The Workable Middle – April 23 - Campaign Update

Together, we are building something special, a campaign like no other East Texas has seen before. In my steering committee meetings, I sit in a room with people from the far-right and people from the far-left – and everywhere in between - all working together to put a better representative voice in Austin. Thank you all so much for your continued support and donations.

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Friends and Neighbors,

A rolling stone gathers no moss. Together, we are building something special, a campaign like no other East Texas has seen before. In my steering committee meetings, I sit in a room with people from the far-right and people from the far-left – and everywhere in between - all working together to put a better representative voice in Austin. Thank you all so much for your continued support and donations.

And thanks to all who picked up bumper stickers for helping me get the word out. I still have plenty more – reach out to me to pick one up. 

Last week at a glance:

  • Honored to be part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at Tyler Junior College. I was on an interfaith panel discussion called “Hearing Each Other” as part of the TJC Arts Festival. Proud to be part of a community that celebrates diverse voices.  


  • Visited TJC’s annual International Day program. Dr. K and his students line the Rogers Student Center with artifacts and materials from dozens of countries and cultures. Thousands of people visited what is annually one of the great moments of international celebration here in East Texas.


  • Attended a college fair at UT Tyler with my son, who is a junior in high school. For the hundreds of students at the event who visited with campus reps and learned about schools, it's an exciting time. East Texas students have plenty of choices, whether they choose technical training or a 2 or 4 year college after high school. 


  • Had lunch with volunteers to the UT Health Northeast campus. We celebrated the thousands of volunteer hours that East Texans give to that hospital to support our doctors, nurses and administrators.

  • Visited the Culinary Café at the Career & Technology Center (CTC) – Tyler ISD’s newest high school. The students at the school learn about the food industry and serve lunch a couple of times a week for the community. It's another great example of how our local public school community is training our students for the future.

  • Spent and afternoon at the Lone Star Gun Show at Harvey Hall. Walked around and visited with friends and heard the concerns of gun owners. Gun ownership a big part of our life here in East Texas, and I enjoyed spending the afternoon with my neighbors.

Neal’s Notes

I'll share with you my favorite moment from this past week. I was visiting the home of a supporter who said to me: 

"I've never been energized about a political race here in East Texas. But I think this is going to be a watershed moment for East Texas politics. We finally have a chance to bring together the left and the right to find the workable middle, I think that's the true voice of our community." 

I couldn’t have said it better myself.  Let's all focus on the inspiring idea of a political "workable middle."  

I look forward to seeing you around town. As my campaign develops community events in the late spring, I’ll be sharing them on this email blast, on social media, and on my website. 

I invite you to donate, share my story to your friends, sign up to volunteer, and send some encouragement to the campaign.

I look forward to seeing you around town.

To peace,
Neal