Congressman Beto O’Rourke will meet with supporters starting at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Don Juan’s on the Square, 113 E. Erwin St.

The El Paso congressman is running as a Democrat challenger to GOP U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in November 2018.

“It’s going to take being everywhere in the state, listening to everyone we can, and making sure no one is written off and taken for granted,” O’Rourke said in a recent Tyler stop.

O’Rourke will also appear at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Palestine and at 5:30 p.m. in Nacogdoches the same day.


Grassroots America will begin its local vetting process for the Smith County 2018 primary election cycle on Friday, Aug. 18, when Republican Primary candidate for Smith County District Attorney, Jacob Putman, addresses the group.

Putman is expected to describe why the people of Smith County should hire him at the ballot box to serve as the next district attorney. Executive Director JoAnn Fleming will also give an update on the results of the Texas Legislature’s Special Session, which is scheduled to end on August 16.

The meeting is slated for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Lakeview Church of the Nazarene, 10818 University Blvd. (Spur 248) in Tyler.

The public is invited. Bring a lunch or purchase a Subway sandwich on site.


The Smith County Republican Women will host a Judges Panel at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Coyote Sam’s on Old Jacksonville Hwy in Tyler. Featured speakers will be the Honorable Judge Jack Skeen (241st District Court), Justice Greg Neely (12th Court of Appeals), and Judge Jason Ellis (Smith County Court at Law). The slate also includes Assistant District Attorney Taylor Heaton (candidate for Judge of the County Court at Law No. 2 of Smith County), Jacob Putman (candidate for Smith County District Attorney) and Lauren Ethredge, field organizer for Gov. Greg Abbott. Members and visitors are welcome.


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