State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, Rep. Mike Lang and candidates for U.S. Senate and House of Representatives spoke at a gathering of the Pecan Valley Republican Women’s Club Thursday night in Brownwood.

The event, billed as a greet-and-mingle for Buckingham, was held at the Adams Street Community Center.

After patriotic music by pianist Dr. Elizabeth Wallace and flutist Stephen Goacher — music professors at Howard Payne University — audience members were treated to introductions and brief comments from Dwayne Stovall, candidate for U.S. Texas senate, and J. Ross Lacy, Robert Tucker and Wes Virdell, candidates for U.S. Congress District 11.

Buckingham, the keynote speaker, noted the accomplishments of the last legislative session including public education and property tax relief.

“We did a lot of great things for public education,” Buckingham said, adding that educating children “is the most important thing we do. It is our future work force.

“It is our future to compete, and so fixing a lot of that, recapture which is super important for some of our districts, increasing the funding by about 20 percent on average through basic allotment, and focusing that money on our classroom teachers, the educators with the boots on the ground.”

On the topic of property tax relief, Buckingham said taxpayers should see reductions in property taxes of $6.2 billion over the next five or six years.

Buckingham also presented a senate memorial resolution to the family of Mary Lynn Taylor, a founding member of the Pecan Valley Republican Women’s Club who died recently.

Lang discussed several topics including “two things we didn’t get accomplished” — the heartbeat bill and constitutional carry.

“One of the biggest things is the gun situation,” Lang said. “We’ve got a problem and it’s not the gun’s fault. It is the bad person’s fault. When there’s a violent crime and you’re the victim, I hope you have a gun. You should be able to carry that gun without any repercussions whatsoever.”

 

Candidates

Lacy, of Midland, said all 29 counties in the 11th Congressional District “are demanding one thing from our elected officials: to build the wall and to secure our border. It is also to tell folks like Nancy Pelosi that while socialism may fly in San Francisco and New York City, it does not fly in cities like Brownwood, Texas.”

Tucker, of Comanche, said it is necessary to elect candidates to Congress who “actually do the job of the people instead of their job. People are making careers out of this when they’re supposed to go to Congress, get the legislation done, then go back home,” Tucker said. He said a proposition is needed for a balanced budget.

Virdell, Brady, said the $700 billion bailout in 2008 for “people who didn’t earn it” was his wakeup call. I am a Jeffersonian Republican, I believe government’s supposed to be our servant and not our master,” Virdell said.

Stovall said he is a constitutional conservative with “Jeffersonian principals” and takes the Constitution as written and amended. Stovall said his political views come from a respect for the founders of the United States and Texas.