At the regular meeting of the Hopkins County Democrats, visitors included the current National Committeewoman for Texas Young Democrats Jara Butler and Kendall Scudder, former National Committee Chair for Texas Young Democrats. Scudder has announced his candidacy for the local seat in the Texas State Senate currently held by Republican Bob Hall.
Ms. Butler, a schoolteacher in Dallas, has been politically active since high school. As a junior when Governor George Bush visited her school, she participated in a silent protest of the state-mandated STARR Test which determined if graduating seniors could receive their diploma. In college in Georgia, she voted for the first time and marched at the state capitol for women’s reproductive rights. She encourages Democrats to speak up and speak out as individuals where you are, and stated that almost all political issues start out as local issues.
Kendall Scudder, a Democrat from Sulphur Springs who early this year announced his bid to represent Texas Senate District Two, feels that the public school education which our children receive influences our future workforce. He hopes to see lost funding for education restored in Texas. He invites all Democrats to follow as the Texas Legislature goes into session and to become more informed and involved. Scudder will oppose Senator Bob Hall in the midterm elections on November 6, 2018.
The two Democrats plan to begin a Northeast Texas Young Democrats Chapter with an organizational meeting on August 22 in downtown Sulphur Springs. Young Democrat membership is open to persons ages 14-40.
The Hopkins County Democrats meet on the third Tuesday at 6pm at Pizza Inn. For information, contact Robert Suson at 903-439-0342.