November 19, 2017
Dear Texas Republicans,
Last Friday I sent notice for our 4th quarterly SREC meeting, and I hope that you will join us December 1-2 — either online via our livestream or in person at the Wyndham Garden Austin!
If you were a delegate to convention, you helped elect 2 members from your district to the SREC — the State Republican Executive Committee — to run the Republican Party of Texas. The SREC holds quarterly meetings to conduct party business. You are invited to observe as a guest or watch the livestream.
This is a chance for you to connect with the people you elected, see what decisions are being made, and give input. On Friday you can watch committee meetings, and on Saturday listen to the reports, votes, new business, and more. Join the facebook event page to view the agenda and receive updates.
People & Places
I was in Ft. Worth Sunday night for a dinner put on by local grassroots volunteers. The event was attended by over 60 people and gave me the opportunity to share my vision for the Republican party and give a status update on candidate recruitment and filing. We’ve had over 150 candidates file for a place on the Republican ballot at headquarters, not to mention the hundreds more who have filed at the county party level. I am excited for our party and the impact we will make in the 2018 elections!
Saturday morning, I spoke with Republican Women of Arlington. I gave them an update on what our political team is doing out in the field and our status with candidates who filed to run for office thus far. On Wednesday, I gathered with small group of people who were kind enough to host a fundraiser for the RPT. I am grateful to those who attended and like what the Party is doing so much that they responded with extremely generous support.
Report from the Field
I joined our Deputy Political Director Stephen Wong and Dallas Regional Field Director Joel James at a Dallas County Precinct Chair training on Saturday as we continue our focus on statewide recruitment and training. In Dallas, the RPT trained precinct chairs and prospective precinct chairs with the local party and Texans for Greg Abbott field staff. Over 40 activists learned about the Neighborhood Team model and the tools available to all activists and precinct chairs to reach their neighbors, develop volunteers, understand data and get out the vote.
Stephen Wong lead a breakout session on the Republican Leadership Initiative –– a national program teaching engaged activists campaign strategies, data analysis, and grassroots volunteer engagement to help win local races. More information about this program can be found here.
We continue to invest in reaching young people including high schoolers, college students, and young professionals. Our team is working on a multipronged approach to reaching young Texans including growing our field internship program, partnering with College Republicans and other like-minded organizations, and doing targeted outreach on university campuses. To that end, we collect and maintain a resume bank for internships and paid opportunities on the RPT website https://www.texasgop.org/careers/ Jesse Grady, Corpus Christi Regional Field Director, set up a table at the Saxet Gun Show in Robstown, TX on Saturday and Sunday. Jesse met hundreds of volunteers, gaining 165 petition signatures for tax reform. Jesse engaged supporters, helping them to get more involved in the local party.
The first week of candidate filing at the RPT has been a very busy week. We have received well over 100 filings this week alone. If you would like to see a list of all the candidates who have filed with us, please visit: https://www.texasgop.org/2018-primary-candidate-filings/
Candidates wishing to run in the Republican Primary must file for a place on the ballot not later than 6p.m. on Monday December 11th. Candidates wishing to run for an office which covers more than one county must file with the Republican Party of Texas. Candidates wishing to file for an office which is fully contained within one county (including county chairs and precinct chairs) must file with their county Republican Party. A list of the current Republican County Chairs may be found at: https://www.texasgop.org/county_chairs/
For more information on running for office, please visit: https://www.texasgop.org/candidate/
In Case You Missed It . . .
- Texas Standard: Texas GOP wants candidates to take loyalty pledge
- Houston Chronicle: Abbott adviser: ‘Democrat enthusiasm’ endangers Texas GOP
- Austin American-Statesman: Travis County GOP chairman announces re-election bid
- Texas Monthly: Sarah Davis Really Gets Under the Skin of Some Republicans
- San Antonio Express-News: Democrats debate how best to seize anti-Trump election opportunity shown in other states
Coming Up Next
Nov. 21: Officials Committee Meeting call to discuss 2018 budget
Dec. 1: SREC committee meetings, 10am-5:20pm, Wyndham Garden Austin, 3401 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin — click on picture to view the schedule!
Dec. 1: TYRF 1st Annual Christmas Party
Dec. 2: 4th Quarterly SREC meeting — General Session, 9am (expected to last most of the day) — Wyndham Garden Austin, 3401 S IH 35 Frontage Rd, Austin
Don’t forget to join the facebook event page for our SREC meeting! I hope to see you there!