My Fellow Travis County Republicans,
After prayerful consideration and much encouragement, I have decided to seek election to serve the remainder of the term of the Chairman of the Travis County Republican Party.
I was honored to serve as your Chairman for two years. During those years we made great progress on several fronts.
Between June 2014 and June 2016 we:
- Increased elected Republican officeholders in Travis county,
- Decreased Precinct Chair vacancies by 25%,
- Obtained and utilized improved data sources and voter contact tools,
- Increased press interactions dramatically – and maximized the positive impact of each of those interactions,
- Raised over $160,000, and
- Reduced the party’s fixed overhead expenses.
To cap it all off, we also weathered an incredible storm, and did so with purpose and dedication that turned a frustrating experience into one that served as a wake up call and reminder that the Precinct Chairs are not just the heart and soul but the controlling force in the county party.
I would like to help sustain and advance on those gains. It is for that reason, that after talking to dozens of those in charge – the Travis County Precinct Chairs – I have decided to run for the open Chairman position.
I know firsthand the challenges of this position. I also know the lessons I learned during my term. I am human, and of course made some mistakes. Fortunately there are many others who also care for the party and are willing to help correct those. If you are one of those willing to help, I would love to work with you to make sure things are better in every way moving forward.
This is a time for experience and leadership. We have only 60 days until the fall election. We need to raise tens of thousands of dollars immediately. I am confident that I can do that. Our candidates need help now.
We need to further build the party now and plan and prepare for 2018, which will have many important local offices, including the Austin Mayor, on the ballot.
There is a lot of work to do. The party needs all hands on deck and every available resource. I believe that my experience, network and relationships with Precinct Chairs, elected officials, donors and volunteers is what the Party needs at this unique moment.
I welcome any questions you have and would greatly appreciate your support. Together we can keep moving forward.