State Rep. Dan Huberty gains primary, Democrat opponents
- Written by Bruce Olson & Amanda Scott
– Political rookies to challenge last year’s legislative “Rookie of the Year” – Hoping to unseat incumbent State Rep. Dan Huberty, first-time candidate Bobby Jordan expressed his solution for smaller government in Austin. Speaking at a Huffman Patriots meeting Jan. 17, Jordan addressed key issues such as the economic growth and state sovereignty. With at least seven written proposals, Jordan hopes to progress his conservative ideology through his legislation. Jordan says he feels particularly passionate about his 10th Amendment Enforcement Bill, which limits laws, codes and regulations from being enforced in Texas by any state or federal agency without the approval of all three branches of the Texas legislation. “Ultimately, I’m trying to figure out how to pull the state back from the federal government without locking and loading,” Jordan said. “We need to go back to letting people take care of themselves,” he continued. According to Jordan, he was motivated to run in opposition of Senate Bill 747, which amended the Occupations Code associated with business entities, and House Bill 1278, a bill that gives a property owner’s association the right to regulate certain religious displays. “Senate Bill 747 really set me back,” Jordan explained. Huberty’s performance in 2010 primary with three other candidates garnered him more than 40 percent of the vote, forcing a runoff with Susan Curling. He won the runoff handily with 71 percent to Curling’s 29 percent. Huberty then beat Democrat Joe Montemayor with 75 percent. The winner of the primary will face Democrat Cody Pogue in the Nov. general election. Describing himself as, “The man you don’t know,” Pogue hopes to be a fresh face for District 127. Pogue explained that he entered the race after he watched helplessly as changes were made to class sizes and school funding in the past legislative sessions. “We are doing irreparable harm to the education of our children which will harm us more over the long-term,” he said. Additionally, Pogue believes the amount of classroom time taken to prepare for standardized tests is turning schools into test-result factories. “Many school administrations feel forced to tell their teachers to spend more time preparing specific students for the tests rather than spending time educating all students,” he explained. Pogue referred to these students as “bubble students,” who are high-achieving students that are given greater attention than those that may be struggling. “The system needs to be changed,” Pogue said was his issue’s theme. Huberty is a former Humble ISD Board Trustee and state education reform was a major plank of his candidacy. Early campaign filings show that Huberty is well-financed for a re-election campaign, but Pogue reiterated his outsider status in hopes to appeal to the district. “I am a common guy … and by choosing me, voters will get a good, dedicated and hardworking representative,” he said. Photos: (Top) Bobby Jordan. (Bottom) Cody Pogue.