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Milam Democrats attend state convention

Milam County delegation to the Texas Democratic Party’s State Convention in Corpus Christi last month included (L-R) County Party Chairman Richard Stone, Peggy Eckman, Hollis Lewis, Liz Barnett, Kyndra Reed, Melanie Reed, Tia Rae Stone and Don Schuerman. Milam County delegation to the Texas Democratic Party’s State Convention in Corpus Christi last month included (L-R) County Party Chairman Richard Stone, Peggy Eckman, Hollis Lewis, Liz Barnett, Kyndra Reed, Melanie Reed, Tia Rae Stone and Don Schuerman. CORPUS CHRISTI—Eight people from Milam County attended the Texas Democratic Party’s State Convention in Corpus Christi last month.

Delegates attended workshops and caucuses on grass roots organizing, communications and outreach, small business and rural issues.

“For me, the biggest takeaway is how important it is that we get control over the State Board of Education,” said Richard Stone, who, as Chairman of the Milam County Democratic Party, led the delegation. “Yes, we need to work for our state and local candidates — and we will! — but this is critical.”

Stone was quick to add that, in his opinion, the issue doesn’t have a specific Republican or Democratic slant but is one all Texans should be concerned about.

“Texas needs educated citizens,” he said. “The curriculum in our public schools should be written by educators or experts in a particular field, not people with a political or social axe to grind. Subjecting our education system to the whims of a group of people who, apparently, think that the earth is flat and the law of gravity can be repealed at will has made our state a national laughingstock. It’s terribly dangerous to the future of this great state and needs to be addressed right now.”

Stone said the convention was less divisive than others he’d heard about though there was a floor fight over the way delegates are chosen for the national convention, the socalled “Texas Two-Step.” Delegates voted to keep Texas’ unique primary system with some minor changes.

“I know some people have problems with it and, frankly, I have my own issues, but Texas Democrats get to vote twice during the Presidential Primary,” he said. “I think that’s pretty cool!”


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