|Republican Ratliff joining Democrat Mark Homer on campaign stops Wed.|
|From Staff Reports|
Oct. 24, 2006 - Last week, State Sen. Bob Deuell, Hopkins County's representative in the Texas Legislature's upper house, did something that wasn't unexpected — he came to Sulphur Springs to endorse fellow Republican Kirby Hollingsworth of Mount Vernon, candidate for District 3 State Representative.
On Wednesday, Hollingsworth's opponent in the Nov. 7 election, incumbent Democrat Mark Homer, will get support from an unexpected source — former Lt. Gov. and State Sen. Bill Ratliff, who always ran on the GOP ticket.
Ratliff and Homer are scheduled to be at the Pizza Inn in Sulphur Springs at 11 a.m. Wednesday as part of a four-city visit, which also includes Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon and Paris.
Homer, who has been the state representative for the area since he took office in 1999, calls Ratliff "a good friend."
Ratliff, a Mount Pleasant Republican, was elected lieutenant governor by his fellow state senators in December of 2000 to fill the seat of Rick Perry, who took over the governor's post when George W. Bush was elected president. Ratliff was a highly respected legislator. He was nicknamed �Obi Wan Kenobi� for his skills as a sage adviser, and was named five times as one of the state's 10 best legislators by Texas Monthly magazine.
Ratliff entered the race for election as lieutenant governor in 2002 but subsequently withdrew. He continued to serve in the state senate until announcing his retirement in 2004.
Homer currently serves as a member of the Committee on Environmental Regulation, the Committee on Local and Consent Calendars, and the Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures, where his chairman of the Occupational Licensing Subcommittee.
District 3 includes Hopkins, Delta, Franklin, Lamar, Red River and Titus counties.