Familiar face to join Travis GOP as new Executive Director

If you recognize our newly hired Executive Director, it's because you may have served with him recently.

Brian Ruddle, the Political Trainer for the Greg Abbott re-election campaign in 2018, oversaw many of our Abbott University sessions and block walks as we went door-to-door supporting Republican candidates up and down the ballot.

Spencer Davis, our previous Executive Director, is headed a few floors away from Travis GOP HQ for another effort to be announced soon, so we'll continue to work with him as well.

Read more in our press release here.

 

 

 

 


Help wanted for the May 4, 2019 local elections

UPDATE: all positions filled, and many with some good local Republicans. Thank you!

Election Judges, Alternate Judges, and Clerks are wanted for the May 4 election! Can you help?

While the news media is already focussed on the 2020 presidential election, we cannot overlook our LOCAL elections. The next one is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2019 (with early voting beginning the day after Easter, April 22 and ending April 30).

Since it is a non-partisan election, Travis GOP may not automatically place workers, but the Travis County Elections Division usually works with us to place our workers (yes, you do get paid!). If you'd like to help please let us know.

Below is an update on this year's elections from the Travis County Clerk's office:

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Give taxpayers the power to tap brakes on runaway property taxes!

Families and businesses continually being run out of Austin by high property tax burdens is a major concern for Travis County Republicans, who are now firmly standing with state legislative leaders to empower the taxpayers.

If passed by the Texas Legislature this session, House Bill 2 would require voter approval for local property tax hikes that represent a 2.5 percent increase.

"Property taxes in Travis County are unsustainable, and Travis County voters deserve more tools to protect themselves from the runaway taxes and spending of local government," a resolution passed unanimously on Tuesday said. "... the Travis County Republican Party encourages all legislators to support a 2.5 percent rollback trigger and resist efforts to raise that trigger or otherwise make it easier to raise property taxes."

Plank 162 of the Texas Republican platform supports the concept of a rollback trigger election.

The resolution and others passed this year may be read at www.travisgop.com/2019_resolutions

For our press release see www.travisgop.com/press_releases


Congressman Roger Williams to kick off 2019 Chairman's Circle events

Join us Monday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., for this exclusive event! Learn more below ...

Dear Travis County Republican supporter,

In 2018 we launched the Chairman’s Circle, our sustaining donor program. In our first year, we held the following events:

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Become a Voter Deputy Registrar

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What's a Voter Deputy Registrar (or VDR for short), and why is that any different than just handing someone a voter application?

Becoming a VDR allows you to officially accept those applications (cut out the middle-man), assist those with disabilities in filling out or updating the forms, and other perks that allow you to easily process a large number of voter registrations. 

A major part of our strategy this year will be in registering new GOP voters. About 100 people move to the Austin area each day, so let's make sure each and every conservative is registered to vote!


A special Voter Deputy Registrar (VDR) Training is set to take place prior to our February Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Central Christian Church's fellowship hall. 

UPDATE: Other events hosted by Travis County are throughout the year. Check our Events calendar for other opportunities as announced.

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Spencer Davis appointed new Travis GOP Executive Director

Spencer Davis, who has served recently as Data Director for the Republican Party of Texas and with the Pete Flores Texas Senate campaign, was appointed by Chairman Matt Mackowiak as Executive Director. 

Spencer succeeds Gary Teal, who spent two years as Executive Director and Treasurer of the Travis GOP. 

Read more about the transition in our press releases section: http://www.travisgop.com/spencer_to_succeed_teal_as_executive_director

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We send on average about 3 messages per week, and we do not share your contact information with outside vendors. 

By signing up you'll receive:

  • Election updates for national, state, and local elections. 
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Help Frank Ward slide into home!

Frank Ward, our endorsee for Austin City Council District 8 in the November General Election, has made the Runoff! Early voting goes through Dec. 7, with Runoff Election Day on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018.

Ward's momentum has been nothing short of impressive. In addition to a groundswell of support from Southwest Austin and incumbent City Council member Ellen Troxclair, Ward has gained the endorsement of the Austin Firefighters and the Austin Police Association.

With under 10,000 people having cast their ballots so far, Travis County Republicans have a real shot at swinging this election and saving our LAST REMAINING CONSERVATIVE SEAT on the Austin City Council. 

Can you help? Visit www.WardforAustin.com -- consider a donation, block walking or phone banking.

Tell all your friends and family in Southwest Austin to support Frank! If you live in any of the following precincts you are eligible to vote for him: Travis County Precincts 301, 302, 303, 304, 307, 314, 315, 317, 330, 338, 339, 347, 349, 351, 354, 356, 357, 358, 360, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, and 368; and Hays County Precincts 238 and 442. An overview map of District 8 is located at the bottom of this post.

Also included below is our press release from when the Travis County Executive Committee endorsed Ward:

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Ben Sasse to headline Chairman's Circle November event

U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse to appear at Chairman's Circle special event, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

Contact
Lauren.atx.tcrp@gmail.com directly for the location and other details. These events are for donors to the Travis County Republican Party Chairman's Circle. Not a member, yet? Learn more: http://www.travisgop.com/chairmanscircle


Everything you need to know about voting in the 2018 general election (and runoff!)


Runoff election day; Tuesday, Dec. 11.
(Early voting Thursday, Nov. 29, through Friday, Dec. 7.)

On the Runoff ballot ... 

  • Austin Community College, Place 8
  • Austin ISD, At-large Position 9
  • Austin City Council, Districts 1, 3, and 8

 

Sample Ballot for Runoff

Endorsements:
The Travis GOP endorses Frank Ward for Austin City Council District 8. Support him here.

Not every precinct will have a runoff ballot. See list of eligible precincts at bottom of this page.

See list of early voting polling locations below.

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It's ok to ask for help voting. (Really, it is.)

With so many candidates and local bond proposals on the ballot, it's perfectly understandable to feel a little overwhelmed.

Fortunately, the Travis County Elections Division has you covered. They have this handy feature called Voter Information at a Glance (http://www.votetravis.com/vexpress/display.do) where you can plug in your contact information to learn more. There, you can access your voting precinct number and see which races/options will appear on your ballot. The website can also help you find your polling location (even wait times), your status as a Travis County voter, and all you need to know about voter ID.

If you encounter any difficulties while voting or have any questions we advise you to contact the Travis County Elections Division (the Travis County Republican Party does not run this election):

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