Politics in Southeast Texas just got a lot more interesting with the announcement that conservative businessman and rancher Mayes Middleton is running for State Representative of District 23 in the 2018 Republican Primary. The district covers both Galveston and Chambers Counties and is currently held by State Rep. Wayne Faircloth (R-Dickinson).

Middleton came out of the gate strong, with a bold statement promising to fight for conservative reforms, and “defend life, liberty, and private property against big government”.

“I have spent much of my adult life fighting against the Austin establishment and defending Texans against encroaching property taxes and bigger government.” Said Middleton, “Most politicians trade away their principles in order to be liked and loved by career politicians and special-interest lobbyists, which is always at the expense of what is best for you, the taxpayer and voter.”

In a campaign press release, Middleton listed some of his priorities if elected. These included securing the border, property tax reform, cutting the size of government and forcing it to live within its means, and stronger ethics and transparency for both state and local governments.

Middleton is a seventh generation Chambers County resident who currently resides in Wallisville along with his wife Macy and two sons. He is the President of Middleton Oil Company, an independent oil and gas company which operates over 65 wells in Texas. Additionally, he runs cattle ranching operations in Chambers and some surrounding counties.

Middleton says that his Christian faith will come first in guiding his decisions, as well as input from his family and the citizens of Galveston and Chambers Counties. He plans to run a grassroots campaign and personally get to know the voters of District 23:

“I hope to knock on your door, shake your hand, and listen to what you want to see in our state government in the coming months. God bless you, God bless Texas, and God bless Chambers and Galveston Counties.”

Reagan Reed

Reagan Reed is the East Texas Correspondent for Texas Scorecard. A homeschool graduate, he is nearing completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in History from Thomas Edison State College. He is a Patriot Academy Alumni, and is an Empower Texans Conservative Leader Award recipient.