Thorndale ‘meet the candidates’ well attended

TACC Secretary

I n spite of the weather the Thorndale Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) had a good turnout for their Meet the Candidate event. In attendance were candidates from both the Democratic and Republican parties to share their personal information and their goals and ideas on how they would like to represent the citizens of Milam County.

Candidates attending from the Democratic Party were County Commissioner Pct. 4 Jeff Muegge and Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 Gary Northcott. Attending from the Republican Party were County Judge David Barkemeyer and opponent Frank Summers, County Treasurer Donna Orsag and opponent Linda Acosta, District Clerk candidates Karen Berry and Margot Contreras, Pct. 2 Commissioner candidate Mike Marek and Justice of the Peace Pct. 4 candidate Wanda Hobbs. Donald Shuffield, candidate for Pct. 2 Commissioner, was unable to attend due to illness. Also attending was Joel Shapiro, a candidate for Senate District 5.

TACC president Brian Morton welcomed those attending and thanked them for showing an interest in the political process. The pledge of allegiance to the U.S. Flag was led by Danielle and Jacob Pedroza. The format for the evening included a five-minute speech by each candidate to introduce themselves, explain their reason for running for office and to share their goals for the office they are seeking.

Following the formal presentations, a time for one-on-one visiting with each candidate was held at the end of the meeting. Citizens were able to speak to the candidates and share their views and have their questions answered. The TACC appreciates the current candidates for office taking time to share their views with the citizens of Milam County and we wish them the best of luck in the upcoming primary election. Early voting began on Tuesday, Feb. 18, with the actual Election Day on Tuesday, March 4.

UPCOMING EVENTS—Other events on the horizon for the TACC include their annual Awards Open House on Tuesday, March 18, at the TACC building where we will honor our outstanding citizens for 2013. TACC members should watch for the ballot to nominate someone in each of the categories. The votes will be counted and the winners will be announced at the Open House. This year the TACC will announce our Outstanding Student at the end of the school year ceremonies. Help us honor those citizens who contribute in so many ways to our community.

Saturday, March 22 will feature the Louis Run motorcycle event. The run will include a street dance following the run and other activities. Brian Morton is the contact person for the Louis Run and may be reached at 512-658-5378. Watch for more information as plans are finalized.

On Saturday, April 19, the TACC will host their annual car show, quilt show and arts and crafts fair. These events will take place in downtown Thorndale. The Car Show contact person is Allen Hejl at 512- 905-3038. Darleen Tucker and Donna Johnston are co-chairpersons for the Quilt Show and you may reach Darleen at 512-898-2727 and Donna, of Quilting by Donna Lou, at 512- 898-2649.

Watch for more information on this event as they become available. The arts and crafts fair will be held on the downtown sidewalk areas. For more information and to reserve a spot for your booth, call Susan Drabek at 512-269-8796. We look forward to having a wide selection of vendors for arts and crafts, food, and much more.

The Thorndale Revue is ahead on June 26, the same week as the Thorndale Volunteer Firemen BBQ Cookoff scheduled for June 27-28. Mark your calendar and look for more information as the time draws nearer.

The TACC takes individual memberships as well as business memberships. Please call Brian Morton at 512-658- 5378 or Darleen Tucker at 512- 898-2727 if you would like to join the chamber and help provide family-friendly events and activities.

Membership forms are also located on our website: The next meeting of the TACC will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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