Democrats try to cook, serve up party unity, spirit

Democrats try to cook, serve up party unity, spirit

LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Lubbock County Democratic Party used a barbecue Saturday afternoon to try and unite supporters behind candidates the party intends to field in the midterms. Advertised as "a good ol' southern BBQ," the party invited already-declared liberal candidates to commune with party members and other interested supporters in the area.

The three candidates that attended were Dan Epstein and Miguel Levario, who announced they'll be running against Rep Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock) in 2018, and Drew Landry, who announced his candidacy for state District 83 against Rep. Dustin Burrows next year with a South Plains tour.

Party chairman Stuart Williams said the political climate -- as well as Saturday's balmy weather -- makes for a rare opportunity for Democrats in very conservative West Texas.

"We are the party of West Texas values," he said. "We are the party of family values, of religions tolerance, and respect for our neighbors. That's what we're doing here, and that's what neighbors do -- they throw a good party and they invite everybody to come by."

Williams said the success of the barbecue shows the party is open, transparent, and active; he said the support will put Democrats in office in 2018 from Congress to the courthouse.

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