2018 Real County GOP Candidate Forum

The 2018 Real County GOP Candidate Forum made a big splash with 22 candidates speaking to an estimated crowd of 120.  The event began with 10 candidates vying for the one spot for Congressional District 21.  There are a total of 18 candidates that have filed for the position.  Candidates for CD 21 participating in the event included Mauro Garza, Chip Roy (by Nathan McDaniel), Jenifer Sarver, Susan Narvaiz, Samuel Temple, Anthony J. White, Jason Issac, Francisco “Quico” Canseco, Al M. Poteet and Matt McCall.  These 10 congressional candidates received 5 minutes total including their own managed time allotment for Q/A.  Most categorized themselves as conservative except Samuel Temple who called himself moderate and quipped about talking to the two moderates in the room after the event.  The most common questions answered were on the economy and out-of-control spending and immigration and border wall issues.  All that were asked whether they supported the President’s agenda were affirmative.  Some were asked whether they lived in the district as it appears several do not.  That subject was avoided from a voluntary standpoint.  It is easy to understand why as it is inconsistent with the state and local candidate requirement to live in the district, county or precinct a candidate seeks to represent in Texas.  Several candidates are organizing followup visits to the county prior to early voting even with the realization that Real County is small but also recognizing the vibrancy and enthusiasm for everything Republican.  Real County is by far the reddest in the district having voted 86% for Donald Trump.

The local candidates for office followed the congressional group and began with Jack DuBose running unopposed (incumbent County Chairman) joking about his “mighty stature” that no one dared to file against him and by the way the money is good (ok, that was me, and what money is he talking about?).  I was just trying to lighten the mood for some of the local candidates who I knew were quite nervous.  Kevin Chisum (incumbent) also running unopposed for Constable followed my lead quipping about his hair (what hair?).  Where Kevin gets his haircuts came up several times thereafter egged on by another unopposed candidate in Sheriff Nathan Johnson who should be awarded comedic of the night.  Sheriff Johnson had the crowd roaring.  It was a turnabout after the more serious nature of CD 21.  But then we had to get back to business with those competitive races.  Next up for Commissioner Pct 4 was Bryan Shackelford who wondered aloud halfway through his speech how many minutes were left on the clock but then went on to answer some tough questions.  His competition came from Shawn Streib Gray who kept herself on track with notes and her knowledge of the community from her work as a realtor.  Charles Hunger gave a rather detailed look at the county and his projection of what the commissioner’s job should be and also showed his knowledge of the community.  Rudy Gonzalez returned to the light hearted theme of the night complaining about his shaky legs, a rather honest self-assessment and answered all questions very well, a testament to his extensive voluntary work.  Don’t worry Rudy, my legs were shaking too.  Lana Carr came off as very knowledgeable in her bid for Justice of the Peace followed by the incumbent Dianne Rogers perhaps better known for her work with EMS and quipped about “hauling off a few people” in those ambulances.  She let it be known though that she is running for reelection for JP, not EMS.  The evening wrapped up with the 3 candidates running for County Judge beginning with Gary Overbay who focused on his character, leadership qualities and community involvement.  J. D. Martinez followed with an expose on his background in a rather extensive and experienced leadership role in law enforcement in the Rio Grande Valley and other places.  Bella Rubio wrapped up the night talking about her experience in the courtroom and as county clerk and why she can do the job.  All three County Judge candidates left little or no time for questions, but perhaps that was smart since in this small community, more opportunities are available for Q/A.

The night was informative but fun and entertaining, all the ingredients of what we strive for in presenting candidates to lead us into the future in today’s world of politics that have recently become rather dark at times.  Who are we if we can’t make politics fun again?

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Independence Day Parade in Leakey, Texas 2017

The Real County Republican Party had an entry in the 2017 Independence Day Parade in Leakey, Texas. We entered a 1929 Ford Model A followed by our signature red tractor pulling the official trailer hauling our good Republicans Stuart and Marian Knowlton and including President Trump and Vice President Pence. That entry was followed by Ray Meyers of the Kaufman County Tea Party in his diesel powered utility vehicle. All three entries were ringed by Les Hearron on his homemade built motor bicycle. Our entries won second place for organizations and clubs. We also had two horse riders not officially part of the entries but riding for us nonetheless. Riding on the horses were Dr. Alma Arredondo-Lynch candidate for Congressional District 23 U.S. Congress and our granddaughter Bella Smith. Thank you to all the Real County Republicans who helped put this together.

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James Dickey elected State Chairman for Republican Party of Texas

Saturday at the 2nd Quarter Meeting of the State Republican Executive Committee in Austin, James Dickey defeated Rick Figueroa by a razor thin margin of 32-31 and thus was elected interim Chair of the Republican Party of Texas.  The election was hastily called following the abrupt resignation of Tom Mechler on May 20, 2017. Dickey will serve out the remaining term of the out-going Chairman. That term expires at the next State GOP Convention scheduled next year in May.

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Independence Day Parade in Leakey, Texas

The Real County Republican Party had two entries in the annual Independence Day Parade in Leakey, Texas. Both entries were for the expressed purpose of promoting the local party apparatus and to showcase our Senate District 19 candidate for the Texas Senate, Pete Flores. Our entry won first place for organizations and clubs.

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Real County GOP Delegation

On March 19, 2016 the Real County Convention was held in Leakey, Texas. Listed are the delegates chosen to represent Real County at the Texas GOP State Convention in Dallas on May 12-14.

Jack DuBose – 1st Delegate
Terri DuBose – 2nd Delegate
Fred Huff – 3rd Delegate
Les Hearron – 1st Alternate Delegate
Barbara Huff – 2nd Alternate Delegate
Billie Hearron – 3rd Alternate Delegate

In addition there were three resolutions all passed unanimously by the Real County Delegates. They are thus:

Resolution #1: Resolution on Texas Independence

BE IT RESOLVED that the Republican Party of Texas urges the State of Texas to hold a referendum asking the people of Texas to decide on whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation.

Resolution #2: Resolution on the Defense of Marriage

BE IT RESOLVED THAT The State of Texas should exercise its constitutional authority to disregard those laws that represent a clear breach of enumerated constitutional federal power by nullifying the June 26, 2015 United States Supreme Court issued opinion purporting to overturn traditional/natural marriage. This nullification would thereby uphold the 10th Amendment (specifically the Texas Bill of Rights Section 32 “Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman”).

Resolution #3: Resolution for Electronic Voting Integrity

Be it resolved that we the Republican Party of Texas insists that Results/Tally tapes be printed, signed by election judges and returned to county election officers when the polls close each day of early voting and on election night before the electronic voting equipment leave the polling location.

 

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March Primary Canvass

The Republican Primary of March 1, 2016 was canvassed by the Real County Chair and County Executive Committee on March 10, 2016 whereby corrections were made to the final totals and transmitted to the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State working with the Republican Party of Texas then performed the district and state wide canvass and all candidate were certified on March 14, 2016.

As County Chair of Real County I updated the official Secretary of State candidate file list to include the appropriate status for entering candidates on the General Election Ballot.

The following is the official list compiled on March 15, 2016 as part of that process.

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Runoff Ballot Draw

NOTICE OF DRAWING FOR PLACE ON BALLOT

Notice is hereby given of a drawing to determine the order in which the names of candidates are to be printed

on the ballot for the election to be held on May 24, 2016 in

Leakey, Texas. The drawing will be held at 6 PM

on

March 17, 2016, at Leakey Senior Center, 420 W Ranch Road 337

Leakey, Texas.

Jack DuBose  Officer Conducting Drawing

 

AVISO DEL SORTEO PARA UN LUGAR EN LA BOLETA

Por lo presente se da aviso que habrá un sorteo para determinar la orden en que aparecerán los nombres de

los candidatos en la boleta para la elección que se celebrará el May 24, 2016 en

Leakey, Texas. El sorteo tendrá lugar a las 6 PM

el

March 17, 2016, a Leakey Senior Center, 420 W Ranch Road 337

Leakey, Texas.

Jack DuBose  Oficial Manejando el Sorteo

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