By CHRISTIN COYNE
Those who want to have more of a say in the direction of the Texas Republican Party have a chance to do so beginning tonight, while Democrats will get their chance beginning later in the month.
Shortly after the election ends Tuesday night. March 4, all those who have voted in the Republican primary will have an opportunity to return or stay at their polling location and elect delegates and alternates to participate in the March 22 county convention, as well as vote to send resolutions to be forwarded to the state party convention.
Texas Democrats have done away with the “two-step” process, according to Parker County Democratic Chair Penny McCool, who said they won’t be having precinct level conventions Tuesday night but will have the precinct caucus shortly before the county convention begins later this month.
Voters should get involved in the process because “you need someone who represents your values,” Parker County Republican Chair Zan Prince said.
In addition to selecting delegates to represent local voters, all approved precinct level resolutions are forwarded to the resolutions committee for the county convention. The resolutions approved at the county level are then forwarded to the platform committee for the state.
About 205 Republican voters participated in the precinct conventions last time, according to Prince.
The Republican county convention will be held at the Ninth Grade Center in Weatherford, while the Democratic county convention will be at the Senior Center. Both start at 9 a.m., March 22, with registration beginning at 8 a.m.
Delegates and alternates elected during the county conventions will represent the area during each party’s state convention.
The Republican state convention this year is expected to take place in Fort Worth June 5 - 7.
The Democratic state convention is scheduled to take place in Dallas from June 26 - 28.
The national convention, attended by delegates selected during the state convention, is held every four years, ahead of the presidential election.