November 14, 2023

November 13, 2023, Harris County GOP Executive Committee Adopted Resolutions

Local Government Endorsements for 2023 Runoff Elections 

Whereas: The Harris County Republican Party can, either by action of its Advisory Board or  Executive Committee, endorse candidates for nonpartisan offices based on their  qualifications, Republican voting history, and the unique considerations of each race,  and 

Whereas: The Harris County Republican Party has already approved the following  endorsements of candidates who have made it to runoff elections, and congratulates  them for their strong performance in the November 2023 elections: 

• Houston City Council At-Large Position 1: Julian Ramirez 

• Houston City Council District G: Mary Nan Huffman 

• Houston City Council At-Large Position 2: Willie Davis 

• Baytown City Council District 4: James Franco, and 

Whereas: The Local Government Committee interviewed multiple Republican candidates in  several races that were likely to go to runoffs, and per the recommendation of the  Executive Committee and party leadership, avoided dual endorsements and deferred  action in these races until runoff candidates were known, now 

Therefore, 

Be it resolved: That the Harris County Republican Party endorses the following candidates for the 2023 Runoff Elections : 

• Houston City Controller: Orlando Sanchez 

• Houston City Council At-Large Position 3: Twila Carter 

• Houston City Council At-Large Position 4: Roy Morales 

• Houston City Council At-Large Position 1: Julian Ramirez 

• Houston City Council District G: Mary Nan Huffman 

• Houston City Council At-Large Position 2: Willie Davis 

• Baytown City Council District 4: James Franco,  

Respectfully submitted, 

Scott Bowen, Local Government Committee Chairman


Resolution Supporting Israel’s Right to Exist, Advocating the Destruction of Hamas, and Mourning the Innocent Who Were Murdered 

WHEREAS, both chambers of the Texas Legislature – the House of Representatives and the Senate – overwhelmingly passed resolutions to condemn the terrorist organization Hamas and its brutal, highly organized, and unprecedented attack upon the state of Israel and on her citizens in the early morning hours of October 7, 2023, and to request others to join them in denouncing hatred toward the Jewish people; and 

WHEREAS, leaders in the Republican party of Texas (RPT) have vehemently condemned the terrorist attacks by Hamas against the state of Israel and of innocent Jewish people living near Gaza that began on October 7, 2023, and the same RPT leaders have denounced the hatred by various organizations and leaders worldwide against Israel and the actions of other 

Iran-supported terrorist organizations who seek the annihilation of Israel and the Jewish people; and 

WHEREAS, the foundational belief of Hamas is in the destruction of the State of Israel and the murder of Jews, and in its endeavor to fulfill that mission, Hamas has, for decades, waged war against Israel, which manifested on October 7 in a coordinated land, sea, and air invasion, which resulted in the deaths of at least one thousand innocent civilians, including several United States citizens, the highest number of Jews to ever be killed in a single day since the Shoah, the Holocaust; and 

WHEREAS, in addition to the mass murder of Jews, Hamas terrorists kidnapped children, women, elderly, and infirm civilians as hostages, and by timing the operation to coincide with the observance of the final High Holy Days of the Jewish faith, targeted family gatherings, celebrations, and ceremonies of remembrance to maximize civilian casualties and terror; and 

WHEREAS, the level of logistical sophistication of the attack and the boastful admission of guilt by the Iranian regime in supporting Hamas indicate the involvement of state sponsors of terror, including Iran, in these atrocities; and 

WHEREAS, Israel has begun her justified response to these attacks, striking military targets within Gaza and preparing for a ground invasion, and by granting ample time and warning for civilians to evacuate, has already demonstrated the commitment to civility and respect for human life that is continually violated by attackers such as Hamas; and 

WHEREAS, an appalling number of politicians, media figures, and activists in the United States have issued statements calling for “ceasefire” or, even worse, have praised the attacks as a demonstration of “decolonization” in action; and 

WHEREAS, referring to Israel, Genesis 12:3 states, “I will bless those who bless you, and will curse those who curse you”; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Harris County Republican Party, drawing inspiration from Psalm 122, prays for peace in Israel and in the Middle East and condemns all enemies of Israel and those dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the West; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Harris County Republican Party acknowledges that true peace within Israel in the face of the threat posed by Hamas, which will accept nothing less than submission to Islam and is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the West, can only come from Hamas’s unconditional surrender or total elimination; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Harris County Republican Party rejects one-sided calls for ceasefire or de-escalation, such as those issued by many Democratic members of Congress, the Biden Administration’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and the Administration’s Palestinian Affairs Office, and, recognizing the fact that the Jewish people were once subjected to the mass slaughter of half of their population in gas chambers and have in recent days seen over one thousand civilians systematically hunted down and butchered, supports Israel’s right to act decisively and unilaterally, without interference, to protect her citizens from Hamas and any other threats faced by her Jewish population; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Harris County Republican Party calls upon Texas law enforcement to remain vigilant in protecting Israeli Americans, Jews, and all supporters of Israel from acts of crime and violent jihad, in our neighborhoods, streets, public squares, and college campuses in these dangerous times; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Harris County Republican Party recognizes the threat to the United States posed by our own lack of border security and the presence of tens of millions of illegal aliens in the country, some of whom may be agents for Hamas, Hezbollah, or other Iran- funded terrorist groups – as evidenced by the number of verified members of terrorist watch lists detained at the border – and encourages Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, and all members of the Texas Legislature to close and secure our border and deport illegal aliens; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Harris County Republican Party opposes the resettlement in the United States of any refugees from the Gaza Strip due to these security concerns; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Harris County Republican Party recognizes that the leftist ideology of “decolonization” is a thin pretext for genocide against Americans, Israelis, and our other Western allies, and calls upon the Boards of Regents of all public university systems in Texas to immediately eliminate extremist and racist “anti-colonial” courses, course content, and programs; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Harris County Republican Party condemns organizations such as the Democratic Socialists of America, and other entities, officials, and activists who refuse to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist or Israel’s right to defend her people.

Israeli Jews are being murdered, not for land, or for geopolitical reasons, but simply for being Jews – and this hatred is forcefully condemned by the Harris County Republican Party. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Vergel Cruz, SREC Secretary and Pct Chair 0578 

Cindy Siegel, HCRP Chairman 

Shelly Dezevallos, HCRP Vice-Chairman 

Josh Flynn, HCRP Secretary and Pct. Chair 0407 

James Buntrock, SD Chairman 7 and Pct Chair 0726 

Ted LeBlanc, SD Chairman 4 and Pct Chair 670 

Sean Cheban, SD Chairman 15 and Pct Chair 015 

Rex Teter, SD Chairman 6 and Pct Chair 0302 

Robert Jeter, SD Chairman 11 and Pct Chair 0662 

Gail Stolzenburg, SD Chairman 17 and Pct Chair 0509 

Sarah Singleton, Pct Chair 0143 

Nancy Scott, HCRP Advisory Boardmember and Pct Chair 0461 

Richard Vega, HCRP Advisory Boardmember 

Jeb Strickland, HCRP Advisory Boardmember 

Scott Bowen, SREC SD 6 and Pct Chair 416 

Pastor Dale Inman, SREC SD 4 

Milinda Morris, SREC SD 13 and Pct Chair 0490 

Tom Nobis, SREC SD 7 

Becky Green, SREC SD 17 

Roman Klein, SREC SD 17 and Pct Chair 0437 

Dawn MacDonald, SREC SD 6 and Pct Chair 996 

Gail Stanart, SREC SD 7 

Cheryl Thompson-Draper, SREC SD 18 

Gaylyn Devine, SREC SD 11 

Gwen Withrow, SREC SD 6


Harris County Republican Party Resolution Supporting the Constitutional Amendment to Keep Only Nine Justices on the Supreme Court of the United States 

WHEREAS, the authority to amend the United States Constitution is derived from Article V, 

WHEREAS, Article V provides that a constitutional amendment may be proposed by Congress with a two-thirds majority vote in both houses or by constitutional conventions called for by Congress on application of two-thirds of the state legislatures, 

WHEREAS, Article V provides that a constitutional amendment be ratified by three-fourths of the state legislatures or by conventions in three-fourths of the states, 

WHEREAS, a proposed amendment known as the “Keep Nine Amendment” states, “The Supreme Court of the United States shall be composed of nine Justices,” 

WHEREAS, the Keep Nine Amendment is backed by a bipartisan coalition of former state Attorneys General, more than 200 members of Congress, and more than 800 state legislators and statewide elected officials, 

WHEREAS, Democrats at the highest levels of government have repeatedly indicated their willingness to pack the Supreme Court when they win full control of Washington, D.C., 

WHEREAS, Democrats have publicly stated their support for abolishing the Senate filibuster, adding new states to increase the Senate majority, and increasing the size of the Supreme Court, 

WHEREAS, there have been nine Justices serving on the Supreme Court since 1869, 

WHEREAS, packing the Supreme Court with more than nine Justices would undermine the independence of the Court and respect for the rule of law, 

WHEREAS, polling shows overwhelming support for the Keep Nine Amendment, 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Harris County Republican Party FULLY SUPPORTS the Keep Nine Amendment to ensure an independent judiciary and the rule of law, 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to each member of the Texas Legislature and each member of Texas’s congressional delegation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Chris Halbohn 

Harris County Republican Party Precinct Chairman, 0052 

Co-Chair, Republican National Lawyers Association, Southeast Texas Chapter Attorney, Dhillon Law Group Inc.


Resolution Establishing the Platform of the Harris County Republican Party 

WHEREAS thousands of individual Republicans from all over the state of Texas, who make up the  “grassroots” and are the heart and soul of the Republican Party of Texas, participate as delegates in a  convention process beginning with the Precinct Conventions, progressing through the County and  District Conventions, and finally come together for the State Convention every two years; and 

WHEREAS these delegates participate in this convention process where altogether thousands of  resolutions are submitted and many thousands of hours are spent giving testimony, deliberating, and voting for and against various positions and wordings; and 

WHEREAS the most significant result from the convention process is that a single document is  produced that captures the spirit, thoughts, views, principles, positions, standards, and desired  actions of these delegates and Texas Republicans; and 

WHEREAS this spirit, and these thoughts, views, principles, positions, standards, and desired  actions are what truly define and unite Texas Republicans; and 

WHEREAS this document is known as the Harris County Republican Party Platform and resolutions and 

WHEREAS the Harris County Republican Party currently displays on its website  (https://www.harriscountygop.com/where-we-stand/) a document titled “Republican Party  Platform”, [Exhibit A of this Resolution] which appears to have originated in part from the  Preamble section of the 2016 Republican Platform as produced by that years Republican National  Convention; and 

WHEREAS the currently displayed “Republican Party Platform” contains three vague references to  God, affirms “the trust in people” and “faith in their judgement” rather than in that of the God of  all creation, makes no mention of our dedication to the protection of innocent life, makes no  mention of self-sufficient families, makes no mention of the sanctity of marriage as between one  natural man and one natural woman, makes no mention about the importance of parental rights, and  makes no mention about our resolve to defend against the sexualization of our children; and 

WHEREAS the Harris County Republican Party  addresses the aforementioned deficiencies  mostly in the Preamble and Principles [Exhibit B of this Resolution], and more completely within  the numbered planks, now 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the  

A) Harris County Republican Party: 

1. adopts and establishes the Republican Party of Texas Platform in its entirety as the  official Harris County Party Platform; 

2. shall prominently display the Preamble and Principles section from the Republican Party  of Texas Platform on the harriscountygop.com website under the “Who We Are” subpage; 3. shall provide a prominent link to the full Republican Party of Texas Platform on the “Who We Are” subpage;

Resolution Establishing the Platform of the Harris County Republican Party Page of 1 4 

4. will remove any and all statements from its website that are found to contradict the spirit,  thoughts, views, principles, positions, standards, and desired actions contained in this  platform; and 

Respectfully submitted, 

James Buntrock, Precinct Chair 0726, HCRP Senate District 7 Chair 

I, a member of the Harris County Republican Party Executive Committee, do hereby attest that I  wish this resolution to be approved at the November 13th, 2023 Quarterly Harris County Republican  Party Executive Committee Meeting. 

Vergel Cruz, Precinct 0578 Jan Heinricks, Precinct 0880 

Tara Beulah, Precinct 0909 Russell Metzler, Precinct 0643 Clark Denson, Precinct 0300 Jeff MacGeorge, Precinct 0548 Bill Ely, Precinct 0844 David Barker, Precinct 0126 

Arthur Potter, Precinct 0518 Christine Kalmbach, Precinct 0642 Russell Rush, Precinct 0155 Josh Flynn, Precinct 0407 

Teresa Thomas, Precinct 0173 Terry Wheeler, Precinct 0972 

Judi Dehaan, Precinct 0111 J.R. Haas, Precinct 0684 

Ted LeBlanc, Precinct Chair 0670, HCRP Senate District 4 Chair


Platform and Resolutions as Amended and Adopted by the  2022 State Convention of the Republican Party of Texas Preamble  

Affirming our belief in God, we still hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created  equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these  are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. Throughout the world, people dare to dream of  freedom and opportunity. The Harris County Republican Party  unequivocally defends that dream. We  strive to preserve the freedom given to us by God, implemented by our Founding Fathers, and  embodied in the Constitution. We recognize that human nature is immutable. We further  recognize that the traditional family is the strength of our nation. It is our solemn duty to protect  innocent life and develop responsible citizens. We understand that our economic success  depends upon free market principles. If we fail to maintain our sovereignty, we risk losing the  freedom to live these ideals.  

Principles 

We, the 2022 Harris County Republican Party , believe in this platform and expect our elected leaders  to uphold these truths through acknowledgment and action. We believe in:  

(1) “The laws of nature and nature’s God,” and we support the strict adherence to the original  language and intent of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutions of the United  States and of Texas.  

(2) The sanctity of innocent human life, created in the image of God, which should be equally  protected from fertilization to natural death.  

(3) Preserving individual, Texan, and American sovereignty and freedom.  

(4) Limiting government power to those items enumerated in the United States and Texas  Constitutions.  

(5) Personal accountability and responsibility.  

(6) Self-sufficient families, founded on the traditional marriage of a natural man and a natural  woman.  

(7) Having an educated population, with parents having the freedom of choice for the education  of their children.  

(8) The inalienable right of all people to defend themselves and their property.  (9) A free enterprise society unencumbered by government interference or subsidies.  (10) Honoring all of those that serve and protect our freedom. 


Resolution Opposing COVID Mandates 

WHEREAS, the citizens of the State of Texas and Harris County were subjected to injustices in the form of overreaching government-imposed mandates during the COVID-19 era; and 

WHEREAS, unquantifiable damage was done to the citizens of Harris County, mentally, emotionally, and financially, by the imposition of such overreaching government-imposed mandates; and 

WHEREAS, unquantifiable damage was done to the business and commerce of Harris County by the imposition of such government-imposed mandates during the COVID-19 era; and 

WHEREAS, mandates, such as masking mandates, violate the free conduct a citizen should expect to enjoy; and 

WHEREAS, enforcement of mandates, such as masking mandates, put law enforcement in an unenviable position enforcing pointless mandates not based in science or enacted in law; and 

WHEREAS, mandates, such as compulsory vaccination mandates, imposed by an overreaching government violate a citizen’s right to freedom and liberty guaranteed by the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Texas; and 

WHEREAS, the Commissioners Court of Harris County have been entrusted with the protection of the County’s citizens, businesses, and those that are employed in or otherwise enjoy the conveniences of the County: 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Harris County should not enforce any mandate: 

(a) that requires a person to wear a mask or any other face covering. 

(b) that confines a citizen to their domicile. 

(c) that requires businesses to alter their business operation, including, but not limited to, spacing requirements, modified hours of operation, or cessation of operations. (d) requiring the administration of a vaccine; further within Harris County: a. a person shall not compel or coerce an individual lawfully residing or employed in or otherwise enjoying the conveniences of the County into obtaining a medical treatment involving the administration of a vaccine, whether or not approved or authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration, contrary to the individual’s vaccination preference. 

b. a healthcare provider may not provide to an individual lawfully residing in the County a medical treatment involving the administration of a vaccine approved or authorized by the United States Food and Drug Administration unless the provider obtains the individual’s informed consent before administering the vaccine.

c. an individual lacks the capacity to provide informed consent for a medical treatment involving the administration of a vaccine if the individual has been compelled or coerced into being vaccinated contrary to the individual’s vaccination preference. 

d. a person may not take an adverse action or impose a penalty of any kind against an individual lawfully residing in this County for the individual’s refusal or failure to obtain a medical treatment involving the administration of a vaccine. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

Scott Bowen, Precinct 416


RESOLUTION DETERMINING THE ALLOCATION OF GUBERNATORIAL VOTES IN PRECINCTS WHICH HAVE HAD BOUNDARY CHANGES SINCE THE LAST  GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION FOR 2024 IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS 

WHEREAS, the intent of this resolution is to address the matter of gubernatorial vote allocations in  those precincts which have been divided, combined, have had a geographical boundary change, or  otherwise have been formed out of one or more existing precincts since the most recent gubernatorial  election, and to provide that the numbers of delegates from the Precinct Conventions to the Senatorial  District Conventions in the affected precincts are allocated in a fair, equitable, and reasonable  manner; and 

WHEREAS, the entitlement of delegates from the Precinct Convention to the Senatorial District  Convention is based on the total number of votes cast in each precinct for the Governor of Texas in the  2022 gubernatorial election, pursuant to the Rules of the Republican Party of Texas1; and 

WHEREAS, the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party shall allocate to each  precinct the number of votes to be used in calculating the number of delegates and alternates to be  elected in such precincts, using any fair and equitable method for making the determination, in  accordance with the Rules of the Republican Party of Texas1; now  

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Executive Committee of the Harris County Republican Party  adopts the following method of allocating gubernatorial votes between or among the various precincts  which have had geographical boundary changes since the most recent gubernatorial election: 

1) Precinct boundary changes shall be disregarded altogether in those precincts where the area is  not occupied by residents, or where no registered voters may have been added to or taken from  such a precinct; and 

2) New and changed precincts with residents and registered voters will be grouped geographically  with all other precincts with which the changes have a direct or indirect relationship; and 3) For each group of precincts, the total Republican gubernatorial votes shall be allocated among  the new precincts in the group in direct proportion to the number of registered voters in each of  the new precincts; and  

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following rules and exceptions shall apply to this process:

1) The voter registration records used in this process shall be dated after January 1, 2024, but before  February 5, 2024; and  

2) The voter registration data shall be provided from the records of the Harris County voter  registrar; and  

3) The geographical boundary data source shall be taken from the minutes of the appropriate  meeting(s) of the Harris County Commissioners Court; and 

4) The gubernatorial vote shall be from any source of certified records. 

Footnote: 

1 Republican Party of Texas Rule No. 23A – Delegate Allocations and Entitlements 

Respectfully submitted, 

HCRP Convention Committee


RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE HARRIS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY WEBSITE AS  THE PREFERRED DIGITAL PLATFORM FOR 2024 SENATORIAL DISTRICT  CONVENTION COMMITTEE NOTICES  

WHEREAS, Republican Party of Texas Rule 14 on “Open Meetings and the Right to Testify”  establishes that “all meetings of any convention, committee, or subcommittee, whether it be in  temporary or permanent organization, shall be open to any delegate or alternate to that convention, any  State or County Republican Party Officer, any elected Republican Public Officeholder, or any  Republican Candidate”; and 

WHEREAS, the same rule stipulates that “notice of any meetings of any temporary committee or  subcommittee of any County or Senatorial District Convention shall be posted on the preferred digital  platform(s), if any, as decided by the County Executive Committee (CEC), at least twenty-four (24)  hours prior to the date of the meeting. If the notice is not posted as prescribed, the committee can only  convene on the day of the convention”; now 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Harris County Republican Party (HCRP) Executive  Committee strongly encourages area Republicans to participate actively in the 2024 convention process  and in the convention committees; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the HCRP Executive Committee respectfully requests that the eight  Temporary Convention Chairs from Harris County publicize notices as early as possible to their  Temporary Convention Committee meetings in order to promote participation in our conventions; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the HCRP Executive Committee, pursuant to Republican Party of  Texas Rule 14, designates the Harris County Republican Party website as the “preferred digital  platform” for posting all temporary committee and subcommittee meetings held for 2024 Harris County  Senatorial District Conventions in districts 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 15, 17, and 18. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

HCRP Convention Committee


Importance of Oil and Gas in School Curriculum Resolution 

Whereas: The Texas Permanent School Fund is funded by oil and gas leases, and Whereas: 10% of Texas’s workforce is in industries related to oil and gas, and 

Whereas: Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is illegal in Texas due to legislation  signed into law by Gov. Abbott on June 18, 2023, and 

Whereas: Texas supplies 48% of America’s oil and gas, and 

Whereas: Plank 113 of the Republican Party of Texas Platform reads: “Scientific Theories: We  support objective teaching of scientific theories, such as life origins and climate  change. These shall be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as  new data is produced. Teachers and students shall discuss the strengths and  weaknesses of these theories openly, without fear of retribution or discrimination of  any kind,” and 

Whereas: Plank 55 of the Republican Party of Texas Platform reads: “We oppose all efforts to  classify carbon dioxide as a pollutant,” now 

Therefore 

Be it Resolved: That the Harris County Republican Party calls on the Texas State Board of  Education to adopt responsible curriculum which provides students with accurate  information concerning oil and gas, emphasizing the importance of oil and gas on  the Texas economy, U.S. economy, and the benefits of energy independence to  families, Texas, America, National Security, and democracy around the world, and 

Be it Further 

Resolved: That the Harris County Republican Party calls on The State Board of Education to  reject instructional materials that teach co2 emissions are a pollutant, ESG,  

stakeholder capitalism, green entrepreneurship, and climate change indoctrination. Respectfully Submitted, 

Scott Bowen, Precinct 416, SREC Senate District 6