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Local Republican Party Announces Convention Plans

Published April 4, 2012 @ 12:36 p.m.

Garza County Republican Chairman Trevor Thuett has announced that the 2012 Garza County Republican Convention will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Garza County Trailblazers, 205 E. 10th St. starting at 8:00a.m.

The Garza County Republican Convention is held in even-numbered election years, as part of the statewide and national Republican convention process. The purposes of the convention are to choose delegates and alternates to the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) State Convention, currently scheduled for June 7-9 in Fort Worth, and to consider resolutions or statements on policy issues to send to the State Convention for eventual inclusion in the state and national Party platform. All attendees have the right to seek to become a state delegate and to bring forth resolutions for consideration by the convention.

In past election cycles, the Garza County convention has been held in mid-March, two weeks after the March Primary Election. Because of federal court involvement and changes to the 2012 Texas Primary Elections, a three-judge panel in San Antonio issued a court order that moved the date of the convention back into April, but to a date that is before the May 29th Texas Primary Election. The State Party has issued a clear set of guidelines to bring all conventions into compliance with the court order and Garza County Republicans are ready to execute these procedures as we move forward with the convention in this exciting election year.

One of the main differences in this year's Republican convention process is that the Garza Republican Party will not be conducting precinct conventions on the evening of the Primary Election. Since the Primary Election falls so late on the calendar, the Garza Republican Party acted in accordance with RPT rules for the 2012 cycle in voting to forego precinct conventions and move straight to the county convention. All attendees will be seated by precinct and will vote their precinct strength. Furthermore, all attendees have the right to seek to become a state delegate and to bring forth resolutions for consideration by the convention.

In making the announcement, County Chairman Trevor Thuett said, "Although the timing of this year's convention schedule has changed for Garza County Republicans, we are more enthusiastic than ever about coming together for this important event and ready to get to work on our duties that day. On behalf of our county party, I invite all interested Garza County Republicans to join us on Saturday, April 14 at Garza County Trailblazers to participate in   important discussions and decisions that will carry forward to our State Republican Convention and beyond."

Traditionally, the county convention has been open to any registered voter in Garza County who either voted in that year's Primary Election, or who took an oath of affiliation and identifying themselves with the Republican Party of Texas. Since the county conventions will be held before the May 29 Texas Primary Election, the Garza County Republican Convention will continue to be open to any registered voter who signs an oath of affiliation identifying them with the Republican Party of Texas. A complete list of convention participants will be maintained by the County Party, and submitted to the Garza County Elections Office for their record-keeping after the convention.

As an additional resource, the state party stands ready to answer any questions related to the 2012 Republican Party of Texas Convention process. More convention information is available at the RPT website - TexasGOP.org.

For any additional questions or information, please contact Garza County Chairman Trevor Thuett at 806-777-8388 or by email at: trevorlthuett@gmail.com.

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