With primary season about to begin, Brownwood is set to welcome a number of politicians and political forums as they make their case to be represented on the November ballot.
The events will start tomorrow with a visit from El Paso congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke at 1:30 p.m., followed on Friday, Jan. 26 with a candidates forum, hosted by the Early Chamber of Commerce, that is scheduled to include Rep. Mike Lang, Gregory Risse, Judge Ray West, Dr. Paul Lilly and Commissioner Joel Kelton. On Monday, Feb. 19, the Pecan Valley Republican Women will host a Republican candidates forum with Congressman Mike Conaway, Paul Myers, Lang, Risse, Lilly, West, Kelton and Eddie Lord.
The Pecan Valley Republican Women will also host Michael Sullivan of Empower Texans at their regular monthly meeting this Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.
O’Rourke, a Democrat, represents Texas’s 16th congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He aims to challenge incumbent Ted Cruz for his Senate seat in the November elections.
O’Rourke’s visit comes as part of his 204-county statewide tour of Texas. In a press release, the O’Rourke campaign said he will discuss issues like healthcare, veterans affairs, public schools and jobs. He will also take questions from the audience. His event will occur tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Community Center, 511 E. Adams St. in Brownwood.
Sullivan’s Thursday event will also take place at the Adams Street Community Center. Sullivan is the president and CEO of Empower Texans, the organization affiliated with the popular Big Country We the People Facebook page. In a press release, Sullivan says Empower Texans “seek[s] policy outcomes that provide increasing levels of economic liberty and opportunity for all Texans by controlling the size of government.”
The Early Chamber candidates forum on Friday will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mabee University Center. Lang is a first-term Republican state representative for District 60, which includes Brownwood. His primary challenger Risse will be in attendance. Lilly is challenging West for his county judge position, and Kelton is running to retain his seat on the Brown County Commissioners Court. The luncheon will cost $15 to attend, and the event’s Facebook page requests that attendees register in advance by contacting the Early Chamber at 325-649-9317.
The Feb. 19 forum, back at the Adams Street Community Center at 6 p.m., will include most of the same field of candidates with the confirmed additions of Conaway and challenger Myers, and Kelton’s challenger Lord.
Primary elections will be held Tuesday, March 6.