Attorney and Counselor at Law
I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I am married to Terry Filidoro. I have three adult children and one grandchild. Terry and I attend and are members of Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church. I enjoy volunteering as a usher and playing the drums with Trietsch MUMC Chancel Orchestra.
As a breast cancer co-survivor, I learned the meaning of compassion and humility. I lost Janet, my wife in 2007 to breast cancer after she fought the valiant fight for seven years. I quickly went from a care taker to a care giver after she was first diagnosed. I wear Susan G. Komen pink ties, first for Janet and now for other courageous survivors that I have met over the years.
I served on the Flower Mound Town Council from 2007 to 2012 where I was Mayor Pro Tem and Council Member - Place 2. There I quickly learned that a segment of the population would always be unhappy with decisions made. But I worked hard and did my homework before every vote. I also served on the Flower Mound Planning and Zoning Commission as Past Chair and Vice-Chair.
I am a member of local community organizations such as Summit Club of Flower Mound - Past President & Vice President, Flower Mound Rotary Club, Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Flower Mound 2010. Political organizations in Denton County that I belong to include, Flower Mound Area Republican Club, and the Denton County Republican Assembly. I have also volunteered my time to help numerous Republican Candidates over the years.
I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio to a middle class, blue collar, catholic, Italian family. And they were democrats. I left Cleveland in 1987. Having left my family, I was able to re-examine my core values. I determined that my values and beliefs were more aligned with the Republican Party. So in 1990, having moved here, I changed parties. In doing that I followed a prestigious line of people such as Phil Graham, who was a major influence in my new party affiliation, Rick Perry, Ronald Reagan, and Abraham Lincoln. It amazes me that so many of you have had the same cathartic experience in finding your way to our party.
I have the honor of serving on the U. S. Selective Service Commission where I was appointed by George W. Bush. I have served as a Judge with the Fort Worth's Teen Court and North Richland Hill's Teen Court where I served as a student advocate. This is a great program which I would like to bring to this Court.
I am an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Phoenix, where I have taught for 13 years. I am a Small Business Owner, Filidoro Law Firm, PLLC - Attorney & Mediator. Additionally, I have held positions at GTE/Verizon - Market Development, Government Sector, Ohio State Lottery Commission - Deputy Director of Finance, Lake County Auditor's Office - Assistant County Auditor, State Auditor's Office - Examiner in Charge. At the Lottery, I managed the finances of a $1.5 billion agency.
I am involved with the Flower Mound Bar Association as a Director, with the Denton County Bar Association - Member, and the Denton County Alternate Dispute Resolution Program where I serve as a Court Appointed Mediator. I am admitted to practice in front of the US Supreme Court .
I graduated from Texas Wesleyan [now Texas A&M] School of Law - JD, I hold an MBA from LeTourneau University, and a BBA from Cleveland State University. Much of my education was obtained as a working adult. I went to Law School at 46 and became a lawyer shortly before turning 50. I see my legal education as a plus to my corporate, small business, public office, and government experience. I bring a variety of expertise to any situation.