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Saturday, August 28, 2021 2:52 PM

County early vote low in House race

County early vote low in House race


Rich Flowers, Athens Daily Review, Texas
·2 min read


Aug. 28—The early vote in the August 31 District 10 Texas House of Representatives election is overwhelmingly from Ellis County.

As of Thursday Texas Secretary of State reported 2,535 had cast early ballots in Ellis County and only 70 in Henderson County. Voting was picking up a bit, with 27 participating on Wednesday.

The turnout is not surprising because of the population disparity between the entirety of Ellis County to the northwest. In the 2018 District 10 race, there were 59,453 votes from Ellis County to 4,097 from Henderson County.

A reason for the low Henderson County early vote turnout for the special election is of all the candidates only one is from Henderson County and he is a libertarian. Matt Savino of Seven Points is joined by five Republicans a Democrat and an independent. Savino ran for the District 10 seat in 2020 and came in second to Jake Ellzey.

The candidates on the ballot are:


Independent Scott Goodwin


Republican Kevin Griffin,


Republican Brian Harrison


Republican Susan Mellina Hayslip


Democrat Pierina Otiniano


Libertarian Matt Savino of Seven Points,


Republican Clark Wickliffe


Republican John Wray

If no candidate receives a majority in the first round of voting, the top two finishers will proceed to a runoff, regardless of party affiliation.

Wray served as District 10 representative in 2015 until Ellzey took office in January. He did not choose to run for re-election in 2020.

Harrison, also has the benefit of name recognition. He finished third among Republicans in a Sixth Congressional District special election in May.

When the western section of House District 4 was carved off and combined with District 10 during re-alignment some said the move would reduce Henderson County's clout in the legislature. At the time, veteran legislator Jim Pitts served the district.

On Tuesday, Election Day Henderson County District 10 voters can participate at the Trinidad Community Center, Malakoff ISD Learning Center, Oran White Civic Center in Tool, the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven Points and the Henderson County Election Center on Larkin Street in Athens.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 1:07 PM

Special election to be held in Texas House district

Special election to be held in Texas House district

By Tyler KingIn State, August 17, 2021 at 5:26 PM


A special election is being held on Aug. 31 for District 10 of the Texas House of Representatives. The candidate filing deadline was Aug. 12. Pierina Otiniano (D), Kevin Griffin (R), Brian Harrison (R), Susan Hayslip (R), Clark Wickliffe (R), John Wray (R), Matt Savino (L), and Scott Goodwin (I) are running in the general election. A general election runoff will be scheduled if no candidate earns at least 50% of the vote. The winner will serve until January 2023.

The District 10 seat became vacant after Jake Ellzey (R) won a special election to Texas’ 6th Congressional District on July 27. Ellzey had represented District 10 since January 2021.

Heading into the special election, Republicans have an 82-67 majority in the Texas House with one vacancy. Texas has a Republican state government trifecta. A trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.

As of August, 51 state legislative special elections have been scheduled for 2021 in 18 states. Between 2011 and 2020, an average of 75 special elections took place each year. Texas held 28 state legislative special elections from 2011 to 2020.


Monday, August 16, 2021 12:19 PM

8 candidates on Texas House special ballot

8 candidates on Texas House special ballot

Election to fill vacated seat set for Aug. 31; Midlothian’s Griffin, Wickliffe officially file

Bill Spinks
Midlothian Mirror



The filing deadline has passed, and a field of eight candidates will run in the Texas State House District 10 special election to fill an open seat that was vacated by last month's election of Jake Ellzey to the U.S. House.

The total includes five Republicans, one Democrat, one Libertarian, and one independent. The Democrat, Ennis resident and immigration attorney Pierina Otiniano, announced her candidacy on Thursday.

“Our community is tired of politicians who walk in lockstep with his/her party in Austin, pushing extreme agendas that are far out of step with Ellis and Henderson County families,” Otiniano said. “While other candidates in this race should be advocating to fix our failing electrical grid or creating jobs, they are spending their time pushing one divisive culture war after the next. We need leaders in Austin who are focused on helping families with daily challenges, not engaging in partisan fights.”

Otiniano is a first-generation American who immigrated to the United States from Peru at the age of six. She has built a career as an immigration attorney advocating for the underdog and making sure that working-people get a fair shot in the U.S. justice system.

Other publicly-declared candidates for the open seat so far are Republicans John Wray and Brian Harrison. Wray formerly held the seat for three terms before deciding not to run for re-election in 2020. Harrison was among a field of 23 candidates for the U.S. House special election and ran strong in Ellis County, finishing second to Ellzey in the county on May 1.

Independent Scott Goodwin of Waxahachie threw his hat in the ring as well. Goodwin, a native Texan who moved to Ellis County during the pandemic, is a small businessman and cofounder of Obsidian Solution in Dallas. Obsidian is a product development and solution provider for individual entrepreneurs and major companies nationally.

“I am tired of the political (in)fighting, the media and big tech censorship and the erosion of principals and personal responsibility,” Goodwin told the Mirror on Friday. “This is why I have decided to run as an independent.”

Libertarian Matt Savino of Seven Points in Henderson County, who listed his occupation as "I.T. support," is on the ballot once again. Savino ran for the District 10 seat in 2020 and came in second to Ellzey, who had no Democratic opposition.

The other candidates are:

• Republican Kevin Griffin, a Midlothian general manager

• Republican Susan Mellina Hayslip, a Waxahachie attorney

• Republican Clark Wickliffe, a member of the Midlothian City Council

All candidates will appear on a single ballot, regardless of party affiliation. The top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff if no candidate receives a majority of votes.

Early voting in the special election for House District 10 will be held Aug. 23-27, and Election Day is scheduled for Aug. 31.

Thursday, August 12, 2021 5:50 PM

8 candidates file for special election to replace former state Rep. Jake Ellzey

Five Republicans, one Democrat, an Independent and a Libertarian are vying to fill Ellzey's seat after he won a promotion to Congress last month. The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Thursday.

Eight candidates have filed for the Aug. 31 special election to fill the seat of former state Rep. Jake Ellzey, R-Waxahachie, who is now in Congress, according to the secretary of state's office.

The filing deadline was 5 p.m. Thursday.

Ellzey was sworn in to Congress late last month after winning the special election runoff for the 6th Congressional District, upsetting fellow Republican Susan Wright, who had the endorsement of President Donald Trump, to replace her late husband in Congress. That created a vacancy in Texas House District 10, a reliably red district covering mostly rural areas south and southeast of Dallas.

The eight candidates include five Republicans, one Democrat, an Independent and a Libertarian. They are:

  • Independent Scott Goodwin of Waxahachie, who listed his occupation as "V.P. development"
  • Republican Kevin Griffin, a Midlothian general manager
  • Republican Brian Harrison, the former Trump administration official who ran in the special election for the 6th Congressional District
  • Republican Susan Mellina Hayslip, a Waxahachie attorney
  • Democrat Pierina Otiniano, an Ennis immigration attorney
  • Libertarian Matt Savino of Seven Points, who listed his occupation as "I.T. support"
  • Republican Clark Wickliffe, a member of the Midlothian City Council
  • Republican John Wray, the former HD-10 representative who decided not to seek reelection in 2020


Friday, November 6, 2020 1:27 PM

GOP candidates carry Ellis vote

GOP candidates carry Ellis vote

County remains reliably red in Tuesday’s balloting despite Democratic gains statewide

Bill Spinks
Waxahachie Daily Light
Though the voting was a lot closer in statewide races, Ellis County remained solidly red in Tuesday’s general election, outpacing the rest of Texas with overwhelming support of Republican candidates.

Every GOP nominee in partisan races on the county ballot received roughly 2-to-1 support against Democratic opposition from local voters. President Donald Trump won 66.21 percent of the vote in Ellis County over 32.15 percent for Democratic challenger Joe Biden, while Sen. John Cornyn similarly picked up 67.06 percent to Democrat Mary “MJ” Hegar’s 30.27 percent in winning re-election.

Cornyn won re-election statewide, holding off a strong challenge from Hegar by a 53.60-48.78 margin. Trump carried Texas by a roughly 52-46 margin, a much wider margin than some polls were indicating. Texas has not voted for a Democrat for president since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

The same ratio held true down the ballot, as U.S. Rep. Ron Wright won a second term to Congress with a 67.63-percent vote in comparison with 29.22 percent for Democrat Stephen Daniel in the county, although the district as a whole was much tighter, with Wright taking 52.87 percent. GOP nominees for Railroad Commissioner, State Board of Education and various judgeships all carried Ellis County in the 67-to-70-percent range.

State Sen. Brian Birdwell easily won re-election to his District 22 seat with a more than 2-to-1 winning margin over Democrat Robert Vick. Jake Ellzey, the GOP nominee for the open Texas House District 10 seat, had no Democratic opposition and defeated Libertarian Matt Savino with more than 75 percent.

No county-level candidates received opposition in the general election.

A total of 85,810 Ellis County voters cast ballots in the election, for a total turnout of 71.21 percent. Of that total, a record 70,210 voted early in person, while 10,361 voted on the day of the election and 5,239 sent in absentee ballots.

City races

Nonpartisan city and school board elections were moved to November at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and because of the high interest in the presidential race, voting numbers in these down-ballot races set records.

Fred C. Pontley (Ferris) and Joy Landry (Maypearl) won contested races for mayor in their respective cities, as well as Waxahachie Mayor David Hill, who won with 63.8 percent. Bruce Jones was elected to the Ennis City Council, while Clayton Hunter and Jay Walsh were elected as aldermen in Ferris.

Midlothian councilmember Wayne Sibley was re-elected to his Place 1 seat, while Hud Hartson and Tiffany Robinson Carra will head to a runoff in the special election to fill Place 6 on the council. Hartson received 45.54 percent of the vote, just short of a majority.

Randy Boyd, Luin McConnell and Vincent Fleming were the top three vote-getters in an at-large vote and will take seats on the Italy City Council. Similarly, Mark Partin and John Wayne Pruitt were the top two in the Maypearl City Council voting and will take seats.

Alma voters approved Proposition A by a 136-37 margin to reauthorize a ¼-cent sales tax for street maintenance and repair.

School board races

Elections for local school boards drew numerous candidates across Ellis County as well, with Clay Schoolfield winning another term as a Waxahachie ISD trustee.

Incumbents Tami Tobey and Andrea Walton each won re-election to the Midlothian ISD board of trustees, with Tobey exceeding 60 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff in a three-way race and Walton holding off challenger Taya Kyle by 838 votes.

In Ennis ISD, Kelly McManus won election to Place 1, while Tommy Aguilar and David Mach are headed to a runoff in Place 2. The two contested races in Red Oak ISD are both headed to a runoff between Penny Story and Sean Kelly for the Place 5 seat, and Michelle Porter and Donna Reiszner to complete the unexpired Place 6 term.

In Ferris ISD, Ricardo “Rico” Rodriguez and Lee Longino won close votes in separate races, and Richard Sasser was unopposed to fill an unexpired term. Ferris voters also voted down two propositions that would have issued a combined total of $12 million in bonds for upgrading school facilities.

In Maypearl ISD, Lesley Austin and Ted Carpenter were elected as at-large trustees, winning the top two positions. Similarly, Jeffery Greenlee and incumbent Christen Vick were the top two in Palmer ISD’s election.

Kyle Holley and Tessa C. South were elected to two at-large trustee positions in Italy ISD. In Avalon ISD, David Arriaga, Wendy Rodriguez and Victor Ledesma were elected to at-large seats.


Friday, October 30, 2020 5:07 PM

Record election vote expected

Record election vote expected

By Rich Flowers
Henderson County Elections Administrator Denise Hernandez was busy setting up polling places on Friday in anticipation of a record vote when everything is tallied after General Election.

"I'm setting up nine locations today and will do the other 13 on Monday," Hernandez said.

In 2016, Donald Trump set a record for the largest vote total by a presidential candidate in Henderson County and is likely to do it again in 2020, when all of the votes are counted.


Whether, or not, President Trump wins re-election is much more in doubt, but with the county experiencing the largest early vote in its history, Trump could well eclipse the 23,560 votes he polled here four years ago. In that election, Democrat Hillary Clinton received 5,669 of the 30,045 votes cast.

Republicans have been the dominant force in the county in recent years. Mitt Romney gathered the previous high number of votes in 2012, when he outpolled Democrat Barack Obama 21,231 to 6,106 in the county.

The last Democrat to carry Henderson County in a presidential election was Bill Clinton over George Bush in 1992. Clinton received 9,105 votes to 8,368 for Bush. Noteworthy in the 1992 election was the strong showing by third party candidate Ross Perot, who had 6,746 votes.

As early voting came to a close on Friday, Henderson County was adding to an already all-time-high total. On Thursday, 1,112 voters came to one of the three early voting polling places. The total for the three week early voting period was 21,789 in person and 25,132 when mail in ballots were added.

The share of registered voters who had already voted early was 45.98%. When you consider that just under 60% of the registered voters turned out in 2016, it is likely that most of the people who are going to participate in this year's election have already cast ballots.

The last General Election, in 2018, 16,064 in Henderson County voted early in the Texas governor’s race. The election day vote brought the total turnout to 26,703.

On Tuesday, polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. at each of Henderson County vote centers. This is the first General Election since the county went to the vote center method, which allows participants to cast ballots at any of the vote centers in the county. The new polling place at the Henderson County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 location in LaRue is ready to go.


Hernandez said she has about 150 workers who will be taking care of all of the phases of conducting the election on Tuesday.

County voters will weigh in on presidential and state races, while many county residents will have municipal and school board elections to decide. Here are some of the seats on the ballot.

State Board of Education Place 9 - Republican Kevin M. Ellis, Democrat Brenda Davis

District 4 State Representative - Keith Bell, Libertarian K. Nicole Spraberry.

District 10 State Representative - Republican Jake Ellzey, Libertarian Matt Savino.

U.S. Representative District 5 - Lance Gooden, Democrat Carolyn Salter, Libertarian Kevin A. Hale

Three local election involve Athens voters.

City Council Place 3 - SyTanna "Sytonia" Freeman, Ed McCain

Athens ISD Board of Trustees Place 2 - Bryan Barker, Alicia Ellott

Trinity Valley Community College Board of Trustees District 3 - Michael Hembree, Ken McGee

Friday, October 30, 2020 10:55 AM

Voting surges ahead of Tuesday’s election

Voting surges ahead of Tuesday’s election

Bill Spinks
Waxahachie Daily Light
Tuesday’s general election has drawn record numbers of early voters to the polls. Among those were a large number of first-time voters.

Midlothian resident Dione Greeson took her 19-year-old son, Dane, to vote for the very first time last Tuesday. While they were leaving the Midlothian Conference Center, they met an 82-year-old woman, Connie Lightsey, who was also voting for the very first time.

“Her sweet neighbor, Susie Willeford, brought her because Connie felt that after all of these years, her vote truly matters this year,” said Greeson, who is a secretary at LaRue Miller Elementary School. 

Ellis County Judge Todd Little also posted a picture on social media of himself taking a couple of young first-time voters to the polls in Red Oak on Monday.

Record numbers of voters have turned out nationally for early voting, many of them for the first time. A hotly-contested presidential race between Donald J. Trump and Joseph R. Biden is driving heavy turnout, not only in the state and nation but also in Ellis County. Early voting began in Texas on Oct. 13 and was to conclude on Friday at 7 p.m.

On Election Day, which is Tuesday, polls will be set up at nine locations in Waxahachie: Bible Baptist Church at 1400 FM 1446; Ellis County Womans Building at 407 W. Jefferson St.; Farley Street Baptist Church at 116 Brown St.; First United Methodist Waxahachie at 505 W. Marvin Ave.; Park Meadows Baptist Church at 3350 N. Hwy. 77; Salvation Army of Ellis County at 620 Farley St.; Southlake Baptist Church at 2378 S. Hwy. 77; The Avenue Baptist Church at 1761 N. Hwy. 77; and the Waxahachie Civic Center at 2000 Civic Center Lane. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Besides the race for president, there are a few federal and statewide races of interest. Incumbent Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn is being challenged by Democrat Mary “MJ” Hegar as well as Libertarian and Green Party candidates, while Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Wright is running against Democrat Stephen Daniel and Libertarian Melanie A. Black.  James “Jim” Wright, a Republican, is facing Democrat Chrysta Castaneda in the race for Railroad Commissioner.

A host of judgeships is up for grabs, as well as District 14 of the State Board of Education.

Closer to home, GOP State Sen. Brian Birdwell is running for re-election against Democratic challenger Robert Vick, and Republican House District 10 nominee Jake Ellzey will face Libertarian Matt Savino.

All county-level candidates who won primary elections in March will not face opposition in the general election and have been declared elected by the Ellis County Elections Office.

This year, the general election ballot will be much longer than it has been before. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city and school board joint election scheduled for May was moved to November.

In the city of Waxahachie, three City Council races are being contested. The most intriguing race is for the new Place 3, where incumbent councilmembers Melissa Olson and Kevin Strength are running against each other.

Mayor David Hill is being challenged by Paul Christenson for the new Place 1 seat, while Tiffany Duran, Patrick Souter and Doug Barnes are in a three-way race for Place 2.

Waxahachie voters last November approved a referendum changing the method of electing councilmembers from at-large to specific places on the council. The other two places will be set in the May 2021 election as the elected terms of incumbents Chuck Beatty and Mary Lou Shipley come up.

Only one seat is being contested on the Waxahachie ISD board of trustees in this year’s voting, as WISD board vice president Clay Schoolfield is being challenged by Amy Hedtke for the Place 2 seat. Place 1 trustee Judd McCutchen is unopposed for re-election.

With COVID-19, a sputtering economy and social unrest as a background, this election carries a lot of importance, which is compelling large numbers of people to cast ballots — some for the first time, such as Dione Greeson’s son and the voter that they met.

“It was such a special moment for these two first-time voters to meet each other,” Greeson said, “to respect and appreciate the moment.”

Thursday, October 22, 2020 2:38 AM

Voter info: All contested East Texas races

By Jeff Awtrey | October 20, 2020 at 4:40 PM CDT - Updated October 22 at 2:38 AM


East Texas (KLTV/KTRE) - Here are the races you’ll see on your ballot, either in early voting or on election day.




· Audrey Young (R)

· Audra Rose Berry (L)


· Keven M. Ellis (R) (I)


· Brenda Davis (D)




· Bryan Hughes (R) (I)

· Audrey Spanko (D)





· Bryan Slaton

· Bill Brannon


· Keith Bell (R)

· K. Nicole Sprabary (L)


· Cole Hefner (R) (I)


· Lawyanda Prince (D)


· Matt Schaefer (R) (I)

· Julie Gobble (D)


· Cody Harris (R)

· R. Edwin Adams (L)



· Jake Ellzey (R)

· Matt Savino (L)


· Travis Clardy (R) (I)

· Alec Johnson (D)

Friday, October 2, 2020 1:46 PM

Monday is voter registration deadline

By Bill Spinks

Monday is the last day for Texas voters to be able to register to vote in time for the Nov. 3 general election.

Applications may be obtained from the Ellis County Voter Registrar’s office at 204 E. Jefferson St. in Waxahachie, as well as libraries, many post offices, or high schools. Official applications to register to vote are postage-paid by the State of Texas.

This year’s general election is combined with municipal and school board elections that were postponed from May because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in March issued an executive order that gave jurisdictions permission to postpone their elections.

The presidential election and several statewide races are being contested in the general election, as well as the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Republican John Cornyn. Also contested is the U.S. House District 6 seat, where incumbent Republican Congressman Ron Wright will face Democrat Stephen Daniel and Libertarian Melanie A. Black. In the Texas House District 10 race, Republican nominee Jake Ellzey will face Libertarian Matt Savino.

Numerous races fill the ballot throughout Ellis County in the city and school district elections. A sample generic ballot is available at the Ellis County Elections Office website outlining each race as well as several referendum items.

In the city of Waxahachie, three seats on the City Council are being contested, including Place 3, where incumbent councilmembers Melissa Olson and Kevin Strength are running against each other. Incumbent David Hill, the mayor, is running for re-election in Place 1 against challenger Paul Christenson. Place 2, an open seat, is being contested by Tiffany Duran, Patrick Souter and Doug Barnes.

Waxahachie voters last year decided to change the method of voting-in of councilmembers from at-large to specific places on the council.

Only one trustee seat is being contested in the Waxahachie ISD board election, where incumbent Clay Schoolfield is being challenged by Amy Hedtke. Place 1 trustee Judd McCutchen is unopposed for re-election.

Early voting begins on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and will last until Friday, Oct. 30. Applications for a ballot by mail must be received by the Ellis County Elections Office by Friday, Oct. 23.

The last day for the Elections Office to receive ballots by mail will be Election Day at 7 p.m. if the envelope is not postmarked, or by Wednesday, Nov. 4 (the day after Election Day) at 5 p.m. if the carrier envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 11:55 AM

Here’s your Texas 2020 November ballot

The U.S. will hold its 2020 general election Nov. 3, with an early voting period in Texas of Oct. 13-30. Some registered voters can also vote by mail. Here are all of the Democrats, Republicans, third-party and independent candidates who will be on the ballot for statewide, congressional and legislative offices.

Monday, September 7, 2020 12:04 PM

Candidate Profile Matt Savino Libertarian , Texas

Candidate Profile

Matt Savino

Libertarian , Texas

Monday, August 24, 2020 12:09 PM



August 24, 2020

For immediate release

August 24, 2020

Contact: Scott Tillman, U.S. Term Limits
Phone: (321) 345-7455

Matt Savino Pledges To Support Congressional Term Limits

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the national, non-partisan movement to limit terms for elected officials, is gathering support from state lawmakers across the nation. Its mission is to get 34 states to apply for an amendment proposal convention specific to term limits on Congress. 2020 Texas state house candidate, Matt Savino, (district 10), has committed support for term limits on Congress by signing the Term Limits Convention pledge.

USTL President, Philip Blumel, commented on Savino’s pledge saying, “Matts support of term limits shows that there are individuals who are willing to listen to the majority of voters who want term limits. America needs a Congress that will be served by citizen legislators, not career politicians.”

The U.S. Term Limits pledge is provided to candidates and members of state legislatures. It reads, “I pledge that, as a member of the state legislature, I will cosponsor, vote for, and defend the resolution applying for an Article V convention for the limited purpose of enacting term limits on Congress.”

In the 1995 case, Thornton v. U.S. Term Limits, the Supreme Court of the United States opined that only a Constitutional Amendment could limit the terms of U.S. Senators and House Representatives. According to Nick Tomboulides, Executive Director of USTL, the best chance of imposing term limits on Congress is through an Article V Proposal Convention of state legislatures.

“The Constitution allows for amendments to be proposed by either 2/3 of Congress or 2/3 of the states. While we’d like for Congress to take the high road and propose term limits on itself, our goal is to trigger the latter, a national convention specifically for a term limits amendment,” claims Tomboulides. “That is why it is important to get buy-in from state legislators,” he added. Once proposed, the amendment must be ratified by 38 states.

Blumel noted, “More than 82% of Americans have rejected the career politician model and want to replace it with citizen leadership. The way to achieve that goal is through a congressional term limits amendment. Matt knows this and is willing to work to make sure we reach our goal.”

According to a 2018 nationwide poll on term limits conducted by McLaughlin & Associates, term limits enjoys wide bipartisan support. McLaughlin’s analysis states, “Support for term limits is broad and strong across all political, geographic and demographic groups. An overwhelming 82% of voters approve of a Constitutional Amendment that will place term limits on members of Congress.”

View Savino’s signed pledge here.

Monday, July 27, 2020 1:26 PM

Chamber to host Legislative Series

By Bill Spinks

The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its virtual Legislative Series in the month of August featuring important political figures from the area.

The Chamber has invited Ellis County Judge Todd Little, U.S. Rep. Ron Wright and state House candidate Jake Ellzey to speak at each live webinar. Little is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 12, Wright will speak on Thursday, Aug. 20, and Ellzey has been invited to speak on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Wright is the first one to agree to participate. Wright is running for re-election to a second term representing Texas’ 6th Congressional District. Coincidentally, Wright defeated Ellzey in the 2018 Republican primary. Wright will face Democrat Stephen Daniel, Libertarian Melanie Black and independent Chad Snider in the Nov. 3 general election.


Judge Little was elected in 2018 to his first term as the county’s top executive. Little was elected Mayor of Red Oak and served from 2000 to 2006. He served as Board President of Hope Clinic, a community-based nonprofit health center; as a Trustee for Meals on Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties; was a delegate for Ellis County to the Republican Party of Texas; and is a former member of Young Republicans. He currently lives in Red Oak with his wife Dawn and three children.

Ellzey, a former U.S. Navy officer and fighter pilot who lives in Midlothian, won the March primary election for the Republican nomination for the Texas House District 10 race. Ellzey served as a social aide in the George W. Bush White House, a member of the Texas Veterans Commission, and the CEO of the public speaking and professional development organization HoldFast. He will face Matt Savino, a Libertarian, in the November general election.

There will be no charge for viewers to participate in the event. Each webinar will be live and will be a 45-minute presentation with active viewer participation via chat for registered attendees only. Each webinar will also be available afterward for on-demand viewing.

The Midlothian Chamber is seeking grassroots sponsors, corporate sponsors, and one more presenting sponsor or the series. Presenting sponsors so far are First Financial Bank and Access Self-Storage.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 1:49 PM

Matt Savino Ballotpedia

Matt Savino Ballotpedia 2020 campain

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 12:45 PM



Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:00 AM

Matt Savino announces candidacy for state House District 10 election

Matt Savino announces his candidacy in the 2020 elections for the state House seat for District 10, representing Ellis and western Henderson counties.

For the past two decades, Savino has been an activist for constitutional rights, personal liberty, shrinking the government and not just lowering taxes but eliminating them. A Libertarian and Constitutionalist, he is not full of empty promises just to get your vote. He wants to truly make life better without the government telling us what we can and can’t do at every turn in our personal lives.

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The state Legislature elections are held concurrently with the statewide and national general election.

“I’m running for House District 10 because we need a representative that will actually fight and bring the power back to the people instead of making more laws that infringe on our rights more and more each day, and growing the government,” Savino said. “We have too many attorneys, judges and career politicians in office. We want our freedom back; we should be the rulers of our own lives and homes without having to ask permission and pay fees and fines to go about our daily lives.

“Now, Texas is a great state,” he said. “I mean, just look at how many people are moving here. I’ve lived in 11 other states and I’ve seen a lot over the years and met a wide variety of people. I heard great things about Texas so my family and I moved here over four years ago looking for a better life and a new beginning.

“As great as Texas is, there’s always room for improvement,” he said. “And together we can make Texas even better. I’ve seen things that work and things don’t work all around the country. If elected, I will propose repealing unconstitutional and victimless laws along with at least reducing, if not eliminating, taxes, and cut as much state spending as possible so that things can be better here in our community and the state as a whole, not just for you and I, but for the generations to come.

“As your representative, I will do everything I can to protect and reinstate your rights that the constitution is already supposed to protect from the overreach of the government both at the federal and state level,” Savino said. “The unconstitutional laws with licensing, permits, restrictions and fees here are preventing people from protecting themselves, their families and their property. Let’s bring true constitutional carry to Texas. Sixteen other states have now passed bills for constitutional carry and the crime rate in each of those states has lowered. People feel more secure in their homes and going about their daily lives knowing they can protect themselves and their loved ones. This also lowers the burden on law enforcement.

“I also have a serious issue with CPS,” he said. “The state has given them way too much power. They are unregulated and too many children are being taken from their homes wrongfully. I want to see CPS’ power lowered drastically, if not done away with completely. While your child is under their care they are twice as likely to be victim of physical abuse and 10 times more likely to be a victim of sexual abuse.

“Lastly, we are being taxed to death, almost $32 billion just in sales tax last year alone,” he said. “We have the 12th highest sales tax and the third highest property tax in the union. The best way to improve our communities is to keep those dollars in the people’s pockets, not the coffers of our government. You should decide where your money is spent, not the government. I want to help return that power back to the people. There are many people who are on some form of government assistance that would not need to be if our taxes weren’t so high. As your representative, I will vote against any tax increase and push for lowering taxes and work towards eliminating as many as we can.”

Savino is a father of three; he resides in Seven Points.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 1:54 PM

Battleground 2020 Update: Cornyn, Putnam, Pfluger, and Hunt Boast Big Fundraising Numbers for Third Quarter

Texas House District 10

State Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) announced on July 3 that he would be retiring from his office at the end of his term. Although the district is unlikely to be won by a Democrat, the primary race could be competitive. 

  • Two Republicans have filed for the race: Jake Ellzey, a Navy pilot veteran and former commissioner of the Texas Veterans Commission, and Ryan Pitts, the son of former state Rep. Jim Pitts.
  • State Republican Executive Committee member Sam Bryant had also been in the race, but withdrew on October 4, stating, “Me continuing to pursue this race would lead to unintended consequences, further division, and even more of an unstable foundation for the party in such a critical time.”
  • A Libertarian candidate, Matt Savino, has also filed to run for the seat.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 12:00 AM

The Henderson County Libertarian Party alive and well under newly-elected leadership

Matt Savino was recently elected as the Chairman for the Henderson County Libertarian Party. He is joined by Vice Chairman JC Cook, Secretary Desarae Lindsey and Treasurer Elizabeth Janicke.
The main focuses of the HCLP is to spread awareness of government overreach, exposing rights violations, promoting self sufficiency, getting government out of our personal and private lives and promoting candidates to office to do the same.

Savino would like to openly invite anyone who is interested to check the group out on Facebook and join them at thier next meeting to meet some of the members and discuss ideas.
The next public meeting will be held at 3 p.m. on July 14th at Cedar Creek Brewery in Seven Points.

Learn more about the HCLP on Facebook at: Henderson County, TX Libertarian Party.

Saturday, October 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Texas House District 10: Matt Savino

Matt Savino

Libertarian Party nominee

Educational background:
A variety of certifications mostly in the medical field

Professional experience:

IT Support 


1). Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because I see a lot of problems in our current state government. There is a ton of wasteful spending and yet all we get in return as citizens is higher taxes and more regulation.

I have been a constitutional activist most my years and I finally decided to go further and try to fix some things from the inside. Give the PEOPLE a voice again.

I can at least tell my children I tried to fix the problem instead of just complain about it.

We have too many lawyers and bankers in our state government that only look out for themselves and their corporate financial backers.

The job as a representative is to represent the people of your district and the state, not corporations. I want to bring honor and dignity back to the position of State Representative as a public servant. Bring back freedom, liberty, accountability and responsibility.

2). Please discuss your No. 1 goal (and any specific plans relating to that goal) you have for your office, if elected.
One of my main goals when elected is to lower our property taxes. Texas is the fourth highest in the union. Many will say “that is to make up for not having an income tax.” I’m sorry but tax is tax no matter what name you want to give it. We are being taxed to death here in Texas.
I plan to propose changes that are effective statewide including removing the concept of taxing based on home value. Replace it with the purchase price of the property so that it is a fixed number. That will eliminate the need to continue paying for county assessors.
Also to put the responsibility of public education back on the state where the Constitution for the state of Texas says it belongs.
There is plenty of money at the state level to cover this if we cut or remove the spending in unnecessary areas like pensions for elected offices, which I also want to see removed.

3). Please discuss your No. 2 goal (and any specific plans relating to that goal) you have for your office, if elected.

Another big goal, if elected, is to put some restriction back onto CPS/DFPS.

As it stands right now DFPS courts can supersede our own State courts. I myself have fallen victim to this and lost my youngest child to CPS yet I was not found guilty of doing any harm to my son via the state courts including passing 2 polygraph tests.

CPS/DFPS has been granted more power in the state of Texas than in any other state. It has become legalized kidnapping with federal incentives of up to $8,000 being granted to the state CPS department for every child they remove from a home and adopt out.

I’m not saying that CPS doesn’t do good but I am saying the bad now out weighs the good.

Children in CPS care are almost three times more likely to become victims of physical abuse than in the care of their biological parents, almost 10 times more likely to be victim to sexual abuse in care of CPS. And the fatality rate is over 4 times higher.

4). Is there anything else you would like to share with voters?
We need to stop enacting laws that are based on our personal views. What other people do with their own bodies and their property is none of your or my business. So long as they are not hurting anyone else, damaging anyone else’s property or stealing from anyone, then let them be.

Let’s bring our state and federal governments back under the restrictions set by them in our Constitutions.
They have violated it enough and it’s past time to fix it. Something needs to be done before it is too late.

Monday, October 1, 2018 12:00 AM

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Matt Savino

Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Candidate for State Representative District 10, Texas

November 6, 2018 Texas General Election


Wednesday, August 15, 2018 12:00 AM

Matt Savino on Taxation Is Theft Live!

I talked with Matt Savino who is running for Texas House in District 10. He's got a very interesting story. The state basically stole his kids away from him with no real system for recourse. He was not charged with any crimes, but CPS operates above the law.

We also talked about property tax and the morality of creating and enforcing laws.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018 12:00 AM

Dallas News: Trump's proposed bump stock ban draws 97,000 comments weighing gun rights against fears of violence

Libertarian Texas House District 10 candidate Matt Savino opposed the ban on legal grounds, noting that the trigger still functions separately each time a semiautomatic weapon is fired, even with the assistance of a bump stock.

Thursday, June 28, 2018 12:00 AM

Trump's proposed bump stock ban draws 97,000 comments weighing gun rights against fears of violence

WASHINGTON — A regulatory agency received more than 97,000 comments on a proposed nationwide ban on bump stocks, the device used in a Las Vegas concert massacre that left 58 people dead last October.

The 90-day comment period ended at midnight Wednesday, and gun control advocates and Second Amendment advocates from Texas and across the country were eager to share their fears — of violence, or of losing their gun rights.

Southlake Carroll High School junior Alanna Miller commented that she was at a concert on the night of the Las Vegas shooting, and that her experience led her to support the ban.

"The access and availability to [sic] bump stocks enabled the shooter in Las Vegas to make his attack as deadly as it was," Miller wrote. "I couldn't help but think that it could've been MY own concert that turned deadly."

Libertarian Texas House District 10 candidate Matt Savino opposed the ban on legal grounds, noting that the trigger still functions separately each time a semiautomatic weapon is fired, even with the assistance of a bump stock.

"While bump stock devices will now be treated as machine guns under these regulations, they also raise serious questions in regard to AR-15s and other semiautomatic rifles — as they are now on the brink of being designated as machine guns by the next anti-gun administration," Savino wrote.

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