He’s been a cop for 12 years.
He’s watched politics break down.
He’s a conservative in a blue bastion of the great state of Texas. And he says it’s time for him to fix the city.
We’re talking about Justin Berry, a senior police officer and entrepreneur who’s seeing election as a Republican to the Texas House of Representatives in House District 47, which covers most of western Travis County. It also includes some 10% of Austin residents, as well as all the residents of Lakeway, Lago Vista, Shady Hollow, Barton Creek, Bee Cave and 11 other west Travis County cities.
Right now, District 47 is represented by Vikki Goodwin … who squeaked out a narrow victory over Rep. Paul Workman in 2018.
Berry has long been known for his work on the homelessness problem. He’s been a firm advocate in promoting understanding between citizens and police officers.
On top of that, he’s worked with local businesses to help decrease violent crime and property crime in the downtown Austin area…. Even bringing down a theft ring that targeted high-end Austin bicycles.
After creating a program to target crimes against the homeless, he was awarded the prestigious 100 Club Unit of the year.
In 2015, Berry was awarded the Austin Police Meritorious Medal.
“Politics has broken down to extremists shouting at each other. It does not have to be that way. My life has been about taking on difficult problems directly through hard work and goodwill,” said Berry. “I plan to bring that kind of leadership to the Texas House.”
Berry’s announcement was applauded by police associations across the district and around the State.
He immediately picked up endorsements from the Austin, Houston, and Dallas Police Associations, along with popular Bee Cave City Councilmember Kara King.
He said he’ll focus his campaign on safe neighborhoods and a free and prosperous economy.
Berry knows the value of hard work. Born in Austin, Berry was raised by a single mom. She three jobs to make ends meet.
He went on to get his Master’s Degree from Sam Houston State University.
Berry said his mother in him the importance of a strong work ethic, faith in God, and community service by her own example.
That’s why he became a police officer and has been active with local charities, recently receiving the Civic Leadership Award for his efforts to improve lives.
He’s a lifelong Republican who is also a successful small business owner, so he says he knows firsthand the difficulties of excessive taxes and regulations that stifle entrepreneurs from achieving their dreams.
He’s also a fierce advocate for supporting his fellow LEOs.
Last month in Minneapolis, a 20-year veteran of the law enforcement community announced he is throwing his hat into the political ring in an attempt to unseat Minneapolis Representative Ilhan Omar in 2020.
Officer Chris Kelley has served with the Minneapolis Police Department for the last two decades. Now he’s taking a stand for his brothers and sisters in blue and is taking aim at bringing real change to his city… and well as support those that risk their lives to protect and defend it.
“I have spent my entire adult life in public service; I know it, I feel it, I live it every day.”
Officer Kelley will run as an independent during the race, and is apt to gain a ton of support from those serving the public. Kelley criticized Rep. Omar for her online social media battles with President Trump and swore to put his constituents first, pledging to focus on local issues instead of attacking the federal administration.
My husband Chris Kelley, a serving Mpls police officer and US Army vet will be running against ILHAN OMAR as an Independent. He’ll be announcing soon! pic.twitter.com/6dAKyAhXGT
— The Blue Line Mom (@KKelley3955) June 4, 2019
Kelley is no stranger to serving the public. In addition to his 20 years with MPD, he also served in the United States Army and Army Reserves for 27 years.
Kelley let the public know that he’s more than capable of performing the duties necessary to give his people a well-represented voice.
“I have spent my entire adult life in public service; I know it, I feel it, I live it every day. CD 5 needs the voice of a worker who gets all people, not just some.”
Kelley knows the political battle won’t be easy, but he’s willing to fight to take out Omar. Kelley says he has previously aligned more with the policies of the GOP, but is taking the independent spot in order to secure his best chance at taking Omar’s seat.
The Minneapolis district in which the two are facing off has historically voted in favor of democratic candidates.
Rep. Omar received support from citizens after a tweet from President Trump, which basically said if you don’t like America, you can feel free to leave, blew way out of proportion. However, many say that regardless of the scenario, Omar will face a massive uphill battle to keep her seat in 2020.
— Jewhadi™ (@JewhadiTM) July 27, 2019
Omar has largely been criticized by members of the military and law enforcement as she pushes for open borders and socialist policies.
The Democrat from Minnesota responded to a tweet from President Trump in April, accusing him of “lying about the border” and calling the debated border wall a “monument to racism”.
“This is a fake emergency! Donald Trump is lying about the border in order to build his monument to racism.”
Rep. Omar is also reportedly still under investigation for allegedly spending campaign funds on a divorce attorney and personal travel.
In February, she was accused of tweeting anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli messages.
She also suggested that groups that support Israel are pushing members of Congress to have “allegiance to a foreign country”.
As a result of her comments, a watered-down resolution “condemning hatred” was passed. President Trump has previously called on Omar to resign from Congress.
She hasn’t exactly made friends on the left, either. In March, Omar suggested that former President Barack Obama was a “pretty face” who got away with “murder”.
And in Republic, Washington … Police Chief Loren Culp is about to make an announcement. The pro-2nd Amendment cop is running to replace Governor Jay Inslee, who is on the long list of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for President.
Culp made national headlines last year when he publicly declared that he would not enforce a statewide gun control initiative that passed in November.
Speaking exclusively with Ammo Land News, Culp said he will make an official announcement within days. He has already launched a campaign website. It lays out his positions on Second Amendment rights, addiction and mental health, lower taxes, smaller government, veterans, individual liberty, and law enforcement legislation.
A native of Washington, he married his high school sweetheart, served in the U.S. Army attaining the rank of sergeant and is a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Culp wrote a book called “American Cop.” In it he details his not only his career, but also his rise to prominence as the first law enforcement official in Washington to declare he would not enforce Initiative 1639, the radical gun control measure that was rejected in a majority of the state’s counties, but managed to pass by about 60 percent of the vote.
Because the state’s most populous counties passed it.
Since its passage, several county sheriffs have followed Culp’s lead by declaring they will not actively enforce provisions, and at least a half-dozen county commissions have adopted resolutions against the initiative.
Culp is seeking to make Republic a “Second Amendment sanctuary city.” It is his hope that law-abiding citizens will not be forced to live in fear of the new gun control law.
According to Ammo Land, the small-town chief acknowledged that he is facing an uphill battle against entrenched western Washington politicians who will likely run for the office.
It may depend upon how well current Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, does in the race for the White House. Inslee is one of about two dozen Democrats running for the presidency, but he is essentially bringing up the rear.
Culp, running as a Republican, described his gubernatorial effort as “David v. Goliath. It’s going to take millions of dollars.”
According to his website:
“The Declaration of Independence states that governments are instituted to protect citizen’s rights. For far too long what we’ve seen out of Olympia is exactly the opposite.
We currently have a Governor and Attorney General who will not hesitate to violate their oaths of office. They actively support laws that clearly violate citizen’s rights and have no problem raising taxes on hard-working Washingtonians.”
In addition to his long law enforcement career, Culp also owned his own general contracting firm for close to 20 years. About his contracting days, he said, “I’ve got a business background.”
Culp served in the military during under the Carter and Reagan administrations. As such, he knows the difference between a leader doing it the right way, and those who lead people astray.
“So,” he said, “I know what happens when good leadership comes in. It’s a huge difference, like night and day between Carter and Reagan.”
Between the public stance against Washington’s new gun control measure and the release of his book, gubernatorial hopeful has been traveling the state on his days off, speaking to voters and interest groups from eastern Washington to the Olympic Peninsula. Everywhere he went, people were encouraging him to run for governor.
“I’ve spoken to thousands of people across the state and I’ve gotten tremendous support. I don’t remember one of my engagements that didn’t end in a standing ovation.
I’ve gotten messages from people I don’t even know, asking me to please run for governor. I honestly think I’ve got a shot.
I know a lot of Democrats who are fed up with what’s going on. They’re fed up with taxes raised in the middle of the night, sick and tired of our Second Amendment rights being trampled on; if the Second Amendment can be trampled on, then the First Amendment can be trampled on, too. Smart people can see that.
What I learned when I was running my own business is that if I didn’t know something, I hired somebody who did. Nobody knows everything. I don’t care how slick these career politicians sound. Nobody knows everything.
It comes down to common sense, and a lot of our leaders in state government lack common sense. They’re what my grandfather called ‘educated idiots.’”
We need more men and women with law enforcement backgrounds to run for local, state and federal offices. It sounds like Chief Culp is strong in a few of the areas that Washington’s recent leadership seems to be deficient in, such as logic, common sense, sound reasoning, love of the Constitution and a desire to serve.