DALLAS – Today Gov. Perry received the endorsement of Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert for the November 2010 general election.
“Gov. Perry’s dedicated leadership has helped the city of Dallas expand its economy, improve its environment and enhance our education,” said Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert. “Our city continues to prosper in every aspect, thanks in part to the unwavering efforts put forth by Gov. Perry. I am proud to announce my endorsement of Gov. Perry for the general election.”
Since taking office in 2007, Mayor Leppert has aggressively pursued policies that have dramatically improved the quality of life in Dallas. In the areas of public safety, economic development, education and the environment, Dallas has emerged as a focal point in the nation.
The Dallas economy has experienced steady growth with over 50 companies having moved to Downtown Dallas, and the opening of the world-renowned AT&T Performing Arts Center. Investors have created new opportunities for the future of second largest city in Texas.
“It is a real honor to receive Mayor Tom Leppert’s endorsement for the general election,” said Gov. Perry. “I’ve known Mayor Leppert for many years and I’ve witnessed the positive results the city of Dallas has achieved. From lowering the crime rate by double digits to the expansion of its economy and education, this city has continued to be a hub where businesses can create jobs and families can have a good quality of life. Having a common vision and shared values, Mayor Leppert has proven to be a man of integrity and principle, and I will continue to work closely with him so that together we can keep Texas as the economic leader in the nation.”
DALLAS – Today Gov. Perry received the endorsement of the Conservative Hispanic Society, Republican National Hispanic Assembly (RHNA) and Amigos de Patriotas for the general election this November.
“I am deeply honored to have the endorsement of the Conservative Hispanic Society, Republican National Hispanic Assembly and Amigos de Patriotas,” said Gov. Perry. “Your support sends a strong message to the people of Texas, who are proud of our state and its strength in these tough economic times. Texas continues to be the envy of the nation as we lead in job creation, Fortune 1000 companies and exports.”
“It gives us great joy to endorse Gov. Perry in this year’s general election,” said Steve Navarre, president of the Conservative Hispanic Society. “I can truly say that Gov. Perry has proven time and again that conservative values and fiscal responsibility are his top priorities. He continues to show his strong support for the Hispanic community though his appointments and the policies he champions that keep this state strong through improving education and jobs growth. We are living in a state with the strongest economy in the nation because of Gov. Perry’s tireless efforts in keeping our state strong for all Texans.”
The Conservative Hispanic Society was formed in September 2009 and exists to preserve and protect traditional conservative Hispanic values through community involvement, advancement of Hispanic-owned businesses and promotion of conservative policies at the local, state and federal levels.
“For his consistent and unwavering commitment to the good men and women of the Hispanic community in the great state of Texas, the Texas Chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly enthusiastically and without reservation endorses the Honorable Rick Perry for Governor of Texas,” said Jason Villalba, chairman of the Dallas Chapter of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly. “Gov. Perry has been a friend to Texas Latinos and a champion of the causes and issues that are most important to the Hispanic community. He has shown remarkable strength of character in the face of political adversity and has exhibited a steely resolve when dealing with tough issues such as border security, homeland security and economic security.”
The RNHA aims to build a membership organization to foster the principles of the Republican Party in the Hispanic community, provide Hispanic Americans with a forum to play an influential role in local, state, and national Party activities, increase the number of Hispanic Republican elected officials, and create and maintain a network of Hispanic Republican leaders.
“As Hispanics it is imperative that we vote our values and dispense with the myth that the Democrats own the Hispanic/Latino community,” said co-founder of Amigos de Patriots, Sylvia Guzman. “In the fiscally strong state of Texas, Amigos de Patriots is proud to endorse Rick Perry for governor.”
Amigos de Patriotas is a conservative Hispanic grassroots organization established by Latin-American Women. Its membership believes in a constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, strong national defense, personal responsibility, and strong family values. Its mission is to educate and attract Latinos to its cause and support public policy that is consistent with its core values.
AUSTIN – Today Gov. Perry received the endorsement of the Texas Property Rights Association (TPRA) for the 2010 general election in November.
“It gives us great joy to endorse Gov. Perry for re-election,” said Todd Kercheval, president of the Texas Property Rights Association. “Gov. Perry has continued to protect and preserve the rights of property owners across the state since his days as Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. His proven leadership and conservative values will help all property owners enjoy their land for generations to come.”
The Texas Property Rights Association was created to give landowners both representation and an effective voice in dealing with all levels of government-related property rights issues. TPRA is a grassroots organization committed to the protection of property rights for both individuals and small business landowners from encroachment by government and large corporations.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement from the Texas Property Rights Association,” said Gov. Perry. “I am a true believer in preserving one of our most important rights, the right to own private property. We need individuals that act as a voice for all property owners across our great state. I am committed to working with the TPRA to make sure Texas landowners have the freedom to enjoy their cherished property.”
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association PAC, for the general election.
“Gov. Rick Perry has been an unwavering advocate for rural Texas since his tenure as our state’s Agriculture Commissioner and Lt. Governor,” said Matt Fitch, president of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association. “Gov. Perry understands and supports the role our industry plays in producing the food we eat, and has consistently supported our efforts to ensure the safety of consumers as well as pilots who fly spray planes. We are proud to endorse Gov. Perry for re-election.”
The Texas Agricultural Aviation Association is the state’s leading trade association for pilots and operators of agricultural aircraft operations. Their mission is to coordinate and generally direct the efforts of agricultural aviation operators and pilots who are actively interested in the advancement of the industry.
The objectives of this association are social and cooperative; to strengthen acquaintance within the agricultural aviation industry; to disseminate among its members technical knowledge relevant to the ethical standards of business that will further the recognition of the worthiness of agricultural aviation; to cooperate and advise with any and all agencies genuinely interested in the betterment of the agricultural aviation industry and in our national defense.
“I am very proud of the work the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association has achieved to keep our agriculture industry thriving,” said Gov. Perry. “The agriculture industry is a fundamental component of Texas’ heritage and economy. I remain committed to ensuring that the people in this industry have the necessary tools to provide Texas families the food and goods they depend upon every day.”
SAN ANTONIO –Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of former San Antonio mayor Ed Garza at a grassroots event in San Antonio.
"Gov. Perry has upheld his proven track record in bringing Texas to the forefront of the global economy, having helped provide the people of this city and state the jobs and opportunities they need to prosper,” said former mayor of San Antonio, Ed Garza. “His leadership and conservative principles are what cities need to grow economically and remain competitive in today’s market. These values are to be emulated as they foster an environment that welcomes jobs and success. I cannot think of a better governor for Texas and it brings me great joy to endorse Gov. Perry in this year’s general election.”
Ed Garza served eight years as an elected public official. In 2001 at the age of 32, Garza became San Antonio’s youngest mayor in modern times. He served two terms and prior to that served two terms as a City Council representative. Garza was elected in an unprecedented fashion by garnering a cross-section of political, geographic and socio-economic support; based on his platform of sustainable economic growth, modernization of the city’s governance structure and balance growth for the city’s under-invested southern sector. His efforts helped bring Toyota to invest more than $1 billion in San Antonio’s economy and create more than 5,000 jobs in a new manufacturing facility in south San Antonio. Mayor Garza has been featured in Texas Monthly, Urban Land Magazine, and CNN and listed in Hispanic Business magazine as a “most influential” Hispanic leader.
“It is a great honor to receive Mayor Garza’s support in this year’s general election,” said Gov. Perry. "Mayor Garza has made a remarkable and lasting impact on the city of San Antonio. His vision of improving and expanding education and economic development has allowed San Antonio to flourish. Partnering with the state, Mayor Garza was instrumental in helping bring Toyota’s manufacturing facility to the city’s south side, an addition of more than 5,000 high paying jobs.”
With the addition of the new Texas A&M University campus, Gov. Perry has proposed the implementation of several education initiatives. Among them, a four year tuition freeze for universities, locking in the tuition a student pays as an incoming freshman for the next four years and the expansion of the Virtual School Network so that students who do not attend a brick and mortar high school can receive dual credit opportunities and graduate.
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Leaders of the Houston Police Officers’ Union said those were the main issues that cost former Houston Mayor Bill White the organization’s endorsement.
On Thursday, HPOU announced that it would back Republican Incumbent Governor Rick Perry.
As he accepted the groups’ endorsement, Perry was surrounded by several HPD officers , including Joslyn Johnson. Her husband, Officer Rodney Johnson, was killed by an illegal immigrant during a traffic stop.
Governor Perry vowed to ask the legislature in January to take “emergency action to abolish sanctuary cities.”
Losing the endorsement of the 5-thousand member organization is a blow to White’s campaign.
He was also snubbed by the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.
All candidates want to appear strong on public safety issues.
Some voters around the state will also wonder why Houston’s former Mayor isn’t being endorsed by police officers and firefighters who served under him.
FORT WORTH – Today Gov. Perry received both the endorsements of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) and the Dallas Police Association (DPA) for the 2010 general election.
“It is a true honor to receive the endorsements of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas and the Dallas Police Association," said Gov. Perry. “Because of these brave men and women, people come to Texas knowing it’s a place where they can find a job, raise their families, and enjoy an outstanding quality of life. The safety that the officers of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas and the Dallas Police Association provide is crucial in keeping our communities safe and plays an essential role in our continued status as a national economic leader."
In his remarks, Gov. Perry reiterated that abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas will be a priority recognizing that some Texas cities have enacted sanctuary city rules that tie the hands of their police officers as they work to uphold the law. He announced he will make the abolition of sanctuary city rules an emergency item in the next legislative session, which will help ensure that Texas law enforcement professionals have the discretion to use their judgment as they work to keep Texas communities safe.
“Thanks to Gov. Perry’s steadfast support, Texas law enforcement officers and their families’ quality of life has improved,” said Todd Harrison, President of Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. “Gov. Perry’s true commitment to law enforcement and conservative leadership has been solidified by his unwavering dedication to make sure we have the resources we need to continue protecting the lives of families across the state. Our organization believes the governor has earned our endorsement and deserves our ongoing support.”
CLEAT represents more than 17,500 local law enforcement officers in more than 80 local law enforcement associations. Its mission is to ensure that their brave men and women receive the rights, protections and respect they deserve for their role in enforcing the laws of Texas and protecting the lives and property of its citizens.
“Gov. Perry has been a tremendous help to the Dallas Police Association,” said Glenn White, President of the Dallas Police Association. “Throughout his tenure the governor has upheld his record of support of our police officers to the highest extent, which has been instrumental in allowing us to do our duty as law enforcement officers, effectively, and protect our citizens’ lives soundly. We are proud to endorse Gov. Perry for the 2010 general election.”
The Dallas Police Association is the original and the largest police employee group for Dallas Police Officers. The DPA has over 4,000 active and retired members and is open to any sworn member of the Dallas Police Department.
Gov. Perry Will Make Abolition of Sanctuary Cities an Emergency Item in Upcoming Legislative Session
HOUSTON – Today Gov. Perry received the endorsement of the Houston Police Officers’ Union for the 2010 general election. He also announced he will make the abolition of sanctuary cities an emergency item in the upcoming legislative session.
“It is a distinct honor to receive the endorsement of the courageous men and women of the Houston Police Officers’ Union because they exemplify the values of personal sacrifice, integrity and public service that have made our state so great,” said Gov. Perry. “I will not waver in my commitment to protecting our citizens and supporting our state’s courageous police officers with the resources they need to keep our communities safe.”
In his remarks, Gov. Perry assured that abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas will be a priority recognizing that some Texas cities have enacted sanctuary city rules that tie the hands of their police officers as they work to uphold the law. He announced he will make the abolition of sanctuary city rules an emergency item in the next legislative session, which will help ensure that Texas law enforcement professionals have the discretion to use their judgment, honed by years of training and experience, as they work to keep Texas communities safe.
“Gov. Perry appreciates and supports the sacrifices our men and women make on a daily basis,” said Houston Police Officers’ Union PAC Chairman, Ray Hunt. “He has effectively championed our efforts to ensure that Texans have safe and secure neighborhoods. We are proud to endorse Gov. Perry and look forward to working closely with him for another four years.”
AUSTIN, Texas — The Mexican government says authorities have stepped up their efforts to find the body of an American reportedly shot to death on a border lake.
The statement from the Mexican Foreign Relations Ministry was in response to a call from Gov. Rick Perry, urging Mexico to use every resource available to find the body of David Hartley and have it returned to the U.S.
Tiffany Hartley, of Colorado, says her husband, David, was shot by Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake last week as they were returning to the United States on Jet Skis.
The statement said Mexican authorities "from the first moment" have been in contact with their U.S. counterparts to coordinate search and recovery of Hartley's body, and noted that Mexico has "stepped up their actions with the support of specialized personnel, boats and helicopters."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Political Action Committee (SURPAC) for the general election.
“Gov. Perry’s efforts have enabled the surveying community to better serve the public by attaining high technical and ethical surveying standards,” said Bob Seipel, SURPAC Committee Chair. “We are pleased to continue working with Gov. Perry to help map out the future of Texas.”
The Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, with a membership of more than 2,000 registered surveyors, surveyors-in-training, students and associates, seeks to educate and inform the public of the integral role of surveyors in our society.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Political Action Committee,” said Gov. Perry. “I will continue to make sure they have the tools they need to continue attracting new residents and businesses. The Texas surveyors community plays an integral role in keeping Texas strong.”