As a longtime resident and public employee in northeast Texas, I have often observed that the two most important issues for House District 1 are education and economic development. These two issues, both of which receive a mix of state and local public funding, are highly interrelated and critical to our state’s future development and a strong workforce, particularly so in northeast Texas.

As a longtime rural educator and later a superintendent of schools, I have great respect for the tax dollars that hardworking east Texans put into their schools, expecting accountability from educators and results for their children. Parents expect to see excellence in the classrooms their tax dollars support.

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