Johnson County Republican Party Chairman Pete Wrench wrapped Tuesday night’s gathering of area Republicans on a holiday note.
“I want to say Merry Christmas to everyone,” Wrench said. “We can still say that in this country, can’t we?”
The Johnson County Republican Party and Johnson County Republican Women’s Club hosted the Christmas gathering at the Cleburne Conference Center.
The party, among other things, afforded several candidates competing in various races next year a chance to appeal to local voters.
Next year’s Republican Primary includes several unopposed and several crowded races with 22 local Republicans having filed for the several various offices up for election.
Johnson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom joked that he’s served the position for the last seven years and added that, since he’s unopposed, people are stuck with him for at least four more years.
On a more serious note, McBroom said he considers the position not a job but a passion, adding that JP judges do much more than perform weddings and that the Texas Supreme Court recently increased their jurisdiction and authority allowing their courts to better serve constituents.
The party also occasioned a changing of the guard as JCRW President Elizabeth Victory’s term concluded and incoming President Brenda Gammon’s began.
State Rep. Rob Orr, R-Burleson, took the stage to install three additional new officers of JCRW, including Vice President DeAnne Strothers, Secretary Christy McBroom and Treasurer Cindy Powell.
Wrench explained why he is a Republican, telling attendees there are five million reasons before expanding on significantly fewer major reasons.
Republicans are pro life, Wrench said, a position that affects not just women and babies but families and men as well.
They strongly support Second Amendment rights, Wrench said adding that Hitler disarmed the Jews and seized guns in the Netherlands.
Republicans also support the military, free enterprise and respect God — three ways in which, Wrench said, they differ from Democrats.
“I’m very afraid for our country, more than I’ve ever been in my life,” Wrench said. “The Democrats took God out of their platform last year at their national convention, which is just inconceivable.”
In spite of effort by some Democratic leaders to return God to the platform, the majority still wanted him out, Wrench said.
“Democrats believe in Godless atheism and socialism,” Wrench said. “That’s not what I believe in and I know it’s not what you believe in.”
Johnson County Republican Party Vice Chairman Jackie Guthrie agreed and called for an end to in-party fighting, which he said only helps the Democrats’ cause.
“Our country is in trouble and we’ve never been in a situation like we are today,” Guthrie said. “If we don’t work together, we can easily be defeated. Groups are working now and have poured more than $100 million in Texas to help turn our state blue.”
Guthrie urged candidates competing in next year’s primary to resist the urge to campaign negatively.
“Don’t run on someone else’s demerits,” Guthrie said. “If you don’t have merits, you ought not be running.”
Victory and others urged attendees to discuss the Republican Party and values with friends and neighbors and to encourage those who haven’t already to register to vote. Victory said the Democratic Party is hard at work recruiting people who are not citizens to register to vote.
“We can disagree without being disagreeable and tearing each other down,” Victory said of differences among Republican Party members. “There will be peace in the world when there is peace in our hearts. We have a lot of praying to do.”