Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

February 15, 2014

Cook our choice for state representative

Corsicana Daily Sun

— When Byron Cook was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2002, it was a clear victory for Navarro County and District 8. It gave Corsicana and the county real representation in Austin. As voters, we need to keep that type of representation.

Byron’s roots are firmly planted in our community and area, and he continues to be one of its largest supporters. He went to bat for the Corsicana Residential Treatment Center and played a key role in the recent Pactiv expansion. A local businessman and rancher, his family continues to grow here.

And he remains a conservative presence in Austin, chairing the State Affairs committee. In the last session of the state legislature, he helped pass a balanced budget and made efforts to strengthen the state’s long-term water interests, he cut state taxes and made sure public school funding and teacher retirement was addressed, and he opposed Obamacare, among other efforts.

Byron has long been backed by our Congressman, Joe Barton of Ennis, and Palestine’s Todd Staples, our Agriculture Commissioner who is running for Lieutenant Governor.

For these reasons, we endorse Byron Cook for State Representative, District 8, and encourage the voters of Navarro County to keep our unprecedented level of representation in Austin in place.