A Clear Picture in District 58 Re-match

Many Texans have experienced the disappointment of electing a candidate who campaigns as a conservative, only to have that candidate fail to live up to their promises. State Rep. DeWayne Burns (R–Cleburne) proved in his first session that he was just such a candidate.

Elected in 2014, Burns turned against conservatives by supporting legislation designed to suppress the free speech rights of citizens that Gov. Abbott said was unconstitutional. Burns also supported expanding big government programs, including the Commission on the Arts.

Thankfully, there will be a rematch for the seat.

Burns is being challenged by Philip Eby, a small business owner from Clifton. Eby came in a close second in the primary runoff against Burns in 2014. During the last election and this one, Philip Eby established himself as a constitutional conservative dedicated to preserving liberty and limited government in Texas.

In 2014, Burns was able to win by imitating Eby’s rhetoric. Unfortunately for him, his record didn’t match his campaign promises. Voters in House District 58 have an opportunity to replace him with a constitutional conservative by electing Philip Eby to the Texas House.

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Tony McDonald

Tony McDonald serves as General Counsel for Empower Texans. A licensed and practicing attorney, Tony received his J.D. in 2012 from UT Law School. While in school, Tony served as Senior Vice Chairman for Young Conservatives of Texas and helped manage its legislative affairs. During the 83rd Texas Legislature he served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Jonathan Stickland. Tony resides in Austin and attends St. Paul Lutheran Church.

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