180 years ago, General Sam Houston defeated Mexican General Santa Anna in the final battle of the Texan Revolution, the Battle of San Jacinto. We celebrate San Jacinto Day as the beginning of Texan independence and a victory for liberty and freedom.
Today is also Aggie Muster. For our HOT YR Aggie members, associate members and benefactors, you may have few names, but there are many people at your local Muster.
Just as the dust settled from the March 1st primary election, two new elections are on the horizon. During the May 7th general and special elections, voters in Williamson County will vote on city offices, bonds and propositions. The offices up for grabs include mayoral and city council races. Fellow HOT YR member Kaden Norton is running for Place 4 on the Cedar Park city council. Early voting will be from April 25-30th and May 2nd-May 3rd.
The second May election will be on May 24th. This election is the primary runoff for Republicans and Democrats. Williamson County Republicans will be voting for Railroad Commissioner, Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Places 2 and 5, Judge, County Court at Law No. 2 and County Commissioner for Precinct No. 1. Early voting is May 16th-20th.
For voters unsure about the location of polling places, candidates and offices for both elections, the Williamson County Elections Office has helpful information on its website.
Young voters interested in meeting some of the candidates can come to the HOT YRs’ upcoming April Social at the Uptown Social in Georgetown on April 27th from 6:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m.
Make sure you get out and vote on May 7th and May 24th!
News Release: Heart of Texas Young Republican Member Ryan Larson sworn in as new judge of 395th District Court
Heart of Texas Young Republican Member Ryan Larson sworn in as new judge of 395th District Court
Hey Heart of Texas Young Republicans! We have some really exciting news to report! Our active member, Ryan Larson, was sworn in as the new judge of the 395thDistrict Court on April 4, 2016 in Georgetown! The swearing in ceremony came following Judge Larson’s appointment by Governor Greg Abbott on March 21, 2016 and was attended by Judge Larson’s family, elected officials, judges and law enforcement throughout Williamson County. HOT YR founder County Attorney Dee Hobbs opened the ceremony by stating: “I get to passionately defend the side I believe in. But I can only do that if I respect those in the black robes who serve behind me.” He then addressed Larson by saying “Judge Larson, thank you for running, and thank you for what you are about to do for this county.”
Following YR active member Hobbs’ positive outlook on working with Judge Larson, The Honorable Judge Stubblefield added, “We’re called upon to make decisions, which frequently there are no good answers to. So every morning when we get up and put on our robes, pray. Pray that God gives you a servants’ heart, that he gives you the wisdom to make your decisions, and always remember this job is an enormous extension of trust. Do not violate that trust.” These remarks show that Williamson County officials trust Judge Larson in his decisions on family law cases that come to the 395th District Court. Judge Larson was sworn in by HOT YR benefactor Congressman Judge John Carter. Congressman Carter described the importance of being a judge and the significance that judges play in the community. Congressman Carter said, “This is a good job, a tough job, and a job worth doing right.” Judge Larson appreciated the comments made about him and his new role during the ceremony. He said: “Public service is a calling. While I believe that I bring a fair amount of experience and insight to the bench, I know I have a lot to learn. and I look forward to learning from my peers on the bench moving forward.”
The HOT YRs are proud of Judge Larson and look forward to his successful career as judge of the 395th District Court. Congratulations, Judge Larson!
Now that the March 1 primary is over, Williamson County is gearing up for a new event that is bound to draw enthusiastic Republicans from across the county. On March 19, Williamson County will be hosting its County Convention at Hutto High School. Registration and breakfast will start at 8 a.m. and the convention begins at 9 a.m. Delegates to the convention were selected at their Precinct Conventions on the evening of March 1st. At the County Convention, some of these delegates will be elected to join Williamson County’s delegation to the Republican Party of Texas State Convention on May 12-14 in Dallas. The County Convention schedule is below:
- 8 a.m. : Registration begins and breakfast will be held
- 9 a.m.: Convention starts
- 12 p.m.: Lunch
- 1 p.m.: Convention resumes following lunch break
- 4:30 p.m.: End of Convention
To help ensure that the County Convention will run smoothly, the Williamson County Republican Party is looking for volunteers. These volunteers will be needed to help set up on the afternoon of 3/18 and the morning of 3/19, register delegates, distribute lunch and clean up after the convention ends. If you are interested in being a volunteer, you can email the Williamson County Republican Party.
In addition to volunteers, pages will be needed for the convention. Pages assist with many different aspects related to the convention and Nita Davidson will be in charge of organizing them. To apply to be a page, you must be a young man or woman 14 years old or older and you can send an email to the Williamson County Republican Party with your name, contact information, age, and the contact information for your parent or parents.
As part of the convention, there will be a lunch provided. Lunch will be $7.50 per person and need to be reserved in advanced by check, credit card or cash. You can drop off lunch payments to the Williamson County Republican Party HQ or sending them to: WCRP, PO Box 393, Round Rock, TX 78680. Sandwiches come with chips and a cookie, while salads come with only a cookie. For delegates that are gluten-intolerant, you can order a sandwich with a gluten-free Udi bun for an extra $2. The lunch selections are below:
- Cranberry, Apple, Pecan and Chicken Salad
- Cranberry, Apple and Pecan Salad
- Chicken Breast Sandwich
- The Schlotzsky’s Original Sandwich
Orders for gluten-free sandwiches must be submitted by 3/14, while other orders must be submitted by 3/16.
Temporary Resolutions Committee: Report Feedback
The Williamson County Republican Party Temporary Resolutions Committee Chairman Steve Armbuster is arranging committee meetings to ensure that the temporary resolutions committee report receives input from as many people as possible in Williamson County. This report will be available online before the County Convention starts so that the committee can receive feedback about the report. If you would like to submit feedback to the Temporary Resolutions Committee, you can send an email, attend a committee meeting or utilize both methods. The upcoming committee meetings are below:
- 3/14, 7 p.m. – JP 1 Courtroom, 1801 E Old Settlers Blvd Ste 100 Round Rock, 78664
- 3/15, 7 p.m. – GOP Headquarters, 716 Rock St, Georgetown, 78626
Temporary Nominations Committee: State Delegate Applications
If you were unable to attend your Precinct Convention, but are still interested in becoming a delegate to the state convention, you must submit an application to the Williamson County Republican Party. You must complete the application and you can return the completed application by fax to 512-590-8689, dropping it off at the Williamson County Republican Party headquarters in Georgetown, giving the application to a party officer or Nominations Committee member, or emailing a scanned copy of the application. Once you complete and return the application, you need to interview with the Williamson County Republican Party Nominations Committee. These interviews were scheduled by Nominations Committee Chairman Ronny Risinger and are designed to help the committee learn about potential delegates and why they would be a good fit to go to the national convention. The interviews will be held at the Williamson County Republican Party headquarters and will be held on 3/13 at 4 p.m. and 3/18 at 7 p.m. Potential delegates are encouraged to attend one of the two interview sessions, since there will be limited time at the County Convention to conduct interviews.
Don’t forget to vote!
Today’s polls close at 7PM! This is the chance to make your voice heard.
2016 Precinct Conventions
We encourage all Young Republicans to attend their Precinct convention tonight! The precinct convention is the first step in the political convention process.
If you plan to attend your Republican precinct convention, make sure you vote in the Republican Primary Election, and bring your stamped registration card or party affiliation card with you.
The convention is usually called to order by the precinct chair. If the precinct chair is not present, any participant may begin the meeting. There is no minimum number of people who must be present to hold a precinct convention. If you are the only person present, you can still hold the precinct convention. A precinct convention packet will be available from the election judge as the polls close.
While the official start time for Williamson County Republican Precinct Conventions is 7:45pm, you are encouraged to arrive a little earlier to start filling out the attendance form, and get ready for the convention.
Participants at the precinct convention first elect permanent convention officers, usually a convention chair and secretary. They then elect delegates to the county convention. Finally, they consider and vote on any resolutions presented by a participant.
To be valid, all completed paperwork must be submitted to the county Republican party two to three days after the precinct convention is held. For additional information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click below to access several forms that may be useful in conducting the precinct convention. Printed copies will be available in the convention packet.
* Sign in sheet and delegate list
Click here for a list of precincts and locations of their respective precinct conventions for 2016 in PDF format.
|Pct||Pct Conv Location||Address||City|
|119||Round Rock Sports Center||2400 Chisholm Trail||Round Rock|
|122||Round Rock High School||300 N Lake Creek Dr||Round Rock|
|135||Sleep Inn & Suites||1980 South IH 35 (Ex 251 McNeil Rd)||Round Rock|
|138||Sleep Inn & Suites||1980 South IH 35 (Ex 251 McNeil Rd)||Round Rock|
|140||Fern Bluff MUD Community Center||7320 Wyoming Springs Dr||Round Rock|
|145||JB & Hallie Jester Annex||1801 E Old Settlers Blvd||Round Rock|
|146||Rattan Creek Park Community Center||7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail||Austin|
|147||Rattan Creek Park Community Center||7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail||Austin|
|149||JB & Hallie Jester Annex||1801 E Old Settlers Blvd||Round Rock|
|150||Bluebonnet Trail Comm. Services||1009 N Georgetown Ave||Round Rock|
|151||Northwest Fellowship||13427 Pond Springs Rd||Austin|
|152||Northwest Fellowship||13427 Pond Springs Rd||Austin|
|160||Brushy Creek Community Center||16318 Great Oaks Dr||Round Rock|
|162||Gateway Church||7104 McNeil||Austin|
|172||Round Rock Presbyterian Church||4010 Sam Bass Rd||Round Rock|
|182||Round Rock Sports Center||2400 Chisholm Trail||Round Rock|
|185||Rattan Creek Park Community Center||7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail||Austin|
|186||Lord of Life Lutheran Church||9700 Neenah Ave||Austin|
|189||Avery Ranch Glenfield Pool Conf Room||14208 Marathon Rd.||Austin|
|190||Fern Bluff MUD Community Center||7320 Wyoming Springs Dr||Round Rock|
|197||Avery Ranch MAC Indoor Room||10121 Morgan Creek Dr||Austin|
|198||Brushy Creek Community Center||16318 Great Oaks Dr||Round Rock|
|201||Vista Ridge High School||200 S Vista Ridge Blvd||Cedar Park|
|204||Vista Ridge High School||200 S Vista Ridge Blvd||Cedar Park|
|206||Liberty Hill High School||16500 W SH 29||Liberty Hill|
|207||Liberty Hill High School||16500 W SH 29||Liberty Hill|
|216||Cedar Park Randalls||1400 Cypress Creek Rd||Cedar Park|
|218||Anderson Mill Limited District||11500 El Salido Parkway||Austin|
|253||Leander High School||3301 S Bagdad Rd||Leander|
|254||Cedar Park Library||550 Discovery Blvd||Cedar Park|
|259||Leander Public Library||1011 S Bagdad Rd||Leander|
|264||Pat Bryson Municipal Hall||201 N Brushy St||Leander|
|266||Cedar Park City Hall||450 Cypress Creek Rd, Bldg 3||Cedar Park|
|267||Rouse High School||1501 CR 271||Leander|
|273||Cedar Park High School||2150 Cypress Creek Rd||Cedar Park|
|274||Rattan Creek Park Community Center||7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail||Austin|
|275||Bethany United Methodist Church||10010 Anderson Mill Rd||Austin|
|277||Cedar Park High School||2150 Cypress Creek Rd||Cedar Park|
|278||Cedar Park Recreation Center||1435 Main St, Town Center||Cedar Park|
|283||Cedar Park Recreation Center||1435 Main St, Town Center||Cedar Park|
|287||Highland Estates Ind Retirement Living||1500 N Lakeline Blvd||Cedar Park|
|305||San Gabriel Presbyterian Church||5404 Williams Dr||Georgetown|
|309||Andice Community Center||6600 FM 970 Andice||Florence|
|310||Florence City Hall||106 S Patterson Ave||Florence|
|311||First Baptist Church of Weir||315 FM 1105||Weir|
|312||Jarrell Memorial Park Community Center||1651 CR 305||Jarrell|
|314||Parks and Recreation Administration||1101 N College St||Georgetown|
|330||Cedar Park Recreation Center||1435 Main St, Town Center||Cedar Park|
|331||Rouse High School||1501 CR 271||Leander|
|332||Round Rock Presbyterian Church||4010 Sam Bass Rd||Round Rock|
|333||Round Rock Presbyterian Church||4010 Sam Bass Rd||Round Rock|
|337||Teravista Community Center||4211 Teravista Club Dr||Round Rock|
|339||JB & Hallie Jester Annex||1801 E Old Settlers Blvd||Round Rock|
|341||GISD Administration Bldg||603 Lakeway Dr||Georgetown|
|342||The Caring Place Annex||2001 Railroad Ave||Georgetown|
|343||First Baptist Church||1333 W University Ave||Georgetown|
|344||First Baptist Church||1333 W University Ave||Georgetown|
|368||Williamson County Inner Loop Annex||301 S E Inner Loop||Georgetown|
|369||County Central Maintenance Facility||3151 SE Inner Loop||Georgetown|
|370||County Central Maintenance Facility||3151 SE Inner Loop||Georgetown|
|371||GISD Administration Bldg||603 Lakeway Dr||Georgetown|
|379||Georgetown Airport – Terminal Bldg||500 Terminal Dr||Georgetown|
|381||Sun City Social Center||2 Texas Dr||Georgetown|
|392||Estrella Oaks Rehab & Care||4011 Williams Dr||Georgetown|
|394||Cowan Creek Amenity Center||1433 Cool Spring Way||Georgetown|
|395||San Gabriel Presbyterian Church||5404 Williams Dr||Georgetown|
|396||Sun City Social Center||2 Texas Dr||Georgetown|
|402||Hutto City Hall||401 W Front St||Hutto|
|403||Hutto ISD Administration Bldg||200 College St||Hutto|
|413||Coupland School||620 S Commerce St||Coupland|
|415||SPJST Hall||114 W Davilla St||Granger|
|420||Hutto City Hall||401 W Front St||Hutto|
|423||John Gordon’s Home||1007 Green Meadow Dr||Round Rock|
|424||Forest Creek Elementary (RR)||3505 Forest Creek Dr||Round Rock|
|425||Bartlett Town Hall||140 W Clark St||Bartlett|
|426||Hutto City Hall||401 W Front St||Hutto|
|427||Main Street Events Center||3101 North Main||Taylor|
|428||Main Street Events Center||3101 North Main||Taylor|
|429||Taylor Public Library||801 Vance St||Taylor|
|434||St John Lutheran Church||409 S Main St||Thrall|
|436||Taylor Public Library||801 Vance St||Taylor|
|455||JB & Hallie Jester Annex||1801 E Old Settlers Blvd||Round Rock|
|456||Taylor City Hall||400 Porter St||Taylor|
|463||Cedar Ridge High School||2801 Gattis School Rd||Round Rock|
|480||Round Rock Randalls||2051 Gattis School Road||Round Rock|
|484||JB & Hallie Jester Annex||1801 E Old Settlers Blvd||Round Rock|
|488||Dell Diamond Heritage Center||3400 E Palm Valley Blvd||Round Rock|
|491||Forest Creek Elementary (RR)||3505 Forest Creek Dr||Round Rock|
At the county convention, we will nominate 197 delgates and 197 alternate delegates to the state convention. More information will be released soon, but everyone interested in serving should submit a delegate application. Click here to download the application.
To preface, the Heart of Texas Young Republicans do not endorse in contested Republican Primaries. The following is simply a statement on decorum and public decency amongst our own ranks:
All too often, during primary elections, we forget, at the end of the day, that we are all Republicans. While mudslinging and “attack ads” are commonplace in primary elections, it is the degree and severity of them that are cause for concern.
In Williamson County we pride ourselves on our honor, integrity, and statesmanship. We hold these values as citizens and expect our elected officials to embrace them as well; and they have, by far, met and exceeded that expectation. However, in recent weeks, increasing hostility in the primary race for House District 20 has caught our attention.
The deceitful and callous tactics utilized by HD 20 candidate Terry Wilson do not have any place in Williamson County politics. Use of those tactics makes post-primary reconciliations extremely difficult, and gives Democrats the upper hand in the general elections. While it is a necessary evil in politics to refer to an opponents record, citizens deserve transparency with those records, not manipulation for ones personal gain. This leads to a general sense of distrust and cynicism making younger voting generations disinclined to vote.
Despite our differences, we can all agree, that any Republican on his/her worst day is better then a Democrat on their best. Primaries are a healthy tool to keep our candidates sharp and ensure we, as citizens, have the best representation. However, they should not be used as a tool to belittle, damage, and slander one another.
Statistics show that the average Republican voter is over 55 years old, and aging every day. We need to return to our roots, and earn the young generations vote with honesty and integrity, bring them into the party, and show them the value and benefits of strong conservative leaders. This is done through building one another up, not tearing each other down. As we approach election day on March 1st, please keep these values in mind as you go to the polls.
Early Voting Ends Today!
Early Voting is now underway across Williamson County, and will end on Friday, February 26 at 7:00pm. Turnout is at a record-setting pace. Avoid long lines on election day, as well as the potential for bad weather, traffic problems, family emergencies, or work requirements, and be sure to vote early. Early voting locations can be found by clicking here.
2016 Ballot – It takes a huge commitment to step forward to run for office. Thank you to all the men and women who have stepped forward! A complete listing of all races and issues to be voted on can be found by clicking here. Click here to bring up a sample ballot that you can print and bring with you when you vote.
Election workers – What better way to help ensure the integrity of elections than helping work inside the polling place on election day??? We are currently looking for clerks and backup judges to help work the election. While individual judges typically decide who their clerks will be on election day, we maintain a listing of those able and willing to serve. Judges and Clerks are (modestly) paid, and training is available. To sign up to be an election worker or judge, please send us an email with your name, contact information, and any election experience you might have. Prior experience is NOT required.
Student Clerks – High School students at least 16 years of age are eligible to work as clerks in elections. Training is provided, and they are paid positions. According to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office, the purpose of this legislation is two-fold:
1. Introduces students to the electoral process and inspires them to take an interest in their government
2. Provides election authorities with an additional reservoir of persons who can serve at the polls
Eligible students must be:
* A U.S. Citizen and resident of Williamson County
* 16 years or older on Election Day
* Enrolled in school (public, private or home school) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
* Have the written consent of a parent/guardian and school official to participate
The Texas Education Code includes service as an election clerk as an acceptable “excused absence”. For more information, please send an email to elections@williamsoncountygop.
Precinct Conventions – Precinct conventions will begin at 7:45pm onTuesday, March 1 at locations across the county. For a complete listing of precinct convention locations, please click here. Which precinct convention you attend is determined by your voting precinct. Please send an email to email@example.com if you have any questions.
Join the Heart of Texas Young Republicans
for our February Social & Officer Elections
at the Uptown Social
501 S Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626
February 24, 2016 at 6:30 PM
All YRs will have a vote in the officer elections.
Pizza and appetizers will be provided!
Kristen Smith – running for President
Rebecca Hucker – running for Communications
Jason Nicholas – running for Programming
Michael Smith – running for Treasurer
After elections we will sit back and relax and enjoy the company of fellow Republicans!
Come and take a night to rest during the craziness of the Primary!!
Whoever said you can’t mix politics and fun never met a Young Republican!!
For any questions, contact Kristen Smith at Treasurer.firstname.lastname@example.org
**All YR Benefactors, 100 for $100 members and elected officials will be recognized and given time to speak at the beginning of the social**