Virginia Schilling isn’t supporting Dan Crenshaw for U.S. Congress just for herself.Virginia Schilling isn’t supporting Dan Crenshaw for U.S. Congress just for herself.

“We’re grandparents and we’re doing fine,” Schilling said. “It’s our kids and our grandkids that I’m concerned about. That’s why I’m supporting Dan Crenshaw for Texas Second Congressional District.”“We’re grandparents and we’re doing fine,” Schilling said. “It’s our kids and our grandkids that I’m concerned about. That’s why I’m supporting Dan Crenshaw for Texas Second Congressional District.”

And that’s why Schilling, an Atascocita resident since 1970, helped to organize a group of grandparents – male and female – to work the polls, talk to neighbors, print flyers and coordinate a “meet and greet”  April 3 at the Kingwood Community Center that attracted more than 100 voters.And that’s why Schilling, an Atascocita resident since 1970, helped to organize a group of grandparents – male and female – to work the polls, talk to neighbors, print flyers and coordinate a “meet and greet”  April 3 at the Kingwood Community Center that attracted more than 100 voters.

They call themselves #DansGrans, they’re grandparents and they support 2nd District Congressional Candidate Dan Crenshaw.

“We call ourselves ‘#DansGrans,’ a named coined by one of our members, Margo Rushin,” said Schilling. “We call ourselves ‘#DansGrans,’ a named coined by one of our members, Margo Rushin,” said Schilling.

Rushin admits that she was looking for a name that would made a good hashtag for their Facebook page and #DansGrans fit the bill.Rushin admits that she was looking for a name that would made a good hashtag for their Facebook page and #DansGrans fit the bill.

#DansGrans arranged for the Kingwood Community Center “meet and greet” attracting supporters – and the curious – from the Lake Houston area as well as from throughout Congressional District 2, an interesting looking district that includes Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita then twists down to Memorial Park, Montrose and Rice University. Center “meet and greet” attracting supporters – and the curious – from the Lake Houston area as well as from throughout Congressional District 2, an interesting looking district that includes Kingwood, Humble and Atascocita then twists down to Memorial Park, Montrose and Rice University.

In the March 6 primary, Crenshaw came in second, beating the number three candidate, Kathaleen Wall, by 155 votes. He credits his supporters, many at the Kingwood Community Center meet and greet, for “pushing” him into second place.In the March 6 primary, Crenshaw came in second, beating the number three candidate, Kathaleen Wall, by 155 votes. He credits his supporters, many at the Kingwood Community Center meet and greet, for “pushing” him into second place.

On May 22, he will face Kevin Roberts, a Texas state representative and the candidate who received the most votes in the March primary. The Republican candidate who comes out on top in May will face Democrat Todd Litton in the November election. That winner will replace current Congressman Ted Poe who is not seeking re-election after 13 years representing the 2nd Congressional District.On May 22, he will face Kevin Roberts, a Texas state representative and the candidate who received the most votes in the March primary. The Republican candidate who comes out on top in May will face Democrat Todd Litton in the November election. That winner will replace current Congressman Ted Poe who is not seeking re-election after 13 years representing the 2nd Congressional District.

Candidate Dan Crenshaw outlining his “mission” at a Meet and Greet at the Kingwood Community Center. Photo by Tom Broad

Crenshaw graduated from Tufts University, earned his Naval officer commission and became a SEAL, the Navy’s primary operations force, and was deployed to Iraq twice and then to Afghanistan where he lost his right eye to an IED blast.Crenshaw graduated from Tufts University, earned his Naval officer commission and became a SEAL, the Navy’s primary operations force, and was deployed to Iraq twice and then to Afghanistan where he lost his right eye to an IED blast.

“My first mission is border security,” he said. “We need more technology at the border including more drones.”“My first mission is border security,” he said. “We need more technology at the border including more drones.”

“My second mission is flooding,” Crenshaw said. “There’s $13 billion available and it’ll be settled in Austin. We need to fight for that.”“My second mission is flooding,” Crenshaw said. “There’s $13 billion available and it’ll be settled in Austin. We need to fight for that.”

“My third mission is to maintain our conservative values for our younger generation,” he said. “We can’t let these conservative values from our greatest generation disappear with our youngest generation.”“My third mission is to maintain our conservative values for our younger generation,” he said. “We can’t let these conservative values from our greatest generation disappear with our youngest generation.”

Crenshaw also encouraged his Kingwood Community Center supporters to go to his webpage to learn where he stands on 15 different issues ranging from national security, foreign policy and defense and the economy to education, healthcare and flood policy.Crenshaw also encouraged his Kingwood Community Center supporters to go to his webpage to learn where he stands on 15 different issues ranging from national security, foreign policy and defense and the economy to education, healthcare and flood policy.

Concluding his “meet and greet,” Crenshaw again emphasized the power of 155 votes, the number that put him in second place in the March primary and earned him a spot in the primary runoff. Concluding his “meet and greet,” Crenshaw again emphasized the power of 155 votes, the number that put him in second place in the March primary and earned him a spot in the primary runoff.

“Remember 155,” he told #DansGrans. “It shows how important each vote is and it’s empowering because it was a team effort from #DansGrans.”“Remember 155,” he told #DansGrans. “It shows how important each vote is and it’s empowering because it was a team effort from #DansGrans.

”For more information, go to crenshawforcongress.com.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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