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Senator Buckingham visits Bandera

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    State Senator Dr. Dawn Buckingham, center, gets together with local GOP officials after holding a roundtable meeting with area business leaders at the Flying L Ranch Resort on Saturday, Sept. 12. With Buckingham are, from left, Susan Read, Carolyn Rutherf

State Senator Dr. Dawn Buckingham met with local Bandera County GOP officials and supporters at the Flying L Ranch Resort on Saturday, Sept. 12, in a roundtable discussion that touched on various topics, including small business issues.

Buckingham represents Texas Senate District 24, which includes Bandera County. She is up for reelection in November and is facing opposition from Democrat Clayton Tucker.

Buckingham made history in 2016 as the first Republican from Travis County to be elected to the Texas Senate, as well as the first woman ever elected to represent Senate District 24.

At Saturday’s meeting, the Republican state senator who lives in Lakeway discussed her background and political philosophy, which argues that the best approach to government is “less is more.”

When she asked for questions from audience, one person asked when the bars will open in the state.

Buckingham said she would have thought the bars would be open by now and is frustrated with the situation.

Another person in the audience told the senator the 53,000 bars in Texas are suffering and so are the former employees of those businesses.

Buckingham said she was glad to hear from business owners in Bandera on how COVID-19 had affected their business.

“Every business is different in their own way, but the one thing that is consistent with everyone in attendance is the fact that this pandemic has severely impacted our small businesses,” the senator said. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and I am committed to get Senate District 24 and the rest of the state of Texas fully reopened as quickly and as safely as possible.”