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2 I November 1,2007 I Local Focus
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Goldman, fifth-generation Jewish
Texan, up for State Rep. seat
By Laurie Barker James
Craig Goldman isn't the only
Republican running for State Rep-
resentative in the special election
for the District 97 seat formerly held
by Anna Mowery. He can't claim
to have the most experience as an
elected official, although he has sub-
stantial experience getting Repub-
licans elected on the national level.
He's not the youngest or the oldest
candidate. However, Goldman is the
only Jewish candidate to run for this
highly competitive seat.
District 97 encompasses Ben-
brook, Edgecliff Village and a large
portion of Southwest Fort Worth.
Goldman describes it as "south of
1-30 to the Tarrant-Johnson County
line, and west of McCart/8th Avenue
to the Tarrant-Parker County line."
In a field of six Republican can-
didates, Goldman knows he's facing
an uphill battle. In a special election
without a national election to draw
voters, only about 50 percent of reg-
istered voters generally turn out to
vote. For the past few months, he's
been campaigning the old-fashioned
way— going door-to-door through
his district to talk to voters and hear
what they have to say.
"People in my district are not
happy with partisan politics," he
says. "I think too many elected of-
ficials represent themselves, not the
people who voted for them."
Goldman is a fifth-generation
Texan and a fourth-generation resi-
dent of Fort Worth. He traces his
family membership in Beth-El Con-
gregation back to his grandmother,
and one of his first elected positions
was to Beth-El's Fort Worth Federa-
tion of Temple Youth (FWFTY).
While he has a history of work-
ing to elect Republicans, Goldman
has never run for anything "except
student body president." He chose
to enter this election because of the
"I believe it's not right to run
against an incumbent," he says. But
with Mowery retiring her seat, he
believes the opportunity is right for
his commitment to public service.
Although Mowery has not formally
endorsed any of the six candidates,
she has ties to Robert Leonard
through his previous service in the
Texas legislature. However, Mow-
ery's District Director Paula Day was
so impressed with Goldman's quali-
fications that she officially resigned
her position in order to volunteer for
One qualification that sets Gold-
man apart from the other Repub-
Photo: Laurie Barker James
Former Senator Phil Gramm with candidate Craig Goldman. Gramm spoke at a
Goldman rally last Sunday in Fort Worth.
lican candidates is his experience
working on the national level. For
five years, he served as former Sena-
tor Phil Gramm's aide. He's also
worked with Senator John McCain.
headlined a rally for his campaign in
Fort Worth last Sunday. The former
senator, who now works in banking
in New York City, praised Goldman
as a man who could "change busi-
ness as usual in Austin."
Goldman's national experience
may be key in add ressing one of the
hottest campaign issues — illegal
immigration. He sees the immigra-
tion issue as both a state and federal
"We have to secure the border
first before we decide what to do
about people who are already in the
U.S.," he says. "It's not an issue of
race or any particular country, but a
matter of state and national securi-
ty." Unlike several of the Republican
candidates, Goldman is not dead-
set on a large fence separating Texas
"If the experts tell me that build-
ing a fence will stop the flow of illegal
immigrants, I'm willing to listen,"
he says. He supports appropriating
state funds to secure the border. But
he wants the federal government to
act as well.
"The federal government ap-
propriated money to build a fence
across our southern border, but the
fence isn't built yet," he says. "God
forbid that another terrorist group
enters this country through our
southern border." He feels that ad-
dressing t his critical issue is of para-
Health insurance is another hot
issue for the Republican. Goldman
supports a "safety net" of infrastruc-
ture for health insurance for needy
children and the elderly. He would
consider expanding the Children's
Health Insurance Program (which
has historically been underfunded
by the Texas legislature) "as long as
it's for the truly needy."
"I would actually want to encour-
age businesses to provide health in-
surance for all their employees," he
Local appraisal of land is of ad-
ditional concern to Goldman. "The
state legislature lowered our prop-
erty taxes, but Tarrant County's tax
rates still increase because the ap-
praisal district can raise taxes up to
a 10 percent cap. The state legislature
has the power to lower that cap, to
the benefit of the taxpayers."
He also wants to see the tax ap-
praisers elected, not appointed by
the Tarrant County Appraisal Dis-
trict. "The appraisers in the current
system are not accountable to the
taxpayers," he says.
While Goldman has been active
in a variety of causes in Fort Worth,
he does jump onto boards to get his
name on the letterhead of the cause
du jour. "If I can't give 110 percent, I
won't do it," he says. "That was true
when I was elected as a FWFTY of-
ficer, as an officer in my college fra-
ternity, and today." Previously, he
served on the founding board of the
Tarrant County College Foundation,
raising funds to provide scholarships
to students whose families could not
afford to send them to college. The
scholarships "provide hope and op-
portunity" for youth who are not in
the traditional college track.
Growing up in the "mostly Re-
publican" District 97, Goldman
shrugs off the notion that eligible
Jewish residents might not cross
party lines to vote for him. "I have a
lot of friends in the Jewish commu-
nity, and I'd appreciate their sup-
port," he says.
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