It doesn’t happen often, certainly not often enough, but one of your colleagues—an AIA architect—is running for state office. Roman McAllen, AIA, Denton’s preservation officer is a candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC). Why, you may ask, is he doing that and why am I bringing it to your attention? To answer the first, remember back to the last legislative session when Denton had its hand slapped for attempting to regulate fracking, then visit his website at https://www.mcallenfortexas.com. While the Society has never been involved in a Railroad Commission race before, we have never before had a member run for one of the three commissioner posts. Admit it, wouldn’t you really rather elect an architect?
Some proposed changes to the Texas Historic Courthouse program were recently published in the Texas Register. Here is a link to the text. (See pages 5736-59.) To make your opinion about the Texas Historical Commission proposal, comments must be mailed by October 7th to Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, Texas Historical Commission, P.O. Box 12276, Austin, Texas 78711.