Contact: Stacy McMahan,
East Texans for Liberty - 903.500.2292
Communications concerning the House District 7 race, between Mr. Dean and East Texans for Liberty, began before April 18, 2015.
Last June, and again in August, both candidates for Texas House District 7 confirmed with ET4L, a debate for Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Since that time, ET4L was notified that a candidate had changed his mind and thus was not attending. Before this notification, most of the costs and plans for the event had already been committed by the group.
With the exception of an early forum last October, the electorate in Upshur has had very few opportunities to hear from both candidates, and never for more than a few minutes each. Therefore, for the sake of the Upshur County electorate, we feel the voters should have an opportunity for the same amount of time the candidates allotted to the Gregg County electorate earlier this month.
We regret that Mr. Dean will not attend. However, as many groups do throughout Texas when placed in this rather normal situation, and in an effort to be fair to all candidates, we are proceeding with the event as scheduled.