Denton County Republican Volunteers Honored

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Denton County Republican Volunteers Honored

The Denton County Republican Party honored its activists from around the county Thursday at its annual Volunteer Dinner.

Sylvia Guzman Acuff, precinct chair in Little Elm, received the coveted Precinct Chair of the Year Award, originated in 1998 to recognize the Denton County Republican Precinct Chair who has fulfilled his/her responsibilities in an exemplary manner. In presenting the award to Guzman, Connie Hudson, who won the award in 2013, praised Sylvia for her personal contact with her constituents and for her faithful involvement in outreach within her community.

The prestigious Chairman’s Award was jointly presented to the Party Headquarters staff; Deon Starnes, Ginger McDaniel and Cindy Cole, as well as SREC Committeewoman Debbie Terry.  In presenting the award former Chairman Lisa Hendrickson praised their dedication and commitment.

The DCRP’s highest award, that of Outstanding Volunteer, was presented by Richard Steenson, a previous recipient of the award. The award went to Debbie Terry of Argyle in recognition of her years of unselfish volunteerism at many Republican Party activities, Republican campaigns, club events, and within community organizations in numerous ways.

Special recognition was given to former Chairman Lisa Hendrickson for her service to the Party.  Dena Meek of Oak Point was also honored with a special Faith, Freedom and Virtue Award presented by former Chairman Lisa Hendrickson.

GOP clubs from across the county recognized their Outstanding Members. Those honorees included: Margie Arens of Bartonville (Denton Republican Women’s Club); Ruth Armfield of Hickory Creek (Denton County Republican Assembly); Patrick Martin of Flower Mound (Flower Mound Area Republican Club); Kathy Carrington of Lewisville (Denton County Republican Club); Susan Lucas of Frisco (Denton County Conservative Coalition); Dena Meek of Oak Point (Lakeside Republican Club); Julia Whitten of Carrollton (Golden Corridor Republican Women); Cassandra Weaver of Little Elm (Legacy Republican Club); Gene Perry of Lewisville (Pachyderm Club); Kronda Thimesch of Castle Hills (Republican Women of Denton, Collin, and Dallas Counties) and all members (STAR Republicans of Denton and Collin Counties).

State Senator Jane Nelson acted as Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening.  Father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Rafael Cruz, gave the keynote address.  Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and scores of elected officials were present.  Over 200 people from across North Texas attended the event, according to Chairman John Dillard, which was very successful in achieving its dual goals of honoring the Party’s dedicated activists and giving all who attended a truly delightful evening.

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John Dillard Elected Chairman of the Denton County Republican Party

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John Dillard Elected Chairman of the Denton County Republican Party

John Dillard of The Colony was elected Chairman of the Denton County Republican Party recently at a specially called meeting of the Denton County Republican Party Executive Committee.  Following the resignation of Chairman Lisa Hendrickson ten days before, the meeting was held to elect a Chairman to serve until the 2018 Primary Election cycle was complete.

“I am honored to be elected to serve as Chairman,” Chairman John Dillard stated, “I look forward to working alongside my fellow Republicans in the months ahead.”

John Dillard has been a Republican activist in Denton County for over thirty years.  He served as the 2016 Presidential Elector for Congressional District 26 and a delegate to the Republican State Conventions since 1990.  He is active in local Republican clubs, and has worked as alternate judge, clerk, or election official for Primary or General Elections since 1996.

For sixteen years, John was as an elected official in the City of The Colony. serving as Mayor from 2003 to 2009 and on The Colony City Council from 1992 to 2002.  A founding member of The Colony Economic Development Corporation, John also worked on the Hwy 121 Task Force and the FM 423 Task Force.  He has served on numerous City of The Colony committees and civic organizations and been Co-Chair of the Support the Troops Parade and Rally.

Mr. Dillard spent twenty-five years with the Army National Guard in the 49th Armored Division and the Texas Army Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College as well as the United States Army Armor School.

John worked as a District Manager for Siplast Inc until his recent retirement and was listed on the Cambridge Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals.  He graduated from Amber University (formerly Abilene Christian /Dallas) with a degree in Business Administration.

John has been married for 37 years to his wife, Nancy.  He is a proud father of three children and very proud grandfather of two granddaughters.

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Denton County GOP Pours Out Massive Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

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Denton County GOP Pours Out Massive Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort

When Hurricane Harvey bore down on the Texas coast and left enormous havoc in its wake, it was not nearly as strong as the people across Texas and the country who are responding with an outpouring of support in countless ways.  The darker the crisis, the brighter the American spirit shines.  The Denton County Republican Party is no exception, rallying to pour out support and serve all those affected by this disaster.

All four Denton County state representatives (Representatives Fallon, Simmons, Stucky and Parker) along with Denton County Sheriff Murphree, banded together to collect donations at each of their offices over a period of four days. In that small window of time, residents all across Denton County provided vast amounts for some of the most crucial needs of such items as bottled water, new clothing, blankets and toiletries. The outpouring from the community was absolutely incredible.  Their offices were filled with items as the collection effort quickly expanded within their respective House districts. Approximately 160,000 pounds of supplies were collected.  In addition to the collections efforts, many individuals stepped up in other ways and offered to help with the sorting, boxing, and transporting of all of the donations to the 18-wheelers that Peterbilt generously donated.

Representative Parker stated, “On behalf of my Denton County House colleagues and Sheriff Murphree and the people who made our relief effort such a success, I am so very grateful. I had the privilege of accompanying the drivers from Peterbilt to and from the Beaumont area on Tuesday, September 5th.  Although we had been kept apprised of Hurricane Harvey recovery operations through state emergency management officials, our impacted legislative colleagues, and family and friends plus watching the video feeds on news stations, nothing could have quite prepared me personally for seeing the devastation and the challenges so many of our fellow Texans now face.

During the visit, I had the honor of joining Governor Greg Abbott, my fellow legislators from the Beaumont region, the Jefferson County Judge, the Mayor of Beaumont, the Sheriff and first responders as well as Beaumont ISD to understand firsthand what they need to get Jefferson County and Beaumont back on the road to recovery.

Let us continue to remember and pray for all who have been impacted by this catastrophic storm and never cease in our efforts to provide assistance in any way possible. This recovery will be a very long process, but the people of Southeast Texas have unwavering resolve and will rebuild the region even stronger than it was before. God bless Texas.”

Representative Ron Simmons agreed, stating, “I was proud to join my Denton County colleagues in collecting supplies for relief of our brothers and sisters in Southeast Texas and was amazed by the generosity of Denton County residents.”

Local Texas Republican Executive Committeewoman, Debbie Terry, also worked tirelessly alongside local businesswoman Veronica Birkenstock and many others throughout the North Texas area to gather and coordinate the delivery of supplies to those in need. Responding to urgent pleas from Republican Party of Texas Vice Chair Amy Clark and the #RPTServes initiative, they worked with local officials, GOP affiliates, businesses, and churches in storm-devastated areas to organize deliveries. Truckloads of water and relief supplies were quickly dispatched to places with dire needs like Bolivar, Beaumont, and Cuero, where a distribution center was established in a local church to serve small coastal communities near Rockport. Additionally, Veronica’s friends in South Carolina donated an 18-wheeler to drive across country and serve Texans in crisis, making it possible to send multiple loads of critically-needed supplies to our fellow Texans from Christians and Republicans in North Texas.

Denton County Republican Party Assistant Vice Chair of Outreach, Joseph Kane, a veteran who serves in the National Guard, spent almost two weeks in the afflicted areas with his unit working on relief efforts. He said, “I have been humbled and amazed by these people and their resolve.”

U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess stated, “Each person’s efforts following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma — whether first responders, our military, neighbors, volunteers, or donors – are much needed and helpful. It’s the Texas way!  Since Harvey made landfall, I have worked with personnel on the front lines to ensure they have the resources they need to assist Texans.  From meeting with the men and women at FEMA Headquarters in Denton, to the medical team and volunteers at the Dallas mega-shelter, to discussing housing with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, to hosting a bi-partisan working lunch with Texas Members of the US House and Senate – my goal is to ensure that victims of Harvey and Irma have access to needed supplies and resources.  Like so many people across the country, I also felt compelled to contribute to several charities offering direct relief to hurricane victims. The days of recovery and rebuilding will be long, but I am encouraged by the outpouring of kindness and compassion and the resilience of the American people.”

Texas State Senator Jane Nelson said, “As Senate Finance chair, I am working to ensure that we meet our responsibilities to those who have been devastated by this natural disaster.  The full force of state government has been brought to bear during this crisis. I continue to receive daily updates on the efforts of our state agencies, and I have personally donated to relief efforts.”

“Whenever there is a crisis and things look dark, the American spirit shines bright.” stated Denton County Republican Party Chairman Lisa Hendrickson, “We have such incredible people in this county, in this state, and in this nation.  When one of us is hurt, we all are. It will take a long time to for our South Texas neighbors to heal and rebuild.  We will be there with them in all the days ahead.  We are family. We are Americans.”

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Denton County Republican Executive Committee Passes Resolution of No Confidence in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus

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Denton County Republican Executive Committee Passes Resolution of No Confidence in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus

The Denton County Republican Party Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution of no confidence in Texas House Speaker Joe Straus last Thursday at its monthly meeting.  The resolution was presented by Sylvia Acuff, Denton County Republican Party Precinct Chairman of Precinct #1025 and reads as follows:

“Whereas, even though many pieces of legislation have been put forward that are in line with the Republican Party of Texas platform, Speaker Straus has failed to get them through the Texas House of Representatives; and

Whereas, We have no confidence going forward that he will adequately support the direction outlined by the platform; and

Whereas, We believe that it is time for new leadership in the house in order to effectively represent the will of Texas voters;

Therefore Be it Resolved, We the Republican committee of Denton County, do hereby demand our elected officials in the Texas House withdraw support for the current Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus; and,

Be it Further Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to all of the Republican State Representatives.”

A copy of the resolution is being sent to all of the Texas Republican State Representatives.   The Republicans representing Denton County are: Tan Parker, Pat Fallon, Ron Simmons, and Lynn Stucky.

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Congressman Michael Burgess to Address Denton County Republicans August 17th at New Meeting Location

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Congressman Michael Burgess to Address Denton County Republicans August 17th at New Meeting Location

Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D., will address the monthly meeting of the Denton County Republican Party at its new meeting location, the Denton County Elections Administration office located at 701 Kimberly Drive, Suite A101, Denton, TX 76208 on Thursday, August 17, 2017. The Congressman is expected to give an update on the latest legislative news from Washington, D.C.

The DCRP meeting will be called to order by Chairman Lisa Hendrickson promptly at 7:00 p.m. Immediately prior to the meeting at 6:00 p.m., there will be a social hour for meeting attendees hosted by Congressman Burgess.  Both the social hour and the meeting are open to all interested Republicans.

First elected to Congress in 2002, Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D., represents the 26th district of Texas on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee where he serves as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health.  He also sits on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.  In addition, Dr. Burgess is a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission.

As of the 115th Congress, Congressman Burgess is the most senior medical doctor, on both sides of the aisle, serving in the House of Representatives.  Throughout his years in Congress, he has been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans.

During his time on Capitol Hill, Dr. Burgess has received several awards, including the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others. In 2013, he was named to Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.

Before heading to Congress, Burgess practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in Lewisville, Texas.  He delivered more than 3,000 babies during his nearly 30 years in private practice. He received his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and completed his residency programs at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.  Dr. Burgess also received a Masters degree in Medical Management from the University of Texas at Dallas, and in May of 2009 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center.  Dr. Burgess has been married to his wife, Laura, for over 40 years, and they have three children and two grandsons.

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Denton GOP to Host Veteran Event Featuring Allen West May 12th

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Denton GOP to Host Veteran Event Featuring Allen West May 12th

The Denton County Republican Party will host a special veteran-focused event in support of the 22KILL organization on Friday, May 12, 2017.  LTC (US Army Ret.) and Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis, Allen West, will attend and lead attendees in a ceremony to honor veterans and to earn their own 22KILL Honor Rings. The event will begin at 5:30p.m. and be held at the Denton County Republican Headquarters located at 2921 Country Club Rd. Suite 102, Denton, TX 76210.

The 22KILL movement started in 2013 under Honor Courage Commitment, Inc., after the VA released the staggering statistic that an average of 22 veterans are killed by suicide every day.  It is a global movement bridging the gap between veterans and civilians to build a community of support.  22KILL, the name referencing the statistic above, works to raise awareness of the suicide epidemic that is plaguing our country and to educate the public on mental health issues such as PTS. It also serves as a resource for veterans, and continues to build on its network of like-minded organizations to be able to connect veterans with programs and services in their local area.

The Honor Ring™ is a black band worn on the index finger as a “silent salute” to all veterans, past and present. This ring is a symbol of respect and simply says that you support those who have served our country.  Also, the ring reminds veterans and veteran supporters alike that we are never alone; that we are all family.

“The Denton County Republican Party is always seeking ways to support our heroes,” stated Denton County Republican Party Vice Chairman of Veterans Mark Roy, “We are honored to welcome LTC (US Army Ret.) Allen West to Denton County for this special event we are hosting.  Come out and bring your family, earn your Honor Ring, and join us for a barbecue after the program. To register visit www.dentongop.org.”

Faith, Family, and Freedom Day – Austin – May 8th

   

                         

   

Join grassroots Republicans from across the state as we stand together in our commitment to our conservative values, our RPT Platform, and our 2017 RPT Legislative Priorities.

The day will begin with a free lunch and will include a legislative update given by Chairman Tom Mechler and a briefing from key leaders in the House and Senate. There will be training and networking opportunities before we hit the halls of the Capitol to speak with our elected officials about our priorities.

11am-1pm: Stop by RPT HQ (211 East 7th Street #915, Austin) for a free lunch and meet-and-greet with RPT leadership and staff.

1pm-3pm: Capitol Auditorium (E1.004)- Legislative training and updates from elected officials on bills relating to our 85th Session grassroots legislative priorities.

3pm: Visit with your State Representatives and Senators about our Texas GOP grassroots legislative priorities.

More information will be coming soon.

Please click the below Eventbrite link to register for this free event! See you on the 8th!

REGISTER HERE for the event.

All interested Republicans are invited to attend.
Also, if you would like to carpool or caravan down to Austin, click here, and we will do our best to connect you to others in your area. Please make sure you register with the EventBrite Link above for the actual event as well.

State Senator Jane Nelson Leadership Award Presented at Denton Lincoln Reagan Dinner

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State Senator Jane Nelson Leadership Award Presented at Denton Lincoln Reagan Dinner

The Denton County Republican Party held its annual Lincoln Reagan Dinner last Saturday at the D/FW Hyatt Regency Hotel. During the gala banquet a special new award was launched. The Senator Jane Nelson Leadership Award, created to honor a Denton County resident who has demonstrated leadership in promoting conservative principles on the local, state or national level was presented by Senator Nelson to longtime local party activist Lynn Yeargain of Hickory Creek.

In presenting the award, Senator Nelson stated, “I cannot think of a more fitting choice for this award.  Lynn works tirelessly on our behalf. She truly represents our conservative principles and is a strong grassroots leader. I am eternally grateful for her commitment to our party.”

Denton County Republican Party Chairman Lisa Hendrickson agreed, stating, “Lynn’s faithful service is well known around the county and the state. She is a force in our Party and well deserving of this honor. I look forward to working with her for many years to come.”

Over 950 people attended the gala banquet which was emceed by Senator Jane Nelson and featured keynote speaker former Senator Rick Santorum, celebrity guests Chuck Norris and his wife Gena Norris, and Diamond and Silk. Statewide officials Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller delighted attendees as well as local officials including, Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess, Texas House Caucus Chair Representative Tan Parker, and Representatives Ron Simmons, Pat Fallon and Lynn Stucky.

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U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D. to Attend Denton County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Event

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U.S. Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D. to Attend Denton County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Event

Newly elected Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, Congressman Michael Burgess, M. D., is confirmed to attend the Denton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the D/FW Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Congressman Burgess currently serves on the prestigious House Energy and Commerce Committee where he is the Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and sits on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection. In addition, he is a member of the Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission.

As of the 115th Congress, he is the most senior medical doctor, on both sides of the aisle, serving in the House of Representatives. Because of his medical background, he has been a strong advocate for health care legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, improving choices, reforming liability laws to put the needs of patients first, and ensuring there are enough doctors in the public and private sector to care for America’s patients and veterans. He has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act over 50 times. He has played an important role in bipartisan efforts to reform the Food and Drug Administration.

During his time on Capitol Hill, he has earned a reputation as a problem-solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face and has received several awards including the Guardian of Small Business award by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); the Spirit of Enterprise award by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and the Taxpayer Hero award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; among others. In 2013, he was named to Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders.

Dinner table sponsorships and individual tickets are available now by phoning 940-383-4446 or by registering online at www.dentongop.org   Individuals or businesses wishing to donate to the live or silent auctions should contact Republican Headquarters at the same phone number.

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Senator Rick Santorum to Headline Denton County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Event

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Senator Rick Santorum to Headline Denton County Republican Party’s Lincoln-Reagan Event

Senator Rick Santorum, CNN’s senior political commentator and founder of the grassroots organization Patriot Voices, will be the featured speaker at the Denton County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the D/FW Hyatt Regency Hotel.  The gala banquet will again be emceed by State Senator Jane Nelson, whose enthusiasm is always contagious.

Rick Santorum has been a voice for the voiceless – standing up for those struggling in this economy, protecting life at every stage and fighting to ensure that our nation is secure from those who wish to do us harm.

In 2012, Rick and Karen co-founded Patriot Voices, a grassroots and online community of Americans committed to finding ways to restore the American dream for hardworking families. Patriot Voices impacted a number of economic, social and national security issues by mobilizing its army of grassroots volunteers.

Rick served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007.  Rick took on Washington’s powerful special interests from the moment he arrived in our nation’s Capitol in 1991. He was a member of the “Gang of Seven” that exposed the Congressional Banking and Congressional Post Office scandals. Santorum wrote and championed legislation that outlawed the heinous procedure known as Partial Birth Abortion as well as the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act,” the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act,” and the “Combating Autism Act” because he believes each and every individual has value and the most vulnerable in our society need to be protected.

Senator Santorum served eight years on the Senate Armed Services Committee where he led the fight before the attacks of September 11, 2001 to transform our military from a Cold War force to meet today’s threats. He was a leader on US-Israeli relations, authoring both the “Syria Accountability Act” and the “Iran Freedom and Support Act” which he successfully fought to pass in spite of initial opposition by President Bush. Rick firmly believes that we cannot allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.

Acknowledged as one of the state’s largest and most exciting political events, this year’s dinner promises its usual great silent auction, as well as an exciting live auction including a Texas Motor Speedway VIP package, a fabulous dinner for ten prepared by internationally-honored Chef Morris Salerno, plus other marvelous items among the temptations for the attendees.

The gala evening begins with the private Lincoln Cabinet reception followed by the VIP reception which will provide the opportunity for guests to visit with Senator Rick Santorum as well as elected officials from across the state. Again this year, the dinner will feature its popular “Campaign Headquarters” where recent and future candidates will be spotlighted for Texas voters to meet and greet, according to DCRP Chairman Lisa Hendrickson.

Dinner table sponsorships and individual tickets are available now by phoning 940-383-4446 or by registering online at www.dentongop.orgIndividuals or businesses wishing to donate to the live or silent auctions should contact Republican Headquarters at the same phone number.

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