AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today set Saturday, May 10, 2008 as the special election date to fill the vacancy in House District 119. The seat was left vacant by the resignation of Rep. Robert Puente.
Candidates for this special election must file applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 4, 2008. The early voting period for this special election runs from Monday, April 28 to Tuesday, May 6, 2008.
Commends UNCF’s Efforts to Support College Education
SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Rick Perry today gave the keynote speech for the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) South Texas Governor’s Luncheon. The UNCF provides financial support to small higher education institutions throughout the country to help keep the cost of education feasible for underserved populations. The event marked the governor’s second partnership with UNCF. Last September, the governor spoke at UNCF’s Dallas/Ft. Worth event, which raised more than $185,000 for partner schools.
"As governor, it is my mission each and every day to build a Texas that welcomes all and includes all; that recognizes the hopes and aspirations of all of our citizens; and that empowers each and every citizen to dream, dare and achieve," said Gov. Perry. "I believe that an educated Texan is an unlimited Texan. I want Texas children to know this simple truth: We don’t care where you come from; we care where you are going."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry awarded $227,500 to Henderson County as financial assistance for the capital murder trial of Randall Mays, who is accused of fatally shooting investigator Paul Habelt and deputy sheriff Tony Ogburn in May 2007. This grant is awarded through the County Essential Services Program and is administered by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
"This grant program is an important part of our state’s criminal justice system because it helps counties pursue costly and time-consuming prosecution of capital crimes," Perry said. "Without such assistance, victims of these crimes would be denied justice."
SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Rick Perry today spoke at the Mrs Baird’s 100th anniversary commemoration. Founded in 1908 by Ninnie Baird, the bread company has become both a success story and a Texas tradition.
"Mrs Baird’s bread has been a consistent part of Texas life for 100 years," said Gov. Perry. "What began as a few extra loaves baked in a wood-fired stove has become a network of giant bakeries scattered across Texas, providing jobs to Texans, food for families and an iconic piece of our shared identity."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today awarded $889,943 to nine forensic crime labs throughout the state. These grants are awarded through the federal Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Act fund and distributed by the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD).
"Texas must provide law enforcement with the latest in forensic science technology in order to protect our citizens while ensuring our criminal justice system does not wrongfully convict the innocent," said Gov. Perry. "These grants will bring justice to those who victimize fellow Texans and violate our laws."