By Bill Spinks

The Midlothian Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its virtual Legislative Series in the month of August featuring important political figures from the area.

The Chamber has invited Ellis County Judge Todd Little, U.S. Rep. Ron Wright and state House candidate Jake Ellzey to speak at each live webinar. Little is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 12, Wright will speak on Thursday, Aug. 20, and Ellzey has been invited to speak on Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Wright is the first one to agree to participate. Wright is running for re-election to a second term representing Texas’ 6th Congressional District. Coincidentally, Wright defeated Ellzey in the 2018 Republican primary. Wright will face Democrat Stephen Daniel, Libertarian Melanie Black and independent Chad Snider in the Nov. 3 general election.

Judge Little was elected in 2018 to his first term as the county’s top executive. Little was elected Mayor of Red Oak and served from 2000 to 2006. He served as Board President of Hope Clinic, a community-based nonprofit health center; as a Trustee for Meals on Wheels of Johnson & Ellis Counties; was a delegate for Ellis County to the Republican Party of Texas; and is a former member of Young Republicans. He currently lives in Red Oak with his wife Dawn and three children.

Ellzey, a former U.S. Navy officer and fighter pilot who lives in Midlothian, won the March primary election for the Republican nomination for the Texas House District 10 race. Ellzey served as a social aide in the George W. Bush White House, a member of the Texas Veterans Commission, and the CEO of the public speaking and professional development organization HoldFast. He will face Matt Savino, a Libertarian, in the November general election.

There will be no charge for viewers to participate in the event. Each webinar will be live and will be a 45-minute presentation with active viewer participation via chat for registered attendees only. Each webinar will also be available afterward for on-demand viewing.

The Midlothian Chamber is seeking grassroots sponsors, corporate sponsors, and one more presenting sponsor or the series. Presenting sponsors so far are First Financial Bank and Access Self-Storage.