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Local GOP, Democrats take steps to expand reach

By LOWELL BROWN lbrown@wacotrib.com

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Duke Machado, Outreach Director, McLennan County Republican Party

A Republican activist known for his outreach to Hispanics is taking on a formal role with the McLennan County GOP, as the party looks to build on its success in recent elections.

Meanwhile, area Democrats recently met to discuss ways to make their party more competitive locally and statewide.

County GOP chairman Ralph Patterson has appointed Woodway resident Duke Machado as the party’s first outreach director, a volunteer position focused on building relationships with people who agree with some conservative values but may self-identify as Democrats or independents.

“It’s making contact with people who traditionally haven’t been reached out to by our party,” Machado said. “It’s an all-of-the-above approach. I’m definitely going to be focusing on Hispanics, blacks, Asians, (but) we want anyone who sees the value in the conservative principles of the Republican Party.”

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