Early Voting Locations for May 7th Elections

Afraid that you might have missed out on early voting for the May 7th local elections? You still have some time! Early voting is still going on today and tomorrow from  7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  You can still vote early at the following locations:
  • Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown
  • Georgetown School District Administration Building, 603 Lakeway Drive, Georgetown
  • Cowan Creek Amenity Center, 1433 Cool Springs Way, Georgetown
  • JB & Hallie Jester Annex, 1801 E Old Settlers Boulevard, Round Rock
  • Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Boulevard, Cedar Park
  • Cedar Park Randalls, 1400 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park
  • Anderson Mill Limited District, 11500 El Salido Parkway, Austin
  • Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, 201 N. Brushy Street, Leander
  • Taylor City Hall, 400 Porter Street, Taylor
  • Florence City Hall, 106 S Patterson, Florence
  • The Sienna House @ Rancho Sienna, 404 Via de Sienna Blvd., Georgetown (only open on May 2nd from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
Please don’t forget to vote! Every vote matters, especially during local races!!
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​ Speaker Straus Names Rep. Gonzales as Sunset Chair

Austin – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) on Monday named Rep. Larry Gonzales as Chairman of the prestigious Sunset Advisory Commission.
 
“I am honored Speaker Straus has asked me to lead the Sunset Commission discussions in preparation of the 85th Legislative Session,” said Chairman Gonzales. “I look forward to working with my colleagues from both chambers in the coming months, ensuring these agencies meet their mission effectively and efficiently.”
 
The current Sunset Review cycle is comprised of 24 state agencies, including the Texas Department of Transportation, the Railroad Commission, and the Texas Medical Board.
 
“These appointees have a very important job,” Speaker Straus said. “I am confident that their review and recommendations will help state agencies serve taxpayers better. Their work will also help the House continue to make state government more transparent and efficient.”
 
The Sunset process is the regular assessment of the continuing need for a state agency or program to exist.  While standard legislative oversight is concerned with agency compliance with legislative policies, Sunset starts with a more basic question: Do the agency’s functions continue to be needed? Sunset  has  always  been  about  more  than  just  limiting  the  size  of government.  The process creates a unique opportunity and powerful incentive for the Legislature and stakeholders to look closely at each agency and make key improvements to how state government works.
 
“As the Subcommittee Chairman for the House Appropriations Committee which writes the budgets for most of the agencies up for Sunset review this cycle, I have a unique perspective and opportunity to ensure the state of Texas operates in a manner which reinforces our commitment to service, while balancing our fiduciary responsibility to the taxpayers of Texas,” said Chairman Gonzales.
 
Chairman Gonzales is serving his third term in the Texas House of Representatives representing House District 52, which is comprised of the cities of Round Rock, Hutto, Taylor, and parts of Georgetown.       
 
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Click here to view the agencies currently up for Sunset review: http://larry52.com/2016Sunset
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San Jacinto Day and Aggie Muster

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.

San Jacinto Day

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.

Aggie Muster

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Upcoming Election Information – May 7th and May 24th

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

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Congratulations to our HOT YR RPT State Convention delegates!

Congratulations to our HOT YR RPT State Convention delegates!!!!
-Trevor Cheatheam
-Cassie Daniel
-Rebecca Hucker
-Ryan Larson
-Jason Nicholas
-Michael Salvo
-Chris Sanchez

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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

Ryan Larson Sworn In

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!

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2016 Williamson County Convention

County Convention

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

Volunteers

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.

Pages

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.

Lunch

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.

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Today’s the Day! It’s #SUPERTUESDAY

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 bill.fairbrother@gopusa.com.

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

* Precinct Convention Minutes

* Sample Precinct Convention Script

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.

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A Plea for Civility in Primary Election Politics

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.

 

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Make sure to Vote!!!!!!!!

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.org.
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 president.hotyrs@gmail.com if you have any questions.
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