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GOP announces details of dinner; candidates for House to debate


Jefferson County Republican Committee coordinator Stu Soffer has confirmed all three Republican 4th District Congressional Candidates will participate in the 15 March Lincoln Dinner debate. Retired Pine Bluff Commercial editor Larry Fugate will moderate a spirited 30 minute debate between Tom Cotton, John Cowart and Beth Anne Rankin at the Pine Bluff Country Club. First District Congressman Rick Crawford will be the evening’s keynote speaker.

The eastern part of Jefferson County is now in the First Congressional District and the remainder in the Fourth District.

The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception with Congressman Crawford, elected officials, Congressional, state, and county candidates; followed by dinner at 7 pm. State House District 10 candidate Charles Roberts, District 15 candidate Ken Bragg, County Judge candidate Ted Harden, and JP 8 candidate Roy Agee will there to meet and greet along with the Congressional candidates. Former County Chairman Steve Lux and wife Sherry will be recognized during dinner, and County Chairman Peter Smykla promises to keep speeches short.

Former Congressman Ed Bethune will be on hand with copies of his book “Jackhammered,” All American Classic will feature a silent Auction in a Box featuring Reagan prints and there will be door prize drawings for an autographed copy of Bill O’Reilly’s best seller Killing Lincoln and other items.

Reception/dinner tickets are $100; dinner tickets $40, and a table for eight (reception and dinner) $500.

Obtain reservations or more information by email to votestu@yahoo.com or call (870) 247-1177 and pay at the door. The public is invited and county committee membership applications will be available that evening.