CORPUS CHRISTI – Port of Corpus Christi Authority Chairman Charlie Zahn of Port Aransas and Nueces County Commissioner Carolyn Vaughn of Corpus Christi will co-chair Nueces County efforts to elect Bech Bruun to Congress in District 27.
Zahn, a longtime civic and business leader in South Texas, is an attorney who practices real estate and water law and has been an active member in the Boy Scouts of America for over 64 years. He currently serves as chairman of the Port of Corpus Christi Authority.
Vaughn, who was elected twice to the Corpus Christi City Council, was recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the Nueces County Commissioners Court, and is part owner of Vaughn Energy Services.
Zahn and Vaughn join a growing list of local business and grassroots leaders who are working together to help elect Bech Bruun to U.S. Congress. The campaign released the names of its district co-chairs last week and county co-chairs are being named over the next few days.
The Nueces County co-chairs are part of a team led by Victoria rancher Bob McCan and Corpus Christi businesswoman and GOP grassroots leader Rebecca Bradford. They were named district-wide co-chairs to help get out the vote for Bruun during the May 22 runoff and throughout the campaign.
“We built our company from the ground up,” said Vaughn, whose business has grown into a multi-million dollar energy services company with 13 offices in the United States and eight international offices. “I know the value of hard work and I know what it’s like to deal with over-reaching federal regulations. Bech Bruun will work to cut government red tape and stand up to the big Washington bureaucrats who stand in the way of a great economy.”
Vaughn, who says she is a community servant not a politician, said she knew Bruun would be a great “servant leader for the people of our country” and called him a “strong man of faith who believes that God will bless us for giving back to Him and to our community.”
“I want a Congressman who will listen to his or her constituents, and will fight for the working and middle-class families across District 27,” she said. “Bech has already been doing that and as Chairman of the Texas Water Development Board saved taxpayers millions of dollars while advancing key water projects that will help Texas for generations to come.”
Zahn, whose community and civic activities stretch across the Coastal Bend and South Texas, said Bech Bruun would be “the conservative voice we need in Washington, D.C. – a man who can make a difference for his constituents, his district and the United States of America.”
“Bech’s experience in government is essential to getting things done in Washington, D.C.,” said Zahn, noting Bruun’s tenure as State Rep. Todd Hunter’s chief of staff and as a senior staff member for former Governor and now United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
“He can hit the ground running on day one,” said Zahn, who remembers Bruun growing up in Nueces County and saw him mature into a respected statewide leader, trusted by the most conservative governors in Texas to oversee the state’s lead water infrastructure and planning agency.
“Bech understands how to work with other people and to cull through massive government bureaucracy so that he can help the families he will represent,” Zahn said. “He is a problem solver and a doer not a talker. That’s a refreshing change in Congress.”
“I am excited about the growing number of our neighbors from across District 27 who are joining our team and who believe that we need common sense government in Washington, D.C.,” Bruun said. “Charlie Zahn and Carolyn Vaughn are two of the most well respected, dedicated leaders in Nueces County and their advice and support means a lot to me personally and as a candidate for office.”
District 27 covers 13 counties including all of Nueces, Aransas, Refugio, Calhoun, Matagorda, Jackson, Wharton, Lavaca and Victoria counties. It also includes parts of San Patricio, Gonzales, Bastrop and Caldwell counties.
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