There is an interesting Republican primary taking shape for HD-52 in Williamson County. Four people are in the Republican primary all vying to be the general election nominee to take on vulnerable first term incumbent Rep. Diana Maldonado.
The four Republican candidates are,
The Williamson County Republican Assembly is having an HD-52 GOP Candidates forum on Jan. 19th. Go hear from the candidates yourself and make up your own mind.
YOUR INVITED TO ATTEND THE
TEXAS HD-52 CANDIDATE FORUM
(Hosted by the Williamson County Republican Assembly)
There is a cost of $5.00 per person to attend.
Please RSVP to David L. MacEwan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Seating will accommodate 100 people, so please bring a friend.)
“TAKE BACK 52″
DATE: January 19th, 2010
LOCATION: Wingate and Williamson Conference Center
1209 N I 35, Round Rock, Tx, 78664
ROOM #: High Tech Hall
DIRECTIONS: (View full map)
MEET AND GREET: 6:30 -7:00 pm.
(All Candidates are welcome to attend and update us on their respective campaigns.)
CANDIDATE FORUM: 7:15 – 8:30 pm.
8:45 pm.: STRAW POLL/HD-52
( As of January 4th, 2010, all four candidates have filed and have confirmed their participation at the Forum.)
There will be a small charge of $5.00 per person for this event and registration is required.
To register, please click on the following link: http://wilcora.org/EventRegistration.aspx
Click on the “Event Registration” button located in the menu at the top of the page.
Fill out the registration form and submit. Upon submitting the registration form, you will be redirected to an online payment page whereby you can pay by credit card.
To pay by mail, please rsvp to me at email@example.com. Let me know the number of people attending and mail check or cash to:
13403 Perthshsire St
Austin, TX. 78729
(Please make check payable to the WilCoRA.)
You may also pay in person at the door although we ask that you please rsvp with the amount of people attending.
CASH, (exact amount), and CHECKS only. No credit cards at the door.
Here is Larry Gonzales PR announcing his candidacy. I am profiling him first because he used to work for my old boss State Representative Wayne Christian (R HD-9) years before I did. Stay tuned for Bios of the other candidates.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2010
Contact: Larry Gonzales at (512) 423-4959
Republican Businessman files for Texas House, District 52
– Larry Gonzales brings wealth of experience in small business, legislative issues -
ROUND ROCK – Republican businessman, Larry Gonzales, officially launched his
campaign today for State Representative, District 52. He filed with Williamson County GOP
Chairman, Bill Fairbrother.
In addition to being a long-time small businessman in Round Rock, Gonzales is a 13-year
resident of HD 52 and a seasoned veteran of the Texas Legislature, having worked nine
regular legislative sessions and 4 special legislative sessions for members of the House, the
Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and the Texas State University System.
“I am an unapologetic conservative who will go to Austin to protect property rights, lower
property taxes, control spending and protect life,” said Gonzales. “Williamson County is
home for me. I have lived here for thirteen years, started my business here, and raised my
“I will chart a conservative course to control property taxes, improve classroom instruction
and expand opportunities at our community colleges, career and technical schools, and
university settings,” said Gonzales. “We will draw a strong tie between educational
opportunities, and creating jobs and economic development.”
Gonzales announced Mrs. Judy McCleod, a former RRISD Board Member, will serve as his
campaign treasurer and Mrs. Holly Hansen, who most recently served as President of the
Williamson County Republican Women, will serve as Campaign Chairperson.
“Larry Gonzales is the obvious candidate for Texas House District 52,” said Mrs. Hansen.
“An active member of the Williamson County community, Larry is not only hard-working,
ethical, and conservative, his working knowledge of the issues and Texas government is
second-to-none. I enthusiastically endorse Larry Gonzales for State Representative.”
Also supporting his efforts are former Round Rock Mayors Charlie Culpepper and Nyle
Maxwell, as well as his childhood friend from Alvin, Texas, Reid Ryan, owner of the Round
Rock Express baseball team.
Gonzales enjoys strong support from elected leaders, civic leaders, and GOP leaders from
across the state and House District, including several Republican precinct chairmen, county
party officers, and statewide party officers. Earlier this fall, two candidates who were also
seeking the Republican nomination in House District 52, James Bernsen and Ralph Pina,
suspended their campaigns and endorsed Gonzales.
“Larry has the experience not just to win, but to govern,” said Bernsen. “He is ideally suited
for this job, and I’m excited to be supporting him.” Pina added, “Larry possesses the
experience and resolve to pursue needed solutions to the problems facing Texas today. I full-
heartedly support Larry.”
Gonzales says it’s his broad base of experience — as a legislative staffer, a small business
owner, husband and a father — combined with his long-time residency in the district and
knowledge of the issues facing Texas, makes him the most qualified candidate to win this
seat in November 2010.
“I am the only candidate in this race who can say they have a long history of being an active
member of this community and who also has extensive legislative experience,” said
Gonzales. “Those are two very important points because it will take both to be successful
from day one in the Legislature.”
Gonzales earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at
Austin in 1993, is scheduled to complete his Master’s degree in Public Administration from
Texas State University – San Marcos in 2010, and is a certified mediator. He is married to
Marie, a Round Rock High School graduate, his wife of 15 years. She serves the RRISD as
Department Chair of Special Education at McNeil High School. Together they have two
children – Leah, 9 and Alexander, 7 – both are enrolled in the RRISD.