Several candidates are running for the Texas House District 11 race | Elections
House District 11 representative Travis Clardy faces three challengers in the March Republican primary.
Greg Caldwell, Rachel Hale and Mark Williams are running for Texas House seats. No Democrat has applied.
After the redistribution eliminates the seat of State Representative Chris Paddie, Panola County will move to House District 11.
The new House District 11, if the redistribution maps survive legal challenge, includes Rusk, Panola, Shelby, Sabine, Nacogdoches and Newton counties.
Clardy is a lawyer for Nacogdoches who was first elected to Texas House in 2012. He describes himself as a longtime Republican.
Shortly after the approval of the new voting cards in the Legislature, Clardy announced on his Facebook page that he would be running for re-election. Clardy said he wanted to continue working on a number of issues important to East Texas: the education system, teachers, retired teachers, roads, transportation, health care, the border. , the protection of life and the defense of constitutional rights.
“I am proud of what we did in the last session and proud of the work I have done as your state representative in the District of House 11 and look forward to doing it again if good people from East Texas fire me, ”Clardy says.
Caldwell is an Appleby businessman who owns Caldwell Construction and Caldwell Earthworks. In announcing his campaign, Caldwell said he was eager to bring his common sense business acumen and budget conservatism to Austin.
“As a conservative businessman, I look forward to helping bring Texas back to the conservative principles and values of its founding. The constant slippage of Christian principles endangers the future of our children and must be corrected to ensure that Texas continues to move the nation forward.
When asked what motivated his challenge to the four-term incumbent, Caldwell said, “The voters of District 11 deserve someone who shares their values and will stand up for them in Austin and advance Republican priorities in the legislature. . “
Hale is a Henderson businesswoman who co-owns Boatcycle with her husband Kirk and stepfather Ken. In his announcement, Hale said Texas needs to reduce the role and authority of government as a whole.
“We are in a Texas where taxpayers have to foot the bill for lobbyists, property taxes are driving Texans out of their homes, while the government is forcing us to wear masks and get vaccinated. Who would not be affected? I am running to lead these and many other issues of importance to the East Texas Conservatives.
Williams is a Clayton businessman and breeder who ran unsuccessfully against Paddie in 2020. In his previous run for Texas House, Williams said that no one showing up really represented the people of the is from Texas.
“East Texas is having economic problems right now for a variety of reasons, and we need someone who is willing to represent us, someone who isn’t trying to reach a state office, and that’s a problem. because we’re not like the I-35 corridor, ”Williams mentioned. “We have to have someone who wants to represent us, because East Texas is different.”