James Dickey Elected to Lead Texas Republicans to Victory
The Republican State convention held in San Antonio is now history. Approximately 9,000 delegates from all over Texas attended. Each came with the intent to grow our party, to elect our state party leaders and to boost encouragement for the November election.
The excitement was there and hopefully the divisiveness is over. The Delegates spoke: James Dickey is to lead the Republicans in Texas to victory in November. The votes of the Senatorial Districts were 22 to 9 in favor of Dickey but this did not stop a floor fight. His opponent Cindy Asche who was strongly supported by the Texas Federation of Republican Women, TFRW, led by Toni Anne Dashiell, was notably seen as a bitter loser. The Delegates voted again for Dickey proving once more that Dickey was the right person to fill the position. The Delegates' votes were Dickey 5,680 to Ache's 3,009 making it 65% to 35% after a long and arduous battle on the floor of the convention.
Dickey was the grassroots candidate and was gracious in his acceptance speech. "Whether you voted for me this morning, whether you voted for me this afternoon or not, we are all Texas Republicans and we have a singular goal in front of us in November: to beat the Democrats. So please, let's now come together, show each other the grace and forgiveness and teamwork that makes us the better party, the better people, the better Texans."
Alma Perez Jackson was voted in as Vice Chair in the Senatorial Districts but not challenged on the floor. Her election leaves no doubt that Dickey and the Republican Party support the American Hispanic in Texas.
One of the more contentious issues at the convention was how to bring all communities to the party, in particular the Hispanic vote since Texas' population is predicted to continue to grow among the Hispanics and other minority communities. The chart below should help understand the importance of the minority vote.
2010 population estimate
2017 population estimate
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
To help address this endeavor, Adryana Aldeen has been hired as the Hispanic Engagement adviser to the chairman. She has extensive experience in fighting the liberal media and will be able to help the Hispanic community to understand the Republican principles in order to garner their vote. She periodically is the only conservative commentator voicing our values on the Spanish speaking Jorge Ramos show on Univision.
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