Ted Kamel is looking to retake his former seat in the Texas House of Representatives, as he announced his campaign for State Representative District 6, against incumbent Rep. Matt Schaefer, last October.
Kamel served in the role as District 6 representative for a total of four terms, from 1991 to 1999. During his time in the Texas House, he passed 50 bills, including expanding The University of Texas at Tyler to a four year university and creating the UT Tyler School of Engineering.
He also created the Texas pre-paid college tuition plans, known as the Texas Tomorrow Funds, as well as passed the first ever Castle Doctrine in Texas, allowing homeowners to protect themselves using deadly force without the fear of prosecution or being sued by the intruder.
Kamel came close to passing a term limits measure for state politicians, missing by just one vote in the Texas House.
After he left the House, he became a public school teacher at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, teaching math for five years.
“My experiences as a public school teacher will be invaluable when I go back,” said Kamel. “Teachers and parents will finally have a real voice in Austin.”
Kamel owns Ted Kamel Foods, LLC, which has provided outdoor foodservice in the area for more than 25 years. He recently provided food service at the Bullard Christmas parade event. Furthermore, Kamel is has made his presence known at other civic and Chamber events across the East Texas area, including the Jacksonville Tomatofest.
Kamel’s campaign is focused on five main issues: bringing a full medical school to Smith County, expanding mental and behavioral services in Smith County to help veterans and others, encouraging all student athletes to stand during the National Anthem, creating a new term limits bill, and delivering effective leadership to District 6.
“I have a track record of getting things done without making excuses,” said Kamel.
The candidate also pledges to continue to represent District 6 as a pro-life conservative, saying he will continue to work for our traditional values that are important in East Texas.
“You have to be more than just a rhetorical conservative,” said Kamel.” You have to be an effective conservative that can get things done.”
Kamel can be reached on the Ted Kamel for Texas House Facebook page.