Scratching My Head – Sep. 25 Campaign Update

As I have spent the past year campaigning and listening to our community, there has been a recurring theme about my opponent. Quite often, he has been on the wrong side of discussion and legislation regarding sexual assault victims and sexual predators.


Friends and Neighbors,

As I have spent the past year campaigning and listening to our community, there has been a recurring theme about my opponent. Quite often, he has been on the wrong side of discussion and legislation regarding sexual assault victims and sexual predators.

A couple of years ago, the city of Bullard needed to defend their ordinance that allowed them to designate a perimeter for registered sex offenders. It’s the same kind of ordinance they have in bigger cities. And the Texas legislature was considering a bill to allow small cities to create these kinds of perimeters. But when the leaders of Bullard asked for our current rep’s initial support, he said, “No.”

In fact, his response to the leadership in Bullard was that he would not support that bill because he believed that registered sex offenders needed a place to live, too. The city leaders reportedly replied, “That’s true, but it does not need to be across the street from our children's school.” The bill passed anyway - but he would not help. Why would he turn his back on community safety and supporting local governance?

In 2015, he was one of only five legislators in the entire State to vote against a bill that allowed victims of sexual assault more time to come forward. As we have seen in many high-profile cases, it may take many years for personal or institutional sexual assault victims to come forward. Out of respect for victims - and with trust in our judicial system - the Texas legislature wisely passed a bill in 2015 giving those victims more time to come forward.

But our current State rep. voted against it.

Personally, I have faith in our legal system, in our law enforcement, in our judiciary, and in the due process of law that allows justice to be served. I would never support an attempt to silence sexual assault victims by way of legislation from Austin. Again, it's odd.

And even stranger, the five legislators that voted against that 2015 bill were all funded out of West Texas. 

When you send me to Austin, I will listen to the voices in our East Texas community that support victims of sexual assault. We can never legislate away evil, but we can create a Texas where justice is valued over personal ideology.

It's time to fire our current State rep.


CAMPAIGN STRENGTH

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I maybe an independent candidate, but our campaign is people-powered.

Let's keep this going. If you would like to be part of this volunteer effort – even if you can only offer one evening – we welcome your support. If you want to volunteer - or want a yard sign - please click here to let us know.

As many of you know, some of my large signs have been stolen. Not only is this disheartening, but it is also illegal. Messing with political signs can land someone up to a year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines. Help me protect our political signage – and all political signs - by keeping an eye out.


I hope to see you at these upcoming events:


Join us on

Thursday, September 27th
at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway from 7:30-9:30am
for a free come-and-go breakfast
and a chance to visit with Neal
Let us know you are coming
by clicking here

Make plans for Monday evening, October 8th - for the League of Women Voters candidates forum. It will be held at 6:00pm at the Tyler Public Library. More information will be available soon.

This is not a campaign event, but I hope you will attend this pro-Public Education celebration on October 9th at First Christian Church - presented by the Pastors for Texas Children

Visit VotePublicEd.com to register.


As we move forward together, please make a donation to build the campaign, offer an endorsement, and let us know if you want a yard sign or want to volunteer.

I look forward to seeing you around town.

To peace,
Neal

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