Former Lewisville ISD Trustee Amber Fulton (R, The Colony) has announced publicly that she is seeking the Republican nomination for the newly created Texas House District 106, which covers the Eastern section of Denton County.
The new district, created after the 2010 Census to account for population movements in the state, covers many cities formerly in Rep Myra Crownover's district 64, such as Pilot Point, Aubrey, Krugerville, Cross Roads, Lincoln Park, Oak Point, Little Elm, and The Colony, as well as the Denton County portion of Frisco.
Frisco City Councilman Pat Fallon has also announced his intent to run for the seat, though he doesn't currently live in the district.
Here is the text of Fulton's initial press release:
With the support of education, business and conservative leaders, Republican Amber Fulton today officially announced her campaign for Texas State Representative for Denton County’s new House District 106.
“In this tough economy, Denton County taxpayers need a fiscal conservative fighting for them in Austin,” said Amber Fulton. “As your State Representative for the new House District 106, I will bring a businesswoman’s approach to Texas government. That means cutting wasteful spending and keeping taxes low for the families and small businesses in our community.”
With deep roots in Denton County, Amber is the only candidate in the race who lives in the district. Amber and her husband Donny have resided in HD 106 for 21 years where they have raised four children and currently attend Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco.
“With her leadership and hard work, Amber Fulton has made our community a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Hon. Libby Maus, former Frisco ISD Trustee. “We need more leaders like Amber working for us in Austin, representing our families, schools and businesses. She is the choice of conservatives in Denton County.” In addition to community, business and education leaders endorsing her campaign, Amber also has received the support of Republican Representatives Charlie Geren and Dr. Diane Patrick.
Amber has a long history of community leadership including her service on the Lewisville ISD Board of Trustees. She also served as a member of the Texas PTA Board of Directors, President of the Communities in Schools of North Texas and a member of the UNT College of Education Development Board. Amber earned a Bachelors of Arts & Science degree from the University of North Texas where she also earned certificates in Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Volunteer/Community Resource Management. She is the owner of Amber Fulton & Associates, a consulting business specializing in leadership development, mediation and non-profit management. For more information, please visit www.AmberForTexas.com.
Fulton is on Facebook and Twitter.
Living in Lewisville, I don't have a pony in this race. And since I'm not a Republican, I don't have a vote in their primary anyway. But I will say that Republicans could do (and have done) a lot worse than to elect someone like Fulton, who is intimately familiar with the educational funding system. It's the number one job of the Texas Legislature, and it's a topic of willful ignorance by too many legislators. This past legislative session has been disastrous to public education, and the effects will be felt here in our district where we lose $22 million in state funding.
I can't help but think that the state's parents will see how budget cuts affect their children this year, and that it will come back to haunt Republicans who have protected tax loopholes for big business at the expense of Texas children. Republicans who show that they "get it" should have a better chance with moderates. Fulton's record shows that she gets it, she is intelligent, and she is in it for the right reasons.
Denton County Democratic Party Chairwoman Phyllis Wolper says she is not aware of any Democrats who intend to file for the seat.
- Amber Fulton