L. Sarah DeMerchant
L. Sarah DeMerchant
Growing up in Fort Bend County, candidate L. "Sarah" DeMerchant, was continuously encouraged by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Dorothy Williams to be independent and give back. Sarah graduated from the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems and the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) where she earned a Masters of Business Administration, working full-time as a Systems Analyst and going to school full-time, finishing in one year.
In her professional career, she works as a Security Officer and Service Account Manager and is on the KMP of a local software company. DeMerchant is a member of ASIS and is on the IT Security and Women In Security Council. In addition, she is the Chief Technology Officer for Atenjin and MazelTov.com. She is also the Founder and CEO of Fuzion Apps Incorporated.
In her spare time, DeMerchant enjoys yoga, reading, skiing, playing basketball, running 2.5 miles and attending events at the Sugar Land Town Center with her husband, Ken and children, Mikey and Kacy.
Cash On Hand: $100.00
Rick Miller - Republican (Incumbent)
A graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, Rick immediately pitched on the United States Olympic exhibition baseball team in Mexico. As a designated Naval Aviator he made numerous carrier deployments, held top leadership positions in carrier-based squadrons, and Pentagon shore assignments on the Joint Staff and the Secretary of the Navy's staff. With a Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, he was the Senior Fellow on the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group to develop innovative war fighting concepts for the 21st Century Navy. He has received numerous personal awards including the Defense Superior Service Award; Legion of Merit (3 awards); Meritorious Service Award (2 awards); and Navy Commendation Award.
Following transition from the Navy, he worked with several corporations as a senior consultant, VP and Senior VP focused on organizational and people improvement and development; integration of acquired companies; and training and human resource functions. He was a Chair for TEC International. Rick is the Founder and President of TREVANIONGROUP, LLC.
His political activity in Fort Bend County, Texas includes being a delegate in Senatorial and State Conventions, member of the 2008 and 2010 State Platform Committee, 2010 State Party Nominations Committee Chairman, Alternate Delegate-at-Large to the 2012 National Convention in Tampa, FL, a Precinct Chair, and Chairman of the Fort Bend County Republican Party from 2007 to 2011. He recently stepped down from the Chairman's position to prepare to run for Texas State House District 26.
Rick has served on the Sugar Land Regional Airport Policy Board; three terms on the Rotary Board of Directors; Finance Chairman at Sugar Creek Baptist Church; Chairman of Rotary Veterans Tribute 2005, 2007 (The Legacy of Freedom) and Honoring America's Heroes, 2011. Married to Babs with three sons - a Navy Commander FA-18 aviator; a lawyer; and the youngest is in heaven. They have three grandchildren.
Committees: Vice Chairman- Appropriations Subcommittee on Articles I, IV and V, Appropriations, Public Health