A former member of the Trump administration will be the main speaker when Gaston County Republicans come together for their Lincoln Day dinner in February.
Two-time presidential hopeful Rick Perry, who most recently headed up the Department of Energy in the Trump administration and is a former governor of Texas, will be the featured speaker at the Gaston County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day event Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Gaston Country Club.
“This is the first time we’ve had a major speaker at this event and I’m pretty excited for that,” said Jonathan Fletcher, chairman of the Gaston County GOP.
Perry will be joined at the Lincoln Day event by longtime Republican Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, who is seeking re-election to the redrawn Fifth Congressional District, which includes all of Gaston and Cleveland counties.
The 69-year-old Perry served as the 14th U.S. Secretary of Energy from 2017 to his resignation on Dec. 1, 2019. He unsuccessfully ran for president in 2012 and 2016.
In 1984, Perry ran as a Democrat for a seat in the Texas House of Representatives, which he won, and he even supported Al Gore in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries and campaigned for him in Texas. On Sept. 29, 1989, he switched parties, crediting former President Ronald Reagan as part of the reason he became Republican.
Perry later became agriculture commissioner of Texas (1991-99) and lieutenant governor of Texas (1999-2000) before serving as governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015.
The annual Lincoln Day dinner serves as the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Gaston County GOP and, in the past, has featured several leaders in the state Republican Party, including former Gov. Pat McCrory and current lieutenant governor Dan Forest.
There will be a VIP reception at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased by going to the Gaston GOP website.
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