Republican Nominees


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Bruce Jacobson Jr- For U.S. Senator

As part of the Bush administration, Bruce represented Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma as the Deputy Regional Representative for the U.S. Department of Labor. During his tenure, the White House appointed Bruce to serve as Director of the Regional Emergency Management Team, Region VI. In this role, Bruce received the prestigious Outstanding Public Service Award. A 1982 honors graduate of Baylor University with a B.A. in Political Science, Bruce was the 1985 recipient of the Honorary Fort Worth Citizenship Award, being named as Outstanding Young Man of Fort Worth. The United States Jaycee Foundation also selected Bruce as an Outstanding Young Man of America in 1986.

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Geraldine Sam for U.S. Senator

Sam, 66, is a retired elementary school teacher and a perennial candidate in the Galveston area. She ran for the La Marque city council in 1985, 1990, and 2004; for mayor in 1992; and for Congress in 1994 and 1996. In 2009, she actually won an election and became the first African-American mayor of La Marque.

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Mary Miller for U.S. Senator

As a CPA, I am held to level of ethics above the average consumer and I pledge to always be frank with Texas, even if the news is hard to swallow.  Sunday school, youth group, bible study, and Young Life provided the foundation for my relationship with our Creator.  I’m many things—a mom, Certified Public Accountant, university teacher, spouse of a retired Navy officer of over 30 years, and elderly caretaker.

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Ted Cruz for U.S. Senator

In the U.S. Senate, Ted has led the fight to repeal Obamacare, to secure the border, and to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He has also led the fight to defend life, marriage, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, and our entire Bill of Rights.

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Anthony Culler for U.S. Rep District 1

Father and Husband. How far are you willing to go to protect your wife and children? If felonies are committed against your family

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Louie Gohmert for U.S Rep District 1

Louie serves on numerous House committees and subcommittees in the House of Representatives. Specifically, Congressman Gohmert is honored to serve as the Vice Chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. Texas has a rich supply of natural resources; and, the First District of Texas' economy largely relies on the natural resource based industries of oil, gas, coal, timber, water, as well as some of the best healthcare in the world. 

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Roshin Rowjee 

for U.S. Rep District 1

Rowjee grew up in Toronto, Canada and moved to Lufkin in 1978 where he went to Lufkin High School. From there he attended Stephen F. Austin University where he received his bachelors and masters degrees.

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Greg Abbott for Governor 

As the 48th Governor of the State of Texas, Greg Abbott continues to build on his long record as a conservative leader who fights to preserve Texas values like faith, family and freedom.

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SECEDE Kilgore for Governor

He has been actively protesting abortion throughout the United States, and seeks to make the practice illegal. When he isn’t protesting, SECEDE spends most of his time outdoors hiking, fishing, and whitewater rafting.

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Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor 

Dan Patrick was elected Lt. Governor of Texas in 2014, winning the general election by almost 20 points, including historic levels of support from Hispanic voters and women.He is an outspoken supporter of law enforcement and, among other things, initiated a program that ensures that every police officer on patrol in Texas has a bullet proof vest that is capable of withstanding a high caliber rifle shot. Lt. Governor Patrick passed the sonogram bill and has championed numerous other measures to support and protect every life in Texas.

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Scott Milder for Lieutenant Governor

Scott’s professional experience includes serving as the public information officer in the Galena Park and Mesquite independent school districts, and as a newspaper reporter and photographer. Scott is approaching his 20th anniversary as an executive at Stantec Architecture, an international engineering and architectural firm.

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Ken Paxton for Attorney General

First elected in 2002 as a State Representative in House District 70, Mr. Paxton served in the Texas House of Representatives for 10 years prior to being elected to represent Texas Senate District 8 in 2012, where he served until being elected Attorney General. SD 8 includes the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County.

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Glenn Hagar for Comptroller of Public Accounts

Hegar is focused on his agency's constitutional duties and committed to improving its customer service and transparency. He believes a less-burdensome tax system will foster a better environment for job creation and business expansion, and thus a healthier Texas economy.

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Davey Edwards for Commissioner of the General Land Office

Goals are to provide land surveying in order to protect the “welfare, property, economy, and security of the public” through the “highest degree of moral and ethical standards”.

Licensed Professional Land Surveyor
Vice-President, Edwards Surveying, LLC, Decatur, Texas December 2004 – Today
Practicing professional land surveying primarily in Texas & Oklahoma

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George P. Bush for Commissioner of the General Land Office

Reduced the size of government and increased transparency. Filed a lawsuit against the BLM's illegal federal land grab to protect the assets of the schoolchildren of Texas. Fought radical environmentalists and trial lawyers' abuse of the Endangered Species Act.Worked to empower parents to choose the best schools for their children. Stood up for the sanctity of life.Transformed the way the GLO interacts with our veterans; helping more veterans gain access to the services they need. 

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Jerry Patterson for Commissioner of the General Land Office

As state senator for District 11 – Harris, Galveston, Brazoria counties, Jerry’s major legislative successes include a constitutional amendment allowing home equity lending in Texas, a state coastal management plan and the creation of the Texas State Veterans Home Program. A tireless advocate for his fellow veterans, he chaired the first Veterans Affairs committee in the Texas Senate.

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Rick Range for Commissioner of the General Land Office

   Rick Range is a fourth-generation Texan and a lifelong resident of Dallas County where his family has lived since 1890. He graduated from Irving High School and then attended North Texas State University in Denton and West Texas State University in Canyon where he received his B.M.E. Range taught at the junior high and high school levels before becoming a career firefighter with the Mesquite Fire Department. Here he served for over 31 years as a Driver-Engineer and also as Spanish translator for both the fire and police departments.  

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Sid Miller for Commissioner of Agriculture

After defeating a liberal Democrat incumbent, Sid Miller was consistently ranked as one of the most conservative lawmakers in Texas based upon his voting record during his six terms in the Texas House.He was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus and was named by the independent Rice University Study as “one of tope three most conservative members of the Texas House.” Sid has been endorsed for Agriculture Commissioner by CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS and the YOUNG CONSERVATIVES OF TEXAS.

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Trey Blocker for Commissioner of Agriculture

 I have worked on Agriculture policy my entire career, and I look forward to using this experience to ensure that our food, fuel and clothing continue to come from Texas. Today, CLDF is continuing to defend conservative values and protect Texans by suing Sanctuary Cities that continue to harbor criminal aliens and defy the ban on Sanctuary Cities passed by the Texas Legislature and signed into law by Governor Abbott. 

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Christi Craddock for Railroad Commissioner

Christi Craddick is in the forefront of the newest wave of pragmatic conservatives in leadership roles across Texas. Raised in a strong conservative household, retained as legal counsel by prominent Texas firms, and shaped by more than a decade as a trusted political adviser, Christi has set a clear standard of integrity, self-reliance and innovation in her role as Chairman at the Railroad Commission of Texas.

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John Devine for Justice, Supreme Court, 4

Justice John Devine was elected to the Supreme Court of Texas in November 2012. He previously served for seven years as judge of the 190th state district court in Harris County and for nine years as an appointed special judge for the Harris County justice of the peace courts.

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Jeff Brown for Justice, Supreme Court, 6

In 2013, Justice Jeff Brown was sworn in as a member of the Supreme Court of Texas by Justice Antonin Scalia. A judge for more than 15 years, he has worked at all three levels of the Texas judiciary. Before the Supreme Court, he served six years each on an intermediate court of appeals and as a district judge. Throughout his career, Justice Brown has consistently earned outstanding marks in state and local bar polls. He was named Appellate Judge of the Year in 2010 and won two judge-of-the-year awards while serving on the trial bench.

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Dib Waldrip for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, 8

Judge Dib Waldrip has provided a strong leadership presence to the district court, and he looks forward to advancing the same degree of courage, integrity and vision to the highest level of the Texas judiciary.  Judge Waldrip values faith, family, and community and applies those priorities in all that he does.  Judge Waldrip believes strongly in the principle that our nation was founded by men and women who believed that God, not the government, granted all people certain inalienable rights and that it is the justice system’s responsibility, by adhering to the United States and Texas Constitutions, to preserve those God-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for every man, woman, and child.

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Michelle Slaughter for Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, 8

Judge Slaughter has disposed of thousands of felony criminal cases and has presided over hundreds of felony criminal jury trials.  These cases have ranged from state jail felonies to first-degree felonies and capital murder. Judge Slaughter has rendered punishments ranging from deferred adjudication for first-time offenders capable of rehabilitation to 99 years in prison for repeat offenders and child predators.

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Cole Hefner for State Rep District 5

He was elected state representative for House District 5 in May 2016. Prior to being elected to the Texas House of Representatives, Cole served as county commissioner for Upshur County and, while in office, was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation because of his service to veterans. He is a board member of the East Texas Council Regional Review Committee, a position he was appointed to by Governor Rick Perry.

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Matt Schaefer for State Rep District 6

He is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and in 2010 he served in Afghanistan near the Iranian border with a provincial reconstruction team. In the private sector, he is self-employed working in real estate and law. He was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives, District 6 in November of 2012 after successfully challenging incumbent Rep. Leo Berman in the Republican primary. Matt serves on the Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee and the Corrections Committee. He is chairman of the Texas Freedom Caucus.

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Ted Kamel for State Rep District 6

Ted has served our city as a member of many organizations from the early 1980’s to present.  He was elected as the youngest City Councilman at age 24 in 1984 serving two terms, and one term as Mayor Pro Tem.  Ted was also a math teacher at both John Tyler and Robert E. Lee high schools for five years.

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Greg Neeley for Justice, 12th Court Of Appeals District, 3

He was named chief felony prosecutor. Later that year, he left the district attorney's office to enter private practice where for the past 30 years, he handled a diverse caseload of commercial, real estate, personal injury defense, family, criminal and probate litigation throughout East Texas both as a partner in several Longview law firms and for the last 8 years, as a solo practitioner.

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Jack Skeen Jr. for District Judge, 241st Judicial District

Skeen previously was a criminal district attorney in Smith County. Prior to taking the bench in November 2003, Skeen served as a Tyler municipal court judge. He has also served as a Smith County assistant district attorney and a City of Tyler attorney. He is a member of the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, the National District Attorneys Association and the Smith County Bar Association. He is director of the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center, and the former president of the Smith County Peace Officer’s Association.

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James Andrew Carter for District Judge, 321st Judicial District

He completed his undergraduate studies at Stephen F. Austin State University and graduated from Texas Tech School of Law in May of 2001 – Cum Laude. Upon graduation, he worked for the large, corporate firm of Andrews & Kurth, LLP before venturing out on his own in 2002. His private practice has for years focused primarily on a family law. Along with his private family law cases, he is additionally on contract with the 321st Judicial District Court representing parents and children involved in the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (“CPS”) cases.

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Robert Wilson  for District Judge, 321st Judicial District

A 3rd generation Tylerite, Wilson is a shareholder of the law firm of Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius, P.C. where he has worked since 1998. For the majority of his career, Wilson’s practice has focused primarily on family law, representing people involved in divorce, child custody and child support matters as well as modification and adoption proceedings. Prior to joining the law firm, he was a law clerk for Judge William Steger from 1996-98. Wilson is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Washington & Lee University and the Texas Tech School of Law.

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Alicia Cashell Barkley for Criminal District Attorney Smith County

Alicia Barkley has personally represented hundreds of clients in every aspect of family law, ranging from divorce and custody matters to adoption and grandparent rights. Along with a staff that has a combined experience in Family Law of over forty years, Alicia has a record of aggressively representing each client. She was employed as a prosecutor with the Smith County District Attorney’s office for 8 years.

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Jacob Putman for Criminal District Attorney Smith County

After two years of prosecuting misdemeanors he was promoted to a felony prosecutor position. For 6 years he prosecuted some of Smith County’s most serious offenders. He has tried numerous felony cases, including Capital Murder, Murder, Intoxication Manslaughter, Robbery, Sexual Assault, and Child Sexual and Physical Abuse.He has spent the last eight years serving as prosecutor. 

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Nathaniel Moran for County Judge

Judge Moran currently is the sole principal of The Nathaniel Moran Law Firm, PLLC, through which he serves a select number of clients in addition to performing full-time duties as Smith County Judge.  As a small business owner, he understands how to be efficient, cut costs, and operate on a thin margin.  He also understands that customer service is of the utmost importance.  In County government, the customer is the citizen.  And, Judge Moran is adamant that the County operate with that in mind at all times.

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Jason Ellis for Judge, County Court-at-Law

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Taylor Heaton for Judge, County Court-at-Law, 2

In 2009, he was promoted to the juvenile prosecutions division, where he has remained ever since.  As the only Juvenile Prosecutor for Smith County, he has been responsible for the prosecution of all juvenile misdemeanor and felony offenses.  He has tried over 75 trials before a jury and conducted the certification hearings of over 40 high-risk juvenile offenders to adult criminal court and the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.  

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Dawn Colclasure for District Clerk

Colclasure started working in the Smith County Clerk Office in 2007. In 2013, she was named chief deputy of the department, essentially the No. 2 person under County Clerk Karen Phillips. Married for twenty three years and mother to three sons. She is a dedicated citizen of Smith County.

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Penny Clarkston for District Clerk

Penny Clarkston has  35+ years’ experience in the legal profession as a Legal Administrator/Paralegal and has an extensive background in Civil and Criminal Litigation, Family Law, and Appellate Law.  Penny is a Past recipient of the State Bar of Texas Liberty Bell Award and the Smith County Bar Association Pro Bono Award for outstanding service and leadership to the Smith County Pro Bono Project.  She is a volunteer and former board member of the East Texas Crisis Center.  Penny was a charter member and Past-President of the Tyler Area Association of Legal Professionals.”

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Theresa Morrow for District Clerk

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Karen Phillips for County Clerk

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Kelli R. White for County Treasurer

Ms. White is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and Stephen F. Austin State University. She is a Certified Investment Officer and is a Past President of the County Treasurers Association of Texas and a board member for the Texas Association of Counties Risk Management Pool.

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Cary L. Nix for County Commissioner, 2

Commissioner Nix is a conservative Republican who took office in 2011. He represents Precinct 2, which covers the Southeast portion of Smith County, including the cities of Troup, Arp, Whitehouse and portions of Tyler.

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Andy Dunklin for Justice of the Peace, 2

Percent 2 for nine years. Dunklin has just over three years left on his current term. The veteran law enforcement officer and Tyler Junior College alumnus is a retired Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper. He also has a ministry certificate from East Texas Baptist University.

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Danny Brown for Justice of the Peace, 5

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Darin W Grissom for Justice of the Peace, 5