Garrett Boersma is running to represent House District 9 in the Texas Legislature. The northeast Texas district includes the counties of Cass, Marion, Harrison, Panola, Shelby and Sabine.

In announcing his candidacy, the local businessman and former Marshall city commissioner said that a guiding principle of any elected official is to be “a faithful steward of our hard-earned taxpayer dollars.”

“During the legislative session, Governor Abbott’s conservative agenda was derailed thanks to members of the Texas House. A prime example of an opportunity lost was the failure to pass property tax reform, a top Abbott priority. We need property tax relief. I will fight to ensure East Texans receive the property tax relief they have been waiting for.”

“Texas has issues to resolve and taxpayers deserve better results from our state legislature,” Boersma added.

Boersma’s opponent in the March 2018 Republican primary will be incumbent State Rep. Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), who announced earlier this month that he’s running for re-election.

Paddie earned a failing score of 42 on Empower Texans’ 2017 Fiscal Responsibility Index and has a career “F” rating.

With Boersma in the race, Paddie will have to defend his weak fiscal record, as will other Republican lawmakers who’ve failed to represent their constituents and drawn primary challengers.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.


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