State and local Republican party officials are looking to postpone their political conventions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Wichita County Republican Party officials have delayed their local convention until 8 a.m. June 13 in the Multi-Purpose Events Center Seminar Room, and they closed their office until May 15 amid COVID-19 concerns, according to the party website at www.wichitagop.org.
“Since a number of our volunteers at the office fall in that age group most vulnerable to COVID-19, we chose to keep them safe by closing the office until mid-May,” local officials said in a statement Wednesday . “We will revisit that decision in eight weeks.”
Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey announced Monday that state GOP officials are considering shifting the state political convention from May to July, pending approval from the State Republican Executive Committee on April 4, according to an RPT media release.
“The Republican Party of Texas has a plan in place and a path forward to handle the unprecedented disruptions to our Senate, county, and state conventions,” Dickey said Monday in a media release.
The RPT 2020 Convention was scheduled for May 14 through May 16 in Houston.
But state GOP officials seek to to abide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to suspend all events of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks, according to a media release.
The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston and its nearby hotels are available for convention goers from July 13 to July 18, according to the release.
Dickey also strongly recommended all convention meetings scheduled for March 21 adjourn until after the eight-week suspension period to ensure Texans’ health and safety, the media release stated.
“It is the duty of all Texans to take deliberate action to prevent the spread of coronavirus,” Dickey said.
The Texas Democratic Party is looking into holding a state convention online in June, and local Democrats will curtail the Wichita County Democratic Convention Saturday because of coronavirus concerns, according to Wichita County Democratic Party Chairwoman Janel Ponder.
State and local conventions are not the only political events that may be affected by efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation suspending some election laws to allow local governments to postpone their May 2 elections, according to a media release.
They can postpone their local May 2 elections until November 3, according to Abbott’s media release.
On Monday, the Texas Democratic Party urged state government officials to order May 2 and May 26 elections to be held entirely by mail.
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