Rodney Anderson

Office Sought: State Representative HD105

Occupation: Title Insurance Company Executive

Employer: Alliant National Title Insurance Company

Email: info@rodneyanderson.org

Website: RodneyAnderson.org

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Twitter: @RodneyAnderson

Facebook: http://facebook.com/rodneyandersontx

Biography/Experience:

Rodney Anderson has always believed in hard work, commitment to his family and to his community. He attended public schools, all within the GPISD. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he graduated in 1990 with a BBA in Real Estate. He is committed to public education and serving others, and he has volunteered countless hours to the Boy Scouts of America, PTA, the YMCA, the First Free Will Baptist Church, and Rotary International. Rodney is dedicated to serving the people of House District 105, and he is not a career politician. Having never been in politics before 2010, he made the decision to run for State Representative to truly make a difference and challenge a seemingly unbeatable incumbent in the State Legislature. With extremely hard work and applying solid business strategies to his campaign, he was first elected in November 2010 to the Texas House of Representatives.

Angie Chen Button

Office Sought: State Representative House District 112

Occupation: Marketing & Texas State Representative

Employer: Texas Instruments

Email: angiechenbutton112@gmail.com

Website: angiebutton.com

Twitter: @AngieChenButton

Facebook: http://facebook.com/ACBforTexas

Biography/Experience:

Rep. Button is serving her 4th term as State Representative for District 112. She promotes job creation and free markets by chairing the Economic and Small Business Development Committee. During the recent legislative session, Angie authored HB 26 reforming economic development incentive programs to provide oversight and performance metrics. She also served on the Ways and Means Committee which provided nearly $3.9B in tax reductions, and enjoyed honoring Texans in the Rules and Resolutions Committee.

Outside of legislative service, Angie began working for Texas Instruments (TI) in 1981, after graduating from UT Dallas (UTD) with a Master of Science in Management and Administrative Sciences degree. She is a CPA, and enjoyed serving on the DART Board and in many civic leadership positions.

Further information about Rep. Button's accomplishments and life story are available at the campaign website.

 

Mary Lou Keel

Office Sought: Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2

Occupation: Judge, 232nd District Court

Employer: State of Texas/Harris County

Email: judgemlkeel@gmail.com

Website: maryloukeel.com

Twitter: @judgemlk

Facebook: http://facebook.com/judgekeel

Biography/Experience:

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is our state’s highest criminal court. The bulk of its caseload consists of felony cases, and its most high-profile rulings involve the death penalty. It has no jurisdiction to hear civil cases or to act as a drug court. Its nine judges are elected statewide.

Mary Lou Keel has served as a felony trial court judge for the 232nd District Court in Harris County since 1995, presiding over hundreds of felony jury trials, including five capital murder cases where the State sought and the jury assessed the death penalty.

She also served Harris County as a prosecutor, representing the State in 279 criminal cases on appeal, including five death penalty cases. Before she was a prosecutor she was a briefing attorney at the First Court of Appeals in Houston. She has far more experience handling criminal appeals than any of her opponents.

She has been Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990.  

She has served as the wiretap judge for the Second Administrative Judicial Region of Texas since 2009.

Keel is proficient in Spanish and is a volunteer interpreter for Cuban dissidents on the website translatingcuba.com.

Keel met her husband, Jim Hippard, Jr., in law school at the University of Houston, and they have been married for 27 years. They have three children who are now young adults.

Keel grew up in Austin as the only girl in a family of six and is used to being outmanned without necessarily being outmatched. She enjoys reading, cooking and skiing.

Linda Koop

Office Sought: Texas State Representative - District 102

Occupation: Retired

Email: Linda@lindakoop.com

Website: Lindakoop.com

Twitter: @LindaKoopHD102

Facebook: http://Facebook.com/LindaKoopForTexas

Biography/Experience:

Linda has supported the community through a long list of Civic and Community service endeavors during the last 30 years. She has served on the DART Board of Directors, McKinney Avenue Transit Authority Board of Directors; Dallas Park and Recreation Board; Fellow of the University of Texas Law School - Center for Policy Dispute; Send-A-Kid to Camp; and as a Mentor for the North Dallas Chamber's Young Professionals Program. Additionally, she is a lifetime member of the Texas PTA. As a PTA President her local PTA received State and National Awards for Excellence. Linda served on the Dallas City Council from 2005-2013 On January 13th 2014 Linda was sworn in to her first term as State Representative.

Linda has a Master's Degree in International Management Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas where she graduated with honors. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Colorado State University, and additionally attended Temple University in Rome, Italy.

Linda has been married to her husband Myron for 40 years. They have 2 adult sons that were raised in Dallas and graduated from Richardson Berkner High School. Myron and Linda have lived in the district for over 30 years.

Kenny E. Marchant

Office Sought: U.S. Representative, Texas 24th District

Occupation: Member of Congress / Investor

Employer: United States House of Representatives

Email: marchantcampaign@gmail.com

Website: kennymarchant.com

Twitter: @MarchantforTX24

Facebook: http://facebook.com/kennyforcongress

Biography/Experience:

The son of a barber and a stay-at-home mom, Kenny Marchant learned early the values of hard work and personal responsibility. Growing up in Carrollton, Texas, Kenny earned his way by working a newspaper route, mowing lawns, and washing dishes in local restaurants. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree at Southern Nazarene University, Kenny worked to pay his tuition by roofing houses.

COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SERVICE

After graduation, Kenny started his own roofing business. Through hard work and his natural business instincts, Kenny expanded his business to include home construction and property development. However, after local builders approached Kenny about running for the Carrollton City Council to help bring accountability and leadership to the city, Kenny decided to run for public office. Kenny won election to the Carrollton City Council and was eventually elected Mayor of Carrollton.

After serving one term as mayor, Kenny was elected to the Texas House of Representatives. As a state representative, Kenny earned a reputation as a strong, principled conservative and consensus-builder. In the process, Kenny was named a “Top Ten Legislator” by Texas Monthly magazine and “Legislator of the Year” by the Texas Municipal League. Kenny served as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus under three Texas governors. And under the leadership of Caucus Leader Marchant, Texas Republicans were able to hold their first majority in the Texas House of Representatives since Reconstruction.

BRINGING CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES TO WASHINGTON, DC

In 2004, Kenny decided to run for Congress to bring the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, and fiscal responsibility to Washington, DC. Since taking office in 2005, Kenny has established a reputation as an uncompromising fiscal conservative and taxpayer advocate for his consistent support of tax cuts and a reduction in the size and scope of government. Based on his strong commitment to economic freedom and his consistent record of cutting government spending, Kenny was one of only 52 members of Congress to be recognized by the Club for Growth as a “Defender of Economic Freedom.” And Kenny was one of only 59 members of Congress to receive the Citizens Against Government Waste “Hero of the Taxpayer” award for his strong stand against earmarks and other wasteful government spending.

Kenny is a lifelong member of the NRA and a Second Amendment advocate, and he has cosponsored numerous bills that strengthen and protect the individual right to bear arms protected by the Constitution. Kenny is a strong supporter of common sense immigration policies that strengthen border security and strictly enforce the laws of our country. Kenny also believes that private property rights are the foundation of a free society, and he has fought to protect private property rights and restrain the scope and power of the federal government. Kenny Marchant is a fiscal conservative who came to Washington, DC to work hard to balance the budget and reduce the national debt.

Kenny currently serves on the House Committee on Ways & Means Committee. The Ways and Means Committee is often said to be the most influential committee because of its broad jurisdiction which includes tax policy, Social Security, trade, and Medicare. Kenny also serves on the Subcommittee on Health, and Subcommittee on Trade.

Kenny is also an active member of the Republican Study Committee (RSC). The RSC is a group of House Republicans organized for the purpose of advancing a conservative social and economic agenda in the House of Representatives. The RSC is dedicated to a limited and Constitutional role for the federal government; a strong national defense; the protection of individual and property rights; and the preservation of traditional family values.

Kenny is currently a member of the Immigration Reform Caucus, the House Tea Party Caucus, the 10th Amendment Task Force, and the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

Kenny and his wife Donna reside in Coppell, Texas. They raised their four children (three sons and one daughter) in District 24 and are the proud grandparents of three granddaughters. Kenny is a graduate of R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, Texas, and holds a bachelor’s degree and an honorary doctorate degree from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

Morgan Meyer

Office Sought: State Representative for House District 108

Occupation: Attorney

Employer: Bracewell Law Firm

Email: morgan@morganmeyerfortexas.com

Website: morganmeyerfortexas.com

Twitter: @MorganMeyerTX

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MorganMeyerForTexas

Biography/Experience:

Morgan Meyer was first elected in 2014 as State Representative for Texas House District 108, representing downtown, uptown, near east, and north Dallas, as well as the Town of Highland Park, and the City of University Park.

During his first session as State Representative in 2015, Rep. Meyer was appointed to serve on the House Energy and Insurance committees and worked with Texas Governor Greg Abbott to author and advocate for the passage of legislation requiring all public school campuses to be given an A-F rating. He also advocated legislation that would increase the oversight and performance reviews of government agencies, severely reduce the ability of the legislature to increase taxes, enhance the security of school campuses during elections, and penalize public officials who use their position of authority for personal profit.

Rep. Meyer has been recognized by numerous organizations for his demonstrated commitment to conservative leadership, cutting waste, and promoting a higher ethical standard. As a freshman legislator, Rep. Meyer was named one of the Top 10 Powerful Freshmen by Capitol Insider, a Conservative Champion by the Texas Conservative Coalition, Champion for Free Enterprise by the Texas Association of Business, Legislative Hero by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation, and Friend of the Taxpayer by American for Prosperity, among other awards.

Rep. Meyer has lived in House District 108 for over 20 years. Prior to his election, Rep. Meyer was involved in his local community, serving as a precinct chair when he lived in the M Streets, attending the State Republican Convention as a delegate, and as a member and past officer of the Greater Dallas Pachyderm Club. He has also been active in the greater-Dallas community, volunteering his professional training as an attorney to provide legal services to those who could not otherwise afford them. Through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Rep. Meyer has volunteered at the South Dallas Legal Clinic, the Housing Legal Clinic, and the VA Hospital Clinic. Rep. Meyer is also involved in the Lawyers Serving Warriors Program, which provides free representation to injured veterans to help them secure benefits based upon combat related injuries.

Rep. Meyer was born in Lubbock, Texas, and was raised to value education and hard work. He and his wife Keana live in University Park with their three children, Katharine, Elizabeth, and Asher. His family attends Highland Park United Methodist Church where he and Keana teach Sunday school. Rep. Meyer received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University, graduating Cum Laude, and received his law degree from Washington and Lee School of Law. Rep. Meyer grew his interest in politics by interning for U.S. Congressman Larry Combest from Lubbock, and later as a clerk for Republican Judge John Marshall. Rep. Meyer is a partner at Bracewell Law Firm and has been named a “Rising Star” by Texas Super Lawyers eight times.

Lana Myers

Office Sought: Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 4

Employer: The State of Texas

Email: justicelanamyers@gmail.com

Website: www.justicelanamyers.com

Twitter: @LanaMyers2016

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JusticeLanaMyers/

Biography/Experience:

Justice Lana Myers has over 21 years of judicial experience. She was appointed as Justice, 5th District Court of Appeals, Place 4 by Governor Perry on December 2, 2009 and was elected to a six-year term on the Court in 2010. At the time of her appointment, she was serving as Judge of the 203rd Judicial District Court in Dallas County and had presided over this court for nearly fifteen years (January 1, 1995 - December 2, 2009). Justice Myers was the presiding judge of all of the criminal district courts in Dallas County from 1997 - 2000. She also served as Local Administrative District Judge in Dallas County from 2002 - 2004.

Justice Myers is a proven defender of the Constitution and the Rule of Law. She is a conservative judge committed to following the law as written, fairly and consistently. As an appellate justice, she has authored hundreds of legal opinions on civil and criminal appellate issues. As a district judge, she presided over hundreds of trials and thousands of felony cases including capital murder, murder, child abuse, aggravated robbery, aggravated sexual assault, family violence, burglary and drug offenses.

Justice Myers has conservative values and a strong work ethic. Lana was raised to believe that God gave her intelligence and common sense and that it was up to her to work hard to achieve the American dream. She earned her B.F.A. degree from Baylor University magna cum laude in 1976. After graduating from college, she taught art at Floyd Gunn Junior High School in Arlington, Texas before attending law school. She received her J.D. degree from Baylor University School of Law in 1981. She began her legal career at the Dallas County District Attorney's Office where she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the trial division from 1982 - 1994. She was a Chief Felony Prosecutor from 1997 - 1994. As a felony prosecutor, she prosecuted felony offenses including capital murder, murder, child abuse, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated robbery, family violence, burglary, and drug offenses.

Justice Myers has served on numerous committees and boards, including the Texas Supreme Court Task Force to Ensure Judicial Readiness in Times of Emergency (2007), Texas Crime Victims Institute Advisory Council (2008 - 2009), the Dallas County Juvenile Board (2002 - 2004), and Volunteer Center of Dallas County Board of Directors (1994 - 2003). As Co-Chair/Chair of Dallas Bar Association's Mock Trial Committee, she administered Texas and 2007 National High School Mock Trial Competitions, 2000 - 2009. She initiated and presided over S.T.A.R. Court, an innovative specialty court designed to reduce recidivism among female offenders charged with felony prostitution, 2007 - 2009. In 2009, she received the Special Recognition Prism Award from Mental Health America of Greater Dallas for her work with women in S.T.A.R. Court. Justice Myers serves as a member of the Education Committee of the Appellate Judges Education Institute, 2014 - present. She is also a Master in the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court and serves on its Executive Committee, 2008 - present.

Justice Myers a past member and officer of Southwest Dallas County Republican Club, Dallas Republican Career Women and Coppell Republican Club. She is a member of Golden Corridor Republican Women and an associate member of Irving Republican Women's Club, Dallas Star Republican Women, Rockwall County Republican Women's Club, Collin County Republican Men's Club and Rockwall County Republican Men's Club. She is also a member of the National Rifle Association.

Justice Myers was born in Dallas and raised in Irving, Texas. She graduated from Irving High School, and received Irving Independent School District's "Outstanding Irving High School Graduate" award in 1989. She is married to David E. Myers, a former teacher and coach at MacArthur High School who, after 35 years of teaching, retired and is now a realtor with Ebby Halliday. They are members of First Baptist Church Dallas.

Matt Rinaldi

Office Sought: State Representative, District 115

Occupation: Businessman and attorney

Email: matt@mattrinaldi.com

Website: MattRinaldi.com

Twitter: @MattRinaldiTX

Facebook: http://facebook.com/mattrinalditx

Biography/Experience:

Rep. Matt Rinaldi of House District 115 was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2014 to represent the Northwest portion of Dallas County. Representative Rinaldi sits on both the Committee on Business & Industry and the Committee on Agriculture & Livestock. He is a strong advocate for limited government, pro-liberty and free market policies, secure borders, education, Second Amendment rights, and the protection of life. A 2015 Rice University study of over 1,000 record votes ranked him as the #1 most conservative legislator in the 150-member Texas House. He also was also the highest-ranked legislator in 2015 by several statewide conservative groups, including Texas Eagle Forum and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. For his work in defending life, he received the "Pro-Life Freshman of the 84th Session" award by Texas Right to Life.

Rep. Rinaldi joint- and co-authored many successful pieces of legislation that were signed into law, including: SB 1 (giving property tax relief to Texas homeowners), HB 11 (authorizing additional troopers for border security and strengthing smuggling laws, HB 283 (increasing government transparency by requiring certain governmental bodies to make audio and video recordings of open meetings available online), HB 937 (expanding 2nd Amendment rights to college campuses), SB 2065 (the "Pastor Protection Act," protecting 1st Amendment rights of religious freedom), and SB 652 (protecting franchisors from frivolous lawsuits). Rep. Rinaldi also proposed bills to eliminate or minimize the effects of Robin Hood on Texas public school districts. A strong advocate against illegal immigration, Rep. Rinaldi co-authored legislation that would repeal instate tuition for illegal immigrants, end welfare benefits for illegals, and penalize businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

Representative Rinaldi attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he graduated cum laude with a B.B.A. in Economics, and Boston University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude. He is currently a commercial litigation attorney and serves on the board of directors of a publicly-traded real estate investment trust in the hotel and hospitality industry.

Matt and his wife, Corley, live in Irving and attend St. Ann Catholic Parish in Coppell.

David Schenck

Office Sought: Justice, 5th court of Appeals

Occupation: Justice, 5th court of Appeals

Employer: State of Texas

Email: David.schenck@sbcglobal.net

Website: keepjusticeschenck.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justice.schenck.5

Biography/Experience:

Justice, 5th Court of Appeals since 1/15; Board certified in Civil Appellate Law; Formerly Chief Legal Counsel to Attorney General Greg Abbott; Head of Appellate Practice at Jones Day Dallas and specialized litigation Dykema' first in class at Baylor Law School; Law clerk to Chief Judge Politz, U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Jason Villalba

Office Sought: Texas State Representative - House District 114

Occupation: Attorney

Employer: Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Email: campaign@texansforjason.com

Website: texansforjason.com

Twitter: @JasonVillalba

Facebook: http://facebook.com/TexansforJasonVillalba/

Biography/Experience:

A product of hard work & determination.

A fourth-generation Texan, Jason was born in Dallas at Methodist Hospital. As the son of an airline mechanic, from an early age Jason was taught to work hard, study diligently, act with integrity and do what’s right. As a young man, Jason mowed lawns, worked as a checker at Walmart and a stockboy at a local hardware store to help out his folks. The first in his family to graduate from college, Jason worked his way through Baylor University studying Economics and Finance, then graduated from the University of Texas School of Law.

A business-minded approach.

As a former financial analyst and as a partner at one of Dallas’ most respected law firms, Jason has hands-on experience working with and advising growing businesses and start-ups and dealing with complex financial and corporate transactions. As our State Representative, Jason will put his diverse business and financial experience to work to grow our economy, create high-wage jobs, cut wasteful spending and keep our taxes at current or lower rates.

Dedicated to improving education.

As the product of Texas public schools and father of two young girls who will soon attend elementary school in the Dallas ISD, the quality of our public schools is not just a campaign issue to Jason – it’s personal. That’s why as our State Representative, Jason will work tirelessly for meaningful public education reform that broadens charter schools, includes intra-district school choice for our parents and requires more accountability from our administrators and teachers. Like you, Jason believes that improving our schools will strengthen our communities, our economy and our future.

Involved in our community.

An active member of our community for more than a decade, Jason currently serves on the development committee of the Dallas Zoo and is an active member of the Dallas Children’s Trust. Jason has served on the Board of the Dallas Housing Finance Corporation, as the appointee of City Councilmember Ann Margolin, and he has served as a member of the Dallas County Citizens Election Advisory Committee, as the appointee of County Commissioner Maurine Dickey.

A proven conservative.

Jason is the immediate past Vice-Chair of the Dallas County Republican Party and the current Chairman of the Dallas Chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. In 2006 and 2010, Jason was named as a delegate to the Republican Party of Texas State Convention. As our State Representative, Jason will strive for conservative, bold, results-driven solutions that keep Texas great and that make life better for all of our families and citizens.

Kirk Launius Candidate for Dallas County Sheriff

Kirk Launius

Candidate for Dallas County Sheriff

About Kirk

Kirk is a native of Dallas County, Eagle Scout, and Graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, BA degree in Economics. His plan as Dallas Sheriff with be to:

  • LEAD with COMPETENCE and HONESTY
  • BOOST morale from the bottom up
  • DELIVER the highest quality law enforcement services within the approved budget
  • SERVE the people as an ACCOUNTABLE public official
  • FIGHT corruption and bring lawbreakers to justice
  • PROTECT your life, liberty, and property

We have had enough of the serious problems at our Dallas County Sheriff's Office!

Here's why you don't want his opponent: