Local teacher challenging Stockman

Michael Cole


Rep. Steve Stockman may have a little competition in 2014 from an unlikely source: and Orange Democrat. Michael Cole, a teacher in the Little Cypress-Mauriceville district, says he’s hoping to raise enough money to take on Stockman, a conservative Republi- can who won more than 70 percent of the 36th congressio- nal district last year. Cole has set his fundraising goal of $6,000 to help pay for the campaign. The educator is making education and healthcare a major point of his campaign, according to his website, having worked with students who have discipline issues and having survived a four-year foot infection causing the loss of his foot. Texas’ 36th Congressional District includes all of Newton, Jasper, Tyler, Polk, Orange, Hardin, Liberty, and Chambers counties, plus portions of southeastern Ha rris County.