Tuesday, April 23, 2024 at 10:52 PM
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The role of the Republican county chair and importance of voting

I grew in New Braunfels and my grandparents lived down the street. My grandfather, Lt. Col Robert J. Uhr, served his country and his party. He was a huge influence in my political shaping. He would take me to campaign rallies and to the voting booths where I sat quietly while he cast his vote. It made a lasting impression on me. He always told me voting wasn’t just about election day, it was about what goes on before and after that, and he encouraged me to understand the process.

I grew in New Braunfels and my grandparents lived down the street. My grandfather, Lt. Col Robert J. Uhr, served his country and his party. He was a huge influence in my political shaping. He would take me to campaign rallies and to the voting booths where I sat quietly while he cast his vote. It made a lasting impression on me. He always told me voting wasn’t just about election day, it was about what goes on before and after that, and he encouraged me to understand the process.

After being elected to serve as the Kendall County Republican Party chairwoman, I began to learn more about the process. I attended the state convention, seminars, trainings, meetings and canvassed Kendall County voters. I have spent more time than not helping people understand the duties of the county chair and why those duties are so important to the grassroots process – remembering that “all politics is local.”

What a good county chair does varies from county to county depending on the size of the county, how much money and how many volunteers they have and the election atmosphere. My main mission is simple: To create a strong County Executive Committee (CEC). It is in effect, our “board of directors” and is made up of all 17 of our county precinct chairs. With that “board” in place, we then vet good candidates, educate voters and help get strong, capable Republicans elected. While the mission is straightforward, there are many working parts.

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