Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Primary challenger attacks Republican incumbent on the Trans-Texas Corridor

Sibley comes out swinging in announcing he filed for Anderson's Legislature seat

December 19, 2007

By David Doerr
Waco Tribune-Herald
Copyright 2007

Jonathan Sibley lost no time attacking fellow Republican Charles “Doc” Anderson on Tuesday while announcing his campaign to win the Texas Legislature’s District 56 seat.

Sibley, 27, son of former Waco Mayor and former state Sen. David Sibley, talked glowingly about his father in his announcement, praising him for his “resolve” in finding solutions for Waco and the state of Texas.

He also sharply criticized Anderson, a local veterinarian and longtime Republican who has held the House seat from Waco for two terms.

In a move separating him from many Republicans who support vouchers that would use public money to cover private school tuition, Sibley attacked Anderson on the issue. He called mandatory school vouchers a “bear in the woods” that threatens the quality of public education and local control over schools.

“I firmly believe that vouchers should not be forced on a school district, and I firmly believe that what may be good for a big city urban school district may not be good in McLennan County and vice versa,” he said.

He also challenged Anderson to six debates before the March 4 primary election.

Anderson could not be reached for comment late Tuesday.

Sibley also aligned himself with issues high on the Republican Party platform, such as cracking down on illegal immigration and opposition to abortion rights, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the mother.

NAME: Jonathan Sibley.

PARTY: Republican.

OFFICE SOUGHT: State House District 56.

OPPONENT: State Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson, a Waco veterinarian.

AGE: 27.

OCCUPATION: Insurance lawyer with Thompson, Coe, Cousins & Irons, L.L.P.

EDUCATION: Midway High School, Baylor University, Baylor Law School.

FAMILY: Father is David Sibley, former Waco mayor and state senator; wife is Suzanne Sibley, a public school teacher.

PLATFORM: Against mandatory state school vouchers, for “zero tolerance for illegal aliens,” against the Trans-Texas Corridor.

GLOVES ARE OFF: Sibley on Tuesday attacked Anderson’s support for mandatory school vouchers, which he called a “bear in the woods” that threatens the quality of public education and local control over schools. Anderson could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

CAMPAIGN ACTIVITIES: Block walking, mailed out a 50-point “action plan,” challenged Anderson to a series of six debates before the March 4 primary.

QUOTE: “Anybody can be against something bad, and my opponent echoes a lot of our commonly held sentiments against bad things threatening our community. But leadership requires more. Real leaders require resolve to find solutions to make things better.”


Speech transcript: Click here for the text of Sibley's campaign announcement

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