Reflections on the 2016 Presidential Election

Election 2016

As I reflect on Tuesday’s election results, I am both proud and humbled.

Proud of:

  • The gracious and thoughtful words of both the President and the President-Elect the day after the election as they discussed the result and next steps in the transition.
  • Susan Narvaiz, Gabriel Nila, Ceasar Ruiz, Maura Phelan, Joe Martinez, Pat McCord, and Deke Pierce – who all stepped up to face incredibly long odds and longer hours in an effort to help make Travis county better for all.
  • Congressmen Michael McCaul, Bill Flores, Lamar Smith and Roger Williams, Railroad Commissioner-elect Wayne Christian, Justices and Justice-elects Debra Lehrmann, Paul Green, Eva Guzman, Mary Lou Keel, Scott Walker and Michael Keasler, State Board of Education Members Ken Mercer and Tom Maynard, who fought on to win their races in spite of not winning a majority of Travis county voters.
  • State Senator-Elect Dawn Buckingham, State Representative Paul Workman and County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, who overcame incredible odds to win their races in Travis county.
  • Justices Cindy Olson Bourland and Melissa Goodwin, who fortunately did not have to face an opponent, but who were willing to stand for (re)election and take that chance.
  • Austin City Councilman Don Zimmerman, who consistently fought for affordability and free enterprise in Austin.
  • The other local Republican candidates in races in which we could not endorse but who presented a real alternative to the voters in their city and board elections.
  • Travis County Republican Party’s staff, volunteers and Precinct Chairs who made tens of thousands of phone calls, walked thousands of doors, send thousands of mailers, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars, had hundreds of interviews and press appearances, and put in thousands of hours to offer a different, brighter future for Travis county.
  • The obstacles the Travis County Republican Party has overcome this year. They have been daunting, but this great group has faced and overcome them with grace and determination.

As proud as I am of what the Travis County Republican Party, its staff, volunteers, candidates and officeholders have accomplished, I am humbled by the challenges that have become so clear in the election and its aftermath, including:

  • A Travis county electorate in which President-elect Trump only received 28% of the votes.
  • Press and voters too often fixated on the Presidency when local and state races do – and should – have a much bigger impact on each person’s life.
  • Dozens of offices without a Republican officeholder or challenger.
  • Dozens of precincts without a Republican Precinct Chair.
  • Tens of thousands of Republican voters not yet involved with the Travis County Republican Party.

Those challenges present opportunities, though. Opportunities to improve, to grow personally, as a party and as a nation.

I pray we build on all the hard work and sacrifice that has come before and use those opportunities to produce a better Travis county for all.

May God bless and guide the United States, the great state of Texas, and Travis county this coming year.

 

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