For too long candidates for public office have used phrases like limited government or fiscal responsibility as adjectives to get elected but few have demonstrated them as verbs once in Office.
However, State Senator Bob Hall is different from most!
By his actions, Senator Hall has demonstrated that there still exists statesmen who follow-through on their campaign slogans. Senator Hall is a hero to elected officials like me. I am both inspired and encouraged by his resolve to stand uncompromisingly on fundamental conservative principles. Ironically, Hall’s biggest obstacle to reforming government are his fellow Republicans, self-proclaimed conservatives, whose actions contradict the campaign rhetoric that got most of them elected, especially those who have been in office so long that they are described as pieces of the furniture by the press.
Hall isn’t popular with most Mayors in Texas because he supports limits on government and tax reform that would force cities to go to voters for things like raising the tax rate.
However, just like Hall, I too am different from most.
By my actions as both a Councilman and now as Mayor, my focus has been to protect our city’s wide-open spaces and more rural lifestyle while limiting the size and scope of our city government. Like Hall, my biggest obstacle has been the former ruling class in our community, our City’s own set of furniture, who continue to extoll their own virtue as conservatives though their actions when in power obliterated our community’s desire to protect open spaces, put taxpayers into long-term debt, and worked to expand our city government exponentially, all without the knowledge or consent of voters.
Shouldn’t it be difficult for a City to raise taxes or put taxpayers into debt without voter consent? Isn’t that a cornerstone principle of limited government?
Bob Hall certainly thinks so and so do I!
Yet most Mayor’s don’t like Hall’s proposed constraints because it makes it harder on them to start new projects, hire more bureaucrats, and fulfill their vision to “better” serve citizens by expanding the size and scope of the municipality, which contradicts the most fundamental principles of representative government.
Had Hall’s efforts to try and reform laws governing municipalities been in effect ten years ago then city officials in McLendon-Chisholm couldn’t have betrayed the citizen’s trust and I would never have run for office!
Bob Hall is more than a true conservative, he’s a leader in our State Senate who is challenging the status quo. His principled stands on legislation have helped bolster Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s efforts to bring meaningful tax reform, and relief to all Texans!
Finally, any endorsement of Senator Hall would be incomplete without highlighting his life-long commitment to protecting fundamental liberties that are under attack at every level of government. Senator Hall’s published words exemplify this:
Exceptionalism is the basis for America’s success. A continued drift from God will ultimately result in the loss of this blessing. The liberty principle of “freedom of religion” should be reestablished wherein all individuals (including pastors, teachers, and government employees) are completely free at all times and places to freely express their religious beliefs and practices. The First Amendment should be interpreted according to the original intent of our Founders.
In Texas: Our state legislature should help protect religious liberty and our First Amendment rights by denying state funding to any city or county that would enact ordinances to restrict these rights.
As a fellow advocate for the protection of innocent human life, I am also grateful for the Senator’s outspoken stand for Life!
I encourage all voters of McLendon-Chisholm who value public officials who act on the convictions of their beliefs to join with me in voting to keep Bob Hall in the Texas Senate!
NOTE: Senator Hall and I do not know each other, we’ve only met twice. Mine is an unsolicited endorsement based solely on his actions as my state senator. Senator Hall is also the only candidate that I am publicly endorsing for the March 6 election. I have not and will not request or expect his endorsement for my race to keep my seat as Mayor.