Business Leaders Endorse Wendy Davis, Praising Her as a Job Creator
Oct 3, 2012
FORT WORTH, TX – Local and statewide business leaders today announced their support for Senator Wendy Davis’ re-election. Endorsing Davis, they praised her work to create and protect local jobs and her leadership role in state and local economic development.
“Senator Davis knows how to set partisanship aside, roll up her sleeves and work to create jobs and build a strong business climate here in North Texas. We’re proud to support her for re-election to the Texas Senate,” said Rick Kubes, co-owner of Kubes Jewelers on West Berry Street. “Downtown, 7th Street, Lancaster, Berry – none of that new development would have been possible if it weren’t for Wendy Davis.”
Dan Dipert, owner of Dan Dipert Coaches, said he supports Davis, not only for her record on economic development, but also for her support of public education. “We need a leader like Senator Davis who stands up for businesses,” said Dipert. “And part of supporting business means supporting education, too. We have to have an educated workforce if Texas is going to compete for jobs.”
Senator Davis said she is honored by the overwhelming support she has received from the local business community and credited her years of working with businesses in her role as Fort Worth City Council’s Economic Development Chair, and her role with the Regional Transportation Council, including a year as the RTC Chair.
“I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done with the local business community, and I look forward to creating more jobs and continuing to strengthen our workforce for years to come,” said Davis.
“Senator Davis has been a partner in the business community for years and is well known for her leadership on economic development and job creation,” said Johnny Bennett, President of the Greater Fort Worth Association of Realtors. “As Realtors, we’re in Tarrant County communities everyday, talking to families, and the first thing they ask us about is schools. Our clients want to know their children are going to go to good schools.”
During her tenure on Fort Worth City Council, Wendy Davis played an integral role in the redevelopment of 7th Street, Montgomery Plaza, Lancaster Avenue and Berry Street. As State Senator for Senate District 10, she has championed numerous job creation measures, including her “Texas Jobs First” bill, which would prioritize Texas businesses in awarding state contracts; helped start and protect the Veteran’s Cash lottery scratch-off game, which directly funds jobs that support veterans who are in need; and, co-authored legislation with Republican Senator Mike Jackson, ensuring job creation goals are met by companies receiving incentives funded by employers through the Texas Enterprise Fund.
Jim Austin, The Austin Company
Jeanne Braniff Baker, Benefitree Enterprises, LLC
Bob Benda, CEO, Westwood Contractors, Inc.
Michael Bennett, Bennett Benner & Pettit
Clay Brants, Clay Brants Realty
Anthony Burks, Vendigm Construction
Stephen Coslik, The Woodmont Company
Mike Craddock, Craddick Moving & Storage
Joseph De Leon, Benito's Southside Restaurant
Sandra Dennehy, Dennehy Architects
Dan Dipert, Dan Dipert Coaches
Jim DuBose, Colonial Companies
Bill Hall, Private Equity Investor
Alan Harper, Harper Investments
Bob Herchert, Former CEO of Freese & Nichols
Dr. Marie Holliday
Rick Kubes, Kubes Jewelers
Jose Legaspi, Grupo Zocalo
Michael Mallick, Mallick Group
Amy McNutt, Spiral Diner & Bakery
Kathy McReynolds, Texas Industrial Security
John David Mortiz
Rosa Navejar, The Rios Group
Robert "Bobby" L. Patton, Jr.
Mike Reilly, Reilly Brothers Property, Co
Yvonne Rubenstein & Lee Rogers, The Rogers Group
Bernie Scheffler, Trinity Bicycles
Peter Schroder, Old Neighborhood Grill
Mike Smith, Paris Coffee Shop
Tonya Veasey, Open Channels Group
Ralph Watterson, Old Home Supply