Brent lives in Nacogdoches, Texas, with his wife, Heather, and their three kids: Kennedy is a junior at UT Austin, and Marin (a senior) and Stuart (a freshman) are in high school. Brent is a business professor at The University of Texas at Tyler and Heather is an education professor at Stephen F. Austin State University. They have lived in Nacogdoches for the last 10 years.
Although this is his first campaign for public office, Brent has served in several leadership roles over the years. He firmly believes in smart, effective government that reflects the priorities and values of its citizens.
Brent is committed to representing everyone in his district. It doesn’t matter who you are: if you’re concerned about our community and want better government, Brent wants to represent you. There is more that unites us than divides us. If we want to make a real difference in our communities and we want better government, we need to work together.
Brent wants people who work hard and play by the rules to be able to get ahead. Everyone deserves a chance to make something of their lives. We all want our kids—no matter where they live—to go to good schools. We need to make sure our community colleges and universities have the money and resources to train our kids for good-paying jobs. We need to encourage and support our entrepreneurs and our small business owners. We need to make sure that large businesses (often owned by corporate interests outside our district) honor their commitments to their employees and to their host communities.
Mr. Gohmert isn't doing his job. He has made it clear he’s not interested in talking to the people who live and work in his district. It is becoming harder and harder to make ends meet. Despite the efforts of many dedicated teachers, many schools are struggling, and school funding is uneven. College has become too expensive for many. There are now fewer job opportunitie. Despite these challenges, after 13 years in office, Mr. Gohmert continues to be more concerned about his personal cable news appearances than what’s going on in our communities.
It’s time for a change.