One of Ellis County’s younger political activists, Kevin Crouch of Waxahachie, has announced a switch of his allegiance in the governor’s race.

The 2009 Waxahachie High School graduate had until recently served as a paid field rep in the county for the campaign to re-elect incumbent Rick Perry – but will now use his social media expertise and energy as a volunteer to encourage voters to consider challenger Debra Medina and her message.

It’s a message he’ll deliver via his blog, www.kevincrouch.wordpress.com, YouTube videos and in-person encounters with members of the electorate.

While he knows there may be some who criticize him for the switch, Crouch said it was “the right thing to do” when considering all of the factors as to who should serve as governor for the next four years.

In the Texas governor’s race of 2010, Crouch said he was initially interested in Medina, but was unsure of some of her positions. He said he’s since come to believe that she is the best choice and someone who would bring leadership and an ability to work with the Legislature to the governor’s office. Her approach would be in direct contrast to Perry’s issuance of executive orders and bypassing the process, he said.

Of all of the candidates, Crouch also said Medina is the true conservative in the race and a supporter of states’ rights over federal mandates.

“I feel she’s the best choice, not just for the (Republican) Party, but for Texas,” said Crouch, who notes he also found a welcoming atmosphere with the Medina campaign – another contrast to Perry.

“It’s not just the issues, it’s also the way (the Perry campaign staff) treated supporters and field staff,” Crouch said, describing arrogant and elitist attitudes exhibited by Perry campaign staff. “If he doesn’t know how they’re treating people, he should, and if he does know and he’s letting it happen … .”

That arrogance spilled over into what Crouch said he saw as the campaign’s lackadaisical attitude about Ellis County.

“I felt he didn’t care about our county,” said Crouch, whose increasing disillusionment with the campaign subsequently led to his breaking ties with it.

And he’s not alone in doing so, Crouch said, noting declining poll numbers for Perry as well as for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who also is vying for the office. In contrast, Medina’s numbers are on the rise, he said.

However the election turns out, Crouch said he will continue to work toward his own future in the realm of politics and government.

A general studies student at Navarro College, he plans to transfer this summer to Texas State University in San Marcos, where he will pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in communications.

The Austin area is where he feels he can learn the most about the political realm and also be most effective in pursuing his interests in politics and government – an interest he said was fueled by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on U.S. soil.

It was 9/11 and the response to that incident that made him realize how important the decision-making process is in government, said Crouch, whose political involvement already has included his own campaign at a young age for school board trustee and work as a volunteer in the McCain/Palin presidential campaign of 2008.

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