Numbers Don't Lie – July 2 Campaign Update

Since January 1, the Katz for Texas campaign has received over 200 individual donations! We have run the numbers, and almost 90% of those donations came from our district. This is important to us, because it keeps us hyper-focused on local voices and concerns. We know that our current state rep. is just the opposite. Historically more than 80% of his funding comes from out of district – mostly from West Texas billionaires who own a small block of legislators, including ours.  Our current representative is beholden to his West Texas funders and not to you.

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Friends and Neighbors,

Numbers Don't Lie.

June 30 was the financial filing deadline for all Texas campaigns. Since January 1, the Katz for Texas campaign has received over 200 individual donations! We have run the numbers, and almost 90% of those donations came from our district. This is important to us, because it keeps us hyper-focused on local voices and concerns. We know that our current state rep. is just the opposite. Historically more than 80% of his funding comes from out of district – mostly from West Texas billionaires who own a small block of legislators, including ours.  Our current representative is beholden to his West Texas funders and not to you.

This should be of great concern to everyone in District 6, but especially to conservatives in East Texas. One of the great benefits of a conservative voice is that government should be small, efficient, fiscally prudent, and representative of the people in your district. I, too, am guided by this philosophy, and I take it to heart.

But when our local representative is bought and paid for by Midland billionaires, what incentive does he have to listen to local voices? None. They will simply buy the next election for him.

That is why I am proud of our funding source – East Texans. This is how local politics is supposed to work – local supporters sending a local voice to the State legislature. It's a hard fight to win this seat - given the money and the system that keeps our current incumbent in place. But East Texans can be the first to break this trend - and we are up for the challenge.  


Quick Update

  • Last Monday, I attended a community engagement forum at UT Tyler. They are exploring the possibility of offering an academic track for social workers. It was a nice event with great input from across the community. For 15 years, I have been active in the local non-profit community. Through my board work at PATH, the Samaritan Counseling Center of East Texas, Hospice of East Texas, and more, I know there is a need for talented social workers in our community. The prospect of training local students for local work is exciting. Thank you to UT Tyler for looking forward and listening to community needs.


  • On Tuesday, I met with some local leadership to hear what they need in an effective state representative. And the story keeps repeating itself across the sectors – no matter what our local leadership needs, our current state rep. cannot or will not listen to them. We know that government closest to the people governs best, so their voices should matter when they speak to Austin through a representative. Yet this is not the case. Our current state rep. defiantly ignores local voices. This is why a better voice in Austin starts with a better listener. That is what I have been doing for 15 years.

  • On Thursday, I enjoyed spending time at the Leadership Tyler Fast Track Book Club. We learned about the book Factfulness. Apparently, this book has been purchased by Bill Gates for every student graduating college this year – because he so believes in the book’s message. The book says that things in the world are actually improving, and that we do ourselves a disservice by ignoring data-based facts when it comes to complex social issues. Thank you to Leadership Tyler for continuing to grow our communal IQ.

  • After a visit at the Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” at Bergfeld Center, I traveled down Broadway to the new WorkHub space. This new shared office complex is located behind The Diner (in the old roller rink and XTC location). Like other shared work spaces in our community, this is the kind of innovative investment that will allow East Texas to grow small businesses by providing location, equipment, collaboration, and inspiration. Congratulation to WorkHub – your success is our success.


CELEBRATING THE 4th
While I was out of town officiating a wedding, my wife Jen went the Blast Over Bullard Fireworks Show on Saturday night to pre-celebrate the Fourth of July with our friends in Bullard. 

This coming Wednesday, July 4, I invite you all to stop by Grub Burger in Tyler – between 5:30-8:00pm – to get a bite to eat and say hello. I will be there with t-shirts and bumper stickers before heading to Lindsey Park for the fireworks. Click here for a Facebook link to let us know you are coming. Or just show up!

If you are interested in making a donation online, you can do so by clicking here.

Thanks to everyone for your continued support. 

I look forward to seeing you around town.

To peace,
Neal


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