TRINITY - On Saturday, March 18, Governor Greg Abbott made history in Trinity County by being the first sitting governor to visit. This marked the fulfillment of a long-standing promise on the part of Governor Abbott made during his initial run for his office when he vowed to personally visit the county, which had the most percentage of precincts with a Republican majority. The event, also acting as a celebration of the first time in 200 years that Trinity County became a Republican territory, was delayed multiple times due to repeated schedule conflicts.
The event was sponsored by the Trinity County Republican Party, with arrangements made by Chairman Scott Womack, and the help of a number of Trinity County residents. With over 300 attendees, student groups from Trinity and Apple Springs worked as servers and ushers, the Republican Women of Trinity County organized the meal, and Vice President Sheran Casey, made enough Texas-themed cakes to cover an eight-foot table. Wade McKinney, the Chaplain for the Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers led the crowd in singing, “God Bless America”, and River of Life Church Pastor Mike Loftin led the invocation. Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace and gospel singer Lyle Stubbs sang the National Anthem, and the crowd joined him. The Republican Women of Trinity County presented Governor Abbott with a patriotic pen, made by Trinity County Deputy David Magness.
Governor Abbott recognized and thanked the peace officers who attended, along with the outstanding number of United States military veterans and educators. He spoke about his view for Texas, noting that he was attempting to push a bill through that would make sure law enforcement officers all had access to bullet proof vests. He also discussed education, school choice, Texas water rights, and gendered restrooms. Additionally, he touched on an issue of special importance to Trinity I.S.D. Superintendent Dr. John Kaufman – rural school funding.
Carl Dyer and Corey Rapp were honorees at the event, and recognized for their roles in helping the county become a Republican territory, as they both served as Republican Party chairmen during the transition.
Senator Robert Nichols, State Representative Trent Ashby, Trinity County Judge Doug Page, Trinity County District Attorney Bennie Schiro, Trinity County Attorney Joe Bell, Trinity County Treasurer Bob Dockens, District Clerk Kristen Rayford, Tax Assessor/Collector Lindy Warren, Trinity Mayor Pro-Tem Wayne Huffman, and Trinity County Republican Party Chairman Scott Womack were all present.
The president of the Trinity County Republican Women, Jo Ann Kennedy, said the county’s transition from Democrat to Republican is proof that every vote counts, and that Trinity County voters are significant in Texas.
For more information about Governor Greg Abbott, visit gov.texas.gov.