Dallas Republican Jason Villalba to Seek Re-election to Texas House

Dallas Republican Jason Villalba will run for re-election to the Texas House, instead of challenging incumbent Don Huffines for Senate.Villalba, a frequent target of Michael Quinn Sullivan and his Empower Texans political action committee, has served in North Dallas' House District 114 for three terms."The Texas Legislature needs now, more than ever, solutions-minded, common-sense public servants," Villalba said in a prepared statement. "It breaks my heart when I see our beloved Texas go down the path of Washington-style politics, where division and bickering hamper the will of the people. That's why I am so strongly committed to coming back to Austin - so that I can champion the Texas values of hard work, perseverance, compassion and righteousness by serving all of my fellow Texans, not just those who might agree with me."The Republican primary is in March and it's unclear whether Villalba will have a challenge from his own party.But Dallas lawyer John Turner, the son of former U.S. Rep. Jim Turner, is already a Democratic Party candidate for the seat.Calling himself a common-sense conservative, Villalba has clashed with Huffines and considered running against him in next year's GOP primary.Villalba is also mulling over a campaign to follow Mike Rawlings as Dallas mayor.Below is the news release announcing Villalba's decision.Dallas - Today, Rep. Villalba announced his run for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, serving House District 114. Villalba has served three terms in the Texas Legislature and has been named Legislator of the Year by organizations such MADD, the SPCA and the Dallas Police Association. Rep. Villalba has also authored and passed a number of important bills addressing such issues as public education, infrastructure, economic development, school security, drunk driving, and tax reform. Rep. Villalba currently serves on the House Business and Industry Committee and the Economic and Small Business Development Committee.Villalba stated, "The Texas Legislature needs now, more than ever, solutions-minded, common-sense public servants. It breaks my heart when I see our beloved Texas go down the path of Washington-style politics, where division and bickering hamper the will of the people. That's why I am so strongly committed to coming back to Austin - so that I can champion the Texas values of hard work, perseverance, compassion and righteousness by serving all of my fellow Texans, not just those who might agree with me. I am dedicated to the cause of Texas and look forward to serving House District 114 in the 86th Legislative Session."Rep. Villalba penned a letter to his neighbors asking for their support in the upcoming election. Below is the text of the letter:"Dear Neighbor,My name is Jason and I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve in the Texas Legislature. I was born here, was raised here, attended public schools here, went to college and law school here and built a career and family here - all in our beloved State of Texas. I love Texas because of what She has always represented to me: Opportunity. Texas embodies opportunity. I know this because I have lived the Texas Dream!Like you, I am a conservative Republican. I believe in growing our economy so that hard-working folks like you can have a good, high-paying job - to send your kids to college or maybe take that family vacation you've been thinking about. I believe in smaller government because you work too hard for your money to send it to Austin or Washington. I believe we have a Texas responsibility to protect those among us who can't protect themselves: the unborn, the disadvantaged and the old. And I believe we need to keep Texas strong by making sure She has good public schools, highways, electricity grids and water infrastructure.Friend, I'm a new kind of Texas Conservative. I don't believe that angry talk can solve our problems. I believe in working to find solutions, rather than just complaining about what's wrong. I'm focused on people like you - not on politics. I care about communities - not rhetoric. I teach my children that talk is for folks who don't have the answers. Hard work is how to get things done. My job is to serve the people of Texas to find solutions for a better tomorrow.And I've done that. I've authored and passed bills that make a difference: from protecting our children in schools to cutting your taxes to providing for roads and water. I was on the front lines. I've won awards as a top legislator because I put aside ideology to focus on Texans like you - my neighbors, fellow PTA moms and dads, family and friends.And that, my friends, is why I have decided to run for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives. Common-sense, Reagan conservatives like me are under attack from special-interest groups who care more about their personal political power than the people of Texas. And those special interest groups don't embrace the Texas values that you and I care about most. They are more interested in those issues that divide us rather than those issues that unify us as Texans. Let's make certain that our votes represent our community and not special interest groups based in Austin, focused on their personal gain.Please help me to preserve the Texas that you and I grew up with - the one that you and I hold so dear to our hearts. Friends, I stand with you and I am hopeful that I have earned or that I can earn your precious vote. I ask for you to join me in this fight for the heart and soul of our community. God bless you and your family and God bless the Great State of Texas."  Continue reading...

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