Saturday, September 22, 2018

10 Ways to Impact the 2018 Texas Election

By Bunni Pounds

Many people are asking me how they can REALLY impact this midterm election and how they can get involved here in Texas. It is difficult when we feel a tug to get involved but we don’t know the next steps. So after you have been inspired, I want to give you helpful tips to plug into the fight. 

Here is my top 10 list. I hope it is helpful. If it is, please share it with others. 

#1 Pray once a day for our nation and our state. I have set my phone with an alarm at 5:55 each day to pray for 5 minutes. It is a great time at the end of the work day (unless you are like me working non-stop)  and it is before any evening meetings or family time. Try it! Join me at 5:55 for prayer.

#2 Connect with your local Republican Party. Most county parties want to plug you in and they need help blockwalking for candidates, putting out signs, making phone calls, making bags with pushcards in them for the doors. Connect! Get on their email list and show up somewhere, sometime.
Here are the links for the county parties closest to me where I have candidates that are running.

Dallas County GOP
Collin County GOP
Tarrant County GOP
Kaufman County GOP

Not linked here? Google your county name with “Republican Party” and it should come up. If not, contact your County Chairman on this list from the Texas GOP

Block walkers getting ready in Tarrant County

#3 Adopt a candidate. 

I shared in my article on POLITICAL ACTIVISM how important knowing someone who is running for office is for you and the candidate. Read that motivational piece here

Look up your elected officials here on the right side of this website, put in your address where it says "Who Represents me?" and then google those races and see if there are Republicans running against Democrats or if there is a Republican incumbent that needs your help. We also have six open seats right now for Congress around the state. These candidates need help. Never underestimate the $20 you give any candidate and how impactful a few days volunteering means to their lives. You can stand at the polls for them on Election day, help them stuff thank you notes, block walk with the candidate, or make phone calls. Please just help them. Don’t just think about it.

If you don’t know who to help, email me at with your physical address and I will send you some suggestions of good candidates in your area who I most likely personally know. 

#4 Join the #CruzCrew and help Ted Cruz one way or another! This is the most watched race in the state and everyone needs to be involved. Order some yard signs and bumper stickers from his website here, contribute with a sacrificial gift (I did and I am a political consultant), volunteer to make calls for him, and show up at his rallies whenever he is near you. Let’s show Ted Cruz some love. We do NOT want a Bernie Sanders socialist in office in Texas. If you want to know really what Beto stands for watch the debate from Friday, September 21st on NBC.  
With my Ted Cruz sign before the Cruz-O'Rourke debate

#5 Join a club. Most GOP, Young Republicans, or Tea Party clubs meet once a month. Find a club in your area and go. You can find those meeting times typically on your Republican Party County website or calendar. Meet people, connect, volunteer as part of a group. It is more fun that way. Learn about the issues and hear great speakers from around the state. I have my real family, my church family, and then my Republican family. Friendship and connection will cause you to be involved far into the future, not just this election. 

#6 Share positive and educational items about the candidates or issues on social media. Retweet something that Governor Greg Abbott does, share a video from one of our 5th Court of Appeals candidates here in North Texas, share your own thoughts about a debate, or tell your friends who you are voting for and why. 

The best activists and precinct chairs send out an email (blindcopy, please) to their friends reminding them to vote and a list of people they suggest voting for. That is extremely helpful to the cause. 

Sharing on the Internet and speaking up is something the other side is good at and we have to get better at it. Social media is important! 

#7 Show some love to Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. They are working so hard for Texas and our candidates and I personally believe any big victories we have here in November, they need to get part of the credit for it. The Abbott team is extremely organized and they are spending money to help everyone. Dan Patrick has been running all over the state to help candidates and we just won an important special election in TX Senate District 19 that hasn’t been held by a Republican in 139 years. I give these men part of the credit. Email their campaigns and thank them - Governor Greg Abbott & Lt. Governor Dan Patrick

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick headlining a reception for Senator Bob Hall

#8 Help President Trump keep the majority in the Senate and House of Representatives. I already talked about helping Senator Cruz. Please do that! Everyone in Texas should also help one of the tossup seats or ones that only lean Republican slightly in Texas, like Pete Sessions, Will Hurd, John Culberson, and John Carter. 

Some of the open seat candidates who I love and are up are Chip Roy, Ron Wright, or Van Taylor. Donate somewhere (#1 choice for me are my two amazing candidates- Van Taylor and Ron Wright) but help us keep the majority in Congress. Donate before their big 9/30 FEC filing deadlines. 

We do NOT want Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House or Maxine Waters to be the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee. Lord, have mercy!

#9 Stay informed on the issues. Educate yourself and others. We have some great think tanks in Texas and around the country. Read articles, articulate the issues with knowledge, and teach others. Here are some of my favorite places to get great conservative reading material: Texas Public Policy Foundation, Institute of Policy Innovation (IPI), Heritage Foundation 

#10 Actually VOTE! Don't forget. Set a calendar alert on your phones, please. Get your full household (including your young adults) to the polls during early voting from October 22nd and November 2nd or on Election Day, November 6th. You can vote anywhere in your county during early voting but on Election Day, you have to vote in your precinct so make sure you know where you are voting beforehand. 

Vote all the way down the ballot for ALL Republicans. The days of fighting over who will be our nominees for different positions are over. (Believe me, I know).  Now we are keeping progressive Democrats from going to Washington or Austin. 

VOTE REPUBLICAN period! Let’s have the biggest turnout at the polls in a Gubernatorial year/Midterm election in TEXAS history! 

(You other people around the country reading this, please follow our lead and get out the VOTE!)

Let’s do something on this list - maybe even all 10, and impact this 2018 Texas Election! 

Let’s go, TEAM! America and Texas is worth it. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

PURPOSE- What I have learned from running for Congress (Part 3 of 3)

By Bunni Pounds

You haven’t lived until you have had $750,000 or more in negative advertising spent against you. I say that tongue and cheek and it always gets a laugh, but in reality it is true. It is a completely new perspective on life. 

What does our personal reputations actually mean to us? When we are attacked (our good names and reputation), it is a test of our security and where our ultimate worth is found.

I am a different person because of what I just went through running for Congress. From an eight person field to a two person runoff where it got highly competitive and not so friendly, I am different in a great way. I am stronger, bolder, and more secure in the love of my family, my friends and my God. 
Rev. Rafael Cruz with us a few weeks before the runoff

The Friday night after the polls had closed on early voting during the runoff, our little group of church members at Reality Community, that my husband and I have pastored went down to another church, the Oaks Church, for a night of worship. I was standing there in the presence of the Lord singing these beautiful songs and I just let it all wash over me - six weeks of ignoring all of the ads hitting people’s mailboxes and three weeks of TV ads calling me a liar because I talked about my opponent’s documented record. It just hit me what I had been trying to ignore for a month - I had been suffering. It hit me! This was something that I had never really felt before. This was what persecution felt like. 

In our modern American world, we don’t really understand suffering and persecution AT ALL. I know I didn't and still don't. Even with this political “persecution” that I just experienced (and I use that term lightly), it is nothing compared to what Christians in Egypt go through or Muslims that convert and have to endure horrific suffering because of their bold stands for Jesus. I was just standing up for America. But what I learned through this experience was rich and full of wisdom for my life in the future. I learned more about my PURPOSE

I learned how to walk in peace and joy every day while at the same time being tested, stretched, overworked, exhausted, fighting fear, and pushing ever barrier in my life. Running for Congress was the hardest thing I have ever done but it was also where I had the most joy. In the midst of suffering and persecution, I was living my purpose in that moment and that brought joy to my heart.  In the moments that I was running for Congress, my life all made sense, every experience I had had, every piece of information I had learned, every test that I had walked through, it all made sense and I was the most alive of my life.

What am I taking away from this life-changing experience?

This revelation: I have the ability to live in peace and joy every day of my life regardless of my circumstances if I trust God for my daily strength and wisdom and peace. 

Thankful for patriots like Lt. Col. Allen B. West supporting me on this mission
Sometimes we don’t understand the power of God to hold us steady in His presence until we NEED him. During this past season, I needed Him daily to get through my day on top and I identified my need every day. In that pursuit of Him every moment with my heart reaching for wisdom, patience, and peace, I found my real purpose. I discovered more about who I really am and I found out how faithful He is.

I discovered that if you want to change anything or do anything of worth in this life, you have to be ready for push back. 

When we stand up for what is right, we will have people who hate us. Get ready it will happen, but don’t be afraid. 

Philippians 1:29 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.”

As attacks against my name kept happening, we started having fun with it. 
This is one of my life verses that God gave me when I was a nineteen year old Bible school student in the early 90’s. I thought it meant that I would end up in war torn Rwanda at the time, that I would die a martyr (that could still happen), or that I would endure more suffering than others over the course of my life. For the first time during this race, I felt like I was closer to understanding what this verse meant for my life and the life of the Body of Christ as a whole. We have a choice to choose suffering for the good of the people around us and for truth. 

I want to encourage everyone to pursue your purpose. Don’t sit back. Push the envelope. Right the wrongs. Stand on the front lines of the battle. When you go for it (whatever “it” is for you), you find strength and you find supernatural fortitude that you can only discover in that place. It is so worth it and so rewarding. 

God wants to walk with you through the “valley of the shadow of death” and it is where you discover that you can truly “fear no evil” because He is with you. (Psalm 23). 

Our son, Ben, and his girlfriend after our big debate
The real purpose of our life is to walk with God. Regardless of our career, how we spend our time every day, our goals, our greatest purpose is to know Jesus. 

Here is one of my favorite scriptures John 17:24 that draws out our ultimate purpose in life, to know Jesus. This is part of Jesus’ final High Priestly prayer before He went to the cross. This was His ultimate desire for us and His great purpose.

John 17:24 Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” 

Again our purpose can be found in walking in His will for our lives and sticking close to the One who knows us better than anyone.  He is the One who can shield us from worldly persecution through giving us lasting joy and peace deep, deep in our hearts. 

Ultimately this Congressional run taught me much more about walking with Jesus - MY PURPOSE - and that was worth everything. I am forever thankful that He gives me my ultimate purpose. 

To read part 1 of this series on PRAYER, click here.

To read part 2 of this series on POLITICAL ACTIVISM, click here

I would love to come speak on any of these topics or much more on politics (impacting America for good) or religion (walking with God). 

Invite me at or 972-922-0022.