One of the challenges of running for office as an Independent is that there’s no party platform or structure to fall back onto. But that’s also liberating: we can create a structure that brings diverse stakeholders together. No idea is off-limits for consideration. The only pre-conceived talking point, at least for our campaign, is that we are better off when we work together.
Working together is our bottom line. As Mark says, it’s our generation’s moonshot.
Having spent four years on Capitol Hill myself, I’ve seen firsthand how conversations break down when we aren’t open to new perspectives. And that’s why talking to voters in the 24th District of Texas has been so exciting: there are thousands of us who feel politically homeless but we still want to stay engaged in the political process. We’re tired of feeling like we either have to compromise 50% of what we believe in order to vote, or not vote at all.
Mark’s campaign is about creating a third way in politics, and today the Bauer for Congress team expands with the introduction of our Advisory Board. The board reflects some of the voices we’ll turn to as we seek to both represent the 24th Congressional District of Texas and understand how decisions we make here can affect the rest of the country.
Advisory Board Members are leaders in their communities and share their expertise with the campaign on issues where they have direct experience. If you’re passionate about creating a third option in politics where we can all work together and would like to join us, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Melissa Miles | Women’s Issues
Melissa Miles is a board member of New Wave Feminists (mentioned here for identification purposes only), a consistent life ethics group based out of Dallas. She graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a degree in political science and focuses her energy on highlighting the human dignity of all people. She’s passionate about educating, empowering, and advocating for life, and spends quite a bit of her activist efforts on assisting marginalized women at the border. During childhood she lived in Euless, and today resides in Carrollton with two hairy roommates, Pip & Rizzo, who are the cutest weirdos ever. Even when they wake her up too early.
Joey Rachid | Cybersecurity, Military, & Leadership
Joey Rachid is a husband, father of two, and grew up in Bedford. His career began in 1998 when he joined the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
After USMC boot camp, Joey successfully completed Marine Combat Training and started his military occupational training as a Military Police Officer. Because of his relentless pursuit of excellence, while completing Military Police school he was chosen to serve at the Presidential Helicopter Squadron (i.e., Marine One), for both President Clinton and President Bush from 1998-2002. During his tenure, he served as a Presidential Guard and led the Marine One Physical Security and Anti-terrorism/Force-protection program.
Because of his consistent high-performance reputation, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and honorably discharged from the USMC in 2002.
Today Joey is a leader in the Cybersecurity industry with over 20 years of experience. Joey has had the privilege of serving with some of the most prestigious Cybersecurity teams including US Cyber Command, the NSA, the Pentagon, Bridgewater, one of the Big-4 consulting firms, and various other private and public sector organizations. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the American Military University and CISSP, CISM, and PMP professional certifications.
When not working, he enjoys traveling, living a healthy lifestyle (yes, that includes running), excellent coffee, and tequila. His leadership values are honesty, integrity, and transparency.
Yonathan Moya | Immigration, Migration, & the US-Mexico Border
Yonathan Moya spent the last decade of his life serving in the non-profit sector, focusing on projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. He’s worked in communities in Costa Rica, Belize, Mexico, Honduras, Haiti, and Cuba. Yonathan is the Founder and Executive Director of Border Perspective (mentioned here for identification purposes only). Yonathan grew up on the U.S. & Mexico border. He’s a South Texas native now living with his wife, Megan, their son Jude, and mini-goldendoodle, Fitz, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
BAUER FOR CONGRESS TEAM MEMBERS
Aida Farah | Policy Research Intern
Aida Farah is a junior at the George Washington University studying political science with a double minor in Arabic and conflict resolution. She joined the Bauer campaign in July 2020 as a policy research intern after hearing about Mark’s campaign through Caleb. Issues she’s researched so far include education, occupational license reform, immigration, and care for military families. When she’s not working on the campaign, Aida loves to cook new recipes she finds online.
Caleb Paxton | Campaign Manager
Caleb Paxton is the founder of Liberatus, a community journal on wholeness in politics (mentioned here for identification purposes only) and joined Bauer for Congress as campaign manager in July 2020. A political science major, his background includes a field rep assignment based in Euless with The Leadership Institute, organizing GOTV for then-Speaker Pro Temp of the South Carolina House, and assisting Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) for over four years on Capitol Hill covering both office management and policy, including the House Natural Resources Committee.
Highlights of his time on Capitol Hill include organizing a leadership hour on energy issues for the House Floor, working with other stakeholders to move the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act through Congress to President Obama’s desk for a signature, and taking a quick photo with Jackie Joyner-Kersee at a reception ahead of the London 2012 Olympics. In 2014 he participated in a bipartisan tour of northeast Wyoming which was a key moment in realizing that life is a heck of a lot more fun when we quit the political nonsense and decide to work together.
While working, he’s usually drinking a Topo-Chico with a Twist of Lime (thanks, Mark). When not working, he’s usually training for another ultramarathon.