Democrats to host campaign stop, ice cream social

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Aug. 11, 2014 at 5:06 p.m.

Candidates for the November election are making a campaign stop Sunday in Victoria.

The Victoria County Democratic Club is hosting the rally and ice cream social at Victoria Regional Airport's Officer's Club and will include more than a dozen candidates.

Laura Kinnison, an event organizer, said she expects several hundred attendees.

"Here's your chance to go straight to the horse and ask your questions," Kinnison said. "For people who are undecided or unsure where candidates fall in the spectrum ... this is the only thing I know of in this area where they're all together at one time."

People from all points on the political spectrum are invited to attend the free event.

Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte, a candidate for lieutenant governor, has been in civil service for two decades.

Van de Putte is the chairwoman of the Veterans Affairs and Military Installations Committee and a member of the senate committees on education, state affairs, business and commerce.

Her opponent is Texas Senator Dan Patrick.

Sam Houston is running against Republican Texas Senator Ken Paxton for attorney general. Houston grew up in the small West Texas town of Colorado City and is now a partner at Shepherd, Scott, Clawater and Houston.

Mike Collier is running for comptroller against Texas Senator Glenn Hegar. Collier started his career at Exxon but soon joined PriceWaterhouseCoopers, one of the largest accounting firms in the world.

Additionally, Gina Benavides for the Texas Supreme Court, Place 7; John Cook for Comissioner of the General Land Office; Steve Brown for railroad commissioner; Will Hailer, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party; and Lt. Col. Wesley Reed for U.S. Congress also will be at the event.

In local races, district clerk candidate Jane Bernal, county clerk incumbent Robert Cortez, county treasurer candidate Jennifer Foster, Victoria County Democratic Party Chairman Cris Gonzalez, county judge candidate Ron Reyna and justice of the peace candidate Mary Ann Estrada Rivera also will be available to answer questions.

Kinnison said she is eager to bring the candidates to town.

Some of the big issues she is looking forward to include education, environment, taxes and veterans affairs.

Foster, who is running against incumbent Sean Kennedy for county treasurer, said in an e-mail, "Regardless of anyone's political inclination, these candidates - all of whom I have met - are well-spoken, smart and highly qualified for the positions for which they are running."



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