June 2016

Montgomery County Republican Party


In This Issue

County Executive Committee Meeting June 14
Munch & Mingle at Headquarters Prior to Meeting
Sponsored by County Commissioner Jim Clark

The organizational meeting of the 2016-2018 Montgomery County Republican Executive Committee (CEC) has been set for the evening of Tuesday, June 14th at 7:30 pm in Room 402 of the Alan B. Sadler Commissioners Court Building at 501 North Thompson Street in Conroe 77301. The CEC will hear a Treasurer's Report, a Vacancy Committee report and a Primary/Runoff election report by the County Chairman. According to the Texas Election Code, the two-year terms of the officers of the CEC- Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Parliamentarian, General Counsel and Sergeant-at-Arms- along with all 90 Precinct Chairs end on June 13, 2016. According to the County Party Bylaws, all CEC officers, with the exception of the Party Secretary who will be elected by the 2016-2018 Precinct Chairs, are appointed by the incoming County Chairman Dr. Wally Wilkerson. Wilkerson has named Linda Fox as the Vice-Chair; Landon Estay as Treasurer; Steve Simonsen as Parliamentarian and General Counsel and Clint McClaren as Sergeant-at-Arms. The oath of office will be administered by a County officeholder.
The Party Bylaws provide for six (6) Standing Committees- Vacancy Committee, Rules Committee, Candidates Committee, Finance Committee, Leadership & Organization Committee and Headquarters Committee- to be organized and members chosen at this meeting. Each Committee shall be composed of no "less than five (5) nor more than thirty (30) members, except for the Finance and Candidates Committees which shall have no more than fifty (50) members. No less than three-fifths of each Committee shall be elected by the Executive Committee (Precinct Chairs) at its organizational meeting provided in Article V, Section 2 of these Bylaws. The remainder, including the Committee Chairman, shall be appointed by the County Chairman." The Chairman has named Hartley Mackintosh Vacancy Chairman; Jim Wiggins Rules Chairman; Charles Parada Candidates Chairman; Rob Eissler and Jimmye Gomez as Finance Co-Chairs; Dr. Jim Schulze Leadership & Organization Chairman and Dorothy Woodall as Headquarters Chairman. The CEC will also name three members of the Advisory Board provided by Article VI of the Bylaws who will serve with the Officers of the CEC.
The Bylaws also provide for any Special Committees to be appointed by the County Chairman. Two such Committees are the Financial Review Committee which reviews the Party's financial condition biennially and the Community Engagement Committee which promotes Republican values and principles in the Hispanic and minority communities. The appointed Chairs are John Schaeffer and Karen Darcy-Pawlak respectively.
The Munch and Mingle Social, sponsored by County Commissioner Precinct #4 Jim Clark, will begin at 5:30 pm on June 14th in the County Headquarters at 310 Metcalf (formerly Collins) Street in Conroe 77301-2856. The public is invited to attend any of these Party events. "The Social and the CEC meeting is a great opportunity for those interested in meeting fellow Republicans, Conservatives, Officeholders and Runoff election Candidates," according to County Chairman Wilkerson

  Primary Election

The major storyline of the March 1 Primary election was the voter turnout! More than 2.8 million votes were cast state-wide by Republicans, a number that almost equaled the record Party Primary turnout of 2.9 million votes set in 2008 by Democrats. The Republican turnout in 2012 was 1.5 million. In 25% of the 2016 contested Texas State House of Representative races, candidates experienced a 50% or more increase in voter turnout, fueled by many new voters with no Primary voting history. At the County level, the voter turnout was also the major story. The Secretary of State had estimated a County voter turnout of 65,000 and the County Chairman had estimated 75,000- both were wrong! The total Republican Primary turnout set a new record for the Party with 91,381 votes- 31.23% of the total voter registration of 292,589. Voting Precinct #72 (Bentwater) led the Precincts in turnout with 56.35%. Thank you Montgomery County voters. You all are very special!
The record turnout at the County level produced these contested race winners:
Patty Maginnis, Judge 435th District Court
JD Lambright, County Attorney
Rand Henderson, Sheriff
James Noack, County Commissioner Precinct #3
Gene DeForest, Constable Precinct #2
Kenneth Rowdy Hayden, Constable Precinct #4
David Hill, Constable Precinct #5

The record turnout at the State & District level produced these contested race winners:
Senator Ted Cruz (43.7%), Donald Trump (26.7%), Marco Rubio (17.7%) for President
Kevin Brady (53.4%) for U. S. Representative District #8
Debra Lehrmann, Justice Place 3, Supreme Court
Paul Green, Justice Place 5, Supreme Court
Eva Guzman, Justice Place 9, Supreme Court
Michael Keasler, Judge Place 6, Court of Criminal Appeals

The remaining contested races resulted in a Runoff election County & State level:
9th District Judge- Kate Shipman Bihm & Phil Grant
410th District Judge- Kristin Bays & Jennifer James Robin
Constable, Precinct #1- Philip Cash & Ike Fluellen
Railroad Commissioner- Wayne Christian & Gary Gates
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2- Mary Lou Keel & Ray Wheless
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5- Scott Walker & Brent Webster

  Primary Runoff Election

All 90 Voting Precincts were open for the Runoff Primary election on May 24th. The Early Voting period began Monday, May 16 and ended Friday, May 20, 2016.

While the major storyline of the March 1 Primary election was the huge voter turnout, the Primary Runoff election voter turnout in comparison was small.  In Montgomery County, 13,272 voters cast ballots for the Runoff Election resulting in an approximate 4.5% turn out.

The Runoff election resulted in the following persons being elected.
9th District Judge- Phil Grant
410th District Judge- Jennifer James Robin
Constable, Precinct #1- Philip Cash
Railroad Commissioner
Gary Gates won Montgomery County, but Wayne Christian won statewide
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2
Mary Lou Keel won Montgomery County and statewide
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5
Scott Walker won Montgomery County and statewide

The Convention process & the Presidential Delegate sweepstakes begWebsite title smallan on Tuesday evening, March 1 at the Precinct voting locations. Delegates/Alt ernates were selected to attend the next Convention level- the Senatorial District Conventions- on Saturday, March 19 at the Lone Star Community Center in Montgomery. Nearly 600 Republicans attended these meetings where 48 Delegates/Alternates were selected from SD #3 and 221 Delegates/Alternates from SD #4 to attend the State Convention.
State Convention was held May 12-14 in Dallas where the Convention adopted a RPT logo Party Platform and State Party Rules for the next two years. Tom Mechler and Amy Clark were re-elected Chairman and Vice-Chairman, respectively, of the Republican Party of Texas. Texas' representatives on the RNC were likewise re-elected: Robin Armstrong was re-elected National Committeeman and Toni Anne Dashiell was re-elected National Committeewoman. One hundred fifty-five Delegates/Alternates were elected to the National Convention.
Landon Estay of Montgomery County was elected the Congressional District 8 Presidential Elector.
State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) members also were elected. Senate District 3 re-elected Judy Parada of Montgomery County as committeewoman, and Terry Holcomb of San Jacinto County was elected committeeman, replacing Jim Wiggins who chose not to run again. Senate District 4 re-elected Will Robbins of Jefferson County as committeeman, and Melinda Fredricks of Montgomery County, who last fall had been chosen by the SREC to complete Rosemary Roe's term, was elected committeewoman.
National Convention will be held in Cleveland, Ohio beginning July 18. Texas will have 155 Delegates/Alternates at the Convention, just behind California which has 172. Those elected to represent Congressional District 8, which includes Montgomery County, are: delegates Ann Kate and Steve Toth of Montgomery County and Ann Mazone of Grimes County; and alternates Joe Fauth of Grimes County, David Grogan of Harris County, and Paul Edwards of Montgomery County. At large representatives from Congressional District 8 include delegate Chuck Meyer and alternate Julie Faubel, both of Montgomery County.
A majority of 1,237 delegate votes is required to win the nomination, which was recently achieved by presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
The General election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Party will need all hands on deck for this presidential campaign! We absolutely cannot allow Hilary Clinton a third Obama term.
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  • Helps maintain marketing and all services of the County Headquarters
  • Helps finance purchase of materials, supplies, equipment and major services
  • Helps maintain computerized voter list of Get-Out-the-Vote program
  • Helps strengthen and expand our Precinct and neighborhood organization
  • Helps expand outreach program to minorities and independents

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Calendar of Events


Many fun and important activities are on the horizon! Republican Womens' clubs are having great speakers at their monthly meetings. Young Republicans and Teenage Republicans are making plans. Elected officials and candidates for the 2016 elections are having fundraisers. And more!