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February 2018 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

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2018 Primary Endorsements

Below are the Texas Eagle Forum 2018 Candidate Endorsements lists. If you have any questions, please contact us. We’re continuing to update this list as we move forward.


United States Legislature

U.S. Senator – Ted Cruz

Congressional Dist. 1 – Louie Gohmert

Congressional Dist. 3 – Van Taylor

Congressional Dist. 5 – Bunni Pounds

Congressional Dist. 6 – Ron Wright


Texas State Legislature

TEXAS

Governor – Greg Abbott

Lt. Gov – Dan Patrick

Attorney General – Ken Paxton

Railroad Commissioner – Christi Craddick

Agriculture Commissioner – Sid Miller

Comptroller of Public Accounts – Glenn Hager

Texas Supreme Court, Place 5 – John Devine

Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 – Michelle Slaughter


HOUSE

House Dist. 2 – Bryan Slayton

House Dist. 4 – Marty Reed

House Dist. 5 – Cole Hefner

House Dist. 6 – Matt Schaefer

House Dist. 8 – Thomas McNutt

House Dist. 9 – Garrett Boersma

House Dist. 11 – Danny Ward

House Dist. 13 –  Jill Wolfskill

House Dist. 14 – Sarah Laningham

House Dist. 15 – Steve Toth

House Dist. 18 – Emily Kibodeaux

House Dist. 23 – Mayes Middleton

House Dist. 47 – Jay Wiley

House Dist. 52 – Jeremy Story

House Dist. 59 – Chris Evans

House Dist. 60 – Mike Lang

House Dist. 61 – Phil King

House Dist. 64 – Mark Roy

House Dist. 65 – Ron Simmons

House Dist. 66 – Matt Shaheen

House Dist. 67 – Jeff Leach

House Dist. 70 – Scott Sanford

House Dist. 73 – Kyle Biederman

House Dist. 83 – Dustin Burrows

House Dist. 86 – John Smith

House Dist. 87 – Drew Brassfield

House Dist 88 – Jayson Huddleston

House Dist. 92 – Jonathan Stickland

House Dist. 93 – Matt Krause

House Dist. 94 – Tony Tinderholt

House Dist. 96 – Bill Zedler

House Dist. 97 – Craig Goldman

House Dist. 98 – Armin Mizani

House Dist. 99 – Bo French

House Dist. 105 – Rodney Anderson

House Dist. 106 – Jared Patterson

House Dist. 108 – Morgan Meyer

House Dist. 113 Jonathan Boos

House Dist. 114 – Lisa Luby Ryan

House Dist. 115 – Matt Rinaldi

House Dist. 122 – Chris Fails

House Dist. 126 – Gail Stanart

House Dist. 128 – Briscoe Cain

House Dist. 131 – Tom Oliverson

House Dist. 132 – Mike Schofield

House Dist. 134 – Susanna Dokupil

House Dist. 150 – Valoree Swanson


SENATE

State Senate Dist. 2 – Bob Hall

State Senate Dist. 5 – Charles Schwertner

State Senate Dist. 7 – Paul Bettencourt

State Senate Dist. 8 – Angela Paxton

State Senate Dist. 9 – Kelly Hancock

State Senate Dist. 10 – Konni Burton

State Senate Dist. 25 – Donna Campbell

State Senate Dist. 30 – Pat Fallon

State Senate Dist. 31 – Mike Canon


Various Judicial and County Races

Justice, 14th Court of Appeals Dist. Place 3 – Brett Busby

Justice, 1st Court of Appeals Dist. Place 8 – Michael Massengale

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals Dist. Place 11 – Tom Nowak

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals Dist. Place 12 – Jim Pikl

Justice, 2nd Court of Appeals Dist. Place 4 – Wade Birdwell

Justice, 2nd Court of Appeals Dist. Place 5 – Dabney Bassel


Tarrant County

District Judge 233rd Judicial District – Kenneth Newell (Tarrant)

District Judge 322 Judicial District (Family) – James Munford

District Judge 323rd Judicial District (Juvenile) – Alex Kim

District Judge 325th Judicial District (Family) – Cynthia Favila Terry

District Judge 342nd Judicial District – Pat Gallagher

County Tax Assessor, Collector – Mike Snyder

Judge County Probate Court at Law No.1 – Patricia Cole

Judge, County Criminal Court at Law No 4 – Deborah Nekhom

Justice of the Peace, Place 6 – Chris Garcia


Collin County

Collin County Judge – Chris Hill

District Judge 219th Civil Dist. Court – Collin County – Jennifer Edgeworth


Harris County

Harris County Civil Court at Law No. 2 – Erin Swanson


Lubbock County

County Judge Lubbock County – Gary Boren


More Endorsements:

Texas Home School Coalition  –  thsc.org/political-action/endorsements

Texas Right to Life   –  texasrighttolifepac.com/endorsements-2018

Empower Texans   –   empowertexans.com/2018-primary-endorsements

Texas Values  –  txvalues.org


The Torch – January 2018

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2017 Scorecards

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December 2017 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

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September 2017 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

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Confessions of an Appaholic

 By Bethany Jarrell, Guest Writer and current Texas Eagle Forum intern.

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What would you do if you took a month to completely unplug? No screens. Not a movie, a TV episode, a quick Facebook scroll or an Insta-story. For a solid month. Could you do it?

For as long as I can remember, my family has made it a point to do exactly that during the month of August. Growing up, my friends mourned with me as August approached. As an adult, most look at me strangely when I attempt to explain why I disappear from social media for so long. 

Even as I write this, I am on day 14 of our month turned off. And it is glorious.

The first week is torture.

I delete all of my apps that would tempt me to distract myself and I find my thumb hovering over a spot where an icon should be. After those first days, I start to notice a few more details in my interactions that amuse me and I find I am no longer looking for a way to phrase my “noticings” to humor the few hundred followers I have accumulated on Instagram.

Halfway through, I might check into Facebook to make sure I hadn’t missed a message, only to realize that the noise and clamor of political posts, those weird quizzes to find out what herb you are, and videos of people trying to smear lipstick all over their faces no longer holds as much entertainment as it did a few weeks before. (No offence, lippies. I’m sure your product is still fabulous.)

It is in this time I reflect on the changes in my life since deleting my apps, turning off my notifications, and generally avoiding the mindless distraction that is so readily available.

And here is what I found:

  1. I feel infinitely more creative – Given back the time no longer wasted away on my phone, I am looking for more outlets of productivity. I built a bookcase, bought a set of watercolors, and have actually written more like I said I would ‘if only I had more time’.
  2. I am more focused – Not at first. The initial struggle of not falling into old habits is a tedious battle. The weekends are even harder. No Netflix binging or Twitter Trolling for this girl. Instead, I sit to read the book I bought at the beginning of the year and organize my planner for the upcoming semester of grad school.
  3. I am more intentional with my friendships – I may not know what they ate for lunch or what funny little thing their toddler said. I might miss an engagement announcement or an occasional invitation. But the connections that bring me life are given the opportunity to be poured into and shaped into something no Facebook post could accomplish. The other night, I had an hour-long conversation with my fourteen and twelve year old brothers about leadership and bravery. We got out the book of Joshua and counted the number of times the Lord told Joshua to be strong and courageous.
  4. I pray more – There is nothing I love more by the end of August than paying attention to the little changes in my relationship with my Heavenly Father. Inevitably, He uses this time to help me process the previous months and prepare for those ahead. I spend more time reading and memorizing scripture and watching it impact my decisions and relationships. My prayers are less drive-thru demanding and more five-course dine-in satisfying.

And all of those changes are what make September so hard. As long as it is August, I have a compelling reason to stay “disconnected”. But the first days of September are a tussle between the side of me that wants to pull a Kuzco and boom-baby my way back onto social media and the side that is desperate to hold onto what August brought me.

By the end of the month my life is not extraordinarily different. Only exceptionally fuller, purposed, and peaceful.

I promised myself I would not end this with a challenge for you to do the same thing I do. You wouldn’t have the exact same experience anyway. But I will attempt to summarize my thoughts with this:

Our world is full and the noise can be overwhelming, and the stillness we long to have even briefly is harder than ever to find. Tragedy, celebration, and victory will all come in waves but fighting to clear the air and settle our souls is a worthy endeavor.

Appropriately paraphrased in The Message, Psalm 46:10 says:

“Attention, all! See the marvels of God! He plants flowers and trees all over the earth, Bans war from pole to pole, breaks all the weapons across his knee. ‘Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.’”

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