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June 3, 2017      11:09 AM

Updated: SREC elects James Dickey as RPT Chairman 32 to 31 over Rick Figueroa

Among his first decisions as chair, Dickey appointed Chris Gober as General Counsel and Trey Trainor as Assistant General Counsel.

As many GOP insiders expected, it came down to the wire on Saturday morning as the State Republican Executive Committee chose a new Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

On a vote of 32 to 31, the SREC appointed James Dickey, the Travis County GOP Chairman, over Rick Figueroa, a businessman from Brenham who had the backing of former RPT Chairman Tom Mechler.

The two men sprinted in this campaign over the last couple weeks after Mechler abruptly resigned on May 20, citing family and financial reasons for stepping aside. Mechler also warned the party that in order to stay in the majority it must make more efforts to attract minorities.

By Scott Braddock

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