With the recent construction of the Grand Parkway segment linking Katy and Cypress, the West Harris County area, apportioned as Texas House District 132, is a community destined for rapid growth and diversification. It is home to Katy ISD and Cypress-Fairbanks ISD… two of the largest school districts in the state, and both of which have been burdened by the massive, Republican-led 2011 education cuts, while bursting with more young minds to educate than ever before. Residents in this area have traditionally favored Conservative leadership, but as the area grows, new populations and new challenges have created space for more political diversity as well. What the area needs most is common-sense representation in Austin that can see multiple perspectives and work with them all, but still remain focused on the realities facing their constituents.
Presumed front-runner Mike Schofield is seasoned veteran of Texas Republican Party line politics. On his campaign website, he professes that HD 132 “needs legislators that will put the needs of taxpayers first, and place principle above political gain.” But his actual record does not live true to these ideals. Instead, he boasts about authoring the divisive Texas Voter ID law, and being a close adviser to Governor Perry… all indications that for Mr. Schofield, it’s politics that come first.
But the people of HD 132 have a better choice in this election… Democrat Luis Lopez. Born in Mexico, Luis remembers well the struggles of working just to make ends meet, and knows that better government representation could make a huge difference in the lives Texans, especially those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. Despite his early struggles, Luis overcame them through good educational opportunities and hard work. After graduating from Lamar University, he is now a father, accountant, small business owner and public servant. He put himself through high school and college working construction jobs in the Beaumont area.
Amassing such a rich life experience, it’s no wonder that a young man in his mid-twenties feels such a call to service. Mr. Lopez believes strongly that proper government investment and stewardship are critical to the future of HD 132. In his own life, he saw clearly the value of a good education, and wants those same opportunities not only for his young daughter, but for all the students in the district. Lopez truly lives the future of Texas. Mike Schofield on the other hand, continues to champion missteps of the past.
It is time for a new direction in West Harris County… a direction pointed towards its future. The pick for HD 132 is Luis Lopez.