The Democratic chairmen for Texas House District 83 met late Friday afternoon and selected Lubbock attorney, Max R. Tarbox, as their nominee to appear on the November ballot to replace Charles Perry.

Kenny Ketner, the Lubbock County Democratic Chair, said, “We are pleased to announce that Mr. Tarbox will be our candidate in this important race for the Texas legislature. Max comes from deep West Texas roots, and has a distinguished record in business and as a local attorney.”

Max Tarbox was born in Lubbock. His father was the first All American football player for Texas Tech who later went on to become a World War II hero as a pilot with Doolittle’s Flying Tigers, and later served as a Member of the Texas House of Representatives from Lubbock in the 1960’s.

Mr. Tarbox graduated from Coronado High School in 1966, then attended college and received his degree from the University of Texas where he was a member of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.

After graduating from college, he was commissioned as a Naval Officer and served on a destroyer. Afterwards, he was sent to foreign language training where he became fluent in Vietnamese.

He later served a tour of duty in Vietnam as a Lieutenant in the Navy. Following his service in the military, Mr. Tarbox received his law degree from Texas Tech and a Masters in Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona where he received a degree in International Finance and was trained to speak Chinese.

After working international business he moved home to Lubbock to manage and own Elmer’s Weights which manufactured sporting goods in Wolfforth. In 1986 he sold the company, and Max has been practicing law since that time specializing in the area of business reorganizations. Max is married to the former Carol Griffin and has two children, James, who is an M.D., and Lizzy, who lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Carol and Max have 4 grandkids.

In accepting the Democratic nomination, Mr. Tarbox said, “I am humbled and pleased by this nomination, and pledge to run a vigorous campaign for the House seat. I have been active in the Lubbock community for many years, and look forward to making sure the needs of West Texas are heard in Austin.”

The theme for Tarbox’s election is “Invest in Texas.”

Tarbox announced his priorities for the next legislative session:

a. He will make sure our infrastructure is properly restored, maintained and improved.

b. He will fight to ensure that funds lost from budget cuts in our public school systems are restored and that future funding is increased.

c. He will support the institutions of higher learning in our district to make sure they receive proper treatment, funding and respect by our state legislature.

d. He will participate in efforts by our state government to ensure that our farm and manufactured products find foreign markets.

The election for House District 83 will be held on Tuesday, November 4.