Heart of Texas Young Republicans Appoints Three New Officers


Heart of Texas Young Republicans Appoints Three New Officers

The Board of Directors of the Heart of Texas Young Republicans is pleased to announce the
appointment of three incredibly well qualified individuals to leadership positions with the organization.
With these new appointments, the Heart of Texas Young Republicans explicitly seeks to show its
commitment to diversity of experience, geography, and ideology in pursuit of their mission to unite and
grow the ranks of young Republicans throughout central Texas.

Jason Vaughn will serve as the next HOT YR Programming Director. Jason is a small business
owner in Williamson County who is the founder of Pro-Life Texas. Jason also has an extensive resume
of grassroots activism and campaign management. Jason served previously within the Young
Republicans as the Chairman of the North Denton County Young Republicans and on numerous levels
within the state Young Republican Federation including his current position as TYRF SREC Liaison. As
Programming Director, Jason will be responsible for coordinating Club events and securing speakers in
order to promote intellectual debate within the Republican Party at all levels.

Landon Campbell will serve as the next HOT YR Communications Director. Landon is
currently in his last year of law school at the University of Texas and serves as both the Chairman of the
UT Law Board of Advocates and the Executive Vice President of the Texas Federalist Society. Landon
has served previously in numerous youth Republican auxiliaries, as State Secretary of the High School
Republicans, State Secretary of the Texas Federation of College Republicans, and Founder and President
of the Hill Country Young Republicans. As Communications Director, Landon will be responsible for
constructing and implementing an aggressive and innovative social media plan and creating public
relations strategies for the Club.

Adam French will serve as the next HOT YR Treasurer. Adam is currently a Senior Tax
Accountant and is on track to obtain his CPA certification. Adam has an in-depth history within
Republican youth auxiliaries; having served in numerous capacities within the College Republicans at
both the State and Chapter level. Adam also has extensive experience in the Texas Federation of Young
Republicans as State Treasurer of the Texas Young Republican Federation, and as the Founder and
Chairman of the Hays County Young Republicans. As Treasurer, Adam will be responsible for keeping
all financial records of the Club, recording minutes of Board meetings, maintaining the Club
membership list, and coordinating the financial affairs of the club.

​ With these appointments, the Board of Directors of HOT YRs is not only creating an incredibly
strong Board but is also signaling a renewed geographic focus for the Club. While still maintaining and
developing its focus on Williamson County, HOT YRs will be initiating a major outreach initiative into
Travis County. This is symbolized not only by the appointment of two Travis County residents to the
Board, but will also be embodied within the coming months by the appointment of an Assistant Director
of Outreach to focus fully on bringing young Republicans within Travis County into the HOT YR
family. We look forward to the outreach and engagement and are firm in our commitment to be a home
for all young Republicans in the central Texas region.


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Williamson County GOP Grand Old Picnic Sept. 17


The 2017 Grand Old Picnic will be Sunday, September 17, 2pm – 6pm, in Georgetown’s Berry Springs Park.  This is the Williamson County GOP’s largest Annual Grassroots event attracts several hundred each year. ​

Enjoy free hot dogs, hamburgers, and all the fixings in a family-friendly park with plenty of activities for the entire family. Many elected officials and candidates will be in attendance, and this is an excellent opportunity to meet Republican activists and leaders from across the county in a relaxed atmosphere.  We need an accurate attendance count to ensure we have enough food, drinks, and such.

To RSVP, please send us an email with the number of adult and children attendees.

Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick will be our special guest towards the beginning of the picnic.

An army of volunteers is critical to the success of the picnic.  We need help with set up, tear down, serving food, preparing food, monitoring children’s area, and working the registraton table, among other activities.  To volunteer to help with this year’s picnic, please send an email to picnic@williamsoncountygop.org or leave a message for Ronny Risinger at512-863-8481

All Republicans are invited to attend.

Question: What do we need to bring?
Answer: Seating can become scarce, so you may want to bring your favorite portable/folding chair. Sun screen, sun glasses, and such depending on weather might also be advisable. All food, drinks, plates, and plasticware will be provided.

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Texas Young Republican Federation Urges Veto on HB 62, the “Texting Ban”

The Heart of Texas Young Republicans are excited to announce that the Texas Young Republican Federation, our parent organization, has released the following press release regarding the Governor’s veto of HB62, the “Texting Ban”:

AUSTIN, TX May 22, 2017 – For the first time this session, the Texas Young Republican Federation calls upon Governor Abbott to veto a piece of legislation, HB 62, the “Texting Ban.” TYRF agrees with former Governor Rick Perry who called this legislation “a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults” when he previously vetoed this legislation the last time in passed, in 2011.

“Not only is this an attempt to micromanage adult drivers, but this law would be extremely difficult to enforce, as it would be nearly impossible to prove whether a person potentially in violation was actually using their phone in an illegal manner. Our focus instead should be on whether a person is driving safely, and we already have laws on the book which deal with unsafe driving,” Texas Young Republican Federation Policy Director, Jonathan Gaspard said.

There is no statistical evidence linking texting to a significant number of Texas crashes to justify the need or the potential unintended consequences of this law. According to the most recent data from the Texas Department of Transportation, collected by Texas Peace Officers, 3,531 people died as a result of fatal crashes on Texas roads in 2015. Of those, 20 fatal crashes involved at least one driver who was texting on a cellular device, and less than 70 fatal crashes involved any use of a cellular device, including talking, texting, or other/unknown use.1 This number is dwarfed by other contributing factors such as the 502 fatal crashes where a driver failed to maintain a single lane, the 499 crashes where a driver was under the influence of alcohol, and the 407 crashes where a driver was not maintaining a safe speed.

In 2015, there were a total of 476 fatalities resulting from distracted driving. Of these, texting on a cellular device was a factor in only 20 fatal crashes (4.2%), while driver inattention was a factor in 326 fatal crashes (68.5%). When it comes to non-fatal crashes, texting played an even smaller role, as 40 serious injury crashes out of 13,616 serious injuries (0.3%) involved a driver who was texting, and a total of 205 injury crashes out of 246,335 injuries (0.08%) involved a driver who was texting. While we agree that drivers should not drive while distracted, it is clear from the data that texting while driving is a very small percentage of crashes resulting from distracted driving.

We call on Gov. Abbott to veto this bill the moment it gets to his desk.

The Texas Young Republican Federation encourages personal responsibility and advises drivers in Texas to avoid distracted driving, including sending text messages while driving.

You can see a copy of our official press release here.

For more information please contact: Jonathan Gaspard, TYRF Policy Director

Phone: (972) 375-8117

Email: policy@texasyr.gop


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Georgetown City Council Candidate Meet & Greet

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Become a Deputy Voter Registrar

Volunteer Deputy Registrars help register eligible citizens to vote by distributing, reviewing, and accepting completed voter registration applications.​  Deputy Voter Registrars serve terms that end December 31 of even number years.  People wishing to become a  Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar for the 2017 – 2018 term in Williamson County must attend a 30-minute training program at the Williamson County Elections Department in Georgetown. Training classes are offered the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2:00pm and 6:00pm.

**Please contact the Williamson County Elections Office at 512-943-1630 to reserve a seat by 12:00 pm on the day you wish to attend training. Class size is limited, so please be sure to reserve your spot prior to arriving for class.**

Once you have completed your formal training, a staff member will issue you a certificate of appointment and give you a registration packet with instructions and supplies.  Important Note: You may not accept registration applications until you have received the registration packet and the Certificate of Appointment from the Williamson County Election’s Office.

(If you wish to register citizens to vote in other counties, you will need to check requirements in those counties.)

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Williamson County GOP Reagan Dinner Tables/Tickets Available

Every year, the Williamson County GOP Reagan Dinner is the event of the year!
With like minded individuals coming together to celebrate the successes our party has made over the last year, we always have a great time attending!  This year, the Reagan Dinner will be at the Sheraton Georgetown, 1101 Woodlawn Ave, Georgetown, Texas 78628 on Monday February 20th, 2017.
The Reagan Dinner is the Wilco GOPs annual gala fundraiser.  Proceeds fund headquarters operations, voter registration and identification efforts, community engagement, social media operations, and other important activities of the Williamson County Republican Party.

If you are interested in attending, please email the HOT YR President, Kristen Smith for more details.

We hope to see you there!!

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Williamson County Republican Party Inaugural Ceremony Viewing Party


Williamson County Republican Party Inaugural Ceremony Viewing Party

Mel’s Lone Star Lanes
1010 N Austin Ave
Georgetown, TX 78626

Howdy YRs!!  The Williamson County Republican Party is holding an event for all Republicans wishing to enjoy watching the inauguration of Donald Trump and Mike Pence as a group!  After all, you wouldn’t want to miss the show, or watch it alone!!  It’s sure to be interesting!!

Seating begins at 10:30am, and the ceremony will begin at 11:00am.  Attendees will be able to order from CJ’s menu.

To RSVP, please send us an email with the number of attendees so they can be prepared for the appropriate number of people.

Hope to see you there!!

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YRNF Reacts to the Obama Administration’s December Surprise


Daniel Fry, YRNF Midwest Regional Vice-Chair had this to say regarding the Obama Administration’s December Surprise.

“Today’s events in which the United States abstained from voting in the United Nation Security Council vote is deeply harmful to the future of the state of Israel. This December surprise coming from the Obama Administration today is difficult to swallow but together we can make a difference if we speak out. The actions made today do not aid in the development and the future of peace in the Middle East. It is shameful and reprehensible that the Obama Administration decided to not use our veto on the resolution. The United States and the Jewish people could not be more blessed to have Donald J. Trump and his administration as the next President of the United States.”

“I am proud to have supported Donald J. Trump throughout his election and I look forward to our soon to be President working tirelessly to reverse the suffering that the Jewish people have faced under the Obama administration. Jews both in America and throughout the world will have a friend and an ally in the Trump administration. As UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley will not allow anti-semitic resolutions to come through the United Nations. As Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will promote a free world friendly to all faiths. And as Attorney General, Jeff Sessions will not allow anti-semitic hate to go unchecked.”

You can read the entire statement made by Daniel Fry by clicking here.

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The Young Republican National Federation, headed by Chairman Dennis Cook and Co-Chairman Chris Carmona, is an official auxiliary organization under the RNC. YRNF represents Republican voters between the ages of 18 and 40 across America. The national youth wing of the GOP includes members of both state and local chapters of the Young Republicans.


All press and media inquiries and requests for comment can be directed to Communications Director, Matthew Thomas Oberly, at matt.oberly@yrnf.com or (202) 868-3487.

Copyright © 2016 Young Republican National Federation, Inc., All rights reserved.

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Voter Registration Deadline

Voter Registration Deadline is TODAY!!!

The deadline to register to vote, or to make any updates to your registration is Tuesday, October 11.  The Williamson County Elections Department has a great website where you can confirm your registration status/information, and even obtain a sample ballot.
Please take a moment to make sure your registration is up to date, and correct.  Please email the Williamson County GOP at info@williamsoncountygop.org if you need assistance registering to vote, or updating your registration.
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