The San Jacinto Republican Women are hosting a forum for the candidates vying to replace Sen. Mike Jackson in the Texas State Senate. The forum will be held at the Cleveland-Ripley Neighborhood Center located at 720 Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena. It starts at 6:00 pm and ends around 8:00 pm. Click here for a map.
The candidates are:
Daniel McCool, is a graduate of Deer Park High School, U.S. Army Veteran and is beginning his twenty-second year as a Deputy Sheriff with Harris County. Daniel is a leader who is not afraid of challenges or hard work. Throughout his professional career Daniel has received top honors for his achievements. He has been honored as Officer of the Year multiple times by various groups, nominated for a 100 CLUB lifesaving award, represented his Army Unit as Soldier of the Year, and recognized with many other awards for his commitment to making our lives better and safer.
Daniel has actively worked behind the scenes for various campaigns and causes for more than twenty-five years. He knows his grassroots and hard work makes a difference in our community. Issues Daniel stands strongest on are fiscally conservative government, private property rights, border security, individual liberty, personal responsibilities and sustained economic development. Daniel has garnered support from precinct chairs, citizen activists, Tea Party groups, Apostle Claver and RagingElephants.com. Even Houston Radio Talk Show Host Michael Berry gave a rare endorsement and admits he is writing a Chapter in his book about Daniel and his citizen activism.
This is Daniel McCool’s first attempt at an elected public office, although he serves as the State Treasurer for the Texas Crime Prevention Association, which is a statewide, multi-region non-profit organization which educates citizens, businesses and the 75,000 Texas law enforcement officers. Additionally, Daniel is the Treasurer for the Clear Lake Area Republicans, Founder of the Caucasian Law Enforcement Association and has served on the Board of Directors for a number of charity and civic groups.
Daniel is married to Lisa McCool, who is also a Deputy Sheriff; she investigates home invasions and residential burglaries in North Harris County. Daniel and Lisa have two children, Jacob (7) and Abigail (4) and are long-time Pasadena residents.
Dave Norman graduated from Clear Lake High School and attended SFA and Rice Universities earning a B.S in Biology and a Minor in Military Science. Dave was commissioned as a Regular Army Officer, Aviation Branch in 1984 and served both Active Duty and Reserve Component until joining the retired Reserve in 2008. Dave rose to the rank of Major
Dave is the principal of Norman Insurance an Agency started by his mother, Lilian Norman Kenney, in 1972.
He and his bride of 27 years, Bonnie, reside in Seabrook and have two children: Emily, a junior at Clear Falls High School, and Anne, a junior at the University of Texas at Austin.
“Isn’t it ironic that we expect politicians to balance the budget and create jobs, when they’ve never done either? What we really need is an outbreak of common sense and elected officials who know that the best thing that they can do is stop regulating business to death and just get out of the way and let American ingenuity and the entrepreneurial spirit take over.” – Dave Norman
REP. LARRY TAYLOR (R – FRIENDSWOOD)
Rep. Larry Taylor is a lifelong Texan, born in southeast Texas and raised in Friendswood. He attended Baylor University where he received his BBA in 1982. Rep. Taylor and his wife Kerri, have three beautiful children: Trudy, Carly and Jake. He owns Truman Taylor Insurance Agency in Friendswood, an independent agency started by his father over 50 years ago. Rep. Taylor is frequently recognized as a legislative champion for fiscal responsibility and conservative representation. Taylor has recently been named a “Taxpayer Advocate” by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, a “Champion of Free Enterprise” by the Texas Association of Business, and a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition. Rep. Taylor serves as the Chairman of the House Elections Committee, and member of the House Insurance Committee, and House Select Committee on Voter Identification and Voter Fraud. In 2011, Rep. Taylor was re-elected unanimously by his colleagues to serve a second term as Chairman of the House Republican Caucus. Rep. Taylor was elected in 2002 by District 24 in Galveston County and is serving his fifth term in the Texas House of Representatives as a member of the 82nd Legislature. Rep. Taylor is currently a candidate for Texas State Senate District 11.
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