Potential 2016 Republican candidates may fear a “Presidential Year” election headwind that would diminish their chances of winning in November 2016. We want them to know that Republicans can win in Harris County in 2016.
For instance, in the 2012 election, Democrats won 19 of 23 District Judge races by a margin of 6,340 votes – fewer than six votes per precinct. But we showed in 2014 that a unified campaign, combined with a stronger organization, positive targeted messaging, and a robust get-out-the-vote operation, could greatly enhance Republican performance down the ballot.
Our potential candidates will thus benefit from knowing the GOP goals and plans for 2016. For the Party to attract qualified candidates, we must hold informational sessions for potential candidates, especially judicial candidates. So the Harris County Republican Party will host a brief informational seminar for Republicans interested in running for judicial positions in 2016.
Below is a rough draft of a program and potential speakers for this seminar:
1. HCRP is ready to defend its down-ballot candidates. Paul Simpson
2. How HCRP’s Judicial Screening and Candidates Committees will help train and promote Republican candidates. Mike Monks, Vergel Cruz
3. Important Election dates. HCRP Exec. Dir. Ben McPhaul
4. HCRP’s role in the primary. HCRP Exec. Dir. Ben McPhaul
5. Judicial Ethics and financial disclosure. HCRP 2014 Unified Campaign Attorney Edward Shack and HCRP Legal Counsel Ed Hubbard
6. The role of primary slate mailers. HCRP Finance Chair Joe Slovacek
7. Panel discussion regarding judicial campaigns. Hosted by Paul Simpson and current Republican judges not on the ballot in 2016
8. Questions and Answers.
Please contact HCRP Executive Director Ben McPhaul with any questions.