HOUSTON, July 15, 2020 – Five Republican candidates won their primary runoff elections tonight and will be added to the general election ballot in Harris County on November 3, 2020, including Troy Nehls in Texas's 22nd Congressional District, Wendell Champion in Texas's 18th Congressional District, Terry Adams for 1st Court of Appeals, Place 5, Joe Danna for Harris County Sheriff, and Russ Ridgeway for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5, Place 1.Read more
There have been many inquiries about plans for upcoming meetings of the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee, including the biannual organizational meeting. The following is an update of what we know, based on recent developments.
First, we are not moving forward with the plans outlined in my June 12 email (see below).
- Reversing a prior announcement, County Chair-elect Keith Nielsen has now confirmed that he plans to take office as scheduled on August 3, so there will not be a County Chair vacancy to be filled. (Texas Tribune, "GOP officials say Harris County party chair-elect is reneging on commitment to step aside after sharing racist Facebook post," July 13, 2020)
- The proposed State Party rules change to shorten the 14 days' notice for the organizational meeting was not not approved at the State Convention. Therefore, the meeting notice cannot be sent out before August 3.
Second, we have asked for, but not received the incoming Chairman-elect's plans for the new Executive Committee, for the meeting to elect a County Clerk candidate, or for the organizational meeting to adopt bylaws and elect new officers for HCRP. (Per the current rules, those meetings can be called only after the new Executive Committee takes office on August 3, so I cannot call them before or after my term of office ends August 2.)
With just over 100 days until the election, everyone looks forward to hearing the plans for keeping HCRP's momentum going. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the upcoming meetings, please contact incoming County Chair-elect at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Simpson, County Chair
Harris County Republican Party
HOUSTON, May 20, 2020 – Harris County Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson released the following statement today after the Democrat-led Harris County Commissioners Court appointed Texas Democrat Party official Christopher Hollins to oversee elections as interim County Clerk:Read more