Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) on Tuesday endorsed several candidates for upcoming elections:
— Ron Simmons for State Representative in House District 65, a Denton County district where Rep. Burt Solomons is not seeking re-election.
“I’ve had the opportunity to meet personally with Ron and gain insights into his conservative principles and why he is seeking this position. I’m very impressed with his commitment to work for efficient, limited government on behalf of the people of Texas,” said Jeff Morris, YCT State Chairman.
“During these tough economic times, it is important that we have leaders who will hold the line and fight against increased government spending and higher taxes,” said Tony McDonald, YCT Senior Vice Chairman. “I am confident that Ron Simmons will be a strong leader for conservative values in Austin.”
In response to the endorsement, Simmons said, “I appreciate the support and dedication of the Young Conservatives of Texas. During this time in history, it’s reassuring to have patriots like those affiliated with YCT to accept the generational transfer of conservatism and ensure its continuance and growth in the future.”
A businessman, entrepreneur, and family man, Ron Simmons co-founded Retirement Advisors of America (RAA) and continues to serve as its Chairman. More information on his background and qualifications can be found at www.ronsimmons.com.
— Matt Rinaldi for State Representative in House District 115. Mr. Rinaldi is seeking the Republican nomination for the open Dallas County seat currently held by State Rep. Jim Jackson, who is retiring.
“After looking at all of the candidates in this race, it is clear that Matt Rinaldi is the conservative choice and a favorite of the strong grassroots movement in North Texas. With a proven conservative record and the support of the community, Matt will be enabled to execute his vision of limited government in the Texas House,” said Jeff Morris, YCT State Chairman.
“We were all very impressed with Matt Rinaldi when we had a chance to meet with him,” said Tony McDonald, YCT Senior Vice Chairman. “Not only does he understand and profess the conservative values which we all agree this state needs, he has a proven record of fighting for them. Matt Rinaldi is exactly the sort of leader that conservative voters not only need, but deserve.”
Rinaldi commented, “I am excited that YCT is supporting me in my fight for limited government, lower taxes, and individual liberty in the State of Texas. As State Representative, I will be honored to stand alongside these young and enthusiastic conservative leaders.”
Matt Rinaldi has been active in Republican politics for approximately 20 years. As a student at James Madison University, he made national news for his efforts to have the Pledge of Allegiance recited before student government meetings. Rinaldi attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Economics. He continued his studies at Boston University School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2001. An attorney, Matt has provided legal commentary on FoxNews Radio affiliate stations throughout the country. More information on his background and candidacy can be found at www.MattRinaldi.com.
— Also, YCT expressed disappointment Tuesday in Representative Todd Smith‘s decision not to run for the state senate. Smith had reportedly been considering running in either Senate District 9 or 10. However, the news website PushJunction reported today that Smith will not seek higher office.
“There will be another filing period and we’re hoping Representative Smith will reconsider his decision,” said Tony McDonald, YCT Senior Vice Chairman. “We were very excited that Representative Smith might run for senate and lose, so that we could get him out of the Texas House.”
Smith performed in the bottom 10% of Republicans in the Texas House, earning a 61 on YCT’s ratings of the 82nd Texas Legislature. On two occasions he sided with the Democrats to support raiding the state’s economic stabilization fund to encourage increased government spending.
Smith is being challenged for reelection to the Texas House by Jonathan Stickland, a Tarrant county small business owner . YCT has endorsed Stickland in his campaign to unseat the eight-term incumbent.
“Jonathan Stickland is a principled conservative leader who will represent the interests of voters in House District 92,” said Jeff Morris, YCT State Chairman. “Todd Smith should get out of Stickland’s way by running for the Senate and losing.”
However, despite Smith’s decision, YCT expressed optimism about the election.
“If Todd Smith won’t get out of the way, conservatives will just have to beat him the old fashioned way,” added Mr. McDonald. “As the voters of House District 92 become more aware of Todd Smith’s liberal record, we know that they will elect a true conservative, Jonathan Stickland, to be their next representative.”