Gov. Perry, Bill White headline Rowlett Tea Party Forum Saturday

By J.J. Smith. Texas 2010 gubernatorial candidates Rick Perry and Bill White  headline a group of over 30 multi-party political candidates who will appear at the Rowlett Tea Party Forum this Saturday evening in downtown Rowlett.

The free voter education event will be moderated by Rowlett Mayor John Harper, from 5-9 pm, at the First United Methodist Church of Rowlett, 4405 Main St.

Candidates from the Republican, Democrat and Libertarian Parties will attend, including:

  • Libertarian candidates Kathy Glass, Amie Parsons and Richard Donaldson;
  • Republican candidates Bob Deuell, Joe Driver, Cindy Burkett, Danny Clancy, Judge Lana Myers, Judge Bob Fillmore, Matt Rinaldi, Janet Cook and Roger Haynes;
  • Democrat candidates Kathleen Shaw, Jamie Dorris, Judge Roberto Canas, Bonnie Lee Goldstein and Larry Praeger.

According to Rowlett Tea Party President Jerry Berggren, the event will be more of a “meet and greet” than a debate.

Between 4:30 and 5 pm, prospective voters can shake hands with and meet candidates in the foyer.

From 5-9 pm, candidates for local state offices will speak for 1-2 minutes in the sancstuary about why they should be elected.

“No Congressional candidates were invited to speak because the focus of the event is on local and state elections,” Berggren said. “We thought it was important to highlight local races.”

At about 7 pm, a short break will be held so attendees and candidates can again speak with each other individually. Many candidates will have tables with promotional items in the foyer so event attendees can ask more questions.

Berggren said the minimal costs for the event are being underwritten with private donations of no more than $100 by individuals to the Rowlett Tea Party, as well as $25 donations by each of the candidates.

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