Aug 14 – Rep Cole Hefner & SRBA Chairman Chris Spencer

East Texans for Liberty’s next public meeting will be held on Monday, August 14, 2023, at 6:30 PM.  The program will include the Sulphur River Basin Authority Chairman Chris Spencer and State Representative Cole Hefner (Mt Pleasant – HD 5).  The meeting will be held at the organization’s regular meeting location of Barbwire Halo Cowboy Church, 6761 State Highway 154 W, in Gilmer.

In 2018, Governor Greg Abbott appointed Chris Spencer to the Sulphur River Basin Authority. Spencer is the president and chief operating officer of Crump Foods Inc.  He is the past secretary of the Linden Economic Development Corporation and the past president of the Hugh Springs Chamber of Commerce.  Spencer attended the University of Texas at Tyler majoring in Management and minoring in economics.

Spencer will discuss the highly debated Marvin Nichols Reservoir project.  A project that would dam up the Sulphur River, which stretches 175 miles from the western tendrils of Wright Patman Lake near the Texas-Arkansas border.  The lake would span 66,000 acres.  The project also includes the construction of a pipe to connect the water source to Frisco and surrounding areas. A question-and-answer period will follow his presentation. 

Representative Cole Hefner was with ET4L via Zoom, last March, when the lawmakers were in regular session.  Hefner addressed the crowd from his Austin office.  On August 14, Hefner will answer questions pertaining to the Property Tax Reform bill, signed into law by Governor Abbott on July 23 of this year, as well as bills that passed or did not pass this legislative session. 

“As State Republican Executive Member (SREC) for Senate District 1 Christin Bentley’s presentation detailed, in June, the 88th Legislative Session passed six of the eight Texas Republican Party of Texas’ Legislative Priorities, as well as many others aligned with the RPT platform.  Therefore, many bills may be discussed,” said Executive Director Stacy McMahan. 

“Also, the team is excited to announce a “Save the Date” for our special event scheduled on Monday, October 9.  So be sure to mark your calendars for this special event. More details will be announced soon,” said McMahan.

A complimentary dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.  The public meeting is open to the public, free, and student-friendly.