Candidates Clash On Campaign Promises, Conservative Ideals

Friday, March 09, 2012
Mike Hutchins, 51, of Tyler, attended his first political debate Thursday evening held by the Smith County Republican Club at OneREALTORCenter.He was among more than 125 attendees at the second debate between state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, and relative political newcomer Matt Schaefer for the state House District 6 seat. The campaigns are among contested local races that concern Hutchins, he said.... Read More

Freedom, Texas Style Rally! February 23, 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012
DON’T MISS IT…….FREEDOM, TEXAS STYLE RALLY—A FAMILY AFFAIR!!!Come have some beans, cornbread and cobbler and enjoy music from “The Magills” and Meet Matt Schaefer!!EVERYONE IS WELCOME AND ADMISSION IS FREE!... Read More

Liberty, Not Labels…..

Friday, January 27, 2012
…stop asking conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat. Start asking “more freedom or less freedom?” Answer that question first — before a new law is passed.I’m proud to be a conservative Republican and those labels do have meaning. But the field of freedom has been shrinking and it is time to change the conversation. On Thursday, January 19th I will meet Rep. Leo Berman in a candidate forum at 11:30 at Traditions Restaurant in Tyler. I won’t talk about which side wins in the Legislature, but whether freedom wins, whether people win.... Read More

Incumbent Hospitalized; Candidate Forum Canceled

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Incumbent Hospitalized; Candidate Forum CanceledPublished in the Tyler Morning Telegraph on Tuesday, January 24, 2012From KYTX CBS19and Staff ReportsThe Whitehouse Chamber of Commerce has postponed a debate planned for today at the First Methodist Church between Matt Schaefer and state Rep. Leo Berman.... Read More

Schaefer Attacks Berman’s Record In Initial Debate

Friday, January 20, 2012
Incumbent state Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, and political newcomer Matt Schaefer participated in their first public debate Thursday as they seek to represent District 6.More than 75 people attended the debate hosted by the Smith County Republican Women inside Traditions Restaurant. Berman and Schaefer shared their opinions about property and business taxes and sparred on topics such as term limits and education.... Read More

Texas House District 6 Incumbent, Challenger Report Contributions

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Campaign finance reports show political contributions to a challenger in the race for Texas House District 6 nearly tripled those received by incumbent Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, as the candidates head toward their first public confrontation.Challenger Matt Schaefer raised about $36,500 compared to more than $13,500 for Berman from July to Dec. 31, 2011, according to campaign finance reports filed by the candidates.... Read More

Filing Begins for Upcoming Elections

Monday, November 28, 2011
Two announced Republican candidates for House District 6, seven-term Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, and challenger Matt Schaefer will officially file petitions and fees for a place on Smith County ballots today as the filing period for several local races begins.Schaefer and Berman both said they are eager to file. Berman said he will write a check to cover the $750 filing fee, while Schaefer will turn in the required 500 registered District 6 voter signatures for a place on the ballot.... Read More

East Texas Veterans Reflect On Conflict, Work Left In Afghanistan

Friday, October 07, 2011
As East Texas soldiers and Marines reflect on successes and defeats overseas, the United States today marks a day many thought would never come: a decade of war in Afghanistan.For some soldiers and Marines, success is each day the Taliban is not in control of the country. Others say it is providing opportunity for medical care and education for children.They hope the conditions continue improving in that war-torn country leading up to the 2014 U.S. withdrawal deadline.... Read More

Fairgrounds Fertile Ground For Politicians

Sunday, October 02, 2011
Refrigerator magnets emblazoned with hopeful political candidates’ names and pearly smile-photos sit next to flyers, pens, bumper-stickers, balloons and bins of bubble gum and hard candy. The tiny armies of campaign material are in wait in candidate booths for passersby at the East Texas State Fair.... Read More

GOP Activist Says Berman Reneges On Re-Election Plans

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Seven-term state Rep. Leo Berman’s decision to renege on a pledge to step down was called into question in a mass email authored by an outspoken and influential member of the Smith County Republican Party.The Friday email, from former Smith County commissioner and longtime Republican activist Sharon Emmert, addresses Berman’s decision to announce his re-election bid after challenger Matt Schaefer’s July 8 announcement he would seek the District 6 seat. In the email, which was forwarded to an extensive conservative email list, she said Berman made it clear to her and “his circle of friends” he would step down if a viable candidate were to emerge.... Read More