Brent Graves officially files for State Rep., will oppose Rep. Birdwell

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Brent Graves officially announced his candidacy on Dec. 7 and will oppose incumbent-Rep. Brian Birdwell in the upcoming March Republican Primary.

STEPHENVILLE – With his wife and pastor as witnesses, auctioneer and real estate broker Brent Graves officially filed for his place on the March 1st Republican Primary Ballot.

Graves went further than most office candidates are willing to go by pledging in writing how he will represent the constituents of HD59. In a written pledge, Graves vowed to represent the district with Christian, conservative values and promised to be an effective cheerleader and salesman for the rural communities within the central Texas district in an effort to promote the economic opportunities in Erath, Coryell, McCulloch, Comanche, Somervell, Hamilton, Mills and San Saba counties.

“It is important to me that I have people back home that hold me accountable as I represent them in Austin. I feel that we have been misled by so many elected officials on both sides of the aisle that it should be mandatory for candidates to sign such a pledge. We will have the original enlarged and framed to hang in our capital office to remind myself, the staff and visitors everyday why we are there and who we serve. I wanted my wife and pastor to witness my pledge to represent that my faith and family are my guiding principles, not Austin politics or special interest groups.” Said Graves

Graves who announced he would be seeking the position this past May has already achieved statewide support from some of the most prestigious conservative groups in Texas including Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Right to Life, Family Rights Advocacy and Texas Home School Coalition.

“Some of the larger groups just sent us their interview questions last week, he has completed them and we fully expect to receive their endorsement or the highest rating they give to candidates. These groups who are involved everyday see that Brent is a rock solid Conservative that believes in less government and more liberties and he is strong enough to carry those values to Austin.” Said Colton Driver, Graves’ Campaign Manager

Graves’ filing makes official his effort to unseat two term incumbent J.D. Sheffield from Gatesville, who has indicated he will run for a third term. Candidates have just 30 days ending December 14th to file the required paperwork to be placed on their respective parties ballots for the March 1st, 2016 primaries. As of now, only Graves has been public about his official filing for the HD59 seat.

Brent Graves is the past president and legislative chairman of the Texas Auctioneers Association and owns an auction and real estate firm specializing in farm and ranch properties in Stephenville, TX. Brent’s wife, Ashley serves as the executive director of Choices Life Resource Center and clinic, a pregnancy center that offers abortion alternatives to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

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