Your Side – July 16 Campaign Update

One of the joys of building this campaign has been assembling a community of friends, volunteers, and staffers that inspire me every day. I want to share a story that happened to one of my campaign volunteers this past week.

mastheadEMAIL.jpgFriends and Neighbors,

One of the joys of building this campaign has been assembling a community of friends, volunteers, and staffers that inspire me every day. I want to share a story that happened to one of my campaign volunteers this past week.

He ran into Walmart to pick up some groceries and was wearing one of my new campaign buttons. As he went through the checkout line the cashier looked at the button and asked, “Neal Katz? Who is he?”

He told her that I was running for our local state representative in the fall.

She asked, “Which side is he on?”

“Your side,” he replied, “He's running as an independent - he's not a Republican or Democrat.”

"That might be good," she said.

"I think so," he responded.

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It's an important reminder of three things.

1. I am on your side. I am moved by the optimism that a trusted voice in politics can benefit our community – as long as it comes from within the community. That’s the energy I am bringing. That’s the side I’m on.

2. People understand that partisan politics is not the answer to everything. What truly matters is effective leadership.

3. I can't do this alone. I need your voices is to amplify the message that East Texas needs good leadership in Austin. As we move forward in the campaign, I'm going to be reaching out to you to help me promote this message.

My volunteer was correct. The message was clear. In this race for the Texas House, I am on your side.

Quick Update

  • Last weekend, I spent a couple of days in New York with my daughter before dropping her at summer camp. We had the chance to visit the site of the 9/11 attacks and go up to the top of the One World observatory for a 360-degree view of New York City. For those who have not seen it, this is the video display inside the elevator as your ride up 102 floors – depicting the growth of New York over the years.


  • We also visited the 9/11 memorial on the site where the north tower once stood. The memorial is a cascading waterfall that is a place of contemplation of the attacks that took 2,983 victims and shifted and refocused our national priorities. It is up to our generation to tell the story of the 9/11 attacks and I welcomed the chance to share that moment with my daughter.

  • On Sunday morning, I spoke with the Rose City Civitan Club. They are a wonderful service organization dedicated to helping our community and those in need - while working for self-improvement. I shared the story of my campaign and answered their questions. Like most people in East Texas, they want a strong advocate for our public schools and a respectful leader who will listen to the whole community- not just a few donors.

  • On Sunday afternoon, I received the Legion of Honor Award from the Chapel of Four Chaplains in “recognition of a lifetime service to all people regardless of race or faith. This award symbolizes for all Americans and for all time the unity of this nation founded upon the fatherhood of God.” The award is named after the four military chaplains who died in February 1943 as the USS Dorchester sunk. It is a true honor to receive this recognition for my work across the community. 


Campaign Gear
Buttons, bumper stickers, and t-shirts! As we ramp up our events for this fall, we will be handing out campaign gear (& asking donations for t-shirts) to all our friends in East Texas. If you want to get some campaign swag sooner, please contact us and we can set up a time to meet you at the campaign office or drop it in the mail.

Thank you all for your continued support!

I look forward to seeing you around town.

To peace,
Neal


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