Grayson County Republicans spent half a day Saturday selecting their party’s representation for the upcoming state party convention in San Antonio. Along with picking how they would be allowed to represent the party, county Republican leaders also discussed a number of ideas being put forth for the state party platform.
Grayson County Republican Party Chair Barbara Woodroof said she was pleased with Saturday’s turnout of more than 50 people for the county and state conventions, which were held on the second floor of the Grayson County Courtroom. Out of 36 precincts, she said, 25 were represented at the county convention.
“Actually we had about the same turnout that we had in 2016,” Woodroof said. “That’s pretty good for a midterm. I think on the whole, people were very receptive of the process.”
There were four resolutions that were going forward to the state. There were more than 12 that were turned in to the county convention. Woodroof said normally that number is between four and eight. She said there were 58 delegates chosen and 10 alternates.
The first part of the day allowed the attendees of the county convention to get together and work on a set of submitted resolutions. Some of the precincts made changes to those proposed resolutions and others came up with some resolutions that were completely different. Those 16 resolutions went to the resolutions committee who reported four resolutions to the floor.
Along the way, precinct chairs completed paperwork and some of the younger members of the crowd got a hands-on civics lesson. Ashlyn Alexander, 12, and her older brother accompanied their mother, Stacy Alexander, to the convention. Ashlyn said she thought the event would be a fun way to spend the day and her mother thought it would give her children a chance to see local politics in action. The two watched and listened as precinct members discussed the proposed resolutions.
In Precinct 409, the group decided to make changes to a proposed resolution that ultimately never made it to the floor. But that didn’t keep them from trying to help each other understand the differences between what the proposed resolution said and what the party’s own platform currently says about topics as far reaching as taxation and illegal immigration.
Ultimately, the two of the four resolutions that were discussed in the county convention centered on English as the official language for all paperwork from the state of Texas and on a demand that physicians be required to discuss all of the possible outcomes with a patient before any type of medical procedure. Those two passed. A resolution saying that Grayson County Republicans support a convention of states also passed. A resolution that added local candidates to those the party would like to see controlled by term limits did not carry forward to the state convention.
Sherman City Councilman Shawn Teamman was one of the people who expressed a desire to see the term limits stay at the state and federal level. Teamman reasoned that some smaller cities, towns and school boards might run out of interested candidates if those with a willingness to serve were limited to just three terms.
In addition to discussing the county resolutions, the Republicans also heard from State Rep. Pat Fallon about his defeat of State Sen. Craig Estes for District 30.
“The world is run by those who show up,” Fallon said to the crowd in the west courtroom.
He congratulated them on being in the group that showed up. He said showing up every day over the course of the campaign and talking to people in all of the 14 counties covered by District 30 won the day.
Before the convention ended, Woodroof reminded the party faithful that the primaries are not over because there are a number of runoffs. She said voter turn out for runoffs is traditionally low and the party needs to work hard to get out the vote.