Emory man running for Texas House District 5

Randy Davis

The race to replace Rep. Bryan Hughes in House District 5 has a fourth name in the mix.

Randy Davis, a retired U.S. Army sergeant and active Texas Guard captain, said he is a political novice but believes his military background and East Texas values would serve East Texas well in Austin.

Davis, 65, of Emory, said he grew up in Oklahoma and traveled the world while serving in the military 23 years. He started a scuba instruction business in 1993.

He had not been elected to office prior to his run for District 5.

“Politics is all new to me,” he said. “I usually complain to my wife about politicians. When the position was vacated by Hughes we thought it might be an opportunity to go out and make a difference.”

The other four candidates, Philip Hayes, of Hideaway; Cole Hefner, of Mt. Pleasant; and Jay Misenheimer, of Lindale, have announced their respective candidacies and are making campaign stops and preparations to win the Republican nomination in the March Primary.

Saturday is the first day candidates officially can file for office. Dec. 14 is the deadline for candidates to file for a place on the ballot.

District 5 includes a large geographic area from Titus County to the northeast, including the cities of Talco and Mount Pleasant to Rains County to the northwest, including Lake Tawakoni and Emory, and Camp (Pittsburg), Morris (Naples and Daingerfield) and Wood (Quitman and Mineola) counties and a large portion of Smith County.

The district includes Hideaway and Lindale to the northeast and covers all of eastern Smith County, including the cities of Arp and Troup.

Davis, who officially announced his campaign in September, said his top policy concerns are finding an alternative state revenue source to property taxes, securing the Texas-Mexico border and addressing aspects of illegal immigration, from sanctuary cities to state benefits for undocumented residents.

So far, Davis has run a mostly self-financed campaign and been attending area Republican club and party meetings and making political pitches at county fairs, gun shows and on people’s doorsteps.

Davis said he’s been doing more listening than talking.

“I tell them my name and that I am running,” he said. “Then I ask them if they could change one thing, what would it be?”

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MEET THE CANDIDATES

Grassroots America – We the People will hold a candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Lakeview Church of the Nazarene, 10818 University Blvd. in Tyler, featuring candidates in the race for Texas House of Representatives District 5.

Randy Davis, Philip Hayes, Cole Hefner and Jay Misenheimer are running to replace Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola. All but Misenheimer have indicated they will attend the forum. Misenheimer said he will not attend due to a prior commitment. 

House District 5 includes a large geographic area from Titus County to the northeast, including the cities of Talco and Mount Pleasant to Rains County to the northwest, including Lake Tawakoni and Emory, and Camp (Pittsburg), Morris (Naples and Daingerfield) and Wood (Quitman and Mineola) counties and a large portion of Smith County.

The district includes Hideaway and Lindale to the northeast and covers all of eastern Smith County, including the cities of Arp and Troup.

The event is free and open to the public.

 

 

 

 

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