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Republicans Lynn Stucky and Pat Fallon urge local students to vote and volunteer in local government

Republicans Lynn Stucky and Pat Fallon urge local students to vote and volunteer in local government

Texas House of Representatives incumbent Dr. Lynn Stucky talks during a townhall meeting at Denton Calvary Academy. Stucky is running for re-election into the Texas House.

Republicans Lynn Stucky and Pat Fallon urge local students to vote and volunteer in local government
February 24
20:08 2018

Republican officials from the state legislature Lynn Stucky and Pat Fallon encouraged democratic participation among students and attempted to connect with constituents at an event on Feb. 18 at local private school Denton Calvary Academy.

Fallon’s campaign team asked the K-12 school to host a Republican town hall in their newly completed gym and auditorium. The event featured Stucky, who is the incumbent campaigning for the Texas State House of Representatives in District 64, and Fallon, who has served in Texas House for three terms and is campaigning for the Texas State Senate in District 30.

Gerard Hudspeth, a Denton City Council member for District 1 since May 2017, served as the event’s mediator.

Stucky said in the most recent primary, 80 percent of those who voted were 55 years old or older.

“There’s a big concern,” Stucky explained. “The young people need to get out and vote.”

Stucky hopes to see greater participation by students in upcoming elections and believes creating strong Republican clubs at UNT, TWU and NCTC could encourage student involvement.

“If we get the right county chair in there, like Jayne, she will help,” Stucky said. ” I will work with her to help get those clubs started.”

So far, Stucky has knocked on 10,000 doors in an effort to connect with his constituents.

“The most effective campaigners are either you or volunteers,” Stucky said. “Paid people are fine, and a lot of people use paid people, but when my wife walks up to the door… it makes a greater impact.”

Stucky is a long-time Republican elected official who has lived in the community for 33 years. Stucky stressed the importance of voting, citing a school board election in which one vote decided the election during his 15 years as a school board member.

Republican county chair candidate Jayne Howell speaks about the need for “decorum” in the government. Howell is also a real estate broker in the Denton area. Rachel Walters

The event included Jayne Howell, who is running for Denton Republican County Chairman.

“The reason I decided to run is because I see so much fighting, within our party and across the aisle,” Howell said. “As a trained negotiator and mediator I just wanted to bring respect and decorum back to the process. I wanted us to learn to communicate with each other without feeling like we have to fight each other. My husband and I can hardly agree on where to go eat, but that doesn’t mean I kick him in the shin when he wins,” she said jokingly, motioning to her husband Lee Howell, who is the City of Denton Police Chief.

As an incumbent, Fallon has experience in running for office and has been campaigning every day for 250 days in a row, averaging 14 hours a day. Fallon said he gave 14 stump speeches in 14 counties in 14 hours on Dec. 8, 2017.

“When you campaign, if you do it the right way, in my humble estimation, you have to work harder than anyone else,” Fallon said. “And you have to work smarter than anyone else. Because people are going to donate their time, their talent, and their treasure to you because they believe in you, and you can’t let them down.”

Fallon is adamantly against removing Confederate Monuments and plans to file a bill to protect the monuments within the state. Fallon is also strongly opposed to gun control, which he believes makes law-abiding citizens more vulnerable.

Fallon stressed the importance of individuals participating in democracy, by getting to know the candidates via attending events and by voting in every election.

Texas Senate District 30 Republican candidate Pat Fallon speaks during a town hall-style meeting at Denton Calvary Academy. Fallon answered questions from students on what voting looks like and how to get involved. Rachel Walters

“The thing that I want to impart on the younger folks is please vote,” Fallon said. “There are hundreds of thousands of Americans currently in uniform, in harm’s way to provide us this right.”

As the event ended, attendees were allowed to pose questions to the candidates while students were able to learn more about the democratic process and the responsibilities of those elected. Max Roberson, Operations Manager for Denton Calvary Academy, thanked the speakers for allowing “some of our students see the local government, where the real work is being done that affects us the most.”

Stucky urged students to reach out to him or other politicians within the community to find ways to volunteer and participate in the campaigns of people they believe in.

“The world is run by those who show up,” Fallon said, expressing the importance of his own volunteers and supporters and the value of democratic participation.

Featured Image: Texas House of Representatives incumbent Dr. Lynn Stucky talks during a town hall meeting at Denton Calvary Academy. Stucky is running for re-election into Texas House District 64. Rachel Walters

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