About The Houston Area Liberty Campaign
The Houston Area Liberty Campaign is an organization defined by the message of liberty and freedom – a community of volunteers, organized from the ground up, with the purpose of bringing this message to the people. This group can do nothing without the individual heroism of vigilant patriots. It is our belief that through grassroot actions we can bring about a revolutionary change across the entire spectrum of the political process. Upholding the ideals of decentralized action and individual leadership has allowed us to accomplish much, and the continued embodiment of these principles will lead us to continued success.www.halc.us
About Debra Medina
Ms. Debra Medina is a recent Republican gubernatorial candidate, garnering almost 20% of the vote while running against two career politicians with huge war chests. Debra was recruited for her run as a gubernatorial candidate by the grassroots because she was known to the average Texan as hardworking, honest, and principled, and therefore a true “peoples’ candidate.” She was recently named as one of the 50 most influential Texans in the public policy arena by the national publication, Politics and Elections Magazine.
While running in the gubernatorial campaign, Debra earned the respect and support of thousands of citizens across Texas and subsequently formed We Texans so that she and her supporters could continue to educate and work on the issues which have become so important to Texas citizens. The non-profit, non-partisan organization promotes public policy and legislation which advances and protects private property and personal and economic liberty. We Texans, through education and activism, engages in research and analysis with the ultimate goal of returning the Texas government to the citizenry within the framework of constitutional government.
Debra has also excelled in her personal and political life prior to her gubernatorial run. She and her husband of 25 years, Noe, home schooled both their children, when it wasn’t nearly as easy or acceptable as it is today. Debra is a registered nurse and founder and CEO of Prudentia, a medical consulting firm. She is the Wharton County Republican Party Chair and has been involved in politics for over twenty years.
Debra is a sought after speaker, a much requested guest on radio and television stations, has had literally hundreds of web site and blog mentions, and has had articles published by The 10th Amendment Center as well as other online media outlets.
About John Baeza
Mr. John Baeza is an Assistant State Coordinator with the Florida Campaign for Liberty. John educated himself about the Constitution, has developed a Constitution course for the Florida Campaign for Liberty, teaches that course and also gives presentations about the Federal Reserve.
John is a retired NYPD Detective where he worked undercover narcotics with the NYPD before spending the last six years in the Special Victims Squad investigating sex crimes, child abuse, serial rapes and sexual homicides. John’s success in sex crime investigations resulted in a method of determining truthfulness of alleged assault victims, perpetrators and witnesses named after him: the “Baeza False Report Index” (BAFRI). http://twitter.com/johnbaeza
Before retiring, he also worked as a deputy sheriff in Florida. Even though he’s a retired Detective, John is a staunch libertarian and sees Constitutional issues as very black and white. John believes the premise for the ‘War on Drugs’ violates the Ninth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
In 1984 he began his 24-year law enforcement career, as a corrections officer at Sing Sing. But then came the day when John no longer felt that being a soldier for prohibition had anything to do with helping people. After an undercover assignment gone wrong, from which John had barely escaped with his life, the first thing his department chief wanted to know was whether the drug-buy money stolen from John at gunpoint had been recovered.
“After this encounter, I never made another buy,” John relates. “An epiphany, a life change – who knows? All I know is that this near-death incident changed everything about me. I no longer believed in the ‘drug war.’ I no longer felt the police should criminalize an individual for self-medicating himself while not infringing on the rights of others. I was a changed man.” He immediately transferred out of narcotics and went to the Special Victims Squad where he then became an investigator in sexual assaults; murders; and child molestations. Grisly work but satisfying when you can put bad guys behinds bars.
So he has fought in the “War on Drugs” at just about every law-enforcement level, all because, as he puts it, “I wanted to help people.”
About Bill Tofte
Mr. Bill Tofte is the former Chair of HALC and, along with his brother Mike, operates ITD Precision, founded in 1946 by Bill and Mike’s father. ITD Precision is a metal stamping, heat treating, e-coating and insert molding company that has been in continuous operation for 64 years and specializes in high-quality metal stamping. Automotive, electronic, oil field, construction, power transmission, electric and appliance companies find that ITD fits their special requirements for quality, delivery, and price. ITD Precision has an office in Houston, near US 290 and Telge Road and an office in Harlingen, Texas. www.itdprecision.com
Bill has given presentations to business groups about business operations. Bill also has given several speeches and presentations on issues such as “Audit the Fed,” “End the Fed,” and constitutional issues in general.