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"Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent
alliances with any portion of the foreign world.."
George Washington (1796)
"Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should
be our motto."
Thomas Jefferson (1799)
"The ongoing migration of persons to the United States
in violation of our laws is a serious national problem
detrimental to the interests of the United States." -
Ronald Reagan, 1981
never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It
does so because honor is, finally, about defending those
noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if
it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean
social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution,
or as always, even death itself. The question remains:
What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What
is worth living for?" -
William J. Bennett in a
lecture to the U. S. Naval Academy, Nov 24, 1997
STAR: A journey through the solar system
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Taking part in the political process is
NOT an option... It is a responsibility.
Gorena Campaign Update:
For those 613 people that voted for me. Do not be
discouraged but encourage those who share our same values to be
involved. I am humbled by your support! I have made many
new wonderful friends in this campaign. I may not have won the
Mayor's race but you all make me feel like a winner. Thank you
to everyone who volunteered their time, money, and other efforts.
08:30 PM, May 09, 2015: The Unofficial Election Results
in. Congratulations to Rudy Durham on his win. There
will NOT be Run Off Election. I do not think it will change
much or at all for the final counts. I did call and left Rudy
Durham a voice mail congratulating him.
UNOFFICIAL FINAL RESULTS - MAYOR
John Gorena 613 - 33.21%
Rudy Durham 926 - 50.16%
Winston Edmondson 307 - 16.63%
05-01-2015: Gorena Campaign Update
1) If you do not live in Lewisville, I hope
that you are voting in your community in Texas.
2) There are 4 days left to vote (In
Lewisville, Denton County go to the Annex, Dallas County, Coppell):
Early Voting: http://gorena.org/voting-schedule.htm#EARLY
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday, May 4, 2015, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM *
Election Day: See Voting Locations for
Election Day on 05-09-2015 at
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
* I will be out at the
Lewisville Annex after 4:30 each day.
** I will be out at the Lewisville Annex all day.
3) The #1 Question I get asked, "How's the campaign Going?" The
answer to this question is not easy. Since 'Frank' has the
reputation of being blunt, let me be 'Frank' for this post. (LOL,
Nothing different right?) The answer is, "I have no Idea." I look
at those who are voting and I can only guess that I might have 25%
of the vote - not enough to even be in the Runoff. What we need to
win this election and avoid a Runoff is to have more than 50% of the
votes. The City election is a 'Majority Vote' election and the LISD
election is a 'Plurality Vote' Election. For LISD, who ever gets
the most votes wins, regardless of majority.
It is fitting that today is MAY 1st.
I woke up politically nine years ago about 5:30 PM on May 1, 2006.
Literally millions of people shut down major cities protesting the
paradigms that made America great. Waving flags of other countries
demanding benefits as if they deserve them more than citizens.
The events of that day had me asking "How did this ever happen?"
and "Why isn't anyone doing something about it?" That morning
I believed the thinking that we should just let God handle politics
and other events in the world - but I had it wrong. There is
truth to the phrase, "God helps those who help themselves!"
God gives us free will. He does not make anyone vote. I
realized that evening that God does give us the strength to do what
is right and to endure the trials that we go through when we are
persecuted. AND He is with us for those times when we fail.
We have to choose to participate whether it is speaking up, voting,
or running for office. Silence is approval. We must
speak up and take action - it speaks louder than just words.
Do you really approve of the smearing or the decisions that my opponents make? Do they share your
values? Do you share their values? I ask for your vote. I
ask that you take action and get others to vote that share our
values (or most of them). I am clear about who I am and my values:
4) What do those people that took the time to
get to know me think? Please see my endorsements page to see
statements from your fellow citizens that have actually spent some
time to get to know me. Here are a few links here - Please share
this with Friends:
Letter from Tom Jensen:
Audio clip (3 Minutes) from JD Wells of The
Letter from the Denton County Conservative
See more at:
5) If you have a sign in your yard – Thank
You. If on Facebook, please make your profile picture one of my
signs in my photos. It will show the sign where ever you have
6) Please tell others to go vote for JOHN
GORENA. Your efforts are the only way we can win.
John Gorena, Candidate
for Lewisville Mayor
Response to the smearing and creation of false picture on facebook.
It is with a heavy heart that I feel I have to write
this post. At church this morning, a few of my fellow church members asked
me about the school marquee and the smearing created and started by one of my
opponents on Facebook (City Of Lewisville facebook page). One asked me why
I was not responding to the vitriol and hateful comments. Though I did respond
at one time, the comments were just twisted. Well basically as a
Christian, I do not want to get into a false argument created by the other side.
However, since so many have been exposed to this scheme, I have decided to post
my response here so others may read it and know what really happened.
First, that is not the school marquee.
That is a photoshop creation by one of my opponents. It does look real
but it is not. The School would not do such a thing.
Second, I was first notified by email by the senior
class president late Sunday night on 4-12-2015 and was given two dates.
I stated I cannot make those dates due to previous commitments and wished them a good forum. I did
call the office during the week to discuss other dates but could not make contact with the
class president who I thought was staff at first. I called again later
in the week once I found out that she was a Student and not staff, to offer
the fake marquee was posted and the feeding frenzy began. I
responded later in the week to clear up a few false statements that were
posted but that was like throwing blood in the water. The comments
continued to be twisted, etc...
On Wednesday, an email was sent out that the
forum was not going to be held. It was because of the short notice and
all the candidates could not make the dates offered or alternate dates,
Friday, on that fake marquee facebook thread,
the activities director for the school posted, "I feel
after reading this post I need to speak for my students that were organizing
the forum. The student officers at LHS were asked to do a forum and the idea
was given to them by Mr. Edmondson. I'm sure many saw his post of the
meeting. The students loved the idea and were excited. However, from the
beginning we really didn't have many open days to have the forum since we
have so many school activities happening daily, but we tried. We don't blame
anyone for not being able to make a forum when notified so late. It was a
great idea, but it should have been started in February so we could have
plenty of time to find a good day for all candidates. Mr. Durham and Mr.
Edmondson were available on the two dates given. Mr. Gorena had previous
commitments, which we understand. Mr. Gorena contacted us and told us the
days he was available but we have too many activities scheduled and couldn't
find another date. Please know we wish all candidates good luck. Our senior
president was the one trying to organize the event since it was student led.
She was upset when she read this post and the negative things that came from
her not being able to find a date that was good for all. I assured her this
happens sometimes during political campaigns. We hope to be able to do one
in the future and give each candidate the appropriate amount of time to find
a good date. Also, I've received a few phone calls about the photoshopped
marquee. At no time would our school actually put that on the school
marquee. We had nothing to do with the image posted. Thanks to all for
understanding. I've told my students to look at the web pages of each
candidate and look at their platform and try to meet them before voting."
See the screen shot -
You would think that the posting from the
Activity School Director would clarify everything and it would stop.....
04-03-2015: Campaign Update
Early Voting starts in about three weeks and I really need all of you to
pitch in with your time spreading the word and getting others to vote for
GORENA on the ballot. This will be a tough election and I warn people
that they have to actually listen to what the candidates are saying (or NOT
saying). Rhetoric is just Rhetoric.
Meet and Greet for My Campaign:
Signs: Please let me know if you want a
sign in your yard or business yard. I will be putting signs out in
public areas about a week or so before voting starts. It is important
that we get signs on private property ASAP and spread the word.
Sign up to Run for Council ends.
There are three candidates for Mayor. I need
your help to avoid a Runoff. My goal is still to win this election.
Please help me get more than 50% of the votes - the first time around.
Please see the Campaign site to help with:
02-19-2015: Gorena for Lewisville Mayor
Here is an email that I sent to my blog email subscribers
REALLY SHORT Version:
I turned in my paperwork today to run for Mayor of
Lewisville. I hope that ALL of you will get the word out and go VOTE for me.
Remember that EVERY vote counts and when early voting starts – vote early - you
have about two weeks. Many more emails to come. Campaign website will be up soon
here at this location and
donations will be needed. Anything you can do will help.
I made a final decision to run for Mayor of Lewisville
Yesterday - on Wednesday afternoon (02/18/2015) – and tuned in my paperwork
about 4:45 PM today. I can assure you that I had every intention NOT to run.
However, on Wednesday evening, 02-11-2015 something happened. It was not a grand
explosion or some critical event. It is amazing what little things affect us.
Well maybe not so little… More like one more thing that just pushed me into
considering to even make this decision. It did not come easy. As I was saying,
about last Wednesday, Maria and I were at dinner and one of the Councilman came
by to our table to say hello. He asked me if I was thinking about running again
and I said No. I meant it. We talked for a minute and I asked him to lead
prayers because Dean Euckert was the only member that led prayers. The rest of
council does a ‘moment of silence’. Anyway, this councilman, said that he would think about it. I was
not assured and it made me feel uneasy. If you recall, I think it is important
for leaders to lead prayers. It not only encourages the leaders to be in a
proper frame of mind, it is also good for those who are following along. When I
was on the council I always led a prayer when it was my turn. I was honored to do so. Well, after
that night, Maria and I prayed about this and I could not get it out of my mind.
All the issues were on my mind and maybe this was just the knock on the door that I needed to stay involved. Maria is by my side on this decision and
that was another tough decision made. I want to make it clear that it would be
very unfair to say that this prayer issue is the only issue. You all know I have
listed many issues of concern when I was on the Council and they are still
important. As for Mayor, I think it is more about the direction that Lewisville is going – has
Twenty-five years ago, Lewisville was the place to be.
It was a good wholesome community, Families, Schools, everything.. Those of you
who are long term residents know exactly what I mean. You have seen areas change
like shopping centers, neighborhoods, etc… You have seen families and other
friends move from Lewisville. Maybe they moved to Flower Mound or Corinth or
some other community that just felt better to them. Maybe citing that they want
their kids to go to another school or the complaints about the neighborhood. It
is something that is hard to define. I do not think it has anything to do with
the size of Lewisville but I definitely think it has to do with the feel of
Lewisville. I do not think spending more money is the answer. I think it is
about wanting to be here with a sense of pride and patriotism, about what makes
Texas and this Country great. It’s about God and Country. It’s about
responsibility and duty to not just yourself but to others. It’s about being a
community that believes in higher moral values and all traditions and ideas that
made this Country great.
Will you help me?
Since this decision was not long in planning, I have a
lot to do. My website will be changed to promote the campaign and my blog will
still be there. The campaign site will have a place for donations so I really
need you to donate quickly and not wait. If you can afford $25, $50, or any
amount will be great. Like every vote matters, so does every dollar. Above all,
let’s avoid a fiasco like we had 2 years ago. Regardless if you think no one
will vote for my opponent because he is a tax appraiser or tax assessor for the
county, that does not matter. In fact, my opponent is a nice guy and I like him
BUT we are on the opposite side of the political and basic ideas spectrum. You
must vote because you have a sense of duty to all those that think like we do. I
ask that you make an effort to shepherd others to register to vote and vote
early. If you do not live in Lewisville anymore, I am sure that some of your
friends do or you know people who know people, etc… Getting you and your family
to vote and continue getting others to go vote is essential. I am amazed at the
amount of people who are not even registered to vote. Please help them get
I will not quit on you, please do not quit on me.
More to come….
02-12-2015: City Council and School Board
Elections, May 9, 2015
Early voting starts with April 27, 2015 and Election
Day is May 9, 2015. See dates and times on the
City of Lewisville website under Mayor and Council section..
City Council Elections: There will be 3
positions open for election this year.
The regular election for 3 years for Mayor and
Place 2. Residents wanting to run for a spot on the Lewisville City Council can file for candidacy now through Feb. 27,
Mayor Position, Currently Rudy Durham is the
only candidate running for Mayor. He is vacating his
position in Place 5 to run for Mayor.
Place 2: Currently Neil Ferguson, the
incumbent is running for re-election.
A Special election for the last year of a 3 year
term for Place 5. Residents wanting to run for a spot on
the Lewisville City Council can file for candidacy now through
March 9, 2015.
For those of you thinking about running for office.
I recommend Place 2 or Place 5 positions... Though there is
nothing stopping you from running for Mayor also...
Requirements are to be a resident for at least one year and a
registered voter. The deadlines to sign up are listed above
and the process is done online on the city website.
I do not know all the candidates. I have had
some exposure to each of them. Some more than others. I
do know this... If you are a person that shares my political
views and core values,
then you will give the citizens a clear choice if you decide to run.
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