Over 130 friends and supporters packed the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce early morning on Thursday, September 8, as Jacquie Chaumette announced her candidacy as a Republican candidate for State Representative, HD26. An accomplished businesswoman and adjunct professor, Chaumette has served on Sugar Land City Council for two terms, including her recent service as the Mayor Pro Tem.
Business and community leader Jared Jameson welcomed the crowd and acted as the event’s emcee. Among the elected officials present were: Mayors James Thompson and Vincent Morales, FBISD Trustees Jim Rice and Bruce Albright, Troy Nehls, Judge Ken Canata, Tina Gibson, Sharon Roberts, Judge Jim Richard, Bellaire City Councilman Corbett Daniel Parker, Sugar Land Councilman Harish Jajoo, former Sugar Land City Councilman Sonny Johnston and Fort Bend Commissioner James Patterson. Republican Party volunteer of the year, Linda Hancock introduced the candidate, along with former Sugar Land Councilman Michael Schiff, and Chaumette’s husband David.
Chaumette spoke to the diverse crowd about her vision for the District. She promised a campaign focused on the issues, and that, after her election, she would work hard to make her supporters proud. Chaumette outlined her plans to make the County and State better through effective legislation and policies “with a focus on our residents and business community.” Chaumette said that her campaign would reflect District 26, which she described as “a growing, vibrant community that needs strong representation in the state legislature.”
Transportation, infrastructure, education and fiscal management with a focus on quality of life are important issues to the District’s future, according to Chaumette. She stated that, once in the legislature, she would insist “that ours is an efficiently run government [in order] to achieve the greatest amount of value for your tax dollars.” Chaumette emphasized her expertise in tackling key policy issues for the last 20 years as well as her terms on Sugar Land’s City Council as direct experience she will use to tackle these challenges and opportunities facing District 26.
The Republican primary is presently scheduled for March 6 with the general election in November 2012.