Welcome to East Texans for Liberty. We are an Upshur County-based nonpartisan organization, established in 2014, to advance constitutionally conservative solutions. We welcome like-minded Texans to join us as we work together for the cause of liberty.

No membership fees or dues to join.  Your information is safe with ET4L.  ET4L never shares member information. 

Mission Statement:

The mission and purpose of East Texans for Liberty is to affect public policy at local, state and national levels consistent with the core values of constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets, to attract, educate, organize, and activate people of all ages to become involved in civic affairs, preserve these values through political action, and to work cooperatively with other like-minded groups. 

East Texans for Liberty Monthly Meetings:

2nd Monday of the month
Location: Lantana Center, 80 Lantana Road, Gilmer, 75644
Time: 7:00 PM 
Open to the public.
If you wish to be a speaker for one of our monthly meetings, please call us at (903) 500-2292.

ET4L Executive Board Members:

Stacy McMahan

Stacy is a founding member of East Texans for Liberty and is an Executive Board member.  She serves in the positions of President, and the Director of Programs and Events, Media and Public Relations, and Website and Social Media.

A staunch constitutional conservative, Stacy's passions include pro-life, religious liberty, Texas family values, property tax reform, and education.

Stacy was part of Ted Cruz’s “Kitchen Cabinet”, the East Texas liaison for Governor Perry in 2012, and volunteered on campaigns for Ken Paxton, Matt Rinaldi, Matt Schaefer, and Bob Hall from 2010 to present.

In 2012, Stacy was a Director for the Get Out the Vote Campaign for the Republican Party of Gregg County.  She was honored to be nominated, by the Republican Women of Gregg County, for the Texas Federation of Republican Women Tribute to Women Award in 2014.  She is a member of Republican Women of Gregg County, and an associate member of Republican Women of Northeast Texas and Upshur County Republican Women.  She is a member of the Republican Party of Gregg County and associated with the Republican Party of Upshur County. Stacy is also a member of the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition from 2015 to present. 

Stacy was honored to be selected as the Republican Party of Texas Senate District 1 Volunteer of the Year in 2017 and received the Texas Conservative Leadership Award - 2017, from her peers and Empower Texans. Stacy is also part of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s and Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s advisory teams.

In 2017, through ET4L, Stacy assisted in outfitting the law enforcement in Upshur County with active shooter vests covering the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Upshur County Constables, Ore City Police Department, Big Sandy, and East Mountain Police Department.

A native Texan, Stacy is a retired paralegal who enjoys playing in her garden, singing in her church choir, and raising Nubian goats, with her husband Harry of 15 years, in Gilmer, Texas. They have 3 children.


David Watts 

David Watts is a founding member of East Texans for Liberty and an Executive Board member. David is the Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for ET4L’s annual Stars of Texas Fall Celebration.

A staunch conservative, David's passions include property tax reform and civil asset forfeiture reform. 

With more than 20 years of experience solving business challenges with technology solutions, David helps clients around the world leverage technology to become more efficient, more effective, and to reinvent themselves to better serve their clients. David’s work helps clients implement technology and Human Capital Management solutions to discover new ways to solve their business challenges. He has extensive experience with SAP HCM, SuccessFactors, and Talent Management Solutions.

David has been employed as a Human Capital Management Project Manager with NSPRO since August 2016. He is responsible for HCM project management delivery for national and global organizations. His specialties include SuccessFactors Talent Management solutions and SAP HCM on-premise solutions.

Previously, David was employed by Clarkston Consulting as a Senior Manager, responsible for project and program management delivery for national and global Consumer Products and Life Sciences organizations. He was active in building the Clarkston Human Capital Management practice including cloud-based HCM solution capability. David has published numerous thought leadership articles and spoken at various professional thought leadership conferences and forums. Specialties include Human Capital Management within Consumer Products and Life Sciences Organizations; Project and Program Management; Organizational Change Management and Effectiveness; and Global Merger/Acquisition strategy and execution.

David attended Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University in Project Management (1995-1996), the University of Louisville with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Political Science and Government (1989-1993), and California State University-Northridge in Speech Communication and Rhetoric (1988-1989).

David is the author of “Hope in Hungnam - A Novel of the Korean War,” and the City of Longview’s Traditional Marriage Resolution.

David enjoys living in East Mountain, in Upshur County, and is happily married to his wife Desiree for 28 years. They have 3 children.


Mary Anne Farrow

Mary Anne is a founding member of East Texans for Liberty and an Executive Board member. Mary Anne serves in the position of Secretary for ET4L and has served as the committee chair for both Education and Caring for Texas committees. 

Mary Anne is a true conservative, whose passions include pro-life, educational choice, and property tax reform. Mary Anne also has a soft spot for our amazing law enforcement, recently assisting in the outfitting of law enforcement officers in Upshur County with active shooter vests.

A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Mary Anne Farrow got to Texas as fast as she could! She is an Administrative Assistant with the Department of Family and Protective Services, specifically with Child Protective Services, and a fluent Spanish bilingual with a legal background.

In her spare time, she is a cantor and lector at her parish church, loves to garden, sing anytime, anywhere, and you will always catch her with a book in her hand. She loves being out in the country living the simple life, loves her animals and chickens, and adores her family. She also is a huge Harry Potter nerd!

Mary Anne has been married to best friend Richard Farrow for 29 years and they have 3 children and 1 granddaughter.



Jim Strader

An early ET4L member, Jim joined East Texans for Liberty's Executive Board in 2017, replacing founding member Cole Hefner, who is now the sitting Texas Representative for House District 5.  Jim serves in the position of Sargeant of Arms for ET4L.

A staunch constitutional conservative and avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment, Jim's passions include constitutional carry, voter id, property tax reform, pro-life, and veteran advocacy.

Jim attended the East Texas Police Academy and the University of Phoenix - Criminal Justice in 2010.  He is a member of Oathkeepers, Constitutional Sheriffs, and Peace Officers Association.  

In law enforcement since 2009, Jim is a Deputy Sheriff with the Upshur County Sheriff's Office. 

An 82nd Airbourne Army Veteran from 1986-2007, Jim enjoys hunting, with his large, yet very close, family and friends.  

From Parishville, New York, Jim moved to East Texas in 2009 and lives in Longview, Texas.  Jim has 7 children and 2 grandchildren.