14th Democratic state, local candidates meet ahead of the Smith County primary


TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – The morning was filled with gatherings, music, and learning about each of these Democratic candidates running for office. Dr. Nancy Nichols, a member of the state Democratic Executive Committee for Senate District 1 and organizer of the event, said she was inspired by a similar event held in another county.

“It’s important that everyone understands that every vote counts. It is important for us as voters to know who we are voting for. To come out and meet the candidates and tell the candidates what we want them to know about Smith County and East Texas, ”said Nichols.

Candidates began in Smith County and moved to Van Zandt, Henderson, and Anderson Counties later that day. Lee Merritt is a civil attorney running for the Texas Attorney General. Of the 50 Texas AGs, the majority were Democrats, but more recently, Republicans have held office.

“We suffered a slump in the early 1990s, and we saw that this gap narrowed from 25 percent to just under 4 percent in the last election. I think we will fill that gap. To do that, we need to attract so-called voters with low or unlikely voter turnout, ”Merritt said. “We have to spot colored voters, and that’s one of the reasons I’m running. I have a well-known practice that is well known all over Texas and I hope to inspire voters who have sat out before. “

Those who came out were told about the backgrounds of each candidate and their plans. Cody Grace, a local running for Texas House District 6, said it was important to him to meet the other candidates and hear what voters want.

“Smith County needs a representation, and I don’t feel like we have that right now. We see a lot of people without insurance. We see a lot of economic problems here, we see a lot of things that are not being addressed at the state level, and I’m running to represent those things, ”said Grace.

Some Democratic gubernatorial candidates met with voters, but the likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke was absent. A recent poll by Quinnipiac University shows that Governor Greg Abbott O’Rourke leads with 52 percent to 37 percent.

Early voting for the primaries will begin February 14th and will last until February 26th. Election day is March 1st.

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