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Denton County GOP announces convention plans

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As a result of substantial changes to the election calendar in 2012, a different timetable for selecting delegates to the State Republican Party Convention was announced Tuesday by Denton County Republican Party Chairman Dianne Edmondson.

“The Denton Republican Party will not be conducting precinct conventions on the evening of the May 29th Primary Election but instead, under court order, will be incorporating all party business into the State Senate District Conventions on Saturday, April 21st,” said Edmondson.

Party business includes choosing delegates and alternates to the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) State Convention on June 7-9 in Fort Worth, and also considering and voting on resolutions/statements on policy issues to send to the State Convention for potential inclusion in the state Republican Party platform.

“In accordance with the federal court order, these Senate District Conventions are open to any Denton County registered voter who wishes to affiliate with the Republican Party through a sworn oath, which will be administered at the Convention,” said Edmondson.  

The 2012 Denton County District Conventions for Senate Districts 12 (Sen. Jane Nelson) and 30 (Sen. Craig Estes) will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Denton, 1100 Malone Street Denton, TX 76201. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. and the convention will be called to order at 9:00 a.m.

All registered voters wishing to participate are asked to come early to complete the convention registration process and, since new voter registration cards will not have been mailed by that date, Edmondson is encouraging those wishing to participate as delegates from their voter precincts at the Senate District Conventions to bring their old voter registration cards with them. This will expedite registration by serving as validation that they are registered to vote in Denton County and will enable them to be voter precinct delegates at the Senate District convention.

All delegates will be seated by voter precinct and will vote their precinct strength, which is determined by the number of votes that precinct gave Gov. Rick Perry in the November 2010 election.

Additionally, all attendees or others who take the oath of affiliation may seek to become a state delegate and also may submit resolutions for consideration by the convention.

Those wishing to present resolutions or apply for election as a state delegate can find sample resolution forms as well as state delegate applications on the Denton GOP website at www.dentongop.org.

To make the Senate District Conventions run more smoothly and efficiently, Chairman Edmondson is requesting that resolutions and state delegate applications be turned into Denton Republican Party Headquarters no later than April 10, 2012, although both resolutions and delegate applications will also be taken at the conventions.

In making the announcement, Denton County Republican Party Chairman Dianne Edmondson stated, “Although the timing of this year’s convention schedule has changed for Denton County Republicans, we are more enthusiastic than ever about coming together for this important event. We will be considering resolutions which are the beginning of the State RPT platform and also electing our delegates to the State Convention.

“On behalf of our county party, I invite all interested Denton County Republicans to join us on Saturday, April 21st at the First Baptist Church of Denton to participate in a full day of important discussions and decisions that will carry forward to our State Republican Convention and beyond.”

As an additional resource, more convention information is available at the Republican Party of Texas website: www.TexasGOP.org.   For any additional questions or information, contact Denton County Republican Party Chairman Dianne Edmondson at 940-321-2671 or by email at CountyChairman@dentongop.org.  More information can also be found on the Denton GOP website at www.dentongop.org.

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