Michael Galloway explores run at Senate District 4

The race for the Texas Senate District 4 seat may be adding another potential candidate as businessman and former legislator Michael Galloway weighs options in potentially pursuing the seat recently vacated by Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands.

If he decides to run, Galloway will be facing competition from state Reps. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, and Steve Toth, R-The Woodlands, as well as The Woodlands Township board member Gordy Bunch, who all have announced their intentions to run in the special election for SD4, which probably will be in May 2014.

“I think we need some people that will have some grit in office,” Galloway said. “I’m willing to do what others are not willing to do and that is standing by my conservative principles for the sake of good governance.”

Galloway represented the senatorial district from 1995-99, after defeating Democratic incumbent Carl Parker in 1994. He ran against Williams unsuccessfully in more recent elections.

Among his achievements, Galloway had a 100 percent attendance record in the Senate and served as vice chairman of the intergovernmental relations committee. He was also a member of the committees on education, state affairs and health and human services.

While in the Senate, Galloway was named a “Leader of Excellence” by The Free Market Foundation and has received previous endorsements by organizations like the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC, Independent Conservative Voters and the National Rifle Association.

In a statement, Galloway expressed his desire to return to the legislature and stated that conservative supporters throughout the district have urged him to consider to run.

“I have a passion for the Texas Senate and the legislative process in general,” Galloway said. “I’ve had issues with the claims that the Legislature has made regarding the state’s rate of spending and a lack of focus on property tax appraisals and illegal immigration.”

Among some of the issues Galloway highlighted alongside fiscal responsibility was the reintroduction of term limits to state legislators. Galloway said term limits were a hot topic among Republicans and conservative representatives as way to deal with what is seen as entrenched career politicians.

“Now that the Republican Party has attained majorities, suddenly the term limits issue has fallen completely off the table,” Galloway said. “I would like to see that instituted.”

Galloway also spoke in opposition against proposals to utilize the Rainy Day fund to assist with the state’s water programs and again criticized current representatives for being disingenuous when speaking about balancing the state budget.

“The claim that we balance the budget in accordance with inflation and population growth is a bit of a shell game,” Galloway said.

Galloway also said it’s disingenuous for lawmakers to take credit for the state’s strong economic footing.

“You have a lot of talk about how they’re doing such a great job and the economy is good and I was really taken aback by that,” Galloway said. “I didn’t know they were able to set the price for oil in the world market. The good economy isn’t necessarily because of great stewardship.”

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