Current Occupation: Medical Research | Birthdate: 04/02/1975
As a relative newcomer to the local political arena, I would like to formally introduce myself and my family to the citizens of District 52 of the Great State of Texas. In doing so, I acknowledge this works to both benefit those who are interested in change but also serve as ammunition for those clinging to power, comfortable with the status quo. In each of us there remain those things we hold most dear, our faith, our family, and our freedom. All reasons my wife and I have decided to jump from out of view and into the path of the magnifying glass. May you find common ground with us as we fight to maintain the Texas values that lured us here years ago.
My wife Darcie and I moved to Round Rock, Texas in December of 2013 from Central Florida. As many before have done, we moved with two motivations; one, chase the opportunity and two, regain that feeling of individual liberty. My wife was offered a great position in Central Texas and we gladly accepted. It wasn’t that long ago that we were unloading a Hertz box truck on Christmas Eve. Up until recently, it has been the best present we have ever given each other. Secondly, as a Conservative, there was a strong feeling that personal liberties, responsibility, and accountability were beginning to be foreign concepts in Florida. The lore of Texas played heavy on our hearts. As a grandson of Waco-born Grandmother and a son to San Antonio-born mother, the Texas gene was passed and the call to come home was real. Darcie, originally from South Dakota, felt as I did. The need for change was more apparent as we thought about where we wanted to start a family. There was no other option than Texas and four years after moving to Round Rock, my wife and I welcomed the new “best present we have ever given each other” our baby girl Lillian Olivia; the next step in solidifying Texas as our forever home.
My educational background and career has been rooted in science and problem solving. I received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in Biomedical Sciences and my Master’s degree from Saint Leo University in Critical Incident Management with a focus on public policy. I have used this education to build a career in medical research and have been fortunate enough to be on the forefront of numerous innovative therapies in neurology and oncology. I continue to work in the field of clinical research currently focusing on ground breaking migraine therapies. My wife, my rock, and my best friend received her Bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State in Biology and Nursing, a Master’s degree in Nursing Science certified as a Nurse Practitioner from University of South Florida, and a PhD also from University of South Florida. Her experience has been in Bone Marrow Transplant, Malignant Hematology, and currently in nursing education. I truly married out of my league. In our house, education remains the fulcrum, experience the lever and with both many great things can be achieved.
My motivations to run far exceed any assumptions of personal gain. My motivations are rooted in those values I mentioned in my original announcement. I want Texas to continue leading the US in growth by promoting the idea of self-reliance, insuring the protection of self and property, advancing the benefits of the free-market, showing that principles come before personal gain, a citizenry that promotes personal and non-governmental charity over government handouts, and the right for all citizens to expedient and fair justice. If these values are not recognizable to you or seem out of date, then I am not your man, but even if half of them spark a raised eye-brow, a hoo-rah, or a yee-haw, stand with me as we face down those that see the prosperity of the Great State of Texas and wonder what things we can buy on the backs of the Texas tax payer. It is time for us to say “just because we can, doesn’t mean we should”. Stay tuned and remember, we cannot win without you. Give me the opportunity to serve as your voice in Austin.
From our family to yours,
Chris and Darcie Ward
Why are you running for office?
Originally I jumped in the race to challenge incumbent Larry Gonzalez on June 12th. I entered as an angry tax payer who has watched his property taxes go up $3000 in 4 years with little to show for it. I have watched my property value increase and that is the result of a strong free market system but there has been no relief for the unwarranted tax increases that accompanied it. Just because my property value rises, it doesn't mean my burden on the infrastructure did. As I continued to pull the thread on the increase tax demand I began to get angrier at a school finance system that has been nothing but a patch work of proposed temporary fixes after temporary fixes. All the while adding to a bureaucratic mess that maybe 10 people in the US can understand. As I continued canvasing the county, I would run into people that felt they had no voice. That those elected did not identify with them. People who had moved to Texas for the freedom and opportunity, only to see that our Capitol has turned into the very same thing they left. Even more, I continued to wade through the political landscape and watched as our politicians are picking winners and losers based on favors. Thus, tainting the free market system I have come to appreciate immensely.
How do you feel about the core principles and mission of the TNM?
|Strongly disagree||Disagree||Neutral||Agree||Strongly agree|
|Texas is a nation with a distinct culture, economy and government.|
|Texas should always be politically, culturally, and economically independent.|
|The basic political building block of Texas is the individual.|
|The basic economic building block of Texas is the entrepreneur.|
|The basic cultural building block of Texas is the family.|
|Texans should have the ability to engage in the full enjoyment of their natural rights.|
|The interests of Texas supersede the interests of all other nations and states.|
|The power to determine Texas's political, cultural, and economic destiny should reside solely in the hands of the Texan people.|
|Texas's unique history serves as the foundation for our current and future greatness.|
|There is no challenge that cannot be overcome by the individual initiative and collective will of Texans.|
|Texas would be better off as an independent nation.|
|Texas should become an independent nation.|
|Texans should be able to vote on becoming an independent nation.|
In your own words, please describe the meaning of Article 1 Section 1 of the Texas Constitution.
Article 1 Section 1 means that Texas is a free state, allowed to operate under its own soveriegnty only encumbered by the limited powers of the federal government as defined by the US Constitution.
In your own words, please describe the meaning of Article 1 Section 2 of the Texas Constitution.
Article 1 Section 2 gives the power of governing to the people and thus gives the power to the people to "alter, reform, or abolish" this government provided that government that takes the power away from the people.
In your own words, please describe the meaning of the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution limits those powers not defined in the US Constitution to the people or State. This was rightly created with appropriate foresight of an encroaching federal government.
Why should supporters of the Texas Nationalist Movement support your candidacy?
My motivations to run far exceed any assumptions of personal gain. I want Texas to continue leading the US in growth by promoting the idea of self-reliance, insuring the rights for protection of self and property, advancing the benefits of the free market, securing parental rights, showing that principles come before personal gain, a citizenry that promotes personal and non-governmental charity over government handouts, the freedom of association and peacable protest, and the right for all citizens to expedient and fair justice. Its these values that have brought many to Texas seeking refuge from the stifling government overreach in other states and it is our job to protect those values. I hope you work with me as we face down those that see the prosperity of the Great State of Texas and wonder what things they can buy on the backs of the Texas taxpayer.