By CHERIL VERNON
Texas Agriculture Commissioner and Palestine native Todd Staples will be the guest speaker at the Anderson County Republican Club’s Boot Scootin’ Republican Barbecue on July 11.
The fund-raiser will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ben E. Keith Community Room, located at 2019 W. Oak St.
Prior to the barbecue, Staples will sign copies of his book “Broken Borders, Broken Promises: How Porous Borders Are Robbing America’s Future” starting at 5 p.m. at the Ben E. Keith Community Room.
“We would like to encourage everyone to come out join us as we visit with Ag Commissioner Todd Staples, who is running for Lieutenant Governor in 2014,” ACRC committee chair Arlene McReynolds said.
Staples and his wife, Janet, still have a residence in Palestine. He was first elected state agriculture commissioner in 2006 and won re-election to the post in 2010. He served in both the Texas House and Senate prior to becoming agriculture commissioner.
Staples graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in agriculture economics and served as Palestine’s mayor pro-tem on the city council before being first elected to the Texas House in the mid-1990s.
During the Boot Scootin’ Republican Barbecue event, a live and silent auction will be held. Proceeds will go to the ACRC general fund and the Joye Gold Memorial Scholarship Fund.
“We would love for everyone to come out and support the Anderson County Republican Club,” McReynolds said.
Tickets for the barbecue are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Cost for tickets for children under age 10 are $5 each.
RSVP by Friday, July 5 by returning payment to: Anderson County Republican Club, P.O. Box 1712, Palestine, TX, 75802, or by contacting McReynolds at 903-584-3371.