Luncheons for August, 2011

State Rep. Joaquin Castro, Candidate for U.S. Congress, District 35

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

According to current reports, the race for the newly created Congressional District 35 is likely to be a primary contest between Congressman Lloyd Doggett and State Representative Joaquin Castro. If that race materializes, it will be hard-fought and dramatic. (Various pending court battles over redistricting may affect the composition of the districts.)

Representative Castro currently represents Texas House District 125.  He serves as Vice-Chair of the Higher Education Committee and is a member of the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee. His twin brother, Julian Castro, is the mayor of San Antonio. The brothers grew up in San Antonio, and Joaquin is a graduate of Harvard Law School. Joaquin was elected to the Texas House in 2002 at age 28.  He practices law and has taught at both St. Mary’s University and Trinity University.

Please come join us to hear Representative Castro tell us about his career, this past Session and the congressional campaign.

Speaker: Rep. Joaquin Castro

Super-Spectacular Door Prizes:

1.  Rick Perry’s new autobiography, I Don’t Drink No Stinkin’ Teas, But I Like Their Parties, now being edited by Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann.

2.  Obama bumper stickers.

3.  Jim Harrington’s book: “Wrestling with Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Democracy in Turkey.”

New Reservation Policy Alert: Please note our new policy on canceling reservations.  As a result of recent last-minute cancellations and no-shows, we will have to start charging for persons who make a reservation but do not attend.  The Forum still has to pay for those lunches, and at times we’ve had to absorb over $150 in costs for non-attendees who made reservations.  If you cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, there will be no charge.  We apologize for any inconvenience and we appreciate your cooperation.

Cost: lunch is $15.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members

Parking: 816 Congress Avenue/IBC Bank parking garage. Enter the parking garage on 9th Street, between Colorado and Congress. Bring your ticket to the receptionist on the 7th floor and you will be given a coupon to use to exit the garage at no charge.

Reservation required: To reserve your seat, email jerben@herring-irwin.com or cherring@herring-irwin.com or call Chuck Herring or Judy Erben at 320-0665. Please tell us if you intend to bring a non-member guest and if you have any special dietary concerns. PLEASE MAKE RESERVATIONS BY 5:00 P.M. ON 5:00 P.M. ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 19. Seating to this event will definitely be limited.

About the Forum: The Forum meets monthly for lunch to hear Democratic speakers. Membership is $120/yr. Non-members may attend, but members have priority and receive discount prices for lunches.