2020 Election Candidates

Republicans Running for Office in 2020

Candidate for President of the United States

Donald J. Trump is the very definition of the American success story, setting the standards of excellence in his business endeavors, and now, for the United States of America. President Trump is working hard to implement his ‘America First’ platform, continuing his promise to the American people to lower taxes, repeal and replace Obamacare, end stifling regulations, protect our borders, keep jobs in our country, take care of our veterans, strengthen our military and law enforcement, and renegotiate bad trade deals, creating a government of, by and for the people.He is making America First, again, restoring our nation’s faith, ushering in a bright, new future now and for generations to come.



Candidate for United States Senate

Senator Cornyn believes that the first duty of government is to protect and defend individual liberty. He believes in a strong national defense and works to ensure that all our men and women in uniform have the tools and resources they need to win America’s wars, deter the enemies of freedom, and respond to any threat. John Cornyn recognizes the power of individual entrepreneurs to create jobs and opportunities for themselves and others. He believes the government must not pick winners and losers in the marketplace. He also respects the values that have strengthened families and communities for generations and reduced dependence on government. He honors the sanctity and dignity of human life He believes judges must uphold the fundamental liberties codified in our Bill of Rights, including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the right to keep and bear arms.


Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives

Serving his eighth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses over 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state’s eastern border.

Louie received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and later graduated from Baylor School of Law. He is also a veteran having served his country as Captain in the U.S. Army.

A favorite among Tea Party groups, Louie speaks often as a fellow Tea Party advocate across Texas and the United States. He boldly stands on America’s founding principles and is constantly coming up with big, innovative ideas solidly based on Constitutional fundamentals.

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Candidate for State Senate, District 1

Senator Bryan Hughes served his first term in the Texas Senate during the 85th Legislature, representing the 16 counties of Senate District One in Northeast Texas. Born and raised in East Texas, Bryan attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler, receiving his BBA in Economics in 1992, becoming the first member of his family to receive a Bachelor's degree. He has received numerous awards for his work in the Legislature, including the Taxpayer Champion Award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the Horizon Award from Texas Right to Life, and “Defender of the American Dream” from Americans for Prosperity. Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Senator Hughes as 2017 Legislator of the Year. As a small businessman, he knows about hard work and the value of a dollar.  Bryan is a leader in his church, a Red Cross disaster relief volunteer, and active in civic and community organizations.

Republican Candidate for State House, District 6

Matt Schaefer is a Christian, a husband, and a father. He is married to Jasilyn, who directs the Apache Belles of Tyler Junior College. He is currently a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve and in 2010 he served in Afghanistan near the Iranian border with a provincial reconstruction team. He was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives, District 6 in November of 2012 after successfully challenging incumbent Rep. Leo Berman in the Republican primary. Matt is a sixth generation Texan. Matt and Jasilyn are active members of Green Acres Baptist Church. His work ethic, family life, and faith in God enable him to be a strong conservative leader for East Texas.


County Commissioner, Pct. 1

Neal Franklin brings his thirty-plus years of strong, effective public service to the Smith County Commissioners Court where he will dedicate his time and efforts to achieving long-lasting prosperity for our community.
His community service includes:

Texas Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors
Better Business Bureau Board of Directors
BCFS/ Baptist Child and Family Services Board of Directors
Tyler Junior College/ Emergency Medical Service Professions Advisory Board of Directors-Chair
Smith County BHLT/ Behavioral Health Leadership Team- Co-Chair, Stakeholder
Leadership Tyler Marketing Committee
The Children’s Park of Tyler Board of Directors