Congratulations to Jason Moore of Odessa, Texas, for winning The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation’s Unsung Hero Award!
The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation and State Policy Network are pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Unsung Hero Award: Jason Moore of Odessa, Texas
Jason Moore embodies the spirit of The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation Unsung Hero Award. He is committed to protecting the principles of freedom and works tirelessly to change state and local policy for the better—without the incentive a paycheck for his work or recognition.
The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation awarded a $25,000 check to Jason at the State Policy Network’s 20th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Amelia Island, Fla., on Wednesday, November 14. Many excellent candidates from around the country were nominated for the award, but Jason stood out for his efforts as a “citizen watchdog.”
Jason vigilantly attends city, county and school board meetings with his camera in hand to hold public officials accountable on how they are spending tax payer dollars. His latest effort is to educate the public on the large local debt in Texas ($322 billion) and the local bond initiatives on the November ballot.
He was nominated by Peggy Venable, the Texas Director for Americans for Prosperity. In her nomination she said, “Jason is a man who doesn’t care who gets the credit as long as the job gets done. He has worked tirelessly, and with no compensation, for the principles of limited government, free market policies and entrepreneurship.”
Jason owns his own masonry business in Odessa, Texas. He got involved with the cause when he and his wife testified before the State Board of Education about the lack of free-market material in public school textbooks. He has testified before the Texas House Public Education Committee on school facilities construction and wasteful spending on what he calls “Taj Mahal-type” buildings.
Jason was given his own local talk show on KWEL radio in Midland/Odessa, where he has volunteered his time to give voice to taxpayer advocates. He has become known as “Captain Watchdog” and involved his wife “Colonel Watchdog” and five kids “the watchdog pups” in his work. He also posts his findings to CitizenWatchdogs.com, where he is “barking on behalf of the taxpayer.”