I typically vote in the Democrat primary. Not this time. There is one Republican race, in particular, in which I think the choice is crucial to our local needs and in which my vote has more effect than in many others.

I believe strongly that in the race for state representative District 23, Rep. Wayne Faircloth will represent local citizens, while his Republican opponent will represent the governor more than those who live here. Based on past District 23 voting history, the winner of this primary is very likely to win the general election.

I find that our present District 23 Representative Wayne Faircloth has consistently delivered for Galveston and Chambers counties and their cities in issues as separate as Pelican Island Bridge and flood control projects. He also voted against an on-going attempt by Governor Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick to put the state’s decisions above our local decisions.

Faircloth’s opponent, on the other hand, clearly favors the governor’s “State Uber Alles” program. He has publicly called for “abolishing” the property tax, (a locally levied tax), but hides the fact that the state would have to employ a state sales tax increase and/or a new state-dictated consumption tax to fill the gap.

Of course, these latter also disproportionately impact individuals while the change would relieve the property taxes on his oil business.

In my opinion, the newbie’s statements in his campaign indicate that he would primarily vote for whatever the governor wants and not care enough about what the local communities actually need. Contrarily, Faircloth has proven he will represent us.

If the election can be bought, Faircloth’s opponent will have purchased it. I am concerned enough about this choice to vote in the Republican primary for a change and to vote for Rep. Wayne Faircloth.

Harris “Shrub” Kempner is president of Kempner Capital Management Inc.


(8) comments

Ray Taft

Harris ‘Shrub’ Kempner is an admitted Democrat crossing over to vote for Faircloth. A Democrat telling Republicans who to vote for in their primary. Kempner thinks we should have a rep in Austin who will not work with our governor and Lt. governor. Looks like he wants a Democrat or someone who resembles one.

Kempner wrote that Faircloth consistently delivers on flood control projects! Amazing that we had such devastating flooding during Harvey then.

Republicans should vote for Middleton.

Steve Fouga

Ray, I think Mr. Kempner is telling Democrats, not Republicans, whom to vote for in the primary. In much of Texas, a Democrat's vote in the Republican primary has more power than the same Democrat's vote in the general election. In a sense, when Democrats vote in the Republican primary, they have a chance to vote twice.

Carol Dean

Fouga wants to vote for someone who "plays well with democrats".

Vote Mayes Middleton for Representative Dst. 23! The man for ALL Conservative Texans!

Steve Fouga

Nah, I think I'll take Shrub's advice. I'm no Democrat, so I'll feel right at home voting in the Republican primary. For Faircloth.

Jim Forsythe

If things go as Republican's plan , more Democrats will vote for Republicans in some races.
"straight-ticket option will be no longer available beginning in 2020"

Carol Dean

SF, so I guess you must have been a Straus supporter. Most Republicans are happy to bid him goodbye for now!

Steve Fouga

Meh. I liked Srauss better than most TX Republicans in office, but you can't really call me a supporter. Pick of a bad litter.

Jarvis Buckley

While I respect Shrub & his family's contribution to Galveston, I feel he is
just another democrat trying to drive a wedge in the conservative agenda.

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