The first annual Galveston County Day at the Capitol will take place March 1 in Austin.
Six County Chambers of Commerce are sponsoring the event with the County. The plan is for a strong contingent of citizens representing every community in Galveston County will be in Austin to discuss county concerns and issues with current legislators.
The Galveston County goal is 250 people sharing county priorities with elected officials.
According to Bix Rathburn, Director of Economic Development for Galveston County, the critical issues facing the coastal county includes public school funding, local tax policies, and storm surge suppression to name a few.
“Our Legislative Team of Senator Taylor, Representative Greg Bonnen and Representative Wayne Faircloth do an outstanding job representing our interests and are highly respected in Austin. Our presence in Austin that day will send a message to the entire state that we stand behind them in their efforts,” Rathburn said.
Faircloth represents District 23 and Bonnen represents District 24, both in Galveston County.
Volunteers from across the county are needed to lead small teams of three or four that day to contact every member of the legislature with the county priorities.
“In addition we will host an amazing legislative reception that evening to recognize and thank the legislature and state leaders for their service,” Rathburn said.
A training session will be held for all volunteers to assist them in preparing for discussions with legislators and their staff members. It will take place prior to the trip.
A bus running from the Texas City – La Marque Chamber office will head to Austin for the trip or volunteers can car pool with a group from an office or organization. Anyone interested in riding the bus or being a team leader needs to send their name and contact information to Rathburn.
Contact Rathburn at [email protected] or 409-766-2541.
Story by Karolyn Gephart