HS Republicans of Texas 2017–18: A Recap

James Wei
James Wei
Jun 29, 2018 · 4 min read

HSRT has made tremendous strides in the past year, campaigning for incredibly important conservative politicians, creating a dialogue around political polarization with our fellow politically-engaged activists in Junior Statesmen of America and Texas High School Democrats, and beginning to expand chapters across Texas.

First, it began with Day of Unity. With the brilliant leadership and focus of Adam Hoffman, the previous Chair of HSRT, and the rest of the HSRT Board, our organization was able to reach over 400 students across Texas and advocate a person-before-politics approach with youth political leaders and activists. Additionally, HSRT brought in Ted Cruz, James Dickey, Sylvester Turner to speak while generating massive amounts of media attention to the HSRT organization and the joint event.

Ted Cruz engaging the Day of Unity audience
An Instagram post from Mayor Sylvester Turner featuring Day of Unity

However, along the way, we were sure to also make strides towards campaigning for more conservative Republicans in preparation for the state primaries. Through the joint efforts of our eager volunteers, dedicated interns, and youth director, we were able to make a strong impact on campaigns such as Abbott, Crenshaw, and Blacklock. With over thirty interns working with Abbott and several other chapters of HSRT dedicated to phonebanking for the Crenshaw, Roy, and Blacklock campaigns, thousands of voters were influenced by the high school republican voice. Whether it was the scorching summer sun or the wintry winter winds, HSRT was there.

Only a few of our amazing #ImWithAbbott interns!

With the support of our dedicated volunteers and interns, we were able to make a huge impact on the Texas primaries, helping each and every one of the politicians we campaigned and supported win in the primaries. Today, in preparation for the extremely important midterm elections in November, we are already organizing several fall and winter campaign efforts with Abbott, Culberson, Cruz, Crenshaw, and many more.

The Classic Grind: Phonebanking and Blockwalking

We ended our year off with the 2018 HSRT State Convention. HSRT Convention attendees elected our new officer board and listened to Paul Simpson, Chair of the Harris County Republican Party, and Artemio Muniz, Chairman at Texas Federation of Hispanic Republicans speak about youth involvement in politics and the importance of student voice in civics. Additionally, several campaigns were able to connect and recruit young republicans for internship and volunteer opportunities.

Adam Hoffman (right) beginning the HSRT 2018 State Convention with pictured (left to right) HSRT Board: Haley Spencer, James Wei, Kevin Guo
(left) Paul Simpson, Chair of the Harris County Republican Party, speaking; Artemio Muniz, Chair of the Texas Federation of Hispanic Republicans (right)

We are excited to begin another year of #KeepTexasRed. Under the new leadership of Chair James Wei, Vice Chair Haley Spencer, Treasurer Jordan Hinrichs, and Secretary Payton Palmer, we are prepared to face every challenge as we move towards our 2018–19 High School Republicans of Texas goals — HSRT chapter expansion, local and state midterm campaign engagement, HSRT social media outreach, Day of Unity 2019, and voter registration.

The New HSRT Leadership Board (pictured left to right: Treasurer Jordan Hinrichs, Chair James Wei, Vice Chair Haley Spencer, Secretary Payton Palmer)

If you have any questions or comments in regards to High School Republicans of Texas, feel free to reach out to us. (hsrepubtx@gmail.com)

For opportunities to join our organization and find incredible internships and volunteer opportunities, contact Chair James Wei. (weizjames@gmail.com)