PALESTINE — Businessman Bobby Vickery announced to the Herald-Press recently that he hopes to take his experience and skills to Austin as the District 8 State Representative.
The Texas House District 8 Seat represents Anderson, Navarro, Hill and Freestone Counties.
Vickery, 53, lives in Frost. He is from Tyler but has been a resident of District 8 for 20 years. He is the owner of Texas Environmental Training & Compliance, LLC and is actively involved in the community. His wife is a teacher and they have two children.
He previously ran for State Representative in 2008 and 2012. Vickery said he will be accessible to the constituents of District 8 if elected during the March 4 Republican Primaries.
“I feel like District 8 needs a representative that has a district office, and is familiar with the rural area,” Vickery said. “I understand what the needs are.”
Vickery said he believes economic development is one of the biggest issues he’ll work on for District 8.
“Too many of our young people are moving away,” he said. “We need good-paying jobs, we need to keep the young professionals here.”
As for the state budget, Vickery called it “out of control.”
“We need leaders in Austin who will fight for fiscal discipline,” Vickery said. “We don’t need a government that looks like California. We need government that does a few core jobs and leaves Texans free to run their own lives.”
One of those core functions of state government is education. Statewide, Vickery said this has to be the top priority. But he said it will take a non-partisan effort in Austin to make needed changes in schools and in funding education.
“I think we start talking to the ‘boots on the ground’ — the teachers and superintendents — and figure out what’s working and not working,” Vickery said. “I don’t think we are engaging the right people ... (lawmakers) aren’t getting input from the educators themselves.”