To the Editor,

I sincerely thank Jim Pitts for his years of service as our State Representative for District 10. His influence and leadership have been significant to our communities and to the Waxahachie ISD. Jim was instrumental in the creation of Global High and its later designation as an Early College Texas High School. His service will be missed.

Soon after hearing Jim’s announcement, I was glad to see Q.D. “Duke” Burge announce his candidacy for the position.

I have known Duke for 14 years. We became friends during the years that we served as presidents of our respective board of trustees in Waxahachie ISD and Midlothian ISD. Duke is a proven fiscal conservative who understands the importance of getting results. He is not against funding needed services, but he is against unnecessary and undisciplined spending. His tenure on the Midlothian ISD Board of Trustees is a clear example. MISD has a statewide reputation for excellence while remaining fiscally conservative and sound. Duke has demonstrated that you can find solutions other than just throwing money at the problems. That’s an approach we need in Austin.

I also know that Duke understands the needs of small businesses with his experience successfully founding and growing several well-managed small businesses. His current company, Computer Solutions Inc., has merited national recognition for its success and growth. Just this month Computer Solutions was named for the third year in the row as one of the 150 fastest growing IT firms in the nation. The insights gained from starting a successful business and creating jobs will enable Duke to serve the citizens of District 10 well in Austin.

On the day of his announcement, I called and offered Duke my support and efforts in his candidacy. I appreciate his trust as he asked me last week if I would serve as his campaign treasurer. I have agreed to do so as I am confident that he will be an effective State Representative for District 10.

Joe Langley,