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Tuesday’s election called ‘our generation’s Valley Forge’ by Texas congressman

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, is the 2016 honoree at the Bobby Bragan gala held at the Fort Worth Club.
U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, is the 2016 honoree at the Bobby Bragan gala held at the Fort Worth Club. pmoseley@star-telegram.com

No matter what happens Tuesday, the election will finally be over.

Whether the candidate of your choice wins or loses, the 24/7 talk about politics likely will slow down.

Just make sure you weigh in on this year’s election, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, said recently.

“We’ve never seen an election like this in our lifetime,” the former TCU and minor-league Atlanta Braves player said after receiving the Bobby Bragan Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fort Worth Club. “Your voice is your vote.

“This is it. It is our generation’s Valley Forge,” said Williams, a longtime local car dealer whose district stretches from the edges of Tarrant County to Austin. “It’s game time.”

Posthumous honors

Erma Johnson Hadley has not been forgotten.

The late chancellor of Tarrant County College will be honored with the Fort Worth Chamber’s High Impact Legacy award on Wednesday.

Hadley, who died in October 2015, will be honored by the keynote speaker, City Manager David Cooke.

National attention

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, got some national attention recently.

A Burgess statement about improving medical access was sent out to media across the country by the campaign for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“On Election Day, Texans will remember that Obamacare Exchange premiums will rise by 25% and we will vote for a candidate committed to repealing this failed law,” according to the statement attributed to Burgess. “While Hillary Clinton believes that government needs a greater role in our healthcare, we know better. To improve access, lower costs and stop the federal government from standing between us and the care we need, we will send Donald Trump to the White House on Nov. 8.”

Bloomberg Philanthopies

Fort Worth is among 16 cities to recently join the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Work Cities initiative, considered one of the largest-ever efforts to enhance the use of data and evidence in the public sector, the city said.

As a result, Mayor Betsy Price said, “Fort Worth will have even more ways to leverage data for the betterment of our citizens.”

Fort Worth said it will receive technical assistance from world-class leaders to address local issues. Through the program, the cities can find more effective ways to evaluate programs and improve performance, have access to more resources to better serve their communities and address social challenges, such as poverty.

“Using data is key to running the business of government and recommending public policy to benefit the lives of our citizens,” Cooke said.

The program was launched in April 2015, and 55 midsize cities are now participating. That is expected to grow to 100 cities through 2018.

Sister City ties

Fort Worth residents are invited to learn more about the community’s sister city relationship with Bandung, Indonesia.

A presentation — Indonesia Today, about current events and politics thereis scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at Tarrant County College, Trinity River East Campus, 245 E. Belknap St. The event, sponsored by Fort Worth Sister Cities International and TCC, is open to the public.

“Maintaining a strong relationship between Fort Worth and our sister city, Bandung, Indonesia, is very important. We want to educate our community with learned speakers, like the consul general, in order to gain a better understanding of what is happening in other parts of the world. With U.S. politics being a hot topic, it’s important to hear about current events in other countries,” said Johnny Campbell, chairman of the board of Sister Cities.

For more information, call Danielle at 817/632-7106 or email her at danielle@fwsistercities.org.

Staff writers Sandra Baker and David Humphrey contributed to this report.

Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

Election Information

Election Day is Tuesday. For more information about candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot, go to the Star-Telegram’s website, www.star-telegram.com, to read the online Voters Guide.

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