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Bandera County Democrats open for serious business

Special to the Courier

The Bandera County Democratic Party held an Open House at their election headquarters, located at 940A 12th Street, across from the post office parking lot, on Saturday, Sept. 15.

A roomful of enthusiastic supports of President Barack Obama enjoyed lunch and perused the available T-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers.

Unexpected guests included Candace Duval, congressional candidate for United States House of Representatives District 21, and George Keller, former chairman of Gillespie County Democrat Party. Also on hand for the festivities was Fred Mabry, current chairman of for the Bandera County Democrat Party. Duval is running against long-time incumbent Lamar Smith.

Additionally, Rebecca Bell-Metereau, candidate for District 5 Board of Education, attended the grand opening of party headquarters. Bell-Metereau noted she is trying to visit all districts in the state - even those who cannot vote for her - because of the importance of defeating Republican incumbent Ed Hayes.

"One in 10 children in the United States who attend school are in Texas," she declared. "We must assure the competency of those 15 board members who make all decisions."

The Democrat Party Headquarters is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Residents are invited to stop by and register to vote, pick up campaign information and supplies and, as always, engage in lively and stimulating discussions. And, there will always be cold drinks and hot coffee available.

For more information, call 830-796-4424 or 830-634-2658.

Pictured: Candace Duval, challenger for the congressional seat held by incumbent Lamar Smith, second from left, joined George Keller, Bandera County Democrat Party Chairman Fred Mabry and all-around campaigner Jaye Rath at the opening of Democrat Party Headquarters last weekend.

Campaign workers at the ribbon cutting for the Bandera County Democrat Headquarters said uncertainty about redistricting and voter identification rules makes a heavy turnout very important this election year.