Political season in full swing in Nacogdoches

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Republican Party headquarters has been opened just over a week. It marks the beginning of a busy political season.

"Right at this time there's a lot going on, but it's an exciting time," Jackie Yates, the party chair, said.

On good days, help just comes walking through the door.

Sometimes it's slow as seen Tuesday at the Democratic headquarters which has been opened since the primaries. The political ebb and flow of activity is well understood by both parties. The goal is to stay committed to the chosen candidate.

"Get the message out that your candidates have," Yates said. "Let your candidate be known and that's what we do."

"And trying to remind them of the issues," Joe Devine, the Democratic Party volunteer, said. "Trying to remind them of such basic things that there's an election on Nov. 2."

But some question if it's enough.

"Well, I think we haven't been playing a big enough role, but I think we're the only ones important," said Republican volunteer David Sampson. "We do need to play a bigger role in government."

Yellow dog Democrat Harlon Brooks looks at the business sense of politics.

He proudly exhibits family pictures with the likes of President Obama.

"You got to understand, if we don't participate you know then we can't get qualified folk to represent our community," Brooks said.

The grass root party members agree on one thing. They encourage people to pick their party, volunteer and, most of all, vote.

This Saturday, Nacogdoches County Democrats are hosting their annual "Beans and Jeans" fundraiser at Banita Creek Hall at 6 p.m.

The following Saturday, the Nacogdoches County Republicans' Citizen Statesman event is at Twilight Ballroom on the SFA campus.

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