In September, Senator Dawn Buckingham was announced as Victory Chair for 2018. Will more than a year left until the election, Senator Buckingham will lead get out the vote efforts and fundraising, ensuring Texas remains a Republican stronghold in 2018 and beyond.
Texas’ top Republican leaders had nothing but praise for Senator Buckingham’s announcement as Victory Chair; see the quotes from Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, as well as RPT Chairman James Dickey on the press release announcing Victory Chair here.
Campaign Management School
Last week, Republican Party of Texas hosted a three-day Campaign Management School in Austin, TX. This workshop instructs campaign staff members, candidates, and elected officeholders on all aspects of a campaign: fundraising, digital, communications, engagement, campaign finance, and more. Campaign Management Schools are held only once every two years, with some of Texas’ best campaign staff and consultants traveling to Austin to share their political knowledge.
This flagship Campaign Management School is the culminating event for the series of 17 regional candidate trainings held over the past five months. These one-day trainings have covered almost every major area of Texas and are designed to provide information for those who may be considering running for office or helping a new candidate. RPT’s campaign training gives Republicans across this state the tools they need to win.
Regional Field Staff
In the past 2.5 months, RPT has hired 3 Regional Field Directors, growing the field team to a total of 5 and the entire political team to 8. New field staff doing daily voter contact and relationship building are based in the Dallas Fort Worth area, Corpus Christi area, and greater Houston, with additional hires anticipated in the San Antonio area and in Congressional District 23.
With the assistance of volunteers and our political department in Austin, RPT is on track to knock on 10,000 doors of future voters by November 1, 2017. This marks an unprecedented level of engagement––typically, this milestone is achieved after the primary election in April or May of an election year.