By TYLER MASK
Tuesday night’s Palo Pinto County Republican Club meeting, which regularly meets every fourth Tuesday of the month, was no ordinary meeting.
With early voting beginning in late February and the Primary Election coming on March 4, candidates who either serve Palo Pinto County or desire to serve PPC in the coming years were at the meeting to greet the audience and seek their votes.
Among some of the candidates, Republican and State Representative Jim Keffer made an appearance and addressed the audience.
Cullen Crisp, who is another Republican running for the same position as Keffer was not able to make to the meeting.
Keffer considers himself a conservative family man and a strong supporter of rural Texas economy.
He is a graduate of Texas Tech University, deacon in his church, President of EBAA Iron Sales in Eastland and a member of the NRA.
“In 1977, Jim Keffer became the first Republican ever to represent District 60,” Palo Pinto County Grassroots Coordinator for Keffer’s campaign Mary Creighton said. “He has worked hard to represent all citizens of this district throughout his time as representative.”
According to his personal website, Keffer is known as “Your Texas Taxpayer Watchdog,” and has passed much legislation to prove his title.
Some of his governmental work includes co-authoring and passing the “Texas Taxpayer Appraisal Bill of Rights,” creating the first-ever appraisal cap on homeowner property taxes and authoring and passing the three largest tax cuts in Texas history.
Once Keffer took the platform at Tuesday night’s meeting, he started personalizing things right away and appealing to certain aspects of Texan pride.
“I can’t believe you guys are missing the State of the Union,” Keffer said of President’s Obama’s address to a national television audience that same night.
To which the audience responded with much laughter.