A rabbi and a priest taking a gun class together.... let the jokes begin.

  • On Father’s Day, I got to spend the evening with my family watching The Incredibles 2. If you haven’t seen it, please do – it’s as great as the original.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support. 

Please consider making a donation to build the campaign, offering an endorsement, and letting us know if you want to volunteer.

I look forward to seeing you around town.

To peace,
Neal


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