Jeff Leach

Jeff Leach - Republican (Incumbent)

State Representative Jeff Leach proudly serves the citizens of House District 67, consisting of portions of Plano, Allen, Richardson and Dallas in Collin County. A committed conservative, Representative Leach believes in limiting the size and scope of government, lowering taxes and wisely investing in the critical infrastructure necessary to ensure Texas remains prosperous and strong as our state continues to grow.

Rep. Leach has been recognized by numerous organizations across the state for his work during both the 83rd and 84th Legislative Sessions. Specifically, Leach was named a "Taxpayer Champion" by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the state's largest taxpayer watchdog organization, a "Courageous Conservative" by the Texas Conservative Coalition and he received an A Rating by Texas Eagle Forum. Leach was also named a "Champion for Free Enterprise" by the Texas Association of Business. In addition, in 2013 Capitol Inside named Leach as one of the "Best Freshman Legislators" and the Dallas Morning News singled Leach out as one of the "Best of the Dallas Area's Freshman Class."

Representative Leach serves on the House Committee on Government Transparency & Operation and the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence.

Born and raised in Plano, Representative Leach graduated from Plano Senior High before attending Baylor University, where he served as Student Body President for two consecutive terms. During his time at Baylor he served President Bush in the White House Office of Political Affairs and the Republican National Committee. Leach went on to earn his law degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law and currently practices at the law firm of Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. in Dallas. Representative Leach is a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Medical Center of Plano and was recently selected to serve as an Ex-Officio Member of the Executive Board for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. Jeff also serves on the advisory board of the Meals on Wheels of Collin County. 

Representative Leach and his wife Becky, a small business owner, are the proud parents of Brady (age 7), Charlotte (age 5) and Landry (age 1). In addition to service with numerous other community organizations, Jeff and Becky are active members of Prestonwood Baptist Church, where they have served for several years in the Young Families Ministry.

Committees: Criminal Jurisprudence, Government Transparency and Operation

Endorsements: N/A

Cash On Hand: $179,951.63

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Scott Coleman

Scott Coleman - Democrat

Scott currently lives in Plano, TX with his amazing wife and two young children. Scott is a public school administrator in Carrollton. Scott is running to ensure a brighter future for all Texans, regardless of national background, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or creed. 

Background and early life: Scott Coleman is a native North Texan with deep roots in public service. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Scott grew up in Fort Worth, where three members of his family have practiced medicine and seven members of his family - going back four generations- have taught in Texas public education. 

Education: Scott earned a Jurisdoctorate and Master's in Business Administration from Texas Tech University and practiced corporate law in New York City.

Career: After returning to Texas and starting a business in real estate, Scott began his true calling in public education as a Social Studies teacher in 2009. He received his Masters in Education from Southern Methodist University in 2010 and currently serves in public education as an Assistant Principal for students grades 6-12 at a local public charter school. 

"I always knew how valuable teaching was to a community. But now I know how valuable teaching is to individual students- especially those children who do not come from privileged backgrounds. Education truly is the great equalizer of our society, and for many children, it is the only key that can open a thousand doors."                                                     

Involvement in Texas Policy: Scott became more involved in local politics as the Texas Legislature chose to cut education funding by billions of dollars, leading to costly lawsuits. He also watched as people struggled to afford health care that the Texas Legislature refused to expand. 

"It goes without saying that t's extraordinarily short-sighted to cut education and health care spending when those two sectors impact our economy the most- not to mention individual lives and families. And yet that's what the legislature has done going on six years now.

"Although I disagree strongly with the Republican-led legislature in Austin, I believe there are some who truly want to restore education to its rightful place in Texas. I will work with anyone who shares that vision for Texas."

Endorsements: N/A

Cash On Hand: $3,888.32

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