Brent Beal, Local Business Professor, Will Challenge Congressman Louie Gohmert in 2018
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Brent Beal, a political newcomer and a long-time resident of Nacogdoches, Texas, is running for the Democratic nomination for Texas’s 1st Congressional District, a seat held by Louie Gohmert since 2005. Beal is a business professor at The University of Texas at Tyler.  He has written a book and several research articles on income inequality and corporate social responsibility. His background as a business educator and researcher and his commitment to smart, effective government make him a unique candidate with an in-depth understanding of the economic challenges faced by East Texans today.

People are struggling. They feel like the deck is stacked against them. They feel like our political system is controlled by those who have money and can buy access. Beal wants to be part of changing that.

“There are things we want to do together, as a community,” Beal explains, “and we use government to do that; we need roads, schools, a court system, a military. We are a better country when everyone has access to good education and basic medical care. We don’t want to go back to when people were dying outside emergency room doors because they didn’t have insurance.” Beal is opposed to slashing Medicaid—Trump’s 2018 budget includes a staggering reduction of up to $800 billion—so we can give tax breaks to the rich. “That’s just not something that we need to do,” Beal insists. “It will hurt people, and it will hurt us as a country down the road.”

Beal believes there are things that the government should do and do well and there are other things the government should stay out of. The challenge of good government is figuring out where it’s needed and where it isn’t.

“When we line up behind political parties like they’re sports teams and then assume that if our side wins, we get to call all the shots, we’re missing out on a basic function of government,” Beal insists. “A person who holds a political office represents everyone. They need to take everyone’s interests into account in a way that’s balanced and fair. That’s how we’re going to solve real problems.”

Beal will formally announce his candidacy this Saturday, June 3, at an event sponsored by Indivisible Nacogdoches. This event is open to the public and will be held at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse (101 W. Main) from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. It will be followed by other launch events onMonday, June 5, and Tuesday, June 6, in Lufkin and other areas (details to be announced). Please attend if you’d like to meet Beal and learn more about his platform.

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