District 63 State Rep. Tan Parker has hopes of returning to Austin for another term. But to do that he will first need to knock off Libertarian opponent Bruce Hermann in the general election.
Early voting is ongoing for the election.
Though he is now a Libertarian, Hermann said he spent his whole life as a Republican.
“I just feel the party at this point has lost its roots,” he said.
Hermann said he is a very small government type of guy, not believing in having real high taxes and doesn’t think the Republican Party as a whole does not address individual civil liberties well enough.
Hermann said at the top of his list of concerns are the size of the government, taxes and individual rights.
A business owner since 2010, Hermann said he knows how to run that business successfully, a trait he can take to Austin.
“I believe a public official with a background in business is a very strong quality to have,” he said.
He said some officials have never run a business and didn’t understand finances. Hermann also noted his ability to work with others easily.
“Working together is crucial,” he said. “You can’t have people in there who don’t work well with others, who can’t compromise on issues, and I think that is something I do very well.”
Hermann said he is realistic about his chances, knowing full well he is a serious underdog in this race.
“I think for the Libertarian Party right now, it’s not all about winning elections, it’s about getting the message out there,” he said.
Hermann said since he has gotten involved he has met and informed scores of people who had no idea what the Libertarian Party stands for.
“Even if they don’t go to the Libertarian Party, it may change how they vote in the future.”
For Parker, he is confident votes will be cast in his direction.
“While I take nothing for granted, I believe my chances of being re-elected in 2012 are very strong,” Parker said. “I am confident that the voters of District 63 will respond favorably to the conservative agenda advanced during the last legislative session and my years of service historically to the region.”
Parker said the state needs continued strong conservative leadership and a business-oriented mindset in the Texas House of Representatives and his experience in both the legislature and as a private businessman make him an effective advocate for Denton County on the important issues facing Texas.
Parker said during the next session lawmakers need to focus on economic issues, including regulatory policies, strengthening the workforce and the state’s overall tax policy.
“Additionally, we need to keep looking for ways to invest more state revenue in public education and transportation infrastructure while continuing to live within our means, just like lawmakers did last session,” he said.
Parker said the state is about 60,000 manufacturing jobs short, and he hopes to bring a manufacturing renaissance to Texas.
“I want to bring this backbone of our local economies back to the strength it has previously enjoyed,” he said. “These are the issues that I want to focus on in order to make Texas more globally competitive.”
BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875. His e-mail address is email@example.com
STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 63
TAN PARKER (I)
• Age: 41
• Education: bachelor’s degree from the University of Dallas, 1993; master’s degree from the London School of Economics 1994
• Experience: State representative since 2006.
• Age: 37
• Education: Bachelor of science, major in biology, minor in chemistry and Spanish from Baylor University, 1998; Texas Tech medical school, 2002, University of Louisville general surgeon residency from 2002-2007; University of Tennessee plastic surgery, 2007-09; fellowship in breast surgery from Dennis Hammonds, 2009-10 in Grand Rapids Mich.
• Experience: started North Texas Breast and Plastic Surgery, 2010 - present