Mike Huckabee to hold Thursday town hall at Charlotte church

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who appears to be planning another run for president in 2016, will hold a town hall and book signing Thursday night at First Baptist Church of Charlotte.

Tickets are still available for the event, which is sponsored by the Civitas Institute, a conservative policy group based in Charlotte. Admission is $20, which includes a copy of Huckabee’s new book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.”

Huckabee, a Republican and one-time pastor, is no stranger to First Baptist, an uptown church pastored by the Rev. Mark Harris. Huckabee spoke there last September at a patriotic rally sponsored by the Family Research Council. Also appearing at that event was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, another likely 2016 presidential contender who would compete with Huckabee for evangelical Christian voters.

Huckabee recently announced he was giving up his popular talk show on Fox News to consider another campaign for the White House. He ran in 2008, winning the Iowa caucuses before eventually losing the GOP nomination to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

Huckabee has been leading the charge to keep social issues important to conservative Christians on the front burner at a time when many in the GOP would prefer focusing on issues popular with other voter groups, including young people and Hispanics.

Huckabee’s town hall is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary at First Baptist, 301 S. Davidson St. Some tickets may be available at the door, but those interested in coming are urged to purchase them online at www.nccivitas.org. Look for “events.”