This is Texas, and we are a friendly, polite bunch for the most part. We are known for cordially greeting outsiders all of the time as they pass through, come to visit or even move here to stay. It’s the way we were brought up to be. This trait actually sets us apart from the 49 lesser states.

But, vote for an outsider? Now hold on a second; that’s a different affair altogether. I mean, come on over and I’ll fix you a bowl of chili with some cornbread and iced tea, but I don’t know you well enough to go throwing my vote away.

The Googled definition of a “carpetbagger” is a political candidate who seeks election in an area where they have no local connections.

For the 2018 Galveston County primary election there are two candidates in particular whose photos could be placed beside the definition of carpetbagger: Mayes Middleton and Jim Bulgier.

Neither Middleton or Bulgier truly live in the districts they are running for, and they only popped up recently in time to run for office. It’s enough to make one wonder if they had too much baggage to run where they really live.

Republican County Commissioner Ken Clark won election to represent Precinct 4 when Galveston County was still blue.

Ken Clark is strongly pro-life, a life member of the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, and is a life member of the National Rifle Association.

Ken Clark has helped cut the tax rate seven years in a row, which has helped reduce debt by 40 percent leading to Galveston County’s first AAA bond rating.

Republican State Rep. Wayne Faircloth and his supporters worked hard to unseat long-term Democrat Craig Eiland to represent House District 23.

Faircloth is strongly pro-life, is endorsed by the National Rifle Association, is endorsed by the Texas State Rifle Association and is endorsed by the Texas Oil & Gas Association.

Faircloth — has and will — only support state budgets which are fiscally balanced.

If conservative voters were to sit down and write down the qualities they most wanted to see in their Republican candidates, Clark and Faircloth would fit the bill to a T. Moreover, they both have proved track records of tried and true, competent high performance with integrity.

The unmistakable and overwhelming message that voters should send to the outsiders is Galveston County is not for sale to outside interests and influence. We have worked too hard to just give it away to some bunch of flash in the pan opportunists from outside.

In Galveston County we prefer our candidates have real roots in the community, and we also prefer our candidates have real commitment to the community.

I have known Clark and Faircloth for many years now, and I trust them. I hope you will join me in supporting these fine leaders to continue representing Galveston County.

Sandra Jones Tetley lives in Galveston.

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(6) comments

PD Hyatt

ROFLOL.... Yes Texas can be a very friendly state, but it can also be meaner than the hubs of you know where, especially if you have moved here and been here for around 50 years or so.... Even then you are not part of the born and bred group as you are still an outsider and always will be.... Well, I saw what Mr. Faircloth was made of when he stuck his nose into the LMISD affair and tried to get the state to stop what should have been done years ago, before the LMISD board broke the school district.... In my opinion Faircloth showed that he was not for good school systems as all he was for was currying votes and could have really cared less for the students that were not receiving a good education....

Doyle Beard

In my opinion it seemed like he was trying to give a community a chance of rescuing their schools. It did not work out as we all know. But if all politicians have to be perfect then who would we vote for? Seems like everybody has a special interest and if they don't get their way like the snowflakes and etc. we all know what happens.

Carol Dean

Here we go again...Tetley is a big "supporter" of Shawn Christopher Phillips so you can expect her to be opposed to honest candidates. Middleton is an "outsider" to Galveston County as much as "Fakecloth" is an "outsider" to Chambers County.

Doyle Beard

When one lives within the district its totally different if one moves into the district just to run for office. Like Hillary moving to New York. called carpet baggers no matter how you try to skew it.Dont try to put me in with SCP as I don't know that guy just know what I believe.

Carol Dean

Middleton has always lived "in the district". In fact some people resent the fact that he and his family live in the very house that he was raised in and his father before him. Seems to me that I remember it was Fakecloth who moved into District 23 shortly before running.

Ray Taft

Faircloth doesn’t respond to his constituents, so living in Galveston County doesn’t count for much. Apparently, he doesn’t respond to his constituents in Chambers County either, or Middleton won’t be running against him.

Listening and getting thing done for people counts more than where you happen to live and that’s what Middleton brings. Middleton is endorsed by Governor Abbott because Faircloth isn’t getting the job done.

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