Ashby visits Madison County

Posted 1/21/20

State Representative Trent Ashby traveled across Texas Congressional District 57 Friday to meet with constituents and made a number of stops along the way, including Madisonville CISD, Latexo ISD, the regional Texas A&M AgriLife meeting as well as a gathering for landowners in Crockett.

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Ashby visits Madison County

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State Representative Trent Ashby traveled across Texas Congressional District 57 Friday to meet with constituents and made a number of stops along the way, including Madisonville CISD, Latexo ISD, the regional Texas A&M AgriLife meeting as well as a gathering for landowners in Crockett.

“This is the part of the job I really enjoy, getting out and visiting with my constituents and hearing what is on the minds of those I am blessed to represent,” said Ashby after meeting with a number of students at Madisonville Elementary, the final stop of Friday’s tour.

Ashby, who has served the District since 2013, will be up for reelection again in November. He is currently the only Republican listed to run in the party’s primary, which will take place March 3.

Jason Rogers is again running unopposed in the Democratic primary and will likely meet Ashby in the District’s general election in November. In 2018, Ashby defeated Rogers with 79 percent of the overall vote.

The Representative elaborated on some of the main issues facing Madison County and District 57 with the election right around the corner. The first point that came to mind has been a hot button issues in the area for over two years.

“The first issue, of course, is the proposed high speed rail bullet train,” said Ashby. “This is something I have been opposed to since day one. At the state level, I was very pleased that nothing happened during our last session that would help move that project along in any way. We will continue to monitor what is going on at the federal level, and (Congressman Kevin Brady) has been very active in fighting against it.”

He also commented on the high amount of comments, questions and concerns from the people of Madison County regarding education issues in the state. Among these concerns include the issue of over-testing.

“One thing I can tell you, by and large, is that the people of (Madison County) are very passionate when it comes to supporting a high quality education system,” said Ashby.

Ashby highlighted the intensity of this particular election cycle, as it includes a presidential election. He stated that he hears many concerns in the District relating to a possible border wall between the United States and Mexico.

“Of course, this is not a state issue,” said Ashby. “But I support (President Donald Trump) in his efforts to construct a wall on our southern border.”

Another factor that could be prevalent during the election cycle in the state of Texas is a recording released by Michael Quinn Sullivan of the conservative activist organization Empower Texans in October.

Texas Speaker Dennis Bonnen listed 10 Republicans on the recording who he would like to see face stiff resistance in the primary challenge. Ashby was one of the 10 Republicans listed.

The group has long sought to gain press credentials for the Texas House. During the recording, Bonnen can be heard offering such credentials in exchange for helping jump into the primaries of Ashby and the other Republicans mentioned.

“I think it really remains to be seen as far as what the political impact will be from the speaker’s actions,” said Ashby. “It is certainly not a positive development for Republicans who will be running in the fall, but when you get into areas like our district and rural counties, people know the candidates. It is up to me as a Republican to go out and sell the brand, what I stand for and what the party stands for. Irrespective of what the speaker may have done, I need to go out every day and do my job for the constituents I represent.”

Bonnen remains Speaker of the House in Texas but will not be seeking reelection in the fall.

Upon arrival at Madisonville Elementary Friday, Ashby was welcomed to the main office by 11 students. He was also presented two gifts from students Tate Campbell and Cannon Lawless.

Other students in attendance for Ashby’s visit included Easton Villarreal, Emily Zanolini, Kade Pasket, Justin Byrd, Mauricio Penaloza, David Fowler, Kendall Watson, Caleb Wolff and Juan Wolff.

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