Political Happenings

Grassroots America hosts criminal justice reform panel

Grassroots America-We the People Political Action Committee will present the panel "Criminal Justice Reform 2019: The Good, the Bad and the Hard Work Ahead" on Sept. 25 at the Holiday Inn, 5701 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. The buffet begins at 5:30 p.m. and program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Confirmed panelists include 114th District Court Judge Christi Kennedy, Smith County Court-at-Law Judge Jason Ellis, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith, the Republican candidate for Smith County district attorney, Jacob Putman, and Texas Rep. District 6 Matt Schaefer. 

Grassroots America Executive Director JoAnn Fleming will moderate the panel in a discussion about proposed criminal justice reform legislation for the 86th Texas Legislative Session, which begins Jan. 8.

Check out our gallery of photos from the event on focusinon.me.

Documentary screening at Smith County Democratic Club meting 

The documentary "Run Like the Devil" will be shown at the Smith County Democratic Club Meeting. The 60-minute movie documents the 2018 U.S. Senate race between Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, and takes a deep look at the candidates and their interconnections with their respective parties.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Sept. 25  at the Genecov Room of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway, Tyler. The public is invited to this free showing.

Engaging conservative minorities

The Texas Minority Conservatives & Republicans Coalition will have the East Texas Engagement Assembly from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 8962 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler. Visit East Texas Engagement Assembly on Facebook for more information.

General Election candidate forum planned

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 approaching

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 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 VoteTexas.gov.

League of Women Voters to host session on voting process

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

The session will be at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18  at the Tyler Public Library, 210 S. College Ave. The event is free and no preregistration is needed. For more information, email lwv_vote@lwvtyler.org.

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