While the eyes of most Texas Republicans have been on the race for the Republican Party of Texas chair, one candidate for vice-chair announced she was withdrawing from the contest ahead of next week’s convention.

Denise McNamara, former National Committeewoman for the Texas GOP, announced that she would no longer seek the position and was instead endorsing Alma Perez Jackson for RPT vice-chair.

“Alma is enthusiastic and energized. She is Hispanic and speaks Spanish fluently. She is a no-nonsense, conservative Christian who loves our Republican Party of Texas platform,” stated McNamara in an email to her supporters. “One of the criticisms of Chairman Dickey’s opponent is that he is not doing enough to reach out to the Hispanic community. Electing Alma to the position of Vice Chair would benefit the Republican Party of Texas tremendously by increasing our profile with that segment of voters.”

McNamara’s departure from the race narrows the race down Jackson and SREC-member Fred Rangel. Rangel is believed to be the ticket candidate for Cindy Asche’s campaign against current Chairman James Dickey.

RPT delegates will have the opportunity to cast their votes during the convention in San Antonio next week.

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