The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Opinion

March 3, 2014

Cook earns endorsement

PALESTINE — Anderson County needs the type of conservative representation Byron Cook provides as our State Representative from District 8.

Byron is a family man, businessman and conservative Republican legislator. He is endorsed by many respected groups including NRA, Texas Farm Bureau, Texas  Alliance for Life, Texas State Teachers Association, Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Texas Association of Business.

Yet, more important to Anderson County voters than these endorsements are two key victories Cook has helped Palestine win. First, Cook was instrumental in Palestine’s efforts to save the Texas State Railroad. This tourist destination brings more than 66,000 visitors to our area each year positively impacting our local economy year around.

Second, Cook was our point man in Austin convincing the Texas Legislature to authorize $7 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds for the construction of a new building on the University of Texas at Tyler Palestine Campus.  Former State Senator, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, current Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor and Palestine native, Todd Staples said of this project: “The UT Tyler Palestine Campus is the prototype for higher education opportunities. By utilizing the latest technology, this campus combines a personal learning environment, quality facility and system-wide resources to maximize learning opportunities for students serious about educational excellence.”

Further, Cook chairs the State Affairs committee, a key role in our state government.  In the last session of the state legislature, he helped pass a balanced budget and made efforts to strengthen the state’s long-term water interests; he cut taxes and made sure public school funding and teacher retirement was addressed.

For these reasons we encourage voters of Anderson County to vote for Byron Cook for Texas State Representative District 8 in Tuesday’s primary election.

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