PAC endorses Chris Paddie for East Texas House seat
POSTED: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 - 3:22pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 6:56pm
AUSTIN — Today Texas Parent PAC announced its endorsement of community leader Chris Paddie of Marshall for the Republican nomination as state representative in Texas House District 9. He completed a four-year term as mayor of Marshall last week, and he now seeks to represent at the Capitol the residents of six counties in East Texas: Cass, Harrison, Marion, Panola, Sabine, and Shelby Counties.
In Marshall, Paddie is also well-known as the general manager of KMHT Radio and host of “The Talk of East Texas” radio show. “Chris Paddie became very knowledgeable about education issues and challenges by interviewing countless school administrators and educators on his radio talk show,” said Carolyn Boyle, Texas Parent PAC chair. “At the Capitol in Austin, Chris will have the courage to ask the hard questions and seek permanent solutions for school finance and other state problems.”
Boyle said that Paddie’s opponent, Wayne Christian, has a voting record that demonstrates he cannot be trusted to listen to public school parents and educators and do what is needed to have top-notch public schools statewide.”
In 2008, Paddie was elected to the Marshall City Commission and was selected by his colleagues as Mayor. A recognized community leader, he also has been chairman of the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce and president of the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines. He also serves on the board of directors of Marshall Harrison County Literacy Council, Junior Achievement for East Texas, and Texas Association of Broadcasters, and he is active in the Marshall Rotary Club.
Paddie was born in Center and raised in Carthage, graduating from Carthage High School. He went on to Texas A&M University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution. Early in his career, he worked in Houston selling safety equipment and industrial products to small businesses as well as national corporations. While in Houston Chris married his high school sweetheart, Brooke, and then returned home to East Texas. They have two sons, and the family attends Immanuel Baptist Church.
House District 9 includes 25 independent school districts: Atlanta, Avinger, Beckville, Bloomburg, Carthage, Center, Elysian Fields, Excelsior, Gary, Hallsville, Harleton, Hemphill, Hughes Springs, Jefferson, Joaquin, Karnack, Linden-Kildare, Marshall, McLeod, Queen City, Shelbyville, Tenaha, Timpson, Waskom, and West Sabine. Public schools are among the largest employers in every city and town, and schools are a source of great pride in every community.
Our state’s public school moms and dads are angry about the actions of state legislators in 2011 that harmed the state’s 5 million schoolchildren, and Texas Parent PAC believes some of the responsible legislators should be defeated at the polls and replaced with more capable and dedicated leaders. Paddie’s opponent, Wayne Christian, was one of the state representatives who:
● Voted FOR cutting $5.4 billion from the public education budget in House Bill 1, which resulted in teacher layoffs, increased class sizes, elimination of course offerings and programs for pre-kindergarten and dropout prevention, and more.
● Voted AGAINST using up to $2 billion of the state’s “Rainy Day Fund” for public education if the fund grew at a greater than expected rate and contained additional dollars above and beyond the Comptroller’s projection.
Public school supporters are encouraged to visit www.chrispaddie.com to learn more about his candidacy. Early Voting continues through May 25 and Election Day is May 29.
Texas Parent PAC was created by parents in 2005 with the goal of electing more state leaders who will consistently stand up for public education. The political action committee has helped elect 23 new members of the Texas Legislature. More than 1,100 families, business leaders, and public school supporters have contributed to support the PAC’s grassroots campaign efforts. The parent organization describes its endorsed candidates as “men and women of integrity, open and responsive to parents, actively involved in their communities, and committed to investing in public education to achieve economic prosperity in Texas.”