The High Noon in Cowtown conservative rally Saturday will give students and community members a chance to meet many of the local candidates for the March 2 Republican primary, an event organizer said.
Glen Bucy, a senior political science major and organizer of the event, said it was important for the rally to take place during early voting to give voters the opportunity to cast their ballot after hearing the candidates’ platforms while the momentum of the rally was still in effect.
The event will include Republican candidates in local elections including those running for district attorney, county commissioner and state representative. Debra Medina will be the only gubernatorial candidate present at the rally.
Bucy said he organized the event with support from The United Conservative Coalition of Texas and Citizens for Taxpayers’ Rights. Both groups represent more than 12 local Tea Party movements, 9/12 Project chapters and other conservative groups across North Texas.
According to the Tea Party Patriots Web site, the group is a conservative grassroots movement that supports government fiscal responsibility, constitutional limited government and free markets. The 9/12 Project is a national movement created by news commentator Glenn Beck in an effort to recreate the unity that United States citizens experienced after Sept. 11, 2001, according to its Web site.
Bucy said people may pay more attention to national politics, but it is important to vote in local elections because most of what affects people’s everyday lives takes place at the local level.
“If you’re upset about what’s going on in Fort Worth, in Tarrant County or in Dallas, do something about it. Get out there and vote,” Bucy said. “At this level, you could cast the deciding vote in this election.
In May 2009, Bucy ran for Fort Worth City Council. He said he decided to run because he was tired of complaining about problems and wanted the roads improved in his district. He did not win, but said he was able to influence the local government and meet a lot of politicians in the area.
“I kind of lit a fire under the current city councilman to get on top of the roads in our district,” Bucy said.
Bucy said he enlisted in the U.S. Army the week after Sept. 11 and was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2003. He said he served in more than 180 combat missions and returned to the United States in 2004. Bucy transferred to the university in the spring of 2008.
What: High Noon in Cowtown conservative rally
When: Saturday at noon
Where: Cowtown Coliseum