Meet Your Democratic Candidates
September 12, 2018Share:
Gene McNeely - Candidate for Hood County Clerk
Gene has a BBA degree from Midwestern University. He worked in the transportation industry for 16 years and in banking for 25 years. He retired from Citibank and now owns a small farm outside of Lipan. Gene’s experience in finance and management makes him the ideal candidate for Hood County Clerk.
“It is time that the business of this office is run in a professional manner. I will bring service and integrity to this position.”
To learn more about Gene, click HERE
Beto O’Rourke - Candidate for U.S. Senate
Congressman Beto O’Rourke was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After graduating from Columbia University, he returned to El Paso to start a small technology company. As a congressman, Beto has been highly-focused in assisting veterans to get the help they need. Beto takes no PAC money. He’s visited every county in Texas and wants to represent all Texans as a U.S. Senator.
“Beto knows our country is at its best when we can put party aside to work together, build consensus and find common ground.”
For more information on Beto, visit his website
Lupe Valdez - Candidate for Texas Governor
Lupe Valdez was raised as the child of migrant farm workers. She became a U.S. Army Captain, then a federal agent and finally Dallas County Sheriff. Lupe believes in opportunity for all Texans.
“I believe the governor has the duty to set a vision for a Texas where everyone can accomplish their dreams and take part in the great prosperity of our state.”
For more information on Lupe, visit her website
Mike Collier - Candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor
Mike Collier is an expert in finance. He was a partner in one of the world’s largest accounting firms (Price-Waterhouse-Cooper.) He then built a successful Texas oil company. As Texas Lieutenant Governor, Mike will work to eliminate waste to help the citizens of Texas.
“Texas needs leaders who have the courage to tell taxpayers the truth and who have the know-how to hold the Texas politicians accountable.”
For more information on Mike, visit his website
Justin Nelson - Candidate for Texas Attorney General
Justin Nelson is a former law clerk to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. He teaches law at the University of Texas Law School. He’s fighting gerrymandering and standing up for those with pre-existing conditions. His opponent is the indicted Ken Paxton.
“Justice is for all. Nobody is above the law.”
For more information on Justin, visit his webpage
Joi Chevalier - Candidate for Texas Comptroller
Joi Chevalier has a wealth of experience as a corporate planner and product developer. Her innovative plan to improve Texas’ tax system make her the ideal choice for Texas Comptroller.
“I see what Texas can be, when all of its resources are used wisely.”
To learn more about Joi, visit her website
Kim Olson - Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Kim Olson is exceptionally qualified to serve as Texas Agriculture Commissioner. She was among the first generation of female military pilots, serving in the U.S. military for 28 years. She is a Master Gardener and practices sustainable eco-ag on her family farm. Kim was inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014 for her public service to Texans.
“Protect our most precious resources - land, water, and people - one grain, one drop, and one Texan at a time.”
For more information on Kim, visit her website
Roman McAllen - Candidate for Texas Railroad Commissioner
Roman McAllen is a professional architect and Preservation Officer for the City of Denton. Mr. McAllen is on the board of Preservation Texas. His commitment to the people of Texas make him the ideal choice for Railroad Commissioner.
“I have entered the race for Texas Railroad Commissioner because the wolves have been guarding the hen house for far too long.”
To learn more about Roman, visit his website
Miguel Suazo - Candidate for Texas Land Commissioner
Miguel Suazo grew up on a cattle ranch. He is the managing shareholder of the Suazo Legal Group, a tri-state business and energy law practice serving Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. Miguel’s experience as an energy attorney makes him exceedingly qualified to serve as Texas Land Commissioner.
“Texas has been good to me and so many others, but when I see the job Mr. Bush is failing to do, I feel obligated to act.”
For more information on Miguel, visit his website
Jennie Lou Leeder - Candidate for Congress, District 11
Jennie Lou Leeder is a 7th generation Texan, educator, businesswoman and coach. Her family was awarded the Texas Century Farm Award in 1992. Jennie is committed to healthcare reform, helping current and retired teachers, and improving infrastructure.
“I believe that when you send a Representative to Washington, you expect that person to represent the interests of the people, not their own wallets.”
Learn more about Jennie Lou. Visit her website
Delonia Watson - Justice, Second Court of Appeals, Place 5
Delonia Watson received a degree in chemical engineering from MIT and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Delonia has 33 years of specialization in appellate advocacy. She served for 25 years as an Assistant United States Attorney. She is an outstanding candidate.
“I am the only Democrat running for a seat on the Second Court of Appeals. The race for Place 5 is the only seat in which the voters have a choice.”
For more information on Delonia, visit her website
Steven Kirkland - Supreme Court Justice, Place 2
The son of a truck driver, Steven Kirkland worked his way through law school. He learned from his parents to fight injustice. Steven has 27 years of legal experience and 12 years on the bench. He believes in balance, equity and fundamental fairness.
“Too many judges have forgotten they serve the people, not political parties. Texans deserve better.”
For more information on Steven, visit his website
R.K. Sandill - Supreme Court Justice, Place 4
Ravi K. Sandill is running to restore balance to the Texas Supreme Court. He has served as Judge of the 27th Civil District Court in Harris County since 2009 and is the first ever district court judge in Texas of South Asian descent.
“I am running for the Supreme Court of Texas, Place 4, to restore an independent voice to our state’s highest judicial body and to focus on the rule of law, rather than a fringe ideological agenda.”
For more information on R.K, visit his website
Kathy Cheng - Supreme Court Justice, Place 6
Kathy Cheng is a first generation Asian American. Her deep passion for justice led her to attend South Texas College of Law. Kathy works as an attorney, fighting for the rights of Texans. She hopes to inspire voters and candidates to push for a judiciary more reflective of the country’s diversity.
“Although I have gained tremendous joy in being the voice for my clients, I now seek a higher calling, to be the voice of the citizens of the State of Texas.”
You can learn more about Kathy by visiting her website
Maria T. (Terri) Jackson - Presiding Judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals
Maria T. (Terri) Jackson has been the presiding Judge of the 339th State District Court in Houston since 2008. She has presided over one hundred jury trials. Judge Jackson has taken the lead in implementing sweeping changes for DWI probationers in her court.
“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
For more information on Judge Jackson, visit her website
Ramona Franklin - Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7
Judge Ramona Franklin is the presiding judge for the 338th Criminal District Court in Harris County. She is passionate about ensuring that all sentences in her courtroom are equally granted.
“It is time that our courts work for everyone regardless of how much money they have, what they look like or who are representing them.”
For more information on Judge Franklin, visit her website
Mark Your Calendar!
The last day to register to vote is Tuesday October 9. To register, call 817-579-6077.
**Early Voting is October 22-November 2 **@ Hood County Annex I (the same building where you get your vehicle registration) 1410 W. Pearl St.
The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is October 26 (must be received by, not just postmarked by)
The GENERAL ELECTION is Tuesday, November 6
Hood County uses voting centers. Residents may vote at any of the ten designated voting centers.
Click HERE for a list of Voting Center locations