Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 17, 2013

Candidate Pauken to visit Athens Thursday

From Staff Reports
The Athens Review

Athens — Republican candidate for Governor Tom Pauken will visits Athens on Thursday afternoon to meet potential voters in the 2014 primary.

The event will be at the Railway Café, 210 N. Palestine St., Athens and last from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“These are critical times for our state and our nation and we need a serious discussion on policy and the style of leadership needed to move Texas forward,” Pauken said in a recent statement.

Pauken served as Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission from 2008 to 2012. His career also includes a stint on President Ronald Reagan’s White House staff.

Reagan named Pauken Director of the ACTION agency.  At ACTION, Tom founded the Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program and implemented Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say No to Drugs” campaign.

For his  service as Director of ACTION, Tom Pauken was awarded the Ronald Reagan Medal of Honor by his fellow Reagan administration alumni.

Pauken was elected Texas Republican State Chairman in 1994, and helped build a Republican majority in Texas.

He is a small business owner and the author of “The Thirty Years War: The Politics of the Sixties Generation.” His most recent book is “BRINGING AMERICA HOME: How America Lost Her Way and How We Can Find Our Way Back.”

Now that Greg Abbott is entered in the GOP race for governor to replace Rick Perry, Pauken is ready for an exchange of ideas.. He believes the two candidates give a real choice in the race.

“I am calling upon Greg Abbott to engage with me in a series of Lincoln-Douglas style debates and community forums across the state so that voters can come to understand our differing views of how the Republican party should govern,” Pauken said.

Tom and his wife, the former Ida Ayala, have seven children and 14  grandchildren.