Monday, March 5, 2018. Hi. My name is Brent Beal, and I'm asking for your vote in the Democratic primary tomorrow, March 6.
There's a story behind this picture. It was taken last summer in the Dairy Queen in Diboll, down in Angelina County. I had just started a 50-city tour (www.beal2018.com/50_city_tour) and this was one of my first stops. I had put up a Facebook event with the time and date and I had showed up on time. I was there waiting for folks interested in meeting a long-shot congressional candidate to come by and chat. Heather and my three kids (pictured here: Kennedy, Marin and Stuart) drove down from Nacogdoches to say "hello" (just in case no one else showed up, they said). My middle daughter suggested a family "selfie" on their way out.
My wife, Heather, and I both teach at local universities (she's at SFA, I'm at UTTyler), and we're raising our family here in East Texas. I'm not a politician and I've never run for office, but I decided it was important that someone stand up and challenge Louie Gohmert. We deserve better representation. Many of our public schools are struggling, our kids are having a harder and harder time paying for job training and college, our manufacturing jobs are leaving, our small businesses are being squeezed out, and our neighbors are being deported. Many of us feel unsafe in our workplaces, our schools, and even our churches.
It shouldn't be this way. I want to do my part to fix it by fighting for our economic, educational, and physical security. You can read about my priorities at www.beal2018.com/issues.
Please make sure you vote tomorrow. I've spent the past 9 months traveling all over this district, talking to as many people as I can. I'm committed to serving East Texas. Together, let's make 2018 count!
--To donate, go to www.beal2018.com/donate.