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In Loving Memory
Brazos GOP Chair 1996–2008
Dear Republican Friends,
Last Tuesday we lost our very special former County Chair David Kent. David was a role model for everyone who knew him. He made anyone who worked around him want to be a better person. Like most great leaders, he was never far from his Bible as he reserved time to read scripture every day. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t ask myself, “What would David do?” I miss him.:
To honor David, Republican Party of Brazos County’s office will be closed Friday November 13th. Thank you to Jug, Debbie, Kevin and Eric Capps for providing the commemorative wreath that will grace Headquarters Friday in David’s memory. If you haven’t had a chance to read about David Kent’s remarkable life, his obituary follows.
Marla Calvin, Vice-Chair
Republican Party of Brazos County
October 30, 1935 – November 3, 2015
David Alvin Kent, a career teacher and tennis coach who shaped the lives of thousands of young people, died on November 3rd in Cedar Park, Texas, he was 80 years old. He was born on October 30, 1935, in Perryton, Texas to Charley and Juanita Kent. David graduated from Amarillo High School where he was a standout multi-sport athlete. Following high school, he attended Texas Tech on the first tennis scholarship ever awarded there. In 1957, he married his high school sweetheart, Eileen Jacobson.
David was best known as “Coach” to the many, many people he inspired throughout his career as a tennis coach. He taught and coached at Amarillo High School from 1958-60 and Midland High School from 1960-69 prior to joining the collegiate ranks. During a long and illustrious career, Kent became one of the most successful tennis coaches in NCAA Division I history. Over 27 seasons split between West Texas A&M and Texas A&M, Kent compiled a 516-223 record, which was the 11th best in Division I history at the time of his retirement. Kent led the Buffaloes to six Missouri Valley Conference titles and helped the Aggies to a Southwest Conference championship in 1994 and a pair of Sweet 16 NCAA berths (1985, 1994).
Kent won his 500th dual match on Feb. 25, 1996, becoming only the ninth NCAA Division I coach to achieve that feat at the time. He was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men’s Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998. At the induction, he reflected on his career saying, “Coaching is fun. I really enjoyed it all my life, and it was a challenge. I didn’t look at it as a job. I . . . loved to get up early in the morning and practice and go to tournaments. It just never seemed like a job to me.” In addition to the ITA Hall of Fame, Kent is a member of the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, Texas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame, the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame, and the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame.
Coach Kent is nationally known as a “builder of champions,” evidenced by his win–loss records and numerous championships. But those who knew him realize his greatest accomplishment and joy was in his role as a “builder of character.” As a coach for 38 years, Kent influenced the lives of hundreds of high school and college athletes. He also directed summer tennis camps for 24 years where he shaped the lives of the thousands of young people who attended or worked at the camps.
Kent loved politics and the Bryan–College Station community. After retiring from coaching, Kent was Chairman of the Brazos County Republican Party for 12 years. In 2000, David and Eileen served as delegates to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. He volunteered in the community as a Gideon and as a member of the Blinn College Brazos County Advisory Committee.
Faith also played an important role in his life. David and his wife Eileen were actively involved at Grace Bible Church in College Station and members of Northwest Fellowship in Austin. Often volunteering as a greeter at Northwest Fellowship, David enjoyed making every attendee feel welcomed and special. He was also a board member of the Brazos County Child Evangelism Fellowship and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
A man of character in every facet of his life, David never hesitated to shower those around him with generosity and words of encouragement. He gave freely of his time and money. As a coach, husband, father, grandfather, and friend, David truly loved to build others up and encourage them in every endeavor. This encouragement and support has left a lasting mark on everyone who knew and loved him.
David is survived by his children, Tanya Grona and her husband Fred of Tomball, Todd Kent and his wife Brenda of Berkeley, Ca., and Trey Kent and his wife Mary Anne of Austin. He is also survived by his sister, Diane Drew of Pensacola, Fla. Affectionately known as “Poopa,” he was adored by his seven grandchildren, Ashley Grona Frey and her husband Luke, Tyson Grona and his wife Alicia, Elisabeth Kent, Emily Kent, Abigail Kent, Lindsay Kent, and Christina Kent Gamez and her husband Nick. He also leaves a strong legacy for his four great-grandchildren, Halle, Lucas, and Benjamin Frey, and Beckham Grona.
A memorial service celebrating David’s life will be held on Friday, November 13, 2015, at 11am at Northwest Fellowship, 13427 Pond Springs Road in Austin, TX, where Pastor Trey Kent will officiate. A private interment will follow at the “Aggie Field of Honor,” 3800 Raymond Stotzer Parkway in College Station, TX.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a gift to the David Kent Emerging Leaders Fund that supports Northwest Fellowship’s leadership development efforts among low-income communities. Donations can be sent to Northwest Fellowship, 13427 Pond Springs Road, Austin, TX 78729 (Kent Emerging Leaders Fund on memo line).
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To Our Essay Contest Winners!
FIRST PLACE: Mary Starnes
SECOND PLACE: Cooper McCall
THIRD PLACE: Mason Ouren
The Republican Party of Brazos County is always looking for interested Republican students or recent graduates willing to serve as interns at our Party Headquarters located at 1640 Briarcrest Drive, Suite 122, Bryan, Texas 77802.
Application deadlines this year are: September 15, 2015 for Fall and Year-round internships, and January 4, 2016 for Spring 2016 internships and May 1, 2016 for Summer 2016 internships.
Our internships are designed for more than “résumé building.” Interns learn how a local Republican party works, who the key players in our area are, and how Republican activists and party leaders advance Republican goals and objectives. This internship is a “hands on” opportunity, from staffing our headquarters to working under Brazos County Republican Chairman Paul Rieger as he leads our local party. As we approach the 2016 presidential election year, interns will assist with general Republican campaign efforts, grassroots Republican voter/membership recruitment efforts, event planning/execution and daily party business. This is a perfect opportunity for political science students or for students who simply want to get active in local Republican politics.
Internships require a minimum of 12 hours per week, but no more than 20 hours a week, depending on the intern’s course load and class schedule. Work schedules/hours are arranged with the Party Chairman.
To Apply for an RPBC internship, please submit the following:
- RPBC Application (below)
- Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
- Two Essays (see application) – 750 words or less.
Note: You may submit an additional personal résumé to reflect your own personality, goals and aspirations, but a personal résumé is not required.
Please submit your application, two letters of recommendation and two essays to:
OR mail your application to
b) Republican Party of Brazos County, 1640 Briarcrest Drive, Ste. 122, Bryan, Texas 77802
Finalists may be asked to interview. Questions? Email or call us at (979) 268-2308.
FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS:
We have had such great feedback regarding the Platform Process Review Committee’s (PPRC) survey; Chairman Mechler decided to extend the survey period until July 15th! Our committee has received an incredible number of responses from grassroots activists across Texas, and now we want to hear from you.
As members of the newly formed Platform Process Review Committee, we have been tasked with reviewing both the structure of the next RPT Platform and the process by which it will be adopted at the 2016 RPT State Convention. One way we will achieve this is through our PPRC survey:
Please note: It is not the purpose of this committee to address specific content, such as issues or platform planks, as this is within the purview of the delegates at the 2016 RPT State Convention.
Thank you for your feedback in this important process; hearing from grassroots activists like you is a vital component to our committee’s work.
Platform Process Review Committee
Amy Clark, Committee Chair & Vice-Chairman, RPT
Merri Easterly, SREC-SD 10
Linda Kinney, SREC-SD 25
Bonnie Lugo, SREC-SD 13
Mike McCloskey, SREC-SD 5
Mark Ramsey, SREC-SD 7
The Texas Secretary of State recently posted the important dates for the 2016 primary elections. Click here to go directly to the page.
Here is a summary of those dates:
Tuesday, September 15, 2015: First day to file for a place on the primary ballot for precinct chair candidates.
Saturday, November 14, 2015: First day to file for all other candidates for offices that are regularly scheduled to be on the Primary ballot.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016: First Day of Early Voting
Friday, February 19, 2016: Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)
Friday, February 26, 2016: Last Day of Early Voting
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (election day) at 7:00 p.m.: Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail
A more detailed calendar will be available soon.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | 6/25/2015
Contact: Tom Holloway (512) 923-5944
Statement from Senator Schwertner on SCOTUS Decision in King vs. Burwell
AUSTIN, TX — This morning, Senator Charles Schwertner, MD (R-Georgetown) issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the King vs. Burwell case: “Over the past five years, we’ve seen Obamacare repeatedly changed and contorted through executive actions by President Obama and controversial judicial decisions by the United States Supreme Court. This morning’s ruling represents the latest tortured attempt to preserve a law that is fundamentally flawed and unworkable. As an American, I find it troubling that the letter of the law can be so easily subjugated to some implied legislative intent that exists only in the minds of a few congressional lawmakers in Washington, DC.
“This is a sad day for American healthcare and a sad day for the American legal system.”
WHEREAS, the Republican Party of Texas supports ‘Free Trade’ as classically defined: international trade that is free from such government interference as import quotas, export subsidies, and protective tariffs, and as being integral to American free market capitalism and to American economic and political influence in the world; and
WHEREAS, we find that contemporary free trade pacts, both existing and proposed, contribute very little to eliminating trade barriers but instead serve as instruments to strip away American jobs, industry, and most importantly national sovereignty; and
WHEREAS, these free trade pacts are being secretively negotiated under this ‘fast track’ authority; and
WHEREAS, in recent years both Republican and Democratic administrations have resorted to the use of “fast track” authority, now known as Trade Promotion Authority or TPA, to entice the Congress to unconstitutionally delegate away its sole authority to regulate commerce with foreign nations to the Executive Branch. By these means the role of Congress is relegated to being allowed one ‘up or down’ vote without amendment on these trade pacts.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the State Republican Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Texas, urges the U.S. Congress to reject any and all future TPAs or Fast Track Authorities, and instead perform its Constitutional duties in regards to trade; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this resolution, properly enacted and executed this 6th day of June 2015, be transmitted to each Republican member in the Texas caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, and to all Republican County and Senate District Chairs in Texas.
Passed UNANIMOUSLY by the State Republican Executive Committee on June 6, 2015
REP. BILL FLORES ON TPA AND TPP
As a free market conservative, Congressman Flores supports free trade. TPA (Trade Promotion Authority) has passed the Senate and will be voted on in the House today (6/15/2015). TPA ensures that any trade deal negotiated by the president receives and up or down vote in Congress. If Congress doesn’t like the deal negotiated, Congress can vote it down.
TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) is a trade deal that the president is currently negotiating with 11 other nations. TPP is not currently up for a vote. Some of the opponents of free trade are correct that we don’t know everything that is in TPP right now. Once the agreement is finalized, we will know it’s contents and it will either be ratified or it won’t. That is the way all trade agreements are negotiated. Congressman Flores supports TPA because it provides transparency and Congressional accountability to the TPP the president is negotiating.
Other strong conservatives support TPA as well including Senator Cruz, Senator Cotton, Rep Paul Ryan, Rep Jeb Hensarling, Rep Kevin Brady, Rep Matt Salmon, and Rep Tom McClintock.
Congressman Flores has put up a page on his website that discusses what TPA is and why he supports it. You can find that website here: http://flores.house.gov/tpa/. He also put out an op-ed with Rep Brady today that you can find here: http://thehill.com/opinion/op-