|« DMN - Mabrie Jackson to run for state House seat||Supervisor demoted over alleged DWI fix »|
Collin County is represented by 4 Texas Legislators whose districts are include large portions of the county. I list here all those candidates I know about. If I've missed someone, it is inadvertent. Please send me a note and I'll make the correction.
Brian McCall has been the District 66 representative for the last 20 years. In the last legislative session, McCall was appointed chair of the House Calendars Committee, making him one of Texas' most powerful legislators. Nevertheless, this weekend, he announced he would not be seeking re-election.
WAYNE S. RICHARD
Wayne Richard is founder and CEO of ICglobal, a provider of new media and advertising technologies. Mr. Richard received his Bachelors of Business Administration in 1980 from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He is Chairman of the SMU Cox Alumni Board of Directors and sits on The Salvation Army Plano Advisory Board.
Richard's campaign aims to appeal to the exreme right wing Republican. He has been campaigning at numerous local "Tea Parties" on a platform against secularism and socialism and for sovereignty and limited government. His campaign website features videos of his speeches at several local Tea Parties. In one he stands on a street corner with a bullhorn, as Collin County Judge Keith Self offers encouragement.
Richard is the founder of National Coalition for the Defense of American Sovereignty (NCDAS), whose mission statement is, "to educate and encourage Americans who are hungry for a factual account on domestic and international events and the subsequent governmental actions that frequently undermine the US Constitution."
Richard has been endorsed by the North Texas Tea Party.
MABRIE GRIFFITH JACKSON
Mabrie Jackson resigned her seat on the Plano City Council to make a run for the District 66 seat. She was elected to the City Council in 2008, upsetting long term incumbent Loretta Ellerbe. Jackson earned a degree in communications from the University of Texas. She works for Microsoft Corp. as an account manager. She has previously served as a Legislative Assistant to the Texas Legislature.
Jackson was the former chair of Collin County's Child Protective Services Board, and has served on the boards of the Collin County Assistance Center, and the Visiting Nurses Association. She has been active in community affairs in the city, county and schools and was named one of the “21 Leaders For the 21st Century” by Inside Collin County Business.
Jerry Madden has served Plano's 67th district in the Texas Legislature since 1992. He is the former chair and now the vice-chair of the House Corrections Committee. He also serves on the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudene Committee.
Madden has retired from the ownership of Jerry Madden Insurance.
He is a West Point graduate, and a Viet Nam veteran. In 1979, he earned a Master of Science in Management and Administration Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas.
In 2007, Rep. Madden was designated by Texas Monthly as one of its 10 Best Legislators. He is the first recipient in 2007 of the Carmen Miller Michael Mental Health Advocate Prism Award, a University of Texas at Dallas Distinguished Alumnus Award, was named as a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of State Government’s Justice Center, and was nominated to serve as Chairman of the Law and Criminal Justice Committee of the National Council of State Legislatures.
Madden's campaign web site has not been updated yet for the 2010 campaign, and touts his accomplishments in the passage of, "highly successful 2007 criminal justice system reforms which sought to divert individuals from prison through mental health and drug treatment programs, provide more opportunities in prison for rehabilitation, and properly utilize probation and parole mechanisms to avoid greater costs if new prisons were built."
The Collin County Observer wrote of the 2008 campaign, "This is old-fashioned, shoot-em-up, nasty Texas politics." Cole's tactics almost worked; he garnered 48.27% of the votes in the March, 2008 GOP primary.
Jon Cole received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in history and government and graduated from the Institute of Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is the Marketing Director for Total Physician Review, a healthcare consulting group based in Collin County. He has served as a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, has worked in the Governor's Criminal Justice Division analyzing Texas' drug court system and assisting the Texas Crime Stoppers program. He also assisted the Governor's Office of Homeland Security produce the state's emergency communication network.
I am not aware of any challengers to 4 term incumbent Ken Paxton. There are, however persistent rumors that Rep. Paxton is wanting to toss his hat in the ring for Shapiro's Senate District 8 seat. We shall see.
I am not aware of any challengers to 4 term incumbent Jodi Laubenberg.
In this series of previews of the 2010 election:
* Collin County Court at Law #2
* Collin County Court at Law #3
* Collin County Court at Law #4
* Collin County Court at Law #6
* Collin County District Attorney
* Collin County Legislative races
* Collin County's 219th District Court
* Collin County Commissioners Court
* State Board of Education
But what is apparent is that a informal slate comprised of PISD and other Plano Chamber (of Commerce) types is forming to run against fiscal conservatives at the county level. And those of us interested in the return of fiscal sanity at ALL level of government had better take note.
The need will become more apparent to Plano residents as they face the significant tax increases from the city and school over the next few years. Tax increases due in large part to over-bonding and improper planning for the highly predictable reductions in sales tax income and flattening of property tax income due to build out. The people responsible for these errors in planning and judgment are now ready to move outward and upward to use the 'skills' on larger taxpayer bases. Their concepts of 'quality of life' (through taxpayer funding) cannot be sustained after high growth has ended without major tax increases.
As far as Wayne Richard goes, I could never vote for the guy. Far leftist policy is bad for America and far Right policy is bad for America. We need level headed citizens that vote on legislation because of how it will affect people and our future, not because the bill is a Republican bill or Democrat bill.
The bottom line is, in Mabrie, you have a very ambitious person who is not afraid to turn her back on you at anytime to pursue her real goal and in Richard, you have a finatic.
Hopefully, 66 will DRAFT a NEW CANDIDATE that represent common sense and political appeasing.
Now, if there were a position for let's say TEA Party Czar, yes, I would vote for Richard. And, if there were someone that reminded me of Palin, yes, it would be Mabrie. That's all great, but I don't want any of that representing me in Austin.
Hopefully, 66 will DRAFT a NEW CANDIDATE that represents common sense and NOT political appeasing.
I saw your post and had to ask, what is so against someone running based on common sense? SOmeone who can actually work with the other side? I am a Republican and I just feel like we are missing out on such a big opportunity.
For example, up until 2008, there had never been a precinct in Collin County that had voted majority Democrat. In 2008, there were 12. I believe that simply has to do with how offensive Republican rhetoric has become. Why not sit there and say, hey, look, we don't want big government and here's how we accomplish all the things we need to and still keep government limited and accountable? Instead, we parade all over town screaming and yelling, but actually doing what?
That's my point, I don't want left or right wing nuts (aka Obama, Pelosi, Wayne Richard, Self and friends), I want common sense progressive leadership.
We need people with guts to correct that; people willing to go against the grain of established constructs. And for people in general to revisit what they believe government should be involved in.
True 'common sense' leadership- progressive or otherwise- would not disagree with that.
Some of us find the government's efforts to gain control of banking (TARP), Auto Manufacturing, Health Care (PelosiCare), and energy production (Cap & Trade) fairly socialistic. What would you call it? Socialism is merely a form of government- practiced in many places in the world; hardly an obscenity.
"Racially charged" signs? I suppose you are referring to the 'Obama Joker' image; originally created by a 20-year-old black Muslim and referencing a figure of chaos in a movie without racial content.
I'm still trying to explain to my Chinese wife and my Ugandan daughter (http://nazziwa.wordpress.com) that I'm a racist, since I strongly oppose a liberal politician who happens to be black; they somehow remain unconvinced.
My problem is message delivery. One of your national organizations (yesterday) had to cancel their plan to burn images of Congress in effigy - now that would be a nice photo op for the ages! - Nothing offensive happening here, keep walking.
If you want to win the hearts and minds of voters - you are going to have a difficult time doing that by insulting people and waiving around racially charged signs with misspelled words. We're looking for leadership here - not a carnival barker.
It doesn't matter who made the sign or who your family members are. : it is racially offensive.
I didn't call you a racist - that is between you and your Maker.
The arguments you make about not being a racist are the same things we all heard during the defense of the Jim Crow laws - all of that stuff has been rolled out and dusted off by the Tea party fanatics. And look how successful that was. - Well played.
I and many others find such images (and that is not the only example of racially charged images brandished by members of this ridiculous "movement") terribly offensive and contrary to family and American values.
The fact that you find such symbols appropriate and have the gaul to defend them only makes my point.
Go ahead, keep waiving your signs - and you can explain to other folks - especially other school children - that you stand by your signs.
This type of speech, which is protected by the 1st Amendment, is certainly your right. But don't get defensive when you are called on it.
Calling something 'racially charged' without any actual evidence it actually is, does imply racism; a standard lawyer-style stunt. And I'm calling you on that.
As for explaining all of this to school children, you'll note that we actually have entire families showing up at our larger rallies- unlike those on the other side.
However, My. Anonymous Lawyer, if you wish to continue to argue about your misconceptions of what the tea party movement is or isn't, perhaps this article about candidates is not the place. Come on over to our site or my personal one (http://datatroll.wordpress.com/2009/11/15/why-am-i_doing-this/)- better yet- show up at a meeting and actually meet and listen to some of our members.
There are large differences in the group in terms of international involvement, support for the Party infrastructures and social conservatism; what binds the group together are the five principles.
Rule of Law
Anything else is 'a distraction'.
As for Jacko's comment: his sophistication, intellect and eloquence is so blinding that it leaves me speechless.
Don't worry, the "tea party" freaks are not alone. There are all sorts of kooky groups out there - right, left, and just plain ole' psycho. You are in darn good company.
I don't like any of them. I just had the misfortune of seeing you guys up close and personal.
Call people names complaining about other folks is all one big distraction. The "tea party" movement is an embarasssment - period. And you wouldn't be so defensive if you didn't know, in the back of your mind, somewhere, that you look ridiculous.
So, get a dictionary, and make some signs you can be proud of. Carry on.
We're too busy dealing with incumbents and candidates who want to talk to us these days to be 'embarrassed' or 'defensive'. Possibly these politicians have a somewhat different view of us than you do, Mr. Anonymous.
BTW: It's "Calling people names.."
I will address the Tea Party issues though.
These Tea Parties make me uncomfortable. Not because they stand for limited government or fiscal restraint, but because the participants, from the top down, preach:
- Against secular government - I get the impression they would be most at home living under a protestant theocracy.
- For gun ownership, not for sport, not for protection, but as a tool of social and political revolution.
- for a vision of property rights that crosses a line to pure selfishness and greed.
- For Christian values and morals, without Christian compassion or love.
- That it is OK to insult and demonize your opponents
- For a vision of sovereignty that was forever repudiated by the American Civil War.
- For stealing patriotic, revolutionary heroes and themes in what amounts to reactionary zeal
When I watch a Tea Party, I don't see patriots, I see Confederates. Revolutions are about new beginnings, not about returning to some pie-in-the-sky vision of past glory. While the Tea Party folks like to think of themselves as American Patriots in the mold of Adams and Jefferson, they look like and sound more like 19th century revolutionaries like Jefferson Davis, Rhett and Yancey.
It's nothing personal, but I am getting very tired of hearing rhetoric that borders on sedition... and I am getting very impatient with the politicians who cow tow to such nonsense.
I, and at least half of my direct colleagues in the Tea Party are secularists. I haven't attended church regularly for over 30 years. I get along fine with the more religious members of our group as well; they've far from fire-and-brimstone types.
I am a gun owner as are most of us (it's called the 2nd Amendment) I even have a CHL, primarily to get the basic training; I almost never make use of that license. I consider it completely a personal protection issue (and may become more important on my next African trip; carrying significant sums of cash to support orphanages in rougher parts of the world has gotten a bit dicey.). The concept of armed rebellion in this country is laughable and certainly not in the minds of the vast majority of our members.
Maybe I don't have 'Christian love and compassion', Bill, but I'd ask you how much time you've spent working with orphans around the world like I have, Bill. Heck, I'd ask how much you even contribute to charity; mine generally has run over 10% (and we're not rich by Plano standards)
Sovereignty is based on the 10th Amendment. Read it, understand it.
You can't pick and choose the parts of the Constitution and its amendments that you like. You take all or none.
Call us radicals for honoring the concepts of our Founding Fathers, but most of our group think they were pretty smart fellows. A lot smarter than nearly any of the current political class (EITHER side of the aisle.)
"Insult and demonize your opponents": might want to ask the author of the #1 book on the best sellers lists about that. Not to mention the previous president. When you write something about your concern on those cases of demonization and insults, I'll believe your revulsion is something other than your political bias showing through.
What is truly scary is the debt and governmental cashflow issues we face. But I guess considering those issues and what it will take to correct those problems are too scary for you to contemplate. It's easier to deflect the issue by attempting to ridicule the messengers.
First, I think there are a lot of Tea Party folks who talk a big game of "overthrowing this" and "revolting against that". But, not one of those people are willing to do more than hold a sign, make cat calls, or cast a vote. I'd be interested in seeing Tea Party people hauled off to jail for refusing to pay for outrageous taxes. Now THAT would be news. Can you imagine seeing Tea Party folks in handcuffs for non-payment of taxes amounting to 30%+ of their income (which I agree that taxes are too high)? I think Americans would really become alert about our outrageous debt and ever-expanding welfare state. While there are clear distinctions, perhaps we could use Dr. King's protest of what he considered unjust laws. From the Birmingham jail he transformed what was previously mere frustration into an unstoppable movement. Very few people are willing to sacrifice more than an afternoon for their cause anymore.
But, I was alarmed by the reference to the Tea Party's words as sedition. That is a very strong word and one that was used to justify the persecution of many people in American history. However, previous uses of criminal sedition were used to persecute anti-war and leftists (tagged 'Communists') in the first half of the 20th century during the world wars and Red Scare. I just hesitate to call any speech seditious and tend to take a very broad approach to free speech.
These are just some thoughts. I'm not taking jabs at anyone - just general idea's I've seen in this thread. I welcome feedback, criticism, and counter arguments.
I think your sanctimonious rant about personally insulting your political foes is hilarious. You do that here on your blog all the time.
We have a lot of Liberals who said nothing when Bush was booed during a State of the Union speech, but when Obama was heckled, it was "unprecedented".
We had a shoe thrown at Bush and it was funny. Having a bunch of old people assemble is scary.
We had students and teachers trying to ban Bush from giving a commencement speech at a university and it was cheered. You have parents who don't Obama addressing their kids at school and they are scary.
We had people on the Left saying that Bush was behind 9/11 to invade Iraq - Rosie O'Donnell, Charlie Sheen, Van Jones. Not scary.
People who want to see Obama's birth certificate - scary.
Sedition? You mean the talk of sedition when Bush was reelected and we had so many Liberals saying they were going to move to Canada or split the west coast off?
The double standard here is glaring.
It's very popular right now for Liberals to pose as "moderates" or "former Republicans" and talk about how uncomfortable they are with the TEA Party protests.
They are phonies. There wasn't a single arrest at those protests, unlike the Leftist G-8 and WTO protests that always result in hundreds of arrests and millions in property damage.
Anti-war protest? Fine. Anti-tax protest? Scary.
You have no credibility. You are giant hypocrites.
2010 is going to be 1994 again. 2012 is going to be 1980 again.
Bill, the U.S. Civil War did not nullify the U.S. Constitution and the limitation of powers on the Federal government.
The Federal law overrides state law, but there are still limits on the powers the Federal government has, as directed by the U.S. Constitution.
These powers have been more narrowly defined by the Supreme Court over the last few years.
What scares me is people like you who want limitless power for the central federal government. You can't point to anything they do well, yet you want more power for them.
Christian compassion is private donation of time and money, not government. Private entities like The Salvation Army, United Way, The Red Cross do so much more than the government. Private citizens give more money domestically and abroad than the government.
Just because I don't want the government to handle charity doesn't mean I'm not compassionate. I give food, time, money through various private organizations, including church.
They government did a bang-up job with Katrina, didn't it?
I find it amazing that people like you see failure after failure of the U.S. government, yet you still want it to be responsible for so many things.
Tell that to New Jersey and Virginia.
At least 50 of those people I personally know are working ACTIVELY in campaigns (me, I've walked an entire precinct already.) Others are writing checks, working phones, preparing mailers.
Bill was there; he looked a bit shell-shocked. I guess he expected us to have blood dripping from fangs or something.
Comments are closed for this post.