Fellow Texas Republicans,
In the past week, we’ve held a statewide RPTServes Day of Action, celebrated San Jacinto Day, and begun early voting for local elections. We’ve also opened registration for our State Convention in San Antonio June 11-16 (click here if you haven’t already registered!) It’s an exciting time to be a Republican in Texas.
People & Places
Last week, I traveled to Houston to speak at the San Jacinto Republican Women meeting; it was a great chance to see SREC members Tammie Nielsen (SD-6) and Tanya Robertson (SD-11). While in the area, I stopped by the Kingwood Tea Party where Governor Abbott was speaking and visited with more dedicated Republican grassroots.
I also visited the McClennan County Republican Club in Waco, where I addressed delegates from the area who will be at our State Convention, and those who are interested in knowing more about the process and how important it is.
I had the pleasure of visiting with two county chairs — Eastland County Chair Sean Schaefer in Cisco, and Taylor County Chair Winston Ohlhausen in Abilene — along with their respective county executive committees. On the same trip I met with Hamilton County Chair Cat Parks to hear her input. It’s always energizing to be able to meet with our hardworking county chairs and precinct chairs to get their feedback, be sure their concerns are addressed, and discuss my vision for the party.
In Arlington, I was able to catch up with Rep. Zedler and some of his enthusiastic supporters while in his district
As we all know, during midterm elections it’s crucial that we are all working hard to beat the Democrats and let them know that not on our watch will we allow any intrusion into our state. With that in mind, I joined one of Governor Abbott’s field organizers in blockwalking in Arlington in support of Senator Konni Burton. Konni won her seat from Wendy Davis, and it’s critical that we help her keep it this cycle.
I also blockwalked with the Heart of Texas Young Republicans in support of Cedar Park City Council candidates Mel Kirkland, Dorian Chavez, and Mike Guevara — all of whom are strong Republicans being opposed by Democrats. I joined Reps. Tony Dale and Terry Wilson, County Chair Bill Fairbrother, and former Councilman Lyle Grimes. I’m glad to see all of these individuals realizing the seriousness of local elections, I’m proud of their investment of time and resources into helping these candidates, and I’m glad I was personally able to offer my support.
I encourage all of you to reach out to campaigns for Republicans running for school board and city council in your areas and do all you can to help them win. We need to build our bench with conservatives in every corner of Texas, and that will take all of us working together, each doing our part.
RPTServes special report
Our Vice Chair Amy Clark led the efforts to put on an RPT Serves Week last week and facilitated RPT affiliates in organizing projects in which Republicans in every area of Texas could take part. Special thank you to First Lady Cecilia Abbott for supporting RPTServes Week and spreading awareness about our cause to put our principles in action!
I could not agree with Amy more in her statement: “When we serve one another, we are practicing what we preach: that limited government and personal responsibility is the key to unlimited opportunity and freedom in our society.”
Thank you to the volunteers who participated in RPTServes projects including these:
- In Floresville, serving at the Frank M. Tejeda Texas State Veterans Home,
- In El Paso, blessing the fire fighters and the Rescue Mission,
- In Corpus Christi, cleaning up the beach with the General Land Office’s Adopt-a-Beach Program,
- In Dallas, cleaning up for Earth X and helping at the North Texas Food Bank,
- In Eastland County, collecting items for the Open Door Pregnancy Resource Center,
- In Houston, being “Recycling Ambassadors” for Earth Day Houston, and In San Antonio, helping at the San Antonio Food Bank.
Report from the Field
In addition to leading RPTServes efforts in their regions, our field team were also busy with standard field work, voter contact, and volunteer recruitment. In Dallas, Joel James and his team manned a booth at the EarthX conference to promote the Party and recruit volunteers. In Wills, TX, Mark Irey led an RLI for another group of eager volunteers. In Corpus Christi, Jesse Grady presented to the Nueces County Republican Club.
Early voting is in progress for the May 5 Municipal Election. Please see these two guides that we’ve prepared to help you effectively promote Republican candidates and issues:
Grassroots Guide: Saying NO to Debt from Bonds — this discusses how bond packages can be a means for higher taxes and bad debt, and how to find more information and share it with your community
Grassroots Guide: Texas Laws Every Grassroots Worker Should Know — this discusses electioneering laws including campaigning at polling locations, poll-watching, block-walking, and taking time off to vote.
See www.votetexas.gov for information on when and where you can vote.
The Republican Party of Texas is happy to be able to provide staff support for local candidates who are identifiable Republicans. More information and an application form can be found here. Please note that requests should come through county parties or include affirmations of support from county chairs.
Registration for the State Convention is now open to all delegates, alternates, and guests! Please click here to register.
Last but not least, we’ve posted complete information on temporary caucus chairs and temporary committee chairs and membership — including names, email addresses, and phone numbers. See that in the “Committees and Caucuses” section of our State Convention page (click here to view).
In Case You Missed It . . .
- Texas adds jobs for 21st straight month; Houston gains, too
- New medical research center to create 30,000 new jobs in Houston
- Abbott Calls for Emergency Special Election
- Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer keeps the door open to backing Beto O’Rourke in Texas Senate battle against Ted Cruz
- Poll: Cruz, O’Rourke locked in tight race in Texas
Coming Up Next
April 30: Officials Committee telephone meeting
April 30: Leadership Webinar for county chairs & county party staff
May 2-5: RNC Spring Meeting in Miami (more info)
May 9: Chairman Dickey speaking to Woodlands Republican Women (more info)
Also, please join our facebook group for the RPT State convention if you will be attending! CLICK HERE.
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