Travis County Republican Party Names Outreach Director

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Former Tax Assessor Candidate Vik Vad to Act as Community Liaison

"Vik is the right person for this role, as he built bridges with so many groups in the community this past year," states Edwards. "We want to build on these connections, welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to our events, and let them know that we

With the 2012 election cycle drawing to a close, and the holiday season about to begin, the flurry of activity at Republican Party headquarters in Austin has not died down yet. As the party begins to assist its candidates who were elected, and to reflect on positioning already for the 2014 gubernatorial cycle, one certainty is that outreach to young voters, and minority groups will be key.

Vik Vad, former candidate for Tax Assessor/Collector, has been named by Travis County GOP Party Chair Dr. Rosemary Edwards to act in the role of Outreach Director for the party, continuing with the efforts that he made during his campaign. "Vik is the right person for this role, as he built bridges with so many groups in the community this past year," states Edwards. "We want to build on these connections, welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to our events, and let them know that we are here to listen to their concerns."

During his campaign, Vik Vad made it a point to reach out to all of the residents of Travis County. "For me, this office was not about partisan politics, but about serving all residents effectively," Vad explains. "And that included not just people of different ethnic backgrounds, but also of different political backgrounds – Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters." Vad himself is a second generation Indian American, and the first candidate of Asian heritage to run for a partisan office in Central Texas. "I'm proud to be a representative of the diverse Asian community, and hope that more people from a variety of backgrounds become active politically," he continues.

The Travis County Republican Party is involved in planning events each month, conducting trainings, recruiting volunteers, interfacing with affiliated clubs, talking to the media, as well as updating their own social media and blog. The headquarters, located in East Austin on Cameron Rd., is open weekly Monday through Thursday from 10am to 3pm. Anyone is welcome to come during that time and speak with someone about political issues, or issues affecting the community, such as affordability, and economic opportunity. All are also welcome at the events that are listed on the calendar of the website.

"We are here to connect our principles with others who really share the values of hard work, self sufficiency, and living responsibly," expresses Chairman Edwards. "Whether an election year or not, we are here, we are active, and we listen and care."

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