BETX Sponsors East Texas College Tour

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For Immediate Release:

Build East Texas and College Student Groups to host U.S. Senate Candidates on Five East Texas Universities

• Build East Texas and a number of different college student groups are hosting seven candidates in Texas's U.S. Senate race as part of a 1-day, 5-campus East Texas College Tour on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Candidates in East Texas's congressional race (TX CD-1) have also been invited.

• Candidates will meet with students, faculty, staff and the public to discuss issues related to our community and briefly outline their visions for education, healthcare, infrastructure and economic development in East Texas.

Nacogdoches, Texas, October 28, 2019 —Confirmed candidates include Senator Royce West, Mark Yancey, Chris Bell, Sema Hernandez, Cristina Zintzun Ramirez, Michael Cooper, Adrian Ocegueda, as well as Hank Gilbert, candidate for U.S. Representative, TX CD-1.

This event is designed to bring East Texas college students into direct dialogue with these senate candidates as part of Build East Texas’s larger mission to advocate for better education, healthcare, infrastructure, and economic development in East Texas.  For more information, see Build East Texas’s website: Schedule as follows:

  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Angelina College (Lufkin), Conference Center (CS104), Community Service Center (sponsored by Angelina College Student Government)

  • 10:00 to 11 a.m. Stephen F. Austin University (Nacogdoches), Twilight Ballroom (2.501), Baker Pattillo Student Center (sponsored by the SFA College Democrats)

  • 2:00 to 3 p.m. Wiley College (Marshall), Julius S. Scott, Sr. Chapel, Wiley College (sponsored by the Wiley College Student Government Association & the Center for Social Good & Leadership)

  • 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Kilgore College (Kilgore), Devall Student Center Ballroom, Devall Student Center (sponsored by the Diversity Alliance)

  • 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. University of Texas at Tyler (Tyler), COB 180 (sponsored by the B.L.A.C.K. Patriots)

There is a by-invitation-only networking session ½ hour prior to each public event (press are invited to this session). There may be opportunities for press to carpool with candidates between stops (for interview purposes). Students and the community may sign-up for the event at The main event page can be found here:

For more information:

Name: Brent D. Beal
Position: Founding Board Member & Secretary
Contact Details: [email protected], 936-250-1475