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