County & District Conventions Begin This Saturday!
Starting this Saturday, April 14th, Texas Republicans will begin assembling in various counties across the state to conduct County & District Republican Conventions. The process will also continue next Saturday, April 21st, for counties which have chosen to hold their conventions on that date.
The Republican Party of Texas has created a website with a full list of county-by-county information, where you can go to learn the date, time and location of your local Republican convention, as well as finding the answers to Frequently Asked Questions and other information about the GOP Convention Process in 2012.
Due to the redistricting lawsuit and rescheduled Texas Primary Election, the RPT has built this website as a way for Republicans to quickly gain information on how to activate and participate within the party’s convention process and the ways in which the process has changed to handle this year’s unique challenges and calendar. The website contains helpful links such as:
- Find Your Convention – a database to find county specific information on your local convention.
- New for 2012 – a thorough explanation on the changes to this year’s convention process.
- FAQ – for those who are new to our conventions.
- Downloads – a helpful page with links to RPT rules, platform, forms and infographics.
One of the important changes in 2012 is that Republican precinct conventions have been made optional and left to the discretion of county Republican executive committees. This option has been decided on a county-by-county basis, and the State Party has constructed a full database of county information on the website for Republicans to quickly find information on their local process. If your County is holding precinct conventions, you must be nominated as a delegate out of your precinct conventions in order to move on to the next step of County & District Conventions. In most cases, counties following this option are holding the precinct conventions immediately prior to the County & District Convention.
For those who are new to the process, the purposes of these conventions are to choose delegates and alternates to the Republican Party of Texas State Convention, 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.
If you wish to participate in your local County or District Republican Convention, please visit the website to find the location in your County. In order to be selected as a Delegate or Alternate to the 2012 RPT State Convention, you must be nominated and approved at your local convention.
We hope you will come back to the website frequently over the coming days and weeks – there will be many exciting updates and announcements to share as we progress through the Convention process and ultimately to the RPT State Convention in June!