I would like to take the time to congratulate Garnet Coleman on winning the Texas House of Representatives-District 147 election. I have tried to reach out to him personally, but I have not received a return call. I hope that we can work together to make our communities a better place in the district during his term.
I also would like to thank the nearly 12,000 neighbors that voted for me. I also want to thank all of those that supported our campaign from outside the boundaries of Texas House District-147. We received 21% of the vote even though all of the "experts" said that we could only get 10%. The most important statistic is that we have received 100% more votes than any Republican has received in 25 years in this district.
During the watch party, I had the opportunity to give a campaign conclusion speech. Please see the transcript of the video above:
A mighty oak does not just happen, it must first begin as a seed. However, resilience and determination are also required in order to the see the oak grow. To be a transformational leader, you must to have resilience and determination. The dictionary defines resilience as “the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.” In order to maintain resilience and determination, one must identify the problem but not allow oneself to dwell on the massive size of the problem.
Think of it as an elephant on your plate for dinner. If you look at the whole elephant that is on your plate as a problem, anyone will become discouraged enough to just “opt out”…because it is just too much to eat. Instead, we must look at the elephant as small bites or steps that are easily achievable one at a time. This systematic process will provide positive victories that will inspire us to continue while building up our confidence with every bite. Eventually there is no more “elephant” left on the plate and the problem is gone.
As a community leader I have used that approach in the past with great success. It has allowed me to identify a problem through research and dialogue with others, regardless of their position on the issue, and come up with systematic ways to solve the problem instead of taking the beaten path.
- Instead of expecting neighbors of our crime watch area to come to our meetings, we went to their homes to engage them and find out their problems.
- Instead of starting another non-profit about a cause, we decided to enhance another by telling Shawn’s story about overcoming his birth defects and my story of becoming an Ironman Triathlete because both were considered “impossible”.
- Instead of just allowing the established candidate to run without opposition, we chose to give voters a choice.
I hope that by being the first Republican to run for this position in 25 years has revealed that not all of the candidates on the Republican ticket are alike.I hope that we have proven that some of us choose to be the change that we all wish to see not only in our party, but in our society.
Regardless of your political affiliation, we can all agree that this election has shown that we are living in a “States of America”. We are far from United.
I pray that the citizens of district 147 and all of those watching beyond the district boundaries have realized that choosing the right leader is not always about black and white or being a Democrat or Republican… It takes a holistic decision of our diverse community regardless of age, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation. This community deserves a choice, and I am proud to say that our campaign has helped break down barriers to introduce that choice.
At this moment in time, we can declare victory because you have shown that our seed is growing. We are a stronger community together because we have chosen to focus on the things that unite us instead of divide us. This choice has not come without opposition, though. Many still try to use certain labels to identify us as different.
We live in a world of labels. We identify ourselves, and others, by these labels to segregate from each other. Maybe it is inevitable for us to divide if we continue to use these current labels. The fact is that we are all different, so if that is a fact, why not embrace it? If you want to put a label on someone, why don't we use one that unifies us together: NEIGHBOR
We all want a good neighbor. We can all appreciate that our neighbors have a differences of opinion than we do, so let’s encourage each other to stop, look, listen and discuss our differences in efforts to learn from each other about our different cultures and beliefs. We all want to see better schools, better streets, better city services…and reduce crime, so let's put our labels of division aside and focus on encouraging and loving our neighbor better. LOVE = Unity. That’s different. That’s an anomaly.
An anomaly is defined as a deviation from the common rule, type, arrangement, or form. It is often looked at as a negative term because it does not fit into the status quo. That is why I embrace the phrase “I‘m An Anomaly” as a positive badge of honor and distinction.
Well, I am willing to embrace being an anomaly, and will continue to stand up and fight for our rights of Faith, Family, Freedom, and Community. Moving forward I ask you to be an anomaly with me.
A vibrant blanket does not consist of one type of thread or pattern, it consists of many that come together to form an amazing blanket that covers and protect those that choose to be under it. Our blanket is filled with the fibers that break down barriers with transformational leadership, better labels and being an anomaly.
Neighbors, Let’s Rise Up! Let’s rise up together and continue to be the blanket of protection. Let’s rise up together to be an Anomaly. Let’s watch this mighty oak rise up from our choice of planting that seed today. Let us provide the freedom of choice because Your Choice MATTers!
Neighbors: Thank you for support me. This journey will continue...