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Front Page January 23, 2018  RSS feed

Over 150 turn out to hear candidates at Lone Star

By Mac Shadix


Candidates Gary Danford and Sandy Lumley discuss issues in their races with Rooster Dunn before the speechifying began at the Lone Star Chili Supper 
Photo by Mac Shadix Candidates Gary Danford and Sandy Lumley discuss issues in their races with Rooster Dunn before the speechifying began at the Lone Star Chili Supper Photo by Mac Shadix A crowd estimated at between 150 and 160 people turned out to enjoy excellent chili catered by the Branding Iron in Marquez and to hear the candidates in the contested races in Leon County make a pitch for their votes. All eight of the candidates for the contested positions in the Republican primary showed up in Flo at the Lone Star Community Center on Saturday night January 20. That crowd of citizens that showed up to hear them was twice the size of the group that assembled in Hilltop Lakes a couple of weeks ago.

Drinking iced tea and lemonade and enjoying the fine chili with Fritos, onions and shredded cheese, citizens took the opportunity to press the flesh with the candidates and to mingle and ask questions on a one to one basis. It was democracy at its best during the event. All that was missing was a high school band playing patriotic music and a Blue Angels flyover.


County Judge Byron Ryder County Judge Byron Ryder Incumbents had tables and signs on the Western side of the gym while challengers were aligned on the East side. Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis was present to moderate the event and he introduced each speaker and signaled them when their allotted five minutes were up. No questions were allowed from the audience during this time. After all the candidates had delivered their pitch, audience members gathered around their tables to ask questions.

After the sheriff and most of the audience had left it was reported that a loud exchange took place between a citizen who took umbrage at some of the remarks made by the County Judge in defense of his vote for high speed rail in 2014. Judge Ryder had said that the vote was for a project he thought would come down the Highway 6 corridor and not into Leon County. Ryder said that he had been opposed to the current iteration of the project since the first public meetings in Leon County.


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