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Coffee With a councilman

Tyler City Councilman Bob Westbrook will host Coffee With a Councilman from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Tyler Fire Station No. 10, 2502 Old Omen Road. 

The event will allow constituents in District 5 to talk with the councilman. Some city officials will also attend and answer constituent questions on potential projects. Coffee will be served. 

Smith County Republican Club

The Smith County Republican Club will host Brian Naples, Panola County Republican Party chairman, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Hollytree Country Club, 6700 Hollytree Drive. The public is invited.

Naples will discuss “The Changing Tide of the Court,” about the past and future of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Naples received his master’s degree at the University of Dallas and teaches government at Panola College. He is an active member of the Panola County Conservatives and is the newly elected Panola County chair for the Republican Party. 

Voting 101 

The League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County will host informational sessions on how to vote and other questions that voters might have on the voting process, election security, how to know candidates and how to find unbiased information about them.

The first session will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College St. The second will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, also at the library. The events are free and no pre-registration is needed. For more information, email

Constitution Boot Camp

Constitution Boot Camp will be from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Genecov Room, Tyler Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway Ave. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

There will be one-hour sessions on topics such as constitutional versus God-given rights, the oath of office, the enumerated powers of the president and constitutional amendments.

Snacks are provided and seating is limited. You can register for this Tyler event at

Texas Minority Conservatives & Republicans Coalition to meet

The Texas Minority Conservatives & Republicans Coalition is holding the East Texas Engagement Assembly from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Hampton Inn at Cumberland.

For more information, email

National Voter Registration Day 

Sept. 25 is National Voter Registration Day, when organizations across the country help people register to vote.

Volunteer deputy registrars with the League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County will be working at the following locations in Smith County to help people register. 

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lindale Community Library, 200 E. Hubbard St, Lindale.
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Texas College D.R. Glass Library, 2404 N. Grand Ave. 
  • 1 to 3 p.m., Troup Municipal Library, 102 S. Georgia St., Troup. 
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tyler Junior College, 1327 S. Baxter Ave. 
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., UT Tyler University Center, 3900 University Blvd.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave. 
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Whitehouse Community Library, 107 Bascom Road. 

Rep. Louie Gohmert to speak

The Smith County Republican Women will hear District 1 U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, speak on “Truth From Washington” on Thursday, Sept. 20. The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with meal service beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Potpourri House, 3320 Troup Highway.

District 6 state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, also will make a presentation.

General election candidate forum 

The League of Women Voters of Tyler/Smith County will hold a candidate forum at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave. The group has invited the following candidates: 

  • U.S. House, District 1 
    • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R)
    • Shirley McKellar (D) 
    • Jeff Callaway (L)
  • Texas House, District 5
    • Rep. Cole Hefner (R) 
    • Bill Liebbe (D)
  • Texas House, District 6 
    • Rep. Matt Schaefer (R) 
    • Neal Katz (I) 
  • Smith County judge
    • Incumbent Nathaniel Moran (R)
    • Michael K. Mast (D)
  • Smith County commissioner, Precinct 2 
    • Commissioner Cary L. Nix (R) 
    • Randolph Scott (D) 
  • Smith County justice of the peace, Precinct 3 
    • James L. Meredith (R) 
    • Dustin G. Stephens (D) 

Texas voter registration deadline 

Eligible voters who live in Smith County and are not yet registered need to return a signed paper copy of a voter registration form by Tuesday, Oct. 9 to the Smith County Elections Office, 302 E. Ferguson St. in person or by mail.

The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Forms are available at the elections office or at

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