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A Rand dinner

The Allen County Republican Party will again bring a prominent conservative to headline its bean dinner fund raiser.

Chairman Steve Shine today announced that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will speak at the event scheduled for Oct. 25.

While a location and pricing has yet to be determined, Shine said he has already been overwhelmed with interest for the event. He said the party will likely need to book a venue that can hold 700 guests.

The Tea Party favorite is the son of Texas Congressman Ron Paul and has advocated for a smaller federal government and balanced budgets. He follows last year's speaker, Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor who ran for president.

"Our goal is to bring in as many national speakers as possible," Shine said.

Shine thanked Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, for helping secure Paul as the speaker. Stutzman also helped bring Huckabee last year.