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The Malakoff News of Malakoff, Texas

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Meets with health care professionals

MALAKOFF-Texas State Representative John Wray visited Malakoff Jan. 16, where he spoke at Malakoff High School's Career Day as a guest of Malakoff ISD Superintendent Randy Perry.

He then toured Cedar Lake Nursing Home, where he sat down with The News and told of issues he's working on in Austin, where the 84th state legislative session started last week.

Wray is the State Representative for District 11, which includes Ellis County and the western Henderson County cities of Seven Points, Tool, Trinidad, Star Harbor and Malakoff. He takes over for Jim Pitts, who was the area's State Representative since redistricting in 2011.

Wray said his goals representing District 11 include funding statewide infrastructure and water capacity, along with working on legislation to eliminate and reform the state franchise tax, which would benefit small business.

Wray also said he was committed to protecting individual liberties, such as right-to-life and pro-Second Amendment stances.

Also mentioned was tort reform, which along with federal and state regulations are issues for western Henderson County's largest locally owned private employer, Cedar Lake Nursing.

Loretta Humble and her son, Douglas Humble III, told Wray the nursing home opened in 1967, is one of the last remaining family-owned nursing homes in the state and routinely receives five-star ratings from regulators.

Dr. John Sawtelle, who recently assumed semi-retired status after 33 years serving as a Trinidad physician, joined the Humbles to welcome Wray.

Humble serves on the Texas Health Care Association's (THCA) board of directors. Founded in 1950, THCA is the largest long-term care association in Texas.

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Original Publication Date: January 23, 2015

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