Primary election results are in

Well, the results are in and Dayna Steele has won the nomination for Democrat candidate for Texas Congressional District 36. Please join me in supporting her. Our main goal has always been to get the Trump puppet, Babin, out of office, and to send him back to his dental practice in Woodville. Better that he does root canals on his patients than on the residents of Southeast Texas.

And I want to thank you sincerely for the support and encouragement that you have given me during this primary race. I hope we can maintain the relationships we have developed and that you will feel free to call on me to support causes that you support. I will continue the effort to restore the role of government to work for the good of all of us.

Please stay engaged in the political process, as the primary is only the first step. We need to turn Texas blue in November for the good of all of us and our entire country.

Thanks again for your support.

Government shutdown demonstrates lack of leadership

The Republican Congress and Donald Trump’s White House just shut the government down.  They will tell you otherwise, but when you control all the levers of power in DC, the buck stops with you.

U.S. Capitol at Dusk
Credit: Martin Falbisoner (Wikimedia Commons)

When you control power in DC, the buck stops with you.


My wife works at NASA, so this hits especially close to home for my family and many in our community.  Ultimately this was an unnecessary development that will harm people across our district and country and end up costing the taxpayers additional billions of dollars for nothing.

The failure of Rep. Babin and Congressional Republicans to secure funding for Harvey recovery is a letdown of leadership.  Texas and other hurricane and wild fire ravaged areas of our country are in desperate need of funding to rebuild and prepare for the next disaster season, but Republicans chose to play politics over having our backs.

Our current Congressman could’t care less about tackling the problems we face.


I’m a scientist and former small town mayor, so I get what it takes to reach agreements and get stuff done.  Our current Congressman is more concerned with stoking the base and echoing the President, and couldn’t care about tackling the problems we face and that good government can address.

Babin and Trump tax bill are moving U.S. in the wrong direction

Jon Powell published an open letter to incumbent Representative Brian Babin in Sunday’s Polk County Enterprise. Here is the text in its entirety.

Mr. Babin:

You are wrong: we want affordable healthcare and good-paying jobs, not elected officials who reward the wealthiest Americans and big corporations with over $1 TRILLION in tax cuts.

Babin Tax Tweet 10 Jan 2018
Babin Tax Tweet 10 Jan 2018

You and Donald Trump are moving our country in the wrong direction. People are upset because you are rewarding big corporations over working families across Southeast Texas.

Adding $1.5 TRILLION to the debt our kids and grandkids will have to pay is inexcusable. Let’s use that money for our kids and veterans, NOT rewards for corporate CEOs and billionaires.


Jon Powell
Democratic candidate for Congress
Texas District 36


Texans still waiting for Harvey recovery and relief funds

Texans helping Texans

Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard move through flooded Houston streets as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey continue to rise, Monday, August 28, 2017.
Credit: U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West

No one was surprised when Texans lent a hand in recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey.  We saw neighbors helping neighbors and folks helping strangers.  And those strangers became friends.  We Texans did it because that’s the way we’re wired—we’re community—or at least that’s why we did it after Harvey.  Things weren’t so community-oriented after Superstorm Sandy.  Back then in 2012, Texas Senators Cruz and Cornyn, along with 20 members of the Texas Congressional Delegation, including Rep. Stockman from our TX-36, voted against the $50 billion relief package for those affected by Sandy.

Elected officials need to work for us

Some things don’t seem to change. So far, Texas’ request to the Trump Administration for Harvey relief and recovery have not been met.  Republicans control DC and they still cannot get their act together to help make our communities whole after Hurricane Harvey. 

How can they possibly think that not helping to rebuild our communities is why we elected them?  And they have not even considered investing in the projects that will combat future floods!

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation affected us all. Three months after the storm, we still wait for DC to take action. We need to recover from Harvey and rebuild for the future.

Hurricane Harvey
Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project


You can make a difference

It is past time that we elect a member to Congress who gets things done and plans for the future.  You can make this a reality, but only if you get involved today.  Please donate to our campaign, talk with your neighbors about our need to do the right things, and make sure you vote.


Why I Am Running for Congress

My name is Jon Powell, and I am a candidate for U.S. Congress in the 36th district here in southeast Texas.   

A little about me

I am a husband and father, a scientist and a geologist. I have my own environmental and management consulting business and I have worked with companies here and across the globe.

We moved to Taylor Lake Village in 1988 when Cindy Evans, my wife, got a job at NASA.  We spawned two native Texan sons, now grown up and on their own. We raised them surrounded by the friendship of our community.  Each of our family members is committed to public service and giving back to others in our community.  I have served as City Councilman and Mayor of Taylor Lake Village. Cindy has been on the police commission. Our boys have volunteered and worked to serve the public since they were little kids.

2018 is a pivotal election for this district and our country

We need to get the government back on track where it was intended—to serve the good of the people and provide opportunity for all.  This will take new leadership—here and in congressional races across the country—so we can put the country back on the path of investing in America so we can make a brighter future—for our kids and grandkids. 

Put real voices in Congress

I’m running for Congress to help put real voices in Congress so we can implement policies that help us build an economy that works for everyone—for people living in the more populated areas along the coast to those in the rural areas in the piney forests of East Texas. 

We need someone to build a positive and practical agenda that will help lift us up.
I am the person to do this. 

With your help, we can make this happen.  Will you donate $25, $50 or $100 TODAY so we can have the resources to talk to voters across the district?

With your help, we can make Texas and our country a better place for our kids and grandkids. 

Jon Powell Announces Candidacy for U.S. Representative, Texas Congressional District 36

“We need a representative who actually works for the people.”

Jon Powell for Congress, Texas Congressional District 36

With that observation, Jon Powell, former Mayor of Taylor Lake Village, announces his run for U.S. Congress to represent all of Congressional District 36 of Texas.

Jon, a geologist and small business owner, has a long career working with energy and chemical companies to improve their environmental and safety performance.

People tell Jon that the residents of Texas’ 36th Congressional District and the country need a representative who uses facts and reason to direct America’s resources and programs to benefit everyone. Jon will be that representative.

“My past public service and solid professional technical experience are proof that I’ll hit the ground running for voters across Southeast Texas, from our small towns all the way to Houston,” Jon stated.

Read the full press release: jon-powell-announces-candidacy-us-congress-texas-district-36.