HOUSTON — Paul Bettencourt, small business owner, radio talk show host, conservative political activist, and former elected Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, filed the necessary paperwork today to be a candidate on the Republican ballot for State Senate, District 7. The seat is being vacated by Dan Patrick, who is running for lieutenant governor.
“As Texas State Senator I will do what I have always done, both as a private citizen and as an elected official, be a strong voice for the taxpayers of Texas. The coming two years are going to see massive increases in property tax bills in not only Senate District 7, but around the State as well. How we limit the growth in State Government is the key to maintaining a strong private sector in Texas that will continue to lead the United States in job creation. I’ll be that dedicated voice of reason for all Texas taxpayers,” Bettencourt stated.
The Republican Primary is Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Bettencourt is the only candidate to have officially filed for Senate District 7.
Bettencourt has held many positions in both the state and local Republican Party. He served as Vice-Chairman and Treasurer of the Harris County Republican Party, and Treasurer of the Republican Party of Texas. He also served as Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector for 10 years.
Bettencourt is currently the CEO of Bettencourt Tax Advisors, a regular radio personality on KSEV, and resides in Houston, Texas. He and his wife have two children, and attend St. John Vianney.