The bipartisan Texas Parent PAC today announced its endorsement of Sherrie Matula for state representative in House District 129, which covers south Houston, Clear Lake-NASA community, cities of Seabrook and Webster, and the surrounding area.
"Sherrie Matula will have an immediate impact in the Texas House of Representatives, because she is experienced, energetic, and totally committed to representing the people of her district," said Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. of Houston, a Texas Parent PAC Board member. "The families of H.D. 129 need better representation, and it is time for a change at the Capitol."
Texas Parent PAC was created by parents who joined together to elect strong and effective legislative leaders who will stand up for children and parents and strengthen neighborhood schools. In addition, a broad base of individuals and business leaders is supporting this bipartisan grassroots campaign effort.
"Unlike her opponent, Sherrie Matula represents the mainstream views and interests of parents and children, taxpayers and businesses," said Darci Hubbard of Houston, Texas Parent PAC Board member. "Bay Area families deserve an independent representative of the highest integrity who will consistently stand up for their needs."
Matula is the only candidate in this race who has taken a stand to oppose siphoning money from public schools to fund private school vouchers. "In 2005, incumbent John Davis spoke on the House floor in support of a tax-funded private school tuition voucher program for low-income and Spanish-speaking Houston students," Rodriguez said. "Davis was irresponsible in pushing a new voucher entitlement program that could have cost taxpayers $200 million in the first two years of the Houston program." The voucher program Davis supported was defeated.
Texas Parent PAC leaders said Matula will use her leadership and collaboration skills to solve problems affecting families, including skyrocketing homeowners' insurance costs, electric bills, and college tuition. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, she will work to address small business concerns with health insurance and the margins tax. She is a fiscal conservative who will work to balance Texas fiscal operations and attract new businesses.
UPDATE: Matula is also kicking Davis' butt at fundraising.Posted by Charles Kuffner on October 06, 2008 to Election 2008