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October 11, 2013

Bush promotes Texas values

Corsicana — George P. Bush, a candidate for the office of Texas Land Commissioner, spoke Thursday evening for a Republican Party Fundraiser at the I.O.O.F. Event Center in Corsicana, about the party and what he hopes to do with the General Land Office.

George P., as he’s typically known, is the grandson of President George H.W. Bush, the nephew of President George W. Bush, and son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

He argued that Texas is under attack by the Democrats, and at the forefront is gubernatorial candidate Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, who he said is coming from the “progressive wing” of the Democratic Party.

“It’s about standing up for the values that have kept Texas the best state in the country,” Bush said.

George P. and his wife, Amanda, have an 18-week-old son named Prescott. “This is about our children and grandchildren, and the future we’re going to leave them,” he said.

In his bid for the head of the General Land Office, George P. said he wants to see some changes to the state’s education system. The General Land Office is responsible for managing the state’s 13 million acres of public lands and coastal and tidelands, with the money from oil and gas leases and grazing going into the Permanent School Fund, which helps pay for public education in Texas.

Local school districts in Navarro County are on the right track, he said, but other parts of the state are falling further behind, he told the audience. As a former teacher, George P. said he used lesson plans. If elected as Land Commissioner, he said he wants to use a lesson plan to raise standards, and emphasize science and technology. He also called himself a “huge advocate” for school choice, or vouchers. With a strong, educated workforce, Texas can continue to attract businesses and entrepreneurs to the state.

“I think we can continue to lead the world in economic growth,” he said.

George P. said he’s started four businesses, and has been an investor and school teacher. He’s a graduate of Rice University, with a law degree from the University of Texas.

“We need more representatives in Austin who realize that entrepreneurs create jobs,” he said.

The Land Office also oversees veterans programs, and George P. said he’d like to see an audit of the programs offered for veterans.

“We’ve got to work with the private sector to find private sector solutions to their problems, because we are fiscal conservatives,” George P. said. “I take this job seriously.”

George P. said he wasn’t running for office because his grandmother told him to, or because it’s his family’s goals. He’s running, he said, because he wants to serve his state and his country.

The event attracted 17 other Republican primary candidates or their representatives, as well, and each of those candidates were able to step up to the mic and say a few words. They included the Navarro County justices of the peace, two county commissioners, district attorney, county treasurer, county clerk, district clerk, Texas Rep. Byron Cook; Dan Branch, who’s running for Texas Attorney General; and Rex Davis, running for reelection to the 10th Court of Appeals, and representatives from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and U.S. Rep. Joe Barton.

About 100 people attended the event, which was followed by a live auction for things such as dinner with various elected officials, hunts, football games, a spa treatment, and shooting lessons.

Republican County Chair Frank Steed thanked those who contributed to the event’s success, both time-wise and financially. “This is awesome news. Our PAC is ready for any challengers in the General Election,” Steed said.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “soundoff” to this article? Email: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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