The Way I Want To Be Treated – April 30 - Campaign Update

The strength of East Texas is its people. Sometimes I am asked what it's like to campaign all the time and go from event to event. Truth is, there's not much difference in my calendar because that's what I have been doing for 15 years. Only now I'm doing it while wearing a different hat. And the joy of spending time with my community will never diminish.

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Friends and Neighbors,

The strength of East Texas is its people. Sometimes I am asked what it's like to campaign all the time and go from event to event. Truth is, there's not much difference in my calendar because that's what I have been doing for 15 years. Only now I'm doing it while wearing a different hat. And the joy of spending time with my community will never diminish.


Neal's Notes
My favorite comment from this past week was made by a local law enforcement officer. He was explaining to me how he behaves whenever he encounters someone at a traffic stop or on the street. He said:

I treat all people the way I would want to be treated myself.  The people I come into contact with - they are my neighbors and my friends - and that's how I see them them.  I respect them the way I want to be respected. 

That statement resonated with me because sometimes we don't get to hear those voices. They are covered up with popular and social media. But I am so thankful that we have a law enforcement community that is professional and compassionate. They keep us safe and we owe them a debt of gratitude.

Quick Update
The week started off pretty light with a few meetings with some of my neighbors at coffee shops and restaurants around the community. One of my highlights was spending an afternoon with a leader at UT Health East Texas to learn about some of the awesome changes going on with that system.

  • Proud to be a sponsor of the South Tyler Rotary spaghetti dinner on Thursday evening. This outstanding service organization raises thousands of dollars for local scholarships.

  • That same evening, I attended the East Texas Crisis Center spring fundraiser. That community of supporters and donors truly understand helping those in their most vulnerable moments of need.

  • On Friday afternoon, I attended an outstanding panel discussion run by the Texas Tribune on the topic of maternal morbidity. It's a difficult topic for sure, but the data shows us that Texas has an inexcusable and preventable high number of post-partum deaths. And the percentage is close to tripled in the African American community. One comment shared by a panelist recommended that that we need to treat the time after delivery as the fourth trimester, suggesting that we need to have better intentional postnatal care for the life of the mother. And State Rep. Shawn Thierry from Houston mentioned that the maternal morbidity task force legislation was blocked from coming up for a vote by a group of obstructionist legislators. Luckily, Governor Abbott put it back on the agenda for the special session and that task force has been continued for now. Of course, I will be an advocate for women's health issues in Austin. 

  • On Saturday, I got to hang out at the Tyler Mini Maker Faire at the Discovery Science Place. Over 1,000 kids came and experienced the innovation that goes on in our community. That evening was a celebration of the Innovation Pipeline, Tyler's boldest attempt to foster innovation and small business growth by providing a maker-space downtown. I am proud to be a member of The Innovation Pipeline.

  • Also attended the Whitehouse ISD Education Foundation's celebratory dinner. If I was not already a public education advocate, they would have made me into one. I am so impressed with the work of the Whitehouse public schools and of the Educational Foundation. My favorite statistic from that night was that the Whitehouse ISD teachers used their payroll deductions to contribute to the Foundation. And their combined donations make up the largest non-corporate block of moneyin the Foundation. The foundation pays for supplies or programs or curricula for teachers of that district to help grow their classrooms.

 

For those who have asked about yard signs, please know that we are planning a yard sign push later this fall. If you want one, please let us know. For now, I need words of  encouragement, donations to build the campaign, and offers of volunteers.

I look forward to seeing you around town.

To peace,
Neal