The Bandera County Republican Women met on Thursday, May 7, by virtual meeting with the chairman of the Texas Republican Party, James Dickey.
Dickey shared with the group the strategies that the Republican Party is using to prepare for the 2020 election.
He spoke about increasing Republican voter registration as well as recruiting and training more candidates for office.
The chairman also noted a huge increase in last year’s legislative session in the number of times party representatives testified at legislative hearings about bills that dealt with Republican platform items, like taxpayer-supported lobbying, right to life, constitutional carry, red light cameras and property annexation.
Dickey said that he was especially proud of the training provided to Republican candidates throughout the state. Over 1,400 potential candidates were provided a one-day training on how to run a successful campaign.
As a result of strong recruitment efforts and training the party provided, 3,106 Republican candidates filed for office in the 2020 election. He noted that two times as many Republican women were running for Congress in 2020 than in the 2018 election.
Dickey said the party had provided “beefed up tools” to use in the 2020 campaign.
These tools included better brochures comparing Republican and Democratic platforms, improved block walking software, better phone bank software and an electronic events map made available to the public that shows Republican events throughout the state.
He also provided information showing the increase in major donors and a corresponding increase in minor donors to the party. These increases have resulted in the party currently having $4.6 million dollars on hand.
Dickey said the improvements the party is implementing all depend on support staff to move forward. The Republican Party of Texas has increased its paid field staff to 50, which is more than double what it had in 2016 and 2018 combined.
Dickey said “one of the keys and one of the benefits is that we can do all of our activities through volunteers.” He praised Republican Women’s Clubs across the state as a major source for volunteers and said that their support is a “key reason for our success.”