Candidates Express Interest in Running For Branch’s Position

Chart Westcott waves a flag during the Park Cities Fourth of July Parade. His float bore a banner that said "Chart Westcott for Texas." (Staff photo: Andrew Buckley)

Chart Westcott waves a flag during the Park Cities Fourth of July Parade. His float bore a banner that said “Chart Westcott for Texas,” without specifying the office he is seeking. (Staff photo: Andrew Buckley)

Now that Rick Perry has said he won’t run for re-election, Attorney General Greg Abbott is all but certain to announce his bid for the governor’s mansion. After that happens, most likely on Sunday, state Rep. Dan Branch is widely expected to officially launch his candidacy for Abbott’s position.

So the real question is, who will make a run at the District 108 seat in the Legislature, which the Republican from University Park has held for 10 years?

Chart Westcott, 28, was riding on a float in last week’s Park Cities Fourth of July Parade that bore a “Chart Westcott for Texas” sign. When asked what specific office he’s seeking, Westcott said he’s interested in Branch’s job, assuming all the dominoes fall as expected.

Westcott, who is single, said he grew up attending Highland Park ISD schools but graduated from Greenhill. He has a law degree from SMU, and he works for Westcott LLC, an investment firm founded by his father, Carl.

A recent appointee to the Texas Real Estate Commission and the founder of a political action committee called the Conservative Values Coalition, Westcott is rumored to have amassed more than $700,000 in donations. Legislators and candidates must file semi-annual campaign-finance reports by Monday.

Another potential candidate is Court Alley, executive director of a political action committee called Brighter Dallas. His Twitter profile description includes #District108.

Alley, 33, said he is also interested in running for Branch’s position, assuming it comes open. A graduate of Highland Park High School, he is the president of Caruth Marketing, which he named after his favorite childhood park.

Alley and his wife, Mary Clare, a clinical psychologist, live in Devonshire with their 1-year-old son.

Court, Mary Clare, and Ford Alley (Courtesy of Court Alley)

Court, Mary Clare, and Ford Alley live in Devonshire. (Photo: Thisbe Grace)

By Dan Koller Jul. 11, 2013 | 6:00 am | 59 Comments | Comments RSS
  • Neal

    This is like the Pepsi Challenge, but with douches.

  • Austinite

    @ Real McCoy “We need people representing us in office who have an actual understanding of how business and the world works, not someone who has carried a silver spoon in their front pocket their whole life.”

    Although I am not political, I have known Chart for 14 years. I have listened, watched and learned so much from him over the years. I can confidently say that Chart has a brilliant understanding of how the business world works; an understanding that he has worked towards for far longer than since he graduated from law school. He was born into a privileged situation and raised by hard working, challenging parents who prepared him well for the real world. I completely support him in all of his political endeavors, as he would be exceptional in office.

  • NoDalDad

    @Park Cities Parent
    WOW! You need to get out of the Park Cities more. Greenhill “a high school of less esteem” then HP? That is one of the most ridiculous posts of all the above, and that is saying a lot, for there’s a load of ridiculous there.

  • Chester

    Chart and his father Carl are very good friends and big contributors to Jerry Brown the ultra liberal CA governor.
    Chart worked for Brown in his election. I always thought Chart was a liberal Democrat. Now he is a conservative Republican????

    Who knew? Daddy’s money must mean you can re-write your history!!

  • Neal

    @Chester: Thank you, we’ve already seen that comment. More than once, actually.

  • Joe


    You say you have “listened, watched and learned so much from him over the years.”

    What can you really learn from a 28-year old kid who just graduated from college? Please give us a few examples — and the cheat codes for xBox games don’t count.

  • Graph Eastbunk

    Turns out Chart has some hilarious things to say on twitter:

  • Mike and Emmy Guy

    Morgan Myer would be the best candidate. Truthful to himself and family, successful, intelligent. No daddys money, no false prophet bs. No frat boy image. This is not brain surgery. It is HP though.

  • John

    All of these people are wrong for Texas. They may represent this small enclave of Dallas but they do not represent Texas. This is all so sad to even have to read. We should be progressing as a state, not stuck in the past electing people from 1980s frat movies.

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