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Tom Mechler resigns position as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas

Dear Friends,

Over the past two years, we’ve accomplished so much together. We successfully orchestrated one of the largest, most financially successful state conventions in recent history. We oversaw the largest primary election in Texas history, and then played a monumental role in helping elect Donald Trump as our new president. We shepherded in more Republican elected officials than we’ve ever had before in Texas, and we’ve developed our most aggressive and targeted engagement program in party history. These past two years have been some of the most rewarding of my life. I cannot tell you what a privilege it is to work alongside each of you and to fight daily for something that matters so much to people across our great state.

But these past two years have also been tough. With the fluctuations in the oil industry, my family struggled to financially stay afloat. At one point, I even had to sell off equipment just to keep my business in the black. While the financial struggles were significant, I knew that the work we were doing at the RPT was just as important. So we persisted. The work we were doing- the things we were accomplishing- made it all worth it.

However, my finances were not the only thing that took a hit. Over the past two years, I’ve spent over 80% of my time away from home. Whether in Austin or speaking to Republicans across Texas, serving as State Chairman took a considerable amount of time away from home. While we were making great strides in our party, my family was suffering. These past two years have been a whirlwind of activity and success, but they’ve also been a series of absences. A few weeks ago, my daughter called to tell me that my grandchildren missed their grandpa. And it broke my heart. I may have sacrificed time, money, and business for this position, but the people making the biggest sacrifice are my 6 children, 16 grandchildren, and my beautiful wife Becky.

Two weeks ago, my wife and I took a week-long cruise. What was intended to be a quick week away to rest and relax turned into an opportunity to have a real conversation about where our life was at.

Friends, this job is hard. The time commitment, financial commitment, stress, and overwhelming responsibility takes its toll. After a lot of prayer and reflection, I’ve decided that it is time for me to focus on my family. A few minutes ago, I submitted my resignation, effectively immediately, to our RPT secretary.

Please know this is not a decision I make lightly. It is after long conversations with my family and lots of prayer that I’ve come to the conclusion that this is the best decision for me and my family. I wanted you to be the first to know. Two years ago, the SREC elected me to serve in this important role. We’ve grown together. Though we may not always agree, I’ve come to view each of you as my “political family.” I am so grateful for the confidence you’ve placed in me, the sacrifices you’ve all made to help lead this party, and the successes we’ve had together. I am confident that each of you will continue to lead this party with conviction and intention.

When I first took on this role, it was my vision that our Party would be more united. After one of the most divisive primary elections and heated legislative sessions in recent history, our Party needs to work harder than ever to come together. A party that is fractured by anger and backbiting is a party that will not succeed. It is no secret that our party is divided into factions. It is also no secret that those factions frequently throw rocks at each other. As I prepare to leave this role, my hope is that every faction of this party will treat each other with kindness and respect. Though we may disagree on certain issues, we are all part of the same Republican, conservative family. When we work together and treat each other with respect, we are stronger.

My second goal was for our party to look more like Texas. We live in a diverse state. As the demographics continue to change, our state will soon have a majority-minority voting age population. If we do not continue to make efforts to engage in the diverse communities across Texas, our state will turn blue. This is no longer just a possibility, it is an inevitable reality if we fail to act. Over the past two years, engagement has been my biggest passion. We’ve taken unprecedented strides, and we’ve generated remarkable results.  As the SREC selects who will serve as your next state chairman, I encourage them to find someone with this same passion. If we do not engage in the diverse communities across Texas, we will lose the state, then the nation, and there may be no coming back.

Serving as your State Chairman has been one of the greatest honors of my life. As we prepare for this transition, please know that I will always be here to support the great work you are doing.  What makes our party special is an unwavering commitment to family values. For every true Republican, the order is God, family, politics. Today, I’m choosing to be there for my family.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Blessings,

Tom

Executive Committee Meeting 5/16/2017

Our next quarterly meeting of 2017 will be next Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30 PM at Headquarters. The address is 1109 W. Nolana, Suite 306 in McAllen. Speakers will include Hon. Jaime Tijerina, Miriam Cepeda and a representative from RPT.

Even though only the precinct chairs are allowed to vote, ALL interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend and become informed and involved! If you’re interested in becoming a precinct chair, please contact our Candidate Committee chairman, Kevin Ramsey at kevin@kevinramsey.com. He can answer any questions you have and will set up an interview with the committee. The main duties of a precinct chair include regular attendance at meetings, working at polling sites for elections and keeping Republicans in your precinct informed.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING 3/30/2017

Our first quarterly meeting of 2017 will be next Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 PM at Headquarters. The address is 1109 W. Nolana, Suite 306 in McAllen. In addition to our usual business, we’ll be hearing from the MISD school board candidates. Our guest speaker is Cassie Luevano from the Republican Party of Texas.

Even though only the precinct chairs are allowed to vote, ALL interested parties are welcome and encouraged to attend and become informed and involved! If you’re interested in becoming a precinct chair, please contact our Candidate Committee chairman, Kevin Ramsey at kevin@kevinramsey.com. He can answer any questions you have and will set up an interview with the committee. The main duties of a precinct chair include regular attendance at meetings, working at polling sites for elections and keeping Republicans in your precinct informed.

Victory Party

Folks, we are coming together to celebrate the victory of Donald Trump. That calls for a party!

There will be a very short business meeting (less than 15 minutes) followed by refreshments at the headquarters on Friday, November 18th at 7:00 PM. Please note the time is later than usual so that more people can attend. Since most of you won’t have to get up and go to work the following day, we’re hoping for a great turnout. All are welcome.

The address is 1109 W. Nolana, Suite 306, McAllen.

Executive Committee Meeting 10/20/2016

Our next meeting is this coming Thursday, October 20 at 6:00 PM. As always, we’ll be meeting at the headquarters. Special guest speaker is Dr. Luis Rios. This is our last meeting before the election so let’s come together in unity and push our candidates to victory.

MEET THE CANDIDATES 10/6/2016 7:00 PM

Thursday, October 6, a Fundraiser/Meet and Greet will be held for our local GOP candidates. The address for this event is 13201 N. Depot Rd in Edinburg and is located on the southwest corner of Depot (23rd St) and Chapin. The fun begins at 7:00 PM and will last until 9:00. There will be games and food and rumor also has it that there may be some form of adult beverages! All are welcome to attend.

If you are unable to attend but would like to support our candidates, you can send a donation to:
Hidalgo County GOP
5111 North 10th Street
PMB 340
McAllen, Texas 78504

All donations received will be split equally among the following candidates:
Judge Greg Perkes, 13th Court of Appeals
Al Perez, HC Sheriff
Velma Arellano, SD 20
Mari DeLeon, HD 40
Hilda Garza DeShazo, HD 41

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING 9/29/2016

Folks,

Our next Executive Committee Meeting will be held at headquarters next Thursday, September 29th at 6:00 PM. A large portion of the meeting will be dedicated to the opposition of the Hospital District Tax as leaders from Prosperity Hidalgo PAC will make a presentation.

If you’ve been looking for a way to help promote our Republican values and ideals, there are many opportunities for you to volunteer. Come to the meeting and see how you can help. You can also use this opportunity to pick up materials and yard signs for the candidates. The address is 1109 W. Nolana, Suite 306, McAllen.

Legislative Update 9/19/2016

We have a very exciting and informative event coming up next Monday, September 19 from 4:30 until 6:30 PM. I hope you will be able to join us, even if only for a little while.

Rep. Todd Hunter, State representative from Corpus Christi and chairman of the powerful Calendar Committee, will be visiting with us at our headquarters. He’ll be giving us a legislative update and will be hearing the concerns that we have in the Valley and what we would like to have addressed in the next legislative session.

The Honorable Mayor Beto Salinas from Mission will be speaking in reference to the upcoming vote on the Hospital District Tax. This is a great opportunity to ask questions. Also, past Hidalgo County GOP Chairman, Javier Villalobos, will share with us the efforts he is making to defeat this new tax. On other matters, Othal Brand Jr. will address Representative Hunter with some of our other local issues.

This will be very informal and any in attendance should feel free to share concerns and ask questions. Address of headquarters is 1109 W. Nolana, Suite 306, McAllen.

As previously published, the Hidalgo County GOP Executive Committee has written a resolution in opposition to the new hospital district tax. Yard signs and bumper stickers will be available. We also have signs for Trump/Pence and our local Republican candidates.

HEADQUARTERS OPEN FOR BUSINESS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 5, 2016

It’s official. Headquarters is open for business beginning Monday, September 5!! There is still time to volunteer if you wish to spend time meeting like minded people & helping the local Republican Party. Please call 956-340-4684 if you wish to volunteer in the office for a 3 hour shift once each week until the election.

Monday – Friday             Noon – 6:00 PM
Saturday           10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Trump sign donations:
Yard signs                         $5
Fence signs (2×4)            $10
Highway signs (4×8)      $35 installed on your property
Bumper stickers              $1

1109 W. Nolana, Suite 306, McAllen

Executive Committee Meeting 08/30/2016

Our next meeting is Tuesday, August 30 at 6:00 PM at headquarters. Address is 1109 W.Nolana, Suite 306 in McAllen.

We will have the Trump/Pence signs and bumper stickers available for sale at the meeting. We are selling these at our cost. Yard signs are $5, fence signs are $10 and bumper stickers are $1. We also will have the large 4×8 highway signs that have to be put up with wooden posts. Cost has not yet been determined but will probably be around $35. This will pay for the sign, the lumber and the labor to put them up.

As soon as we can find enough volunteers to man the office, we will open. Many people have been asking how to get yard signs. The office hours will be Noon until 6:00 on weekdays and 10:00 until 1:00 on Saturdays. We are asking that people sign up for a 3 hour shift once a week. If we have enough volunteers, we can add another shift and open at 9:00 on weekdays. Please let us know if you are willing to donate at least 3 hours per week until the election is over.

I haven’t seen a single Hillary sign in Hidalgo County so let’s get this office open and flood our neighborhoods with Trump signs!!