Political Happenings: Sen. Cruz's father to be given award

Published on Saturday, 18 January 2014 23:28 - Written by From Staff Reports

Grassroots America will present pastor Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, with the group’s Champion of Freedom Award during a special meeting Tuesday.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. inside Lakeview Church of the Nazarene.

Cruz will discuss the role of the faith-based community in the culture wars and in the halls of government. The event is free and open to the public.

Grassroots America will also hold a candidate forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the same location.

Candidates running for district attorney, incumbent Matt Bingham and challenger Reeve Jackson, and 321st District Court judge, incumbent Judge Carole Clark and challenger John Jarvis, will participate in the debate.

The event is open to the public.



The Rusk County Republican Party will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at Henderson Federal Savings Bank Community Room, 130 N Marshall St. in Henderson for a 2014 Republican primary meet and greet.

Candidates will be available to speak to the public and media. The meeting is open to the public.



The Texas Association of Realtors announced its endorsement of Skip Ogle for the Texas House of Representatives District 6 position. Ogle is challenging incumbent Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, in the March Republican Primary.

Association Chairman Dan Hatfield said Ogle was committed to ensuring Texas remains an attractive place to do business.

“Unfortunately, the incumbent representative, Matt Schaefer, does not share our views on ensuring a prosperous Texas of tomorrow, as evidenced by his votes against measures to address our long-term water and transportation needs,” he said. “We fully support Mr. Ogle’s campaign and you can expect Texas Realtors to be a tenacious grassroots force.”



The Texas Municipal Police Association, the state’s largest law enforcement association, announced their endorsement for Skip Ogle in the race for Texas House District 6.

Association Executive Director Kevin Lawrence said that after polling law enforcement officers in the area and interviewing Ogle, the association is convinced he is the best man for the job.

“We are confident that he will be a strong voice for law enforcement in the Texas Legislature, a staunch defender of the Constitution and as tough as nails on crime,” Lawrence said in a release.



Political Happenings are compiled by Staff Writer Adam Russell, who can be reached at 903-596-6303 or by email at arussell@tylerpaper.com.