BY DEBORAH McKEON
TELEGRAM STAFF WRITER
Christopher “C.J.” Grisham of Temple formally announced his candidacy for Texas Senate District 24 on Wednesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1820.
Grisham filed for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Republican Sen. Troy Fraser.
Counties making up District 24 are Bell, Coryell, Lampasas, Bandera, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Comanche, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kerr, Llano, Mills, San Saba and parts of Taylor and Travis.
Randy Shelton is Grisham’s campaign manager and Lance Cargill, a former Oklahoma state Speaker of the House, is his consulting firm, Grisham previously said.
The founder of Open Carry Texas, Grisham stepped down from that position in early August to prepare his Senate bid.
Grisham previously discussed his priorities if elected, saying that he wants to make Texas less dependent on federal money and to take closer looks at farm and judicial reform.
Grisham’s online website, Texas Free and Strong, C.J. Grisham for State Senate, outlines some other issues he considers relevant and important:
- Texas government learning to live within a budget.
He said Wednesday he wants to begin weaning Texas off its reliance on federal dollars to balance its budget.
- Lower taxes.
“Property taxes are a form of slavery. When the government has the power to seize your property just because you don’t pay a ransom in the form of a tax, we don’t truly have private property rights,” Grisham said.
He wants to abolish property taxes or remove the government’s ability to take property for non-payment.
- The creation of more jobs.
- Higher standards for Texas schools, including better pay for teachers, appropriate local funding of schools and less red tape.
Grisham wants to ban any federal education programs from infiltrating public schools, he said.
- Getting rid of Obamacare and socialized medicine.
- Better support for veterans.
- Better care for senior citizens.
- Weeding out the “bad apples” in law enforcement.
- Requiring welfare recipients to pass drug tests.
- Securing Texas’ southern border.
Grisham would submit legislation requiring the governor to activate state militias on a rotating basis to seal off the border until the federal government does its job, he said.
- Funding road and infrastructure investments.
“Twenty years ago, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Today, I’m taking a new oath to the state of Texas. Too often our legislators forget that their purpose is to support and defend our liberties, not legislate them away,” Grisham said.