A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Myers served as chair of the Harris County GOP. She served as vice chair. 

The race for who will lead the Republican Party of Texas has kicked off.

On Friday, Vice Chair Dana Myers announced at a Texas Federation of Republican Women event that she would be launching a campaign against current Texas GOP Chair Matt Rinaldi.

Rinaldi became chairman in 2021 after being elected by the State Republican Executive Committee to fill the remainder of former Chair Allen West’s term. He was then re-elected at the 2022 Texas GOP Convention without any opposition.

Myers was also elected to her position at the same 2022 convention. Previously she served as vice chair of the Harris County Republican Party.

As of publication, Myers has not yet issued an official statement on her candidacy, but Rinaldi says he’s ready for the challenge.

“The Texas GOP under my leadership is coming off its strongest election performance since 2014 and has done more to challenge the Nikki Haley wing of the party than ever before,” said Rinaldi. “There are some people that want to party to revert back to being nothing more than a cheerleading society for the elected class. The grassroots won’t let that happen.”

The vote will take place during the Texas GOP Convention, which takes place May 23-25 in San Antonio.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens