Prominent community leader, business owner and entrepreneur, Chuck Maricle, formally announced this past summer that he would be seeking the office of State Representative in District 129. This announcement preceded Rep. John Davis' proclamation that he would not be seeking re-election.
Chuck owns and operates several successful businesses within House District 129 and will bring his entreprenurial and leadership knowledge to Austin. In these trying and sometimes difficult economic times, it is necessary to have someone with common conservative sense to lead the citizens of our area. Chuck is conservative, a supporter of pro-life and self defense issues, in tune with pro-business agendas, anchored with a strong foundation in leadership, team building and outreach to the community and knows how to build consensus and create positive action.
Born in Buffalo, New York in 1960, he attended St. Josephs Collegiate Institute (college prepratory high school) and then received a Bachelor of Science in 1982 from Canisius College. While working for GM Hughes Aircraft Corporation he completed doctoral studies in 1999 with a published dissertation in the Journal of Supercomputing (Dec. 22 1999). He considers his Jesuit education and training a key factor in his well rounded leadership ability. For 26 years he has lived in the Sagemont area of Harris County as a dedicated and participating member of the community.
Chuck has served our nation for 34 years. He joined the Army Reserve in 1979 while in college and was commissioned a US Army officer 1981. He then entered active duty where he graduated from the US Army Engineer Officer School and was also certified as a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical warfare specialist. He served as a US Army Combat Engineer Officer until 1988 having held a number of leadership positions. Today he continues to serve in the uniform of the US Department of Homeland Security as a US Coast Guard (Auxiliary) District Captain – central region, directly responsible for 1000 personnel and surface / air operations in Texas and Louisiana. In this role he has been fully trained in advanced Incident Command and Emergency Response in addition to his successful completion of advanced upper leadership certifications.
Professionally, Chuck has literally worked around the world in both engineering and executive level positions in companies such as McDonnell Douglas, General Motors and a number of technology start-ups. He holds several laser technology patents which earned him fellow status with the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery as well as the IEEE Photonics Society. He also serves with the American Society of Military Engineers, the International Association of Emergency Managers and the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors.
Within the Texas government community, Chuck has served on the National Government Affairs committee as legislative liasion for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, heavily involved with federal and Texas state agencies on waterway related law. He also serves as a consultant to the Harris County Commissioner, Precicnt 2 for Homeland Security related issues. In 2012 he was selected as a board member of the Lone Star Harbor Safety Committee (successor to the Houston-Galveston Navigation Safety Advisory Committee) for the Port of Houston, giving him key connection to our regions largest asset, the maritime industry.
Being pro 2nd amendment and dedicated to the Texas citizens' right to keep and bear arms, he is a National Rifle Association instructor and a Texas Department of Public Safety certified Concealed Handgun Instructor for eight years, specializing in training our local military personnel and families, he will always keep a vigilent eye towards protecting our citizens' firearms rights.
Chuck is a member of the American Legion Post No. 490 and attends St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church. He is also a member the South Belt – Ellington Chamber of Commerce and American MENSA along with being a commercial multi-engine rated airplane pilot and extra class ham radio operator.
He and his wife Xia have a daughter currently serving as a officer in the US Navy and a 10 year old son.
District 129 includes all or part of Houston, Pearland, Friendswood, Pasadena, La Porte, Shoreacres, Seabrook, Taylor Lake Village, El Lago, Nassau Bay and Webster.?Eight Key Areas of Focus
1) Focus on Values. Live and lead by the golden rule. Pass no legislation that does not respect our citizens according to Christian principles, in a selfless fashion. Reject discrimination of any kind remembering that all have the fundamental right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Our first job is leadership, conducting the business of the People of Texas, not being drawn into partisan political arguments, building teams for progress in the community.
2) Focus on Education. Parents and guardians must be able to provide the best education possible for their children. School choice is a priority and we have an obligation to ensure that Texas teachers, facilities and curriculum meet our expectations. We must continue to be innovative in alternative career education through the expansion of vocational training. Parents must also become involved with their child's school understanding that they are 50 percent or more of the balance for success.
3) Focus on Taxation. Everyone lives on a budget and that includes the State of Texas. Every effort must be made to reduce taxes, fraud and waste in our State programs. Homeowners should not have to worry about being taxed off of their property, especially if they are senior citizens.
4) Focus on Healthcare. We all agree that our Federal healthcare plan is a disaster. As Texans, we can do a better job for our own people. We must make insurance premiums and healthcare costs more competitive thereby reducing dependency on State and County programs. This includes an expansion of mental health services.
5) Focus on Jobs. We cannot support our families if we do not have a source of income. Jobs come from businesses both large and small and are under constant attack from Federal and State agencies overly taxing and regulating (and threatening) their everyday existence. As a small business owner, I have several personal examples. We will seek to unburden the business owner to provide opportunities for expansion and growth. Texas must also have policies in place that encourage new businesses to start and relocate to our State – this is essential in the HD129 key industries of Maritime, Aerospace, Healthcare and Education.
6) Focus on Veterans. As a veteran, I will always keep a eye towards how we can continue to serve those who have given so much. I am one of you and 100% in your support.
7) Focus on Prevention. We will fully support our law enforcement and first responders to secure the safety of our citizens and enforce the laws of the State. However, if we spend money on response within our communities, we must be prepared to invest in prevention. Every dollar we spend in education, training and preventative services results in less need for corrections, homelessness, shelters and state support services.
8) Focus on the Individual. Self-reliance, opportunity, self-defense and the desire to make a difference in their families lives is a core value of all Texans. No law shall be passed or enforced that takes away this basic principle. This includes those God given rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights for all citizens of Texas HD 129.
PRIMARY DAY MARCH 4TH, 2014