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Toni Anne Dashiell, the Republican National Committeewoman for Texas, had one question for people at the Bandera County Republican Women meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Silver Sage center.

“How do you feel about this week as Republicans?” she said with a big grin, knowing what the answer would be.

Organization members and some others at the meeting cheered and applauded in response to a week that saw the president’s impeachment end in acquittal and an upbeat State of the Union speech from the president, in contrast to the problems Democrats encountered in presenting the impeachment case and coming up with vote totals in Iowa caucuses.

Dashiell, a leadership training expert who is a former president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, talked about strategies for keeping Texas Red – or in Republican hands - and other issues.

The Boerne resident has contact with the Republican National Committee and travels to places like the RNC offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, the same town where the Republican’s national convention will be held Aug. 24-27.

Dashiell’s two main topics were encouraging members to participate in the Precinct Convention on March 3, County/Senate District Convention on March 21, State Convention on May 4 in Houston, and the National Convention in North Carolina and insisting that the Bandera County Republican Women keep working to get unregistered friends, family and others to sign up as registered voters and then to see that they get out to vote.

“We cannot assume everyone will vote,” said Dashiell. “Keep asking everyone if they voted in the primary March 3 and then if they voted in early voting in the November election.”

Before leaving for another event, Dashiell posed for a photo with Bandera County Republican Party Chair Lynn Haueter, and Bandera County Republican Women President Carolyn Rutherford.

Officials said the public is always welcome to attend the Republican Women’s meetings.