|Published: 9:03 AM, 07/17/2013
||Last updated: 9:04 AM, 07/17/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-Hundreds of Republicans
gathered at Engleman Park in Sweetwater Saturday evening for a
cookout to honor the late Jim Miller and kick off the GOP's efforts
to win big in the 2014 election.
The rain parted just in time for the
event and the shadow of Miller loomed large over the party faithful.
His widow, Vickie Miller, spoke of what the annual cookout meant to
her husband, who started the event about 20 years ago to bring
Republicans together. She read a poem in honor of her husband, who
was murdered in 2010, saying life may have moved on without the late
Election Commission chairman but "you will never be forgotten."
The cookout was something her husband
looked forward to every year, Vickie Miller said.
"He enjoyed this more than
anything in the world," she said "Maybe even more than
beans and cornbread."
National, state and local GOP leaders
were on hand Saturday, including U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, who
contrasted local the GOP faithful with the "mess" in
"You get it right," he said.
The 2014 election promises to be
interesting with contested elections already on the GOP side in the
May primary for Sessions Court judge and county mayor at least.
Local Democrats will not stand pat and
will mount their own strong campaigns and the new 4th District for
County Commission will serve to add interested to the campaign
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