December 15, 2014
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Republican John Cyrier announces for Texas House District 17
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson to serve as campaign chairman

LOCKHART—Republican John Cyrier has announced his candidacy for Texas House District 17. Governor Rick Perry ordered a special election for January 6, 2015, to fill the seat currently held by Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt, who is resigning. Early voting begins on December 29. District 17 includes all of Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Karnes, and Lee Counties.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson will serve as the campaign’s honorary chairman. The campaign also announced steering committees for each of the district’s five counties, including more than 50 current and former county judges and commissioners, mayors, council members, school board trustees, pastors, and business and civic leaders.

Cyrier is President and CEO of Sabre Commercial, which he founded in 2008 at age 35. Under his leadership, Sabre is consistently ranked in the top-­‐10 of the Austin Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” and “Fast 50” list of the fastest growing companies in Central Texas.

Until 2013, Cyrier served as Caldwell County Commissioner and County Judge Pro-­‐Tem. As Commissioner, he led aerial observation efforts for the devastating 2011 Central Texas wildfires, and worked to bring more than $1.5 million in recovery funds to affected areas in District 17.

Bastrop County Commissioner Clara Beckett lauded Cyrier’s efforts during the wildfires, saying, “John Cyrier is a strong leader who stood up for us during our time of need. That is why I, and so many of my Bastrop County colleagues, are proud to stand up for him to become our next State Representative.”

During John’s time on the Commissioner’s Court, he balanced the budget every year in office and ended his term with a lower tax rate than when he took office. John also negotiated an emergency services agreement, saving more than $1 million annually in public funds.

For five years, John has represented Caldwell County on the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO), currently serving on the Executive Committee. He is responsible for more than $30 million in road projects in his county and led the creation of its first Transportation and Thoroughfare Plan.

Active in the community, John was a founding board member of the Lockhart ISD Education Foundation. He is a member of the Lockhart and Bastrop Chambers of Commerce, serves on the board of Caritas of Austin, and is a Precinct Chairman for the Caldwell County Republican Party. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and Texas State Rifle Association, and member of the Farm Bureau and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Cyrier also serves on the Executive Boards for the Real Estate Council of Austin, Capital Area Housing and Finance Corporation, and Greater San Marcos Partnership, and chairs the Associated General Contractors of America’s Austin Chapter. He is Vice-­‐Chair of the Caldwell County A&M Club, and is a 1995 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he served as Commander of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band.

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