For longtime Plano resident John Myers, fighting for “the little guy” is the whole reason he ever started caring about politics.

“My father instilled in me the belief that all people should be given equal opportunity and that government should not tip the scales in favor of one person or group of people over another,” Myers said.

Myers was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, one of seven children and the son of a German immigrant. His father, an American soldier in World War II, met his mother while overseas fighting in the war.

Myers went to school at Wichita State where he earned a bachelor’s degree, then attended the University of Kansas and graduated with an MBA. In 1983, he moved to Dallas because “that’s where the jobs were,” and he is now the president and CEO of Master Sales & Marketing, a manufacturing brokerage agency specializing in automotive products.

As far as politics? Myers said his father had a powerful influence on why he got involved.

“Although my father died when I was just 14, his political activism—fighting for what he called ‘the little guy’—had a huge impact on me,” he said. “Government should not be in the business of picking winners or losers.”

Myers also described how his father showed him a practical way to fight for that justice and equality.

“I recall vividly when my dad told me that politics is just like life. ‘If you want to get something done, then go out and do it yourself!’ he said. As a young boy, my dad took me with him when he block walked and when he would go to campaign rallies. He even had me making phone calls to voters on old, rotary dial phones at the age of 10.”

Ever since then, Myers has certainly put his father’s words and example into practice. Over the past 30 years, Myers has been involved in the Dallas and Collin County Republican parties, served as precinct chair, held positions on several county and state GOP committees, and even currently serves as vice chair of Foster Friends of Collin County, a nonprofit promoting the health, safety, and well-being of foster children.

“I am involved in my community and party because I want everyone to have an equal chance to accomplish the American dream,” Myers said. “I am still surprised by the high number of people who tell me that politics doesn’t really matter. I ask them, who sets your tax rate that you pay on your home, who decides the curriculum in your schools, who controls your county government and Sheriff’s Department, who decides what federal laws are passed? Once people think about the answers to these questions, they usually begin to wake up and get involved.”

Myers added that through politics, he desires to help lift up and encourage the lives of people right in his local community.

“I hope through my involvement in Collin County that perhaps I can have a little influence that would result in people having more freedom of opportunity, and personal and economic liberty,” he said.

Myers is happily married to Patty, his wife of 35 years, and they and their three grown children are involved at Prestonwood Baptist Church. In his free time, Myers is an avid motorcycle enthusiast; he and Patty have ridden thousands of miles on trips, venturing to Wyoming, the Ozarks, and the top of Pike’s Peak.

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.

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