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    NHRG President Wally Kinney welcomed Texas State Senator Dr. Dawn  Buckingham. CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY JOHN PACHECO

TX Senator Dr. Dawn Buckingham visits North Hays Republicans

Texas State Senator Dr. Dawn  Buckingham visited the North Hays Republican Group, at a heavily attended meeting held at the Church of the Springs on Monday evening.

Buckingham gave the group of an overview of the Texas races at both the state and federal level, and an update of what “Victory 2018” is providing for Republican candidates. Buckingham serves as chair of the organization, and is involved with logistical and marketing support for multiple campaigns.

After her talk, she took questions from the audience. The bulk of audience questions were on State Senate District’s 19 special election and the U.S. Senate race.

A special election was called for by Gov. Abbott for State Senate District 19, when the office holder, Carlos Uresti (Dem.) was convicted of 11 felonies involving fraud and money laundering. The election pitted political newcomer Pete Flores, a Republican, against former state and congressional representative Pete Gallego, an established Democrat. “We have a chance to turn a district that has been in democratic hands for over 139 years tomorrow. Think how disheartening that will be to democrats,” Buckingham said. [The following day Republican Pete Flores did defeat Gallego with 53 percent of the vote, against Gallego’s 47 percent.]

In the U.S. Senate race, most questions were about Democratic candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, and his arrests for DWI in 1998 and burglary in 1995. Buckingham declined to speak about O’Rourke’s criminal record and said she would rather focus on his policies. “I think we just have to get the word out on how his policies are wrong for Texas. He’s for open borders and has been a heavy vocal critic of ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency], among other things,” Buckingham said. “We also have to be vocal about the accomplishments under President Donald Trump, such as record low unemployment, including record employment for minorities, and how our sweeping tax reform is putting more money in everybody’s pocket.”

Buckingham’s closing statement to the group centered on how much she believed things have changed in the political climate. “You know, the democrats we face in the mid-term are  not your friendly democrats of old. We are facing socialist and heavy progressives that want to turn Texas blue and change the culture. They think that by turning Texas, they’ll turn the country. That’s why I’m visiting communities and giving these updates on our upcoming mid-term elections.” Buckingham said. “Also thank you for all your questions about the U.S. Senate race, but in the end, it comes down to one thing- we need to keep the Senate, and a vote for  O’Rourke is a vote against that. It’s important to remember that come election day.”

After Buckingham’s talk, Republican Hays County Chair Russell Hayter also spoke and gave an overview of different technology and social media innovations his county party was implementing. “I resisted Facebook and twitter for a long time, but I’ve learned that they’re great tools for putting out the word,” Hayter said. “If you visit our county headquarters, we can help you download some apps for your smartphone that will enable you to do things you didn’t know it could do, and help our candidates. I also encourage you to like our Facebook page and follow us on twitter.”

About State Senator Dr. Dawn Buckingham

Dr. Dawn Buckingham is the Republican State Senator for Texas Senate District 24 (which covers roughly 20,000 square-miles, and 22 counties), and was first elected in November 2016. She holds a medical degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and has an oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery practice.

She was named “Co-Most Valuable Freshman in the 2017 session of the Texas Legislature after passing a total of 39 pieces of legislation, with 100 percent signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott,” according to her official senate-bio.

Buckingham resides in Lakeway and is married to Ed Buckingham. They are both practicing physicians.

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