Dave McElwee

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Dave McElwee
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Candidate for
Texas State Senate, District 9
Bachelor'sEast Texas State University, 1972
Master'sUniversity of Texas at Arlington, 1976
ProfessionRetired, teacher
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Dave McElwee was a 2012 Libertarian candidate for District 9 of the Texas State Senate.

McElwee's professional experience includes working as a secondary and adult education teacher for 21 years. He also served with a military career of 24 years.

McElwee earned his BA in political science and economics from East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce) in 1972 and his M.A. in political science and economics from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1976.

McElwee is affiliated with following organizations; President, Tarrant Alliance for Responsible Government; past president, Davis Preservation Organization, Secretary, South Davis Elementary Dad's Club; past president, Highland Park branch, Texas State Teacher's Association, served on city of Arlington Future's Committee; served on Arlington Independent School District (AISD) Financial Future's Committee, served on the board of directors, South Davis Neighborhood Association.


Campaign themes

McElwee's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Important goals

  • "Fund and encourage the public school systems and community colleges to promote vocational, technical, and trade-skill certifications."
  • "Shift education in Texas from a politically-driven system to a market-driven enterprise."
  • "Reorganize the State Legislature to make it more financially responsible and user-friendly for citizens."
  • "Continue efforts to reform the Texas criminal justice system."
  • "Protect private property rights and end eminent domain abuse by making property owners stakeholders."
  • "End the use of the death penatly within the state of Texas."
  • "Adopt a choice-driven, practioner-based voucher system that also permits families to exercise an institutional approach option for education."
  • "Abolish the current bicameral legislative system and adopt a unicameral legislative system."
  • "Create a high-level commission of the best minds available in the fields of medicine, psychology, law enforcement, drug and alcohol addition, the clergy, educators, charged with creating a ""best practices"" list of ways of addressing these major public concerns. List would then be submitted to the State Legislature for debate, consideration and action. Action would include passing the appropriate enabling legislation."



See also: Texas State Senate elections, 2012

McElwee ran in the 2012 election for Texas State Senate, District 9. McElwee ran unopposed in the May 29 primary election and was defeated by Kelly Hancock (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

Texas State Senate, District 9, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Hancock 58.3% 136,288
     Democratic Pete Martinez 38.2% 89,255
     Libertarian Dave McElwee 3.4% 8,034
Total Votes 233,577

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