Fellow Texas Republicans,
This past weekend we have spent time remembering the men and women who laid down their lives for the goal of preserving liberty to us and our posterity. How blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth — one that strives to preserve the freedom given to us by God, implemented by our Founding Fathers, and embodied in the Constitution. God bless and keep the military families who have suffered the loss of their loved ones.
People & Places
It’s been another wonderful week for meeting with great Texans! This week my travels were focused on South Texas.
What a pleasure it was to meet delegates and alternates from SD-19 for a convention training in Pleasanton last week — some of whom drove for hours to be there. Many will be first-time delegates and I’m glad to see them taking their responsibility seriously. I enjoyed seeing SREC members Terri DuBose (SD-19) and Naomi Narvaiz (SD-21), and five county chairs: Marian Knowlton (Atascosa), Rita Jordan (Karnes) Jack DuBose (Real), Jeff Santleben (Uvalde), and Ruby Manen (Wilson).
Wednesday I spoke at the San Antonio Republican Club along with Bexar County Chair Mark Dorazio (also SREC from SD-25). I appreciate the invitation from Marian Stanko and Fred Rangel (SREC from SD-26). Many club members will be volunteering at convention to help your experience to be better. A couple hundred miles away I was able to see Fort Bend and Harris County Chairs Jacey Jetton and Paul Simpson later that day.
Over the weekend I went further south to Hidalgo and Webb counties. I’m thankful for the hard work of Republicans in the Rio Grande Valley who talk about our Republican principles in ways that bring in those who share the values but had never before considered themselves Republican. I visited with many of those at a meet and greet in McAllen hosted by the leadership of the newly reconstituted Rio Grande Valley Republican Women’s Club where I met some of the great candidates, delegates and precinct chairs as well as Janie Melendez (SREC, SD-20) and Hidalgo County Chair Sergio Sanchez. I also traveled to Laredo where I visited with Webb County Chair Randy Blair and Naomi Narvaiz (SREC, SD-21) and a great group of candidates, precinct chairs, delegates and other active Republicans.
I’m thrilled to have visited all 31 State Senate Districts during my first year in office – exactly as I’d promised. It’s such a joy to meet and get to know so many hardworking Republicans across our state, listen to their ideas, and make sure they know that they have our encouragement and support.
Report from the Field
Last week we collaborated with the Dallas GOP in some significant engagement efforts. Adryana Aldeen, who serves as Special Advisor to the Chair on Hispanic Engagement, led in some private meetings and roundtable discussions in Dallas along with Congressman Pete Sessions and Dallas County Chair Missy Shorey. Again and again we’re hearing how critical it is for urban areas to engage with minorities — and how important it is to use issue-based advocacy to share our values as a means of bringing all communities on board as conservative voters. I’m glad we’re able to provide resources and expertise toward this end.
Our team will be participating in Cruz Crew’s Day of Action this Saturday, June 2. You can get in on the action, too! Please contact Kristy (KWilkinson@gop.com) who can connect you to the team in your area.
We welcomed a new team member as we continue to expand our field outreach even more. Stephen Chavez (SChavez@texasgop.org) joined us as a Field Organizer in the Greater Houston area. Stephen, a new graduate from Ole Miss, is working with Mark Irey, our Regional Field Organizer in Houston. Together they are engaging with those from all communities to share the Republican message and grow excitement for our Republican candidates.
The entire team continues engagement efforts through blockwalking, volunteer trainings, one-on-one meetings, attending events, and plugging into their communities with the help of great interns. If you know anyone looking for a summer opportunity don’t hesitate to reach out to Stephen Wong (Swong@texasgop.org). Their hard work will help give us the best possible results in November.
Last week, Republican Primary voters made their final picks on the Republican nominees for the General Election, and I’d like to congratulate our final slate of nominees on their Primary and Runoff victories.
It is now more important than ever that Republicans across the state come together in unity to fight to elect our great slate of nominees. I look forward to working with all of them to making certain Texas remains free, prosperous, and strong!
Last week was also the start of our summer internship semester. We’re blessed to have five amazing interns on board for the next few months: Josh, Lorelei, Max, Nick, and Sean. They’re already hard at work answering phones, walking people through convention registration, helping us prepare for convention, and more. If you’re interested in an RPT internship, it’s not too early to apply for this fall! See more information here.
Here’s the latest on our State Convention — which is only two weeks out!
- You may pre-register online (CLICK HERE) through June 10th. Please be sure you’ve pre-registered to avoid long lines! If you miss the deadline, you can still register on-site as a delegate, alternate, or guest.
- Dr. Ben Carson will be our keynote speaker at the Gala banquet! Tickets are still available — add one to your registration before we sell out!
- The Grassroots Club breakfast is open exclusively to current GRC members (no additional spouses or family members unless they are also GRC members). Please join the GRC by June 10th to be included, or you can sign up at the door.
- Be prepared to be the best delegate possible! Watch our basic convention training video here.
- Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the best response.
We will hold a leadership webinar on how to run your SD Caucus on Tuesday June 5th at 7:00 p.m. If you are a caucus chair, secretary, or other assistant in your SD caucus, please plan to listen in. Join us online at http://join.freeconferencecall.com/rptcalls or via phone at 712-770-5246 using access code 206161#. Contact Brandon Moore or Joanna Kitchen for details (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
In Case You Missed It . . .
Coming Up Next
June 4: Convention training in Austin (more info: email@example.com)
June 5: Chairman Dickey speaking in Llano (more info: firstname.lastname@example.org)
June 6: Convention training in Kerrville (more info: email@example.com)
June 7: Chairman Dickey & convention training with Young Republicans in Austin (more info: firstname.lastname@example.org)
June 9: convention training in Beeville (more info: email@example.com)
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