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Cook Files to Run for Texas State House

Challenges Incumbent Ernest Bailes in District 18

Today, Emily Kebodeaux Cook announced her campaign challenging incumbent Ernest Bailes in the Republican primary for State Representative in District 18.

“After witnessing my opponent’s performance in the state legislature, constituents and lawmakers have encouraged me to provide a conservative choice on our primary ballot for House District 18.  With four legislative sessions under my belt, the experience I have from drafting policy and shepherding bills through the legislative process enables me to hit the ground running in representing Liberty, Walker and San Jacinto counties as our state representative,” said Cook. 

Emily Cook is a native of Liberty County, an attorney and active member of several civic organizations and causes. Emily raises scholarship funds for local high school students. Emily’s husband, Justus Cook, currently serves as the Director of Technology at Hull-Daisetta ISD, as well as operating a local small business. Emily and Justus live in Liberty with their son, Charles Andrew.

Cook has served as General Counsel for Texas Right to Life since 2014.  Professionally, Emily has experience working in a Fraud Unit of the Office of the Texas Attorney General and in the chambers of Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.  At home, Cook is a member of the Liberty County Historical Commission, co-founder of The 27 Dresses Project, and a member of the Hardin United Methodist Church.

Ernest Bailes is ranked as the 14th most liberal Republican in the Texas House of Representatives according to Rice University. Bailes voted against substantiative property tax reform (Record Votes 136 and 164 as part of Senate Bill 1 in the First Called Special Session of the 85th Texas Legislature), and controversially, he voted to continue late-term abortions on unborn children who may have a disability. 

The Republican Primary election will be held on Tuesday March 6, 2018
Information courtesy of Cook campaign

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