With State Rep. Hollis Downs retiring from the District 12 seat at the end of his current term, three new candidates have stepped up to vie for the district that covers portions of both Lincoln and Union parishes.
Ruston resident Jason Bullock, Farmerville resident Jake Halley and Ruston resident Rob Shadoin all qualified for the Oct. 22 election to fill Downs’ spot. On Monday night the three men gathered at the Ruston Country Club for the North Central Louisiana TEA Party’s general meeting where they participated in a candidate forum to let those in attendance know where they stand on key issues in the area.
Area residents flooded Louisiana Tech University’s campus on Wednesday to grab a bite to eat at the school’s on-campus Chick-Fil-A restaurant.
But, it wasn’t just the flavor that drew the crowd. Instead, residents were showing up to support the company’s CEO Dan Cathy, after he came out in support of traditional family values last week.
The day, “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day,” was declared by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to support a business “whose executives are willing to take a stand for the Godly values.” The appreciation day was in response to protests by gay rights advocacy groups, as well as the removal of Jim Henson Muppet toys in Chick-Fil-A kids’ meals and threats from cities such as Boston and Chicago to withhold building permits for the company.
The Farm-To-Table fundraiser dinner, that was held on June 20 at the Ruston Historic Fire Station, raised $21,000, Jean McWeeney, president of North Louisiana Farm Fresh Corporation, a 501c(3) nonprofit that manages the Ruston Farmers Market, said.