There Only Was One Choice - Letter from Neal

Since the moment I announced my candidacy to represent House District 6, I have heard some version of the same question/comment almost every day...

Since the moment I announced my candidacy to represent House District 6, I have heard some version of the same question/comment almost every day:

"Why are you running as an independent?"
"Doesn't independent really mean 'Democrat?'"
"Why didn't you run as a Republican?"

"Running as an Independent has never been done here."

While I was considering how to run this campaign, I visited with friends on each side of the political aisle. Both tried to convince me to run behind their party’s flag. Each had their perspective and pros-and-cons, but I ultimately felt that the middle ground was the most authentic way to create the campaign I wanted to run. And most reflective of the person I am in day to day life.

Unfortunately, party polarization can immediately end conversations before they have the chance to begin which is not the type of candidate I aspire to be. By choosing to be Independent, I knew it would be a more difficult road. But it is the stronger path to building a Better Texas.

Over the past year, I have learned that people are ready to put in the extra effort for a candidate that is willing to put in the extra work. Our community wants a candidate who  will put aside party politics and focus on hyper-local issues, like public education, local infrastructure, support for first responders, concerns of the business community, advocacy for our active and retired teachers, and so much more.

We all know that hyper-partisan folks will remain tribal, no matter how ineffective their candidate may be. But my decision to remain Independent is authentic and rooted in the goal of making a better Texas through listening and advocating for local voices.

There is no Democrat running in this race. The polarizing right screams loudly to deny it. The polarizing left screams loudly to bemoan it. But the truth is that on November 6th, there are only two options on the ballot:

Either an outsider, polarizing, career-politician incumbent who has been absent from our East Texas community for six years.

Or an insider community leader who has spent 15 years listening to everyone and who knows that we work best when we work together. For a Better Texas, I believe the choice is clear.

If you are my neighbor in District 6, and if you value someone who will effectively advocate for East Texas in Austin, I hope you vote for me November 6th, or in early voting starting October 22nd. Please look below for early voting information and the East Texas Two Step.

To peace,

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2018 General Election Early Voting Information

Early Voting DATES

Monday, October 22 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 25 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Friday, October 26 8:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27 7:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 28 12:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 29 7:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30 7:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31 7:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 1 7:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 2 7:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m.

Early Voting LOCATIONS
The HUB 304 E. Ferguson St. Tyler, TX
Heritage Building 1900 Bellwood Rd. Tyler, TX
Lindale Public Library 200 E. Hubbard St. Lindale, TX
Noonday Community Center 16662 CR 196 Tyler, TX
Whitehouse Municipal Court 311 E. Main St. Whitehouse, TX

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