I just turned 70 years old and feel like I am only 19. (Where did all of the years go?) I am the daughter of two chemists. They were the children of farmers.
My mom was born on a farm near Waldo, Florida. My dad was born near Seattle, Washington. His family had a dairy farm. My father’s paternal grandfather immigrated from Sweden. His grandfather wanted a unique last name. That is why my maiden name is Rosene.
My dad’s aunt, Dr. Hilda Florence Rosene, was one of the first female professors at the University of Texas at Austin. I was able to spend time with her when we moved to Austin, Texas. I had no idea how special she was. Now I realize she was a trailblazer, of some sort.
My mom and dad met each other at Purdue University in Indiana. They were working on their PhDs in Chemistry. They married and had me. My dad finished graduate school and took a job in Indonesia. The next child, my sister, was born there.
My parents moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when I was three. When I was growing up Tulsa was the Oil Capital of the World, not Houston. My dad was the director of a research laboratory, a division of Dow Chemical. I am the oldest of 6 children. My parents were very frugal. They always had a big backyard garden with fresh things to eat.
I started college at Oklahoma Baptist University and studied Music. I was a piano major. I met my husband, William Beazley, while he was a student at Tulsa University. We married and moved to Austin for him to go to graduate school. He finished his studies and received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. I completed two college degrees in Education at UT. I have a BS in Elementary Education and a Masters in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. I also became a Reading Specialist.
I stayed home with my children for awhile. We moved to Houston later. I went back to school at TWU and received my BSN, in Nursing. I also have an MBA from Our Lady of the Lake.
I am a curious person and like to go to school. I have had the opportunity to travel all over the world. For example, my husband does consulting in his field. I went with him 4 times to Malaysia. My daughter lived in Greece for a year. My nephew lives in Nepal. I like to use any excuse to go and visit friends and relatives.
I became interested in politics when I was in high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I joined the Young Republicans when I was 17 years old. My parents and their friends were Democrats and they liked what they were hearing from the Republicans, like Reagan, so they changed their party affiliation.
My parents were well educated and talked about current events to my siblings and me all the time. They were informed voters. My dad constantly wrote letters to voice his opinion, when things didn’t make sense to him. I write letters, too.
I believe that it is extremely important to vote and stay informed at all times. The Founding Fathers worked very hard to write the Constitution. In my opinion, we must be very careful about carrying on their work. We are the government. We need to hold our political leaders to a high standard. They need to be reminded that they work for us.
I live in Jersey Village, Texas. I found voter fraud in the May 2018 City Council election. I reported everything to the State of Texas Election Division and the Harris County Republican Party. Sadly, there have been many problems with voter fraud across the country. Jersey Village isn’t very large, so we don’t get the attention of some places like Dallas.
I have trained myself to become an investigative reporter. I also found two judicial candidates in the last election cycle who ran for judge in Harris County. One of them wasn’t truthful about her credentials. The
other judicial candidate had a lot of lawsuits and fines against him. I don’t understand why they thought they should run for judge. I reached out to the Harris County Republican Party with the information. I recommended to them that they now request all candidates provide resumes and verify them. I also recommended that they do background checks, to be sure there aren’t problems in their recent background. (I am not alarmed by something that was many years, ago.)
I became a “Watch Dog” in Harris County. I became a “Watch Dog” in Jersey Village. Residents started asking me to run for City Council. At first I said “no”. I finally decided to run. I am NOT a politician. I am a
public servant. Since I am retired I have the time to run.
Another candidate decided to drop out of the race for Texas State Representative. I started thinking about running in his place. I am actively locally. I know some of the local State Representatives. I have been a nursing instructor for 8 years. I have worked for Houston ISD. I have worked for a charter school. I know a lot of the issues from the inside. I have worked in the corporate world, healthcare and education. I have worked, either, for pay, or as a volunteer for over 50 years. I have a vast wealth of knowledge.
One political person who inspires me is President Reagan. To me he seems like a regular person who became the President. My dad taught me that everyone puts their pants on one leg at a time. I can picture Reagan
exactly like that. I believe he was the right person for the right time.
I am inspired by Florence Nightingale. She is the founder of Modern Nursing.
I carried an Annie Oakley lunchbox when I was in elementary school. She was an amazing sharpshooter. There was a TV show about her when I was a child.
I attended Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Our school mascot was the Patriot. The school is named after Nathan Hale. He was hung by the British as a spy. He was 21 years old. I believe his famous words were “I regret that I only have one life to give to my country”.
I would like to see reform in many areas including healthcare, mental health and education. I would like to see jail and prison reform. My mother taught me the importance of being stewards of our resources, like
water and the soil. We weren’t allowed to be wasteful. I know how to sew and cook. My husband is always making things. We were raised during a time when people made things and learned how to do things themselves, instead of buying everything at the store.
I am concerned that there are a lot of people in the country who wouldn’t know what to do if there were some kind of a calamity and they couldn’t buy food at the grocery store. The Houston area has faced many major
storms. Jersey Village has had 4 major floods. My daughter’s house flooded in the Tax Day Flood several years, ago. I worked for Harris Health. We were the hospital which took care of the Katrina evacuees. I
was there after work helping.
I know the importance of being prepared for an emergency. I know the importance of storing food, like dried beans and rice, in case the food supply is interrupted for several months. Most residents of the United States don’t have a clue and wouldn’t know what to do, if there were an emergency. I find that very troubling.
I would like to encourage everyone to start thinking about planning and being involved with their communities. We need to reach out to others and make sure that everyone knows what to do. I heard so many times after the Harvey Flood, that “residents had never flooded before”. They never expected to be in such a situation. Fortunately, we saw neighbors helping neighbors. We saw the Cajun Navy come from Louisiana to help us. It was a wonderful time when the barriers for race and social class fell away.
I have a website that you might want to look at. I want help inform the voters about what was going on in the community. Please look at www.merrileebeazley.org
I would like to think that voters would be willing to consider voting for me, because I stand for the truth. I am frugal and believe that I am a steward of their money. I believe in the Constitution. I believe that we must honor our Founding Fathers and not squander their sacrifice.