Former Trump communications adviser to speak in Tyler

Grassroots America’s Champions of Freedom Awards dinner is set for 5 p.m. Friday in the Constellation Ballroom at Holiday Inn-South Broadway, 5701 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler.

Dinner and the program will begin at 6 p.m.

Grassroots America is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Champions of Freedom Awards dinner recognizes excellence in leadership from conservative grassroots activists.

Keynote speaker will be Mercedes Schlapp, who served from September 2017 to July 2019 as the Trump administration’s White House director of strategic communications. Since July, Schlapp has worked on the Trump 2020 re-election campaign as a senior adviser to the president.

General admission tickets for the dinner are $45. VIP table sponsorships start at $250. Go to for reservations or @GAWTP for the Facebook link to Eventbrite reservations.

Tickets will not be sold at the door.

— Staff Reports

Firefighters group endorses

Don Warren for Tyler mayor

Justin Dominy, president of the Tyler Professional Fire Fighters Association, released the following statement:

“Tyler firefighters support Tyler City Councilman Don Warren for mayor. Councilman Warren has earned the endorsement of the Tyler Professional Fire Fighters Association by standing strong for fiscal responsibility and the public safety needs of Tyler.

“First responders in Tyler know we can count on Don Warren.

“His good stewardship of the public’s trust reflects his devotion to the community, as does his hard work, professionalism and enthusiasm.

“He’s the best choice for mayor in Tyler.”

— Staff Reports

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