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Candidates for Congressional Dist 8 (L-R) Steve Toth, Craig McMichael, and Andre Dean.

Candidates for US House, Statewide Offices at Tea Party Forum

Brady a no-show for public questions.


Dozens of people gathered in the Alpha Omega Academy gym on Saturday to get to know candidates for U.S. House of Representative Dist 8, the Railroad Commission, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

The Sam Houston Tea Party hosted the event, along with a fundraiser lunch plate.  All candidates were given the opportunity to take the stage and answer questions asked by a moderator.  Most of the candidates were available before and after the forum to visit with those in attendance.

Notably absent was current U.S. Representative Kevin Brady of the 8th Congressional District, which includes Walker County.  Event organizers say that the incumbent’s office had been in contact with them earlier in the week to request details on format, seating arrangements and other details but that it wasn’t until 4:00 PM the evening before the event that Brady’s staff emailed to decline the invitation due to a scheduling event.

Event moderator Donna Pinon says that she was not surprised that Brady did not attend and been hearing that he had declined to attend forums throughout the district.   She added that she believed he would only be attending events where he would not have to publicly answer questions about his voting record.

Brady faces three challengers in this year’s primary race:

  • Craig McMichael was a political newcomer when he first challenged Brady in 2014.  He received over 31% of the vote in that year’s primary.
  • Andre Dean ,a retired US Army lieutenant colonel, is making his first attempt at running for federal office.
  • Steve Toth is a former state representative whose late entry in the race is likely the first significant challenge that Brady has faced in many years.

The Sam Houston Tea Party will host its third and final forum on Feb. 11.  That event will focus on candidates for local offices.  The public is invited to attend.

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