Dave Kleimann, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the Senate District 3 race, was in Palestine this week, touting his candidacy and talking about issues facing Texas.

The 48-year-old Kleimann, who resides in Willis north of Houston, is among a handful of Republicans who have announced their intentions to succeed outgoing State Sen. Todd Staples, R-Palestine.

Staples has opted to seek the statewide position of agriculture commissioner, leaving the Senate race without an incumbent.

Kleimann owns U.S. Trees of Texas, a wholesaler of larger trees, which ships all over the world. He also has previously worked in sales for a pair of Fortune 500 companies and as a private and commercial pilot.

Calling himself the “people’s choice,” Kleimann has served as a precinct judge for local, state and national elections in his home county of Montgomery County. He said he also was instrumental in helping form the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.

“I’m not in it for VIP status or anything else,” said Kleimann about his motivation for seeking a spot in the Texas Senate. “I just want to get the job done and I’m very passionate about it.

“I promise I’ll be the same guy in Austin that I am on the campaign trail,” he added.

Kleimann said improving public education; protecting junior water rights; lowering property taxes; and stopping the flow of illegal immigrants are some of his primary issues.

The GOP candidate spoke out against unfunded mandates from Austin to local school districts, while also indicating property taxes — which primarily fund public schools — must be lowered.

“People are being taxed out of their homes,” Kleimann noted. “That’s the American dream — to own a home.”

Kleimann said increasing the sales tax appears to be the best way to replace the lost revenue created by lower property taxes.

“If Austin can’t decide...why not put it on the ballot for the voters to decide?” Kleimann added.

Next year’s party primary elections are set for March, with the general election scheduled for November.

Other Republicans who have expressed their intent to seek the party’s nomination include Frank Denton of Conroe, Robert Nichols of Jacksonville and Bob Reeves of Center.

The month-long filing period for county and statewide candidates begins today.


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