O’Rourke Roars Through Huntsville

On Thursday afternoon, dozens of supporters of the Democratic party filled the Katy and Don E. Walker Sr. Education Center to hear from Beto O’Rourke himself, as he continues his campaign for Texas Senator. Community members, SHSU students and faculty, and notable public figures such as Andy Brauninger, Huntsville’s current Mayor, comprised the large crowd.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Beto O'Rourke

O’Rourke is a Democratic member of the U.S. House, representing Texas’s 16th Congressional District, and–a few days after his appearance in Huntsville–he won the Democratic Primary for the US Senate seat.  He will face incumbent Republican Ted Cruz in the November general election.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Beto O'Rourke

No Democrat has won a state-wide election since 1994, but O’Rourke’s many public appearances have been vital to his growing popularity and to his campaign. On his campaign trail across the Lone Star State, O’Rourke visited eleven communities in East Texas in just two days. Earlier on Thursday, he made his way to Longview, Jacksonville, Nacogdoches and Huntsville; making our adopted community his last stop. While livestreaming on Facebook, Beto O’Rourke was received at the town hall with much enthusiasm by the euphoric applause of the crowd. The 45-year old candidate from El Paso Texas addressed key issues such as immigration, healthcare, and gun control:

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Beto O'Rourke

Throughout his campaign, O’Rourke has invited people to move past partisanship to fight for the health, safety, and security of the American communities. After delivering his speech, O’Rourke took questions and welcomed the opinions, concerns and recommendations of the constituents present.  Undoubtedly, Thursday afternoon was an exciting day for the Democratic party, especially to members such as Dorothy Willett, the president of the Walker County Democratic party, whose efforts to bring O’Rourke to Huntsville came to fruition!

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Beto O'Rourke


Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to newspapers such as the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Huron Daily Tribune, Laredo Morning Times, Beaumont Enterprise, Connecticut Post, and Midland Reporter Telegram. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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