I don’t know about you, but this is the first primary where I have actually enjoyed seeing campaign signs out and about. Why? Because the candidates all have such great names: forget Bob, John, Paul or Mary: we have Chart, Morgan and Court — and then my precious Leigh Bailey on the Democratic side. When I write my novel, I am going to steal all of these Republican candidates’ great names.
According to the Dallas Morning News, all three of the Republican candidates are pretty similar — conservative, favor limited government, oppose new taxes and prioritize business-friendly policies, education and infrastructure. Which all sounds good for the state of Texas, right? They are trying to distinguish themselves with their work background and experience.
Despite their conservatism, this is the best looking crop of candidates we have ever, ever had! In fact, they are all just adorable!
So who to vote for? Well, let’s take a look at where the three Republican candidates for the Texas House LIVE, maybe that will help:
Chart Westcott, the youngest of the group, is age 28, a year younger than my son. Precious! He says he lives in the M Streets in East Dallas. But according to public records, it appears he is the trustee of a penthouse at 2011 Cedar Springs, 7th floor. DCAD has it appraised at $506,810. I’m trying to get this figured out. He is also a member of the Texas Real Estate Commission, which is definitely a plus for we lovers of the dirt.
Home: M Streets in East Dallas (and/or something on Cedar Springs?)
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Vanderbilt University, 2007; law degree, Southern Methodist University, 2011
Occupation: Business partner at Commodore Partners, a private equity company that invests in real estate and technology
Civic involvement: Member of Texas Real Estate Commission; Texas chairman of the National Association to Protect Children; board member for Friends of Fair Park and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas; co-chair of 2013 Reagan Day Dinner for Dallas County Republican Party; chairman of Young Americans for Romney in Dallas. Also, Chart does not drink alcoholic beverages.
Amount raised: $1.1 million plus
Morgan Meyer and his wife, Keana, have a new home in University Park on Colgate built in 2010. (What you are seeing here is the house before they built, stay tuned.) Smart move, getting into UP for schools and buying the most home he could for his family. It’s 4409 square feet, brick, has fire sprinklers, five bedrooms, four and a half baths and no pool which is smart — the Meyers have small children. Their home is appraised at $1,738,400. I think Morgan is so handsome he should not just run for the House, he should be in the Governor’s mansion and ultimately, the White House. Have you seen his wife? We are talking knock down gorgeous and beautiful children to boot. By the way, Morgan has been endorsed by the Dallas Morning News.
Home: University Park
Family: Married with three children
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Southern Methodist University, 1996; law degree, Washington and Lee University, 1999
Occupation: Partner at Bracewell & Giuliani
Civic involvement: Volunteer for 1992 Republican National Convention; former intern for U.S. Rep. Larry Combest, R-Lubbock; volunteer for South Dallas Legal Clinic and Lawyers Serving Warriors; executive committee member of Dad’s Club at Hyer Elementary
Amount raised: $312,293*
Court Alley probably has the most beautiful name — Court Christian. He lives in Devonshire with his wife, Mary Clare (also a beautiful name) in a 61 year old ranch home DCAD has appraised at $807,000. Glen Falls. He may have bought it as a foreclosure — now that’s a savvy financial mind. The home has 3394 square feet and four bedrooms, three and a half baths, no fire sprinklers but it does have a swimming pool. Great house, great buy, great neighborhood.
Home: Devonshire neighborhood in North Dallas
Family: Married with a 1-year-old son
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Texas, 2004
Occupation: President and founder of Caruth Marketing, which sells customized promotional products and assists with branding and Web design.
Civic involvement: Founder of Brighter Dallas PAC, which promotes civic engagement among young conservatives; community block captain for Devonshire Neighborhood Association; advisory board member for America’s Future Foundation, a networking group for young conservatives and libertarians; volunteer for Serve West Dallas, a faith-based nonprofit
Amount raised: $121,943
Go out there and vote! I wish all three of these guys could win — they are great young men.