Austin Republican Party Gears Up For 2014 Election Cycle

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Outreach and Community Involvement Seen As Key to Gaining Ground Countywide for Travis County Republican Party

As the filing period for candidates draws near, and people return from summer retreats after a long legislative session, politics in the capital of Texas begins to heat up once again. And the Travis County Republican Party is ready for an interesting 2014 election cycle for both state and local races, due to Governor Rick Perry deciding not to seek re-election, and a re-shuffling of elected officials up and down the ballot.

Outreach has been a big buzzword for the Republican Party lately, as it seeks to embrace voters of all ethnicities, religious groups, and other demographics into its voter base. "It has been exciting attending events, and continuing to meet people of different backgrounds," states Vik Vad, former candidate for County Tax Assessor, who recently took the role of Outreach Director for the County Party. "While I was campaigning, I had a chance to meet so many great people in the community from all walks of life, and I am enjoying continuing to build these relationships, and talking to people one-on-one."

Austin has always been a town with great diversity, and a welcoming attitude. But it has taken time for various segments in society to become active politically, and begin to take roles in government and public service. "As the first Asian candidate to run for a partisan office in Central Texas, I realized that I could serve as a voice for the growing Indian community, the broader Asian community, and finally as a spokesperson for any community or group that wanted to engage more with the political process," notes Vad. "When each person realizes that what they have to say, and how they feel as individuals is important, that's when I feel like I have done my job!"

Mr. Vad continues to engage with people to get them to register to vote, and, perhaps more importantly, to get them to show up to vote at the polls. Statistically, primary elections, special elections, and local ballot initiatives draw a far fewer number of voters, especially in Gubernatorial election years as opposed to Presidential years. The few voters who show up to cast their ballots end up making decisions on behalf of everyone, so information distribution, and voter turnout are also important in the outreach process.

Another key demographic the Republican Party is courting for the 2014 cycle is younger voters. "We are doing what we can to build the image of the Party, and to engage with those who are just turning 18, as well as the 18-25 age group," Vad explains. "Social media, college events, happy hours, and just showing why the party that promotes freedom and less government is much more fun than the alternative will be something that we plan to do more of this year."

For more information, contact the Travis County Republican Party, located at 7901 Cameron Rd., Bldg. 3, Suite 202, Austin, TX 78754. Their phone number to call is 512-302-1776, and the website with information on events can be found at http://www.traviscountygop.org

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