I am pleased to announce that I am running for State Representative in District 56. I am honored by the encouragement of local leaders who have urged me to run.

I am not running against anyone, but for Waco and McLennan County.

A few years ago, McLennan County, through its representatives, had significant clout in legislative matters in Austin. But, as the Waco Tribune Herald said in a column about Baylor’s joining the Big 12, “The fact that Baylor benefited from significant political influence at the time – back when it had political influence …” (editorial column, 09-18-11)

Leaders in the business community, the education community and the general public realize that District 56 does not currently have the effective representation that we deserve. Can you name any significant legislation that our current representative has passed in the last eight years to improve our lives in McLennan County?

We need a common sense conservative businessman who can work with other common sense people in Austin to achieve positive results for District 56.

I will have a general overriding goal of encouraging more efficient and less wasteful government in Austin. The taxpayers must get their money’s worth for the taxes that they pay. McLennan County must get its fair share of state expenditures. I will have three specific legislative priorities: (1) To support and work to improve public education in Texas. (2) To guard and direct the proper use of our natural resources, especially our limited water supply. (3) To press for improvements in our local infrastructure and to be sure that McLennan County gets its fair share of infrastructure funds including improvements to I-35.

It will be my firm commitment and my constant goal to effectively represent the good people of McLennan County and restore the influence for getting good things done to improve our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren.

Chris DeCluitt is a native Wacoan and a graduate of Waco High School, Texas A&M and the University of Tulsa Law School. He is President of the Sovereign Corporation, a local company that deals in property management. He is past Chairman of the Brazos River Authority board, (appointed by Governor Rick Perry), past chairman of the Waco Jaycees, and Waco Lodge #137 IOOF. He is Past Master of the J.H. Gurley Lodge #337, AF&AM. He has served on the board of directors of the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. He has served as a Republican Precinct Chairman, Election Judge, State Convention Delegate (nine times), as the Senate District 22 State Republican Executive Committeeman and President of the McLennan County Republican Club. Chris and his wife Kristi have one daughter and one son and live in Waco.


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