|Name||Victor M. Morales|
Crandell, Texas , United States
|| November 15, 1949
|Contributor||Not in Public Domain|
Sep 23, 2016 10:46pm
Hispanic - Married - U.S. Navy - Catholic -
|Info||Victor M. Morales, former candidate for the United States House of Representatives. He is an alumnus of Texas A&I University and holds a degree in education. He has taught for 18 years, four in elementary, seven in middle school, seven in high school and one semester in community college. |
Morales was born in Racine, Wisconsin, but raised in Pleasanton. He had to grow up quickly after his father left, helping his mother with his three younger siblings. He was a member
of the track team and the band in high school. He was class president, named best dancer and was in the top 10 percent of his graduating class.
In community college, he received a track scholarship after entering as a "walk on" for the team, but had to leave school because of a financial hardship. He joined the United States Navy, receiving the Vietnam Service Medal during his two years of active duty.
In 1996, Morales shocked the political world by defeating three seasoned veterans in a primary. Morales had no staff and ran the campaign with only $15,000. He became the first minority in Texas history to become a United States Senate nominee from either party. He did not accept any special interest money as he went on to gather two and a half million votes against one of the most powerful and richest politicians in the nation.
In 1998, Morales made history again when he ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives.
For years, Morales has taught his students the power of education, the importance of believing in yourself and the necessity to contribute to others in the community. For him the question was never why would a teacher leave his job and travel 80,000 miles across Texas in pursuit of one of the most powerful positions in the country. The question was, why not?
Morales has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Dateline and in People magazine, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has also been interviewed by reporters from a host of foreign countries.
He is or has been a member of the Texas State Teachers Association, the American
Federation of Teachers, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War and the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Morales was formerly a city councilman in Crandall and precinct chair of Kaufman County.