Wanted: Local Representation – June 4 Campaign Update

This past week I met with a local public official who shared their concerns about our current state representative. So much of what needs to be done for East Texas is done by representatives from out of our area. In fact, the running joke is that whenever East Texas needs something done, we have to scramble for out-of-district support to do the work that our representative cannot or will not do.

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Friends and Neighbors,

Moving forward and picking up speed.

Neal's Notes
This past week I met with a local public official who shared their concerns about our current state representative. So much of what needs to be done for East Texas is done by representatives from out of our area. In fact, the running joke is that whenever East Texas needs something done, we have to scramble for out-of-district support to do the work that our representative cannot or will not do. One official said to me:

“Our current state rep. is the party of “no.” That seems to be his first response to local needs.” He continued, “an out-of-district representative once joked with me saying, ‘I'm sick of doing all the work for your district. Can you all send somebody to Austin who will work on your behalf? I've got to take care of my own constituents.’”

This “joke” is not all that funny, but it is a reality that needs to be remedied. After six years of producing no results for Smith County, we have a chance this fall to move in the direction of effective representationI hope you will join me.

Quick Update

  • Tuesday night was spent at UT Tyler learning about a new program in our community. A number of local school districts will be implementing a new curriculum over the coming year from the “Choose Love” movement. It began as the work of a mother whose child was murdered in the school shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary. The pre-K-12 program teaches our children the crucial skills of gratitude, courage, forgiveness, and compassion. And the goal is to build healthier and stronger children. Thank you local ISDs for embracing this new opportunity.



  • This past week, the campaign held a meet-and-greet with local doctors and representatives of the medical community. It was an excellent turnout. We have a expert community of medical professionals, and I want to be an effective voice for them in Austin. My approach begins with the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship and supporting good public policy that limits corporations and government from interfering in the practice of medicine.With good representation in Austin, we have an opportunity for expanded access to health care and mental health programs for East Texans.Thank you to all the doctors and friends who came out for this event.

  • The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce held a subcommittee meeting on Government Affairs this past Thursday. In that room were some of the key players in our community’s business and political success. We heard two presentations - one from the head of the local Democratic Party and the other from the head of the local Republican Party. They were both very informative, and of course, they were not mutually exclusive. That is the space where I am campaigning - in the workable common ground between the extremes of the parties.


  • On Friday, there was an excellent livestream from the Texas Tribune with state representatives Paul Workman (R) and Celia Israel (D) - both from Austin. The talk was moderated by the always amazing Evan Smith. They spoke about issues from the last legislative session and thoughts on the upcoming session beginning in January 2019. 

    We know that
     Texas is at a crossroads for strengthening public education, access to healthcare and mental health programs, reducing property taxes, and building the infrastructure we need for the future. All of that discussion hinges on great leadership in Austin. The fringes of the parties have proven themselves to be ineffective in the strategic discussions before us. I'm working hard to be that voice search of common sense advocacy for East Texas this coming session.

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Please consider making a donation to build the campaign, offering an endorsement, and letting us know if you want to volunteer. (The big push for volunteers will be this fall.)

I look forward to seeing you around town.

To peace,
Neal


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