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BY PHILLIP WILLIAMS

Correspondent

GILMER–Greg Neeley, an associate justice of the state’s 12th Court of Appeals in Tyler, will be guest speaker for Thursday night’s (July 26) organizational meeting of the Republican Party of Upshur County.

The event, open to the public, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Lantana Activity Center, 80 Lantana Road near Gilmer.

Neeley, one of three justices on the appellate court, will speak on the role of the judiciary and on President Trump’s recent nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Newly re-elected Upshur GOP Chairman Cynthia Ridgeway said State Rep. Jay Dean (R-Longview) has also been invited to speak on the process for selecting the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

Ridgeway will be sworn in at the meeting, as will newly-elected and re-elected precinct chairmen, by County Judge Dean Fowler.

She said she will also present a “brief review of the highlights” of the recent Republican state convention held June 14-16 in San Antonio.

Salads and homemade ice cream will be served.

Neeley was appointed by then-Gov. Rick Perry to the appellate court in January 2015 to fill the vacancy created by Sam Griffith’s resignation. The appointed jurist was elected to the unexpired portion of Griffith’s term in 2016 and is unopposed for re-election to a full six-year term in November.

Neeley, former chief felony prosecutor for the Gregg County district attorney’s office, later was in the private practice of civil and criminal law in Longview. His appellate court serves several area counties, including Upshur, hearing appeals of civil and criminal cases.