The issues facing our state and nation are big, the weight of policy problems heavy. These will only be solved correctly by engaged citizens working through right-thinking men and women in the Texas Legislature. There is only one outstanding question: Will you be a visible part of the solution?

You can be, but only by voting!

Texans are a practical, conservative people. We want liberty-based solutions to issues ranging from budget shortfalls to voter fraud to federal intrusion. Unfortunately, the make-up of the current Texas House doesn’t reflect that approach.

We currently have a liberal serving as the chairman of the Texas House Ways and Means Committee, who would impose new taxes on the state’s entrepreneurs. The chairman of the Appropriations Committee wants to find new revenues sources (hold on to your wallet), rather than cut spending. The House Transportation Committee chairman wants to raise gasoline taxes. The list of wrong-thinking lawmakers in key positions goes on and on.

There is only one way to dislodge them: your vote!

Yes, your vote matters. In 2008, only 19 votes separated the winner and loser in House District 105. Those 19 votes meant the difference in Republican and Democratic control of the Texas House of Representatives. Just 19 votes!

The difference between Texas getting things right and wrong is just as tenuous. Without significantly more conservatives in the state house, we will face higher taxes on small business; we face irresponsible spending; we face a halt to important lawsuits against ObamaCare; we’ll see a bevy of new taxes and fees. And the state’s economy will suffer.

Who can make sure things go right? You, with your vote. Will you be counted?

The razor-thin margins in the House last Session meant Speaker Joe Straus had to put too many bad legislators in too many important positions dealing with critical issues. By putting more strong conservatives in the House, we will have more conservatives in leadership!

We’re facing a legislative session of important issues: a projected budget shortfall, voter ID and ballot security, redistricting, tax reforms, the effects of ObamaCare… Just to name a few! How they are solved will affect Texans for years to come.

By electing conservatives to the House, and by electing them with strong numbers, we can ensure an energized, conservative leadership focused on keeping our business climate friendly to entrepreneurs, pushing against intrusive federal policies, cutting taxes, and making government live within our means. That, in turn, will ensure a strong and vibrant Texas.

While everyone is talking about a national “wave” for conservatives, we cannot be lulled into complacency in Texas. If anything, it should motivate us to action. We can be a part of history. Your vote in this election season is critical.

Your friends, neighbors and family will know of your commitment to the future of Texas by your participation in this election.

Conservatives will win, but only with your empowering vote!

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."