Meyer Hosts Party to Kick Off His Campaign For District 108

Legislative candidate Morgan Meyer (center) listens as Crayton Webb lists his host’s admirable qualities during Saturday’s party. (Photo: Linda Rogers)

Legislative candidate Morgan Meyer (center) listens as Crayton Webb lists his host’s admirable qualities during Saturday’s party. (Photo: Linda Rogers)

Morgan Meyer wasted no time announcing his candidacy for the Legislature; he sent out a news release on the same day that District 108’s longtime representative, Dan Branch, launched his bid for attorney general.

On Saturday, Meyer kicked off his campaign with a party at his University Park home, which was packed with supporters, many of whom live nearby.

“We have the most amazing neighbors,” said Meyer’s wife, Keana.

Their two daughters were upstairs, but their 8-month-old son did make an appearance, donning a Mustang-embroidered jumper. After all, it was game day for Meyer’s alma mater, SMU.

The family aspect is one element that is already garnering trust for Meyer among potential voters.

“I want someone who knows what it’s like to raise a family and build a business,” said Crayton Webb, who sits on the campaign’s finance committee. “This is how you win elections: friends telling other friends why they like him and trust him.”

In fact, Meyer’s role as a father is something that motivates his political aspirations.

“There is no better reason, in my mind, to run; when Keana and I were discussing whether or not we were going to take on this challenge, we kept coming back to our children,” said Meyer, who said he wants to preserve a bright future for the youngest Texans.

“I can’t tell you, also, how excited we are to have a party at our house where there isn’t a bounce house, mac ’n’ cheese, and there’s not some tears, though I guess that still could happen a little later,” he joked.

Guests included people who have known Meyer through all walks of life.

“He’s a solid, valued person; that hasn’t changed,” college friend Jim Engelland said. “Those core values are going to shine through.”

Some attendees, however, were there to learn more about Meyer.

“I haven’t heard the entire thing about him, but he’s a lawyer, and I am, too,” said Virginia Prodan, who immigrated to Dallas from Romania in the 1980s.

Two other Republicans — M Streets resident Chart Westcott and Devonshire resident Court Alley — have expressed interest in running for District 108, but neither has officially announced a campaign. Democrat Leigh Bailey of University Park is also in the mix.

Ultimately, Meyer’s party was an opportunity to mix with faces familiar and new, with the impact of family never far away.

“He’s been interested in politics since he was little,” Meyer’s mother, Marie, said with a smile as she greeted visitors at the door.

By Sarah Bennett Sep. 12, 2013 | 12:55 pm | 15 Comments | Comments RSS
  • ParkCitiesParent

    Court Alley is a dedicated conservative businessman… Morgan Meyer is a moderate trial lawyer claiming to be a conservative businessman. Meyer doesn’t even say he’s pro-life anywhere on his website. Hmm… makes the choice easy for me.

  • anon

    @ParkCitiesParent, tell us just who is NOT pro-life.

    BTW, Court Alley’s one-page website ( doesn’t say if he is pro-life, pro-women, or pro-dog.

  • ParkCitiesParent

    @anon Exactly, Court Alley doesn’t have a issues page up yet. Morgan has an issues page up and left off any social issues. Trust me, issue pages are carefully planned. It’s not an accident that there is no mention of standing up for traditional marriage, defending the unborn, or anything about the Second Amendment.

    Morgan Meyer is a RINO. Plain and simple. Look for him to endorse Strauss for Speaker as soon as he gets the chance. I hope Alley comes out for whoever is challenging Straus as soon as possible.

  • XT

    Hmmm, I wonder who ParkCitiesParent is voting for…

  • anon

    @XT – I’m thinking Leigh Bailey.

  • 1st anon

    2 different anons. I was the first; someone else the second.

    In any case, @ParkCitiesParent, please, tell us, just WHO in this world do you believe is not pro-life?

  • ParkCitiesReader

    Wow, I think the right question is who does ParkCitiesParent WORK for, not who are they going to vote for…I guess that is where we are, throw a bunch of baseless comments out there and hope some of them stick…and btw, why doesn’t Court have an issues page up yet, is he still trying to decide what he believes/polls well?

  • 2nd Anon

    Considering he shares the same consultants as Ken Paxton (that’s the hardcore right wing nutjob trying to beat Dan Branch for AG) I’d expect he’s waiting to hear what positions the Tea Party nuts want him to support. I foresee a hard push to the right in his near future.

  • Sarah Bennett


    I’ve updated the Court Alley post with his list of supporters. Go there to see more.

  • Observer

    Meyer looks like he could be a model, as is his wife. Nothing wrong with that.

    Our own Dan Branch is up against the head Railroad Commisioner, Smitherman, who claims to be preparing Texas to survive the upcoming collapse of the USA. Reassuring.

    Meanwhile, Sessions has a primary challenger, Tea Partier Katrina Pierson. Bet she hasn’t had a fund-raiser in a brothel (“No one was nekkid”), received a love note from Allen “Ponzi” Stanford, traded her spouse for a DC staffer, or failed to show up to be sworn into Congress. Still, we’re in a safe Republican district, and those that choose for us always choose Pete.

    Enjoy your primary season.

  • J Jones

    I know all three candidates – they’re good people. But I also know that they aren’t really the tea party nut jobs that they’re trying to be. I hate this race to the bottom to win the GOP primary. I would expect that in garland, not the bubble. Watch as the knuckles on these three guys will drag on the ground.

    And what exactly is wrong with speaker Straus? The nuts all say he’s bad. But conservatives have actually gotten a lot more done with him in power than an extreme tea partier.

  • Steve

    Does Dan Branch’s website talk about “standing up for traditional marriage and defending the unborn?” I know he does but he represents Oak Lawn as well. Do their votes not count at all? Isn’t Court about 27 years old? What kind of conservative business has he been involved in for the last five years since college? Dallas real estate?

  • XT

    @ Steve,

    Just a slight correction to your post, that’s “Daddy’s real estate”, not “Dallas real estate”.

  • Sarah Bennett

    @Steve, I think you’re thinking of Chart Westcott, who is 28. Court Alley is 33 I believe, and Morgan Meyer is 39.

  • Avid Reader

    Is it common practice to have a large company’s in-house counsel start in that position before actually starting law school?

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