(Cisco, TX) On Monday, conservative businessman and candidate for State Representative of House District 60 Jon Francis called Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s statewide mask mandate a “unilateral executive overreach,” and “massively out of step with rural Texans.” Francis also called on his opponent Glenn Rogers to condemn the Governor’s executive order, which he says is a “dictate that flies in the face of the Texans in our rural district.”
Thursday, Governor Abbott issued an executive order essentially mandating Texans wear masks in public spaces, his twenty-second executive order since March 19. The mandate comes with a first-strike warning, followed by punitive fines for subsequent offenses at $250. If a Texan refuses to pay the fine they could be put in jail.
“Governor Abbott’s most recent executive order, a statewide mask mandate on Texans, is nothing more than a unilateral executive overreach,” said Francis. “In rural Texas, we believe in personal responsibility. There is no need for a statewide mandate, with punitive fines on rural Texans, in order to address a problem mostly confined to big cities like Austin, Dallas, and Houston.”
“The order is massively out of step with rural Texans who believe in personal responsibility.”
Francis said he hopes voters will elect someone who is willing to stand up for rural Texans, even if it means going toe to toe with statewide leaders.
“The voters of this district have an opportunity to elect someone who will stand up for our rural district and not bend a knee to the one-size-fits-all edicts and decrees dished out by Austin insiders, lobbyists and the like,” said Francis. “I hope my opponent will join me in condemning this unilateral dictate that flies in the face of the Texans in our rural district. In doing so, the voters can be assured our next State Representative will truly represent this rural district and not let Austin push us around.”
Francis made headlines in his announcement by pledging to only take contributions from individuals in his campaign and not a dime from lobbyists or PACs.
Francis won the Republican Primary on March 3, finishing just shy of the 50% +1 vote mark needed to avoid a Runoff Election. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has moved the Republican Primary Runoff Elections to Tuesday, July 14. Early Voting is already underway running now through Friday, July 10. House District 60 includes Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Eastland, Hood, Palo Pinto, Shackelford and Stephens Counties. The 87th Legislative Session is set to gavel in on January 12, 2021.