Fayette County Republican Women

Welcome to the Fayette County Republican Women's web site. Our organization, chartered in 2001, is affiliated with the Texas Federation of Republican Women and the National Federation of Republican Women, a body of over 100,000 women who support Republican candidates and causes at all levels of government.

FCRW is open to all Republican women and men who care passionately about the conservative cause.  Education is our mission.  In support of that goal, our annual Literacy Projects, which began in 2003, provide an encyclopedic dictionary to all third grade students in Fayette County and donate a new adult and children book to each of our four Fayette County public libraries each year.  In 2011 we initiated our annual FCRW scholarship program which, as of 2017, awards an $800.00 scholarship to one graduating senior girl at each of the five Fayette County High Schools.  

Dear FCRW Members,

I am certain that 2018 is going to be an exciting year for our county and country. We have seen the positive economic results of Donald Trump’s Presidency.  We now have a President who will support our laws and our constitution.  Republicans maintain control in the U.S. House and Senate.  

We will also elect a new Representative for State House District 13 this year, as Leighton Schubert decided not to run for re-election. One of the candidates is Fayette county’s very own David Stall, former FC GOP Chair.  We must continue to pay attention to the activities, decisions, and voting records of those who represent us in our county, our state, and in Washington DC.  FCRW will continue to provide informative, educational speakers and programs at our monthly meetings; we will maintain our annual activities – our Scholarship program and Literacy projects; we will participate in and support the various political events, candidate forums, and parades throughout our county and Senate district.  Our first general meeting will be January 18 at the Lyric Theater in Flatonia. We encourage you to join us. Pray for our success, our freedoms, and our country’s conservative future.


GOD BLESS TEXAS. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Sincerely,

Deborah Frank, FCRW President

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Posted May 23, 2018

Below are the district-wide results for the May 22 run-off elections .

State Rep HD13:  Ben Leman 59.25%             Jill Wolfskill 40.75%   

Justice-3rd Court of Appeals:        Michael Toth     53%        Donna Davidson  47%

Below are the results for Fayette County’s May 22 run-off elections:

County Judge: Joe Weber 61.24%                 Sharon Muzny  38.76%

County Clerk:    Brenda Fietsam  50.77%       Julie Karstedt  49.23%

CO. Comm. Pct. 2 Luke Sternadel 51.36%     John Rubio  48.64%

JP Pct. 1           Kyle Hartman 69.99%            Andy Berger    30.01%

There are 16,399 registered voters in Fayette County.  4,587 voted in this election.  That’s 27.97% voter  turnout. 

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 Posted 5/3/2018

Below are the 2018 FCRW Scholarship winners.  CONGRATULATIONS!!

Round Top-Carmine: Josephine Drydale


La Grange:  Bethany Stork


Schulenburg: Skylar Hinson

Flatonia: Katherine James

Fayetteville: Stormy Kasmiersky 


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Fayette County Republicans,

As you are hopefully aware, Leighton Schubert, our State Rep for House District 13, resigned effective Feb. 4, 2018, leaving his position vacant for the remainder of this current term, which ends in January 2019. State law requires this position to be filled by a Special Election and Governor Abbott has set Saturday, May 5, 2018 as the date for that election. Since this is on open seat, the Democrat candidate will also be on the ballot. We need all eligible Republican voters to vote in this election to avoid a run-off in this race. Keep in mind that whoever wins the Special Election will serve out Schubert’s term and be able to gain 6 months of experience in the position, making them more likely to win the run-off election on May 22 (assuming voters come BACK to the polls on May 22 and vote AGAIN for their candidate for this position).  Early voting dates for the May 5 elections are April 23 – May 1.

There will also be several City and School elections throughout Fayette County on that same day, May 5. The link below contains information on the voting dates, times, and locations for the May 5, 2018 elections.  Please note that most of the voting locations for the City and School elections will be DIFFERENT than those for the Special Election for HD13 on that same day.   Just so you know,  I had nothing to do with these locations. They were selected by the cities contracting with the EA office and Terri herself. 

Finally, the March 6 Primary Elections resulted in five run-offs races in Fayette County:

  • State Rep. for House District 13 candidates: Jill Wolfskill and Ben Leman
  • County Judge candidates: Joe Weber and Sharon Muzny
  • County Clerk candidates: Brenda Fietsam and Julie Karstedt
  • Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 candidates: Kyle Hartman and Andy Berger
  • County Commissioner Precinct 2 candidates: John “J.R.” Rubio and Luke Sternadel

The date for these five run-off elections is Tuesday, May 22. To avoid confusion, the Republican voting locations for the May 22 RUN-OFF elections will be the same as those for the Special Election for HD13. Early voting dates for these May 22 elections are May 14 – May 18.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Please share with whomever is interested.

Deborah Frank, FCRW President and FC GOP Chairman

Click HERE for dates, times and locations for voting early and on election days for the May 5 and May 22 elections.


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Fayette County Republicans:

Since voting is a precious right and a tremendous responsibility, I want our voters in Fayette County to be as informed as possible when they go to the polls. That is why I am sharing this information from the Fayette County Republican Party. 

First, mark your calendars for the four candidate forums hosted by the Fayette County Republican Party. You have probably noticed the myriad of campaign signs which have been popping up around the county. We, as Fayette County residents and voters, are going to have to make some big decisions in the next few weeks. To help you in this effort, the Fayette County Republican Party will be hosting four forums, covering the five contested races in Fayette County: County Commissioner Precinct 2; State House District 13; Fayette County Judge; Fayette County Clerk; and Justice of the Peace Precinct 1.

  • Forum dates, times, locations, and races:
    • Tuesday, Jan. 23, 6 – 9 pm, at Henkel Hall in Round Top. This forum will focus on the County Commissioner Pct. 2 candidates.
    • Thursday, Feb. 1, 6 – 9 pm, at the Fayette County Texas AgriLife Extension building located at 255 Svoboda Lane in La Grange. This forum will focus on the State Rep. District 13 candidates.
    • Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 –5 pm, at the Fayette County Texas AgriLife Extension building located at 255 Svoboda Lane in La Grange. This forum will focus on the Fayette County Judge candidates.
    • Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 – 9 pm, at the Fayette County Texas AgriLife Extension building located at 255 Svoboda Lane in La Grange. This forum will focus on the Fayette County Clerk and Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 candidates.

 Below are the candidates in these contested races:

State Representative District 13

Marc S. Young  (Austin County)

State Representative District 13

David K. Stall  (Fayette County)

State Representative District 13

Daniel McCarthy  (Washington County)

State Representative District 13

Ben Leman  (Grimes County)

State Representative District 13

Jill Wolfskill  (Austin County)

County Judge

Michael Smalley

County Judge

Joe Weber

County Judge

Sharon Jecmenek Muzny

County Judge

James Rhodes

County Judge

Bryan J. Corb

County Clerk

Brenda Kallus Fietsam

County Clerk

Darla J. Blaha

County Clerk

Julie Bohot Karstedt

County Commissioner Pct.2

Luke Sternadel

County Commissioner Pct.2

Darrel Neutzler

County Commissioner Pct.2

John J.R. Rubio

Justice of the Peace Pct.1

Kyle A. Hartmann

Justice of the Peace Pct.1

Andrew "Andy" Berger

Justice of the Peace Pct.1

Michael Peck

I invite you all to join us at these forums to listen to the candidates as they provide information on their background, experience pertinent to the position they are seeking, and their visions for the future of Fayette County.  Let’s face it: Fayette County is growing.  We can’t stop the growth, but we can be prepared to manage it wisely if we elect knowledgeable, experienced, conservatives into these positions.

Next, voters need to be aware of the early voting dates and times:                                                   At the Fayette County courthouse:

    • Weekdays, starting 2/20 through 3/2, from 7 am to 7 pm
    • Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9 am to 3 pm

Additionally, the Fayette County Elections Administrator has plans for FIVE other early voting locations, spread throughout the county, subject to approval by the Fayette County Commissioners at their at their Jan. 22, 2018 meeting.

Each polling location will be open 7 am to 7 pm at these locations, on these dates:
    • Flatonia – Thursday  Feb. 22, at Flatonia Civic Center
    • Round Top – Friday  Feb. 23, at Round Top Courthouse
    • Warda – Monday  Feb. 26, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
    • Schulenburg – Wednesday  Feb. 28, at County Building
    • Fayetteville – Friday  March 2, at Fayetteville City Hall
Many will still, as in the past, have the opportunity to vote by mail: The elderly, the disabled, and those who will not be in Fayette County during the early voting period or on March 6, Primary Election Day.

Finally, those Republican voters who do not take advantage of early voting, for whatever reason, will need to know where to go to vote on Election Day.

  • Locations for Republican polling locations on election day, March 6, 2018:
    • Precinct  1N La Grange: La Grange City Hall 155 East Colorado, LaGrange (This is the normal polling location for 1N)
    • Precincts  1E La Grange,  2 Rutersville: La Grange Church of Christ 646 E St. Hwy 71 (This is the normal polling location for 1E)
    • Precincts  1W LaGrange,  20 Hostyn: St. Paul Lutheran Church 427 South Washington Street, La Grange (This is the normal polling location for 1W)
    • Precincts  3 Ellinger,  4 Fayetteville,  5 Willow Springs: Fayetteville Community Center 202 Main Street, Fayetteville (This is the normal polling location for Fayetteville)
    • Precincts  6 Warrenton,  7 Round Top,  8 Carmine, 9 Nechanitz: St. John’s Lutheran Church 4446 South State Highway 237, Warrenton (This is the normal polling location for Warrenton)
    • Precincts  10 Warda,  11 Winchester: Holy Cross Lutheran Church 600 FM 1482, Warda  (This is the normal polling location for Warda)
    • Precincts  12 Plum,  13 West Point: St. Peter & Paul Catholic Parish Hall 136 Plum Church Road, Plum (This is the normal polling location for Plum)
    • Precincts  14 Muldoon,  15 Cistern: Muldoon Baptist Church 300 Cochran Street, Muldoon  (This is the normal polling location for Muldoon)
    • Precincts  16 Flatonia,  17 Praha: Flatonia Civic Center 208 East North Main Street, Flatonia  (This is the normal polling location for Flatonia)
    • Precincts  21 Swiss Alp,  22 Ammannsville: Swiss Alp Farm Bureau 6899 North US 77, Swiss Alp  (This is the normal polling location for Swiss Alp)
    • Precincts  23 Holman,  26 Mullins Prairie: New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 3240 Loehr Road, La Grange  (This is the normal polling location for Mullins Prairie)
    • Precincts  24 Dubina,  25 Schulenburg: Schulenburg County Building 312 Paulus Street, Schulenburg  (This is the normal polling location for Schulenburg)

Thank you for your time and attention.

Deborah Frank,

Fayette County Republican Women President

Fayette County Republican Party Chair

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FCRW's annual Christmas Party & Officer Installation was held on December 8th at the Frisch Auf! Country Club.                                     
 Senator Lois Kolkhorst (in green) performed our officer induction ceremony.                                                                                                                2018 officers (L-R) Deborah Frank, President; Cindy Rodibaugh, VP; Kimberley Rutledge, Secretary; and Sarah Berckenhoff, Treasurer.



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Our 2017 "Boots & Bling" fundraiser is coming up fast! FCRW will host this event at the Historic Casino Hall in La Grange 
on Sep. 16, starting at 6:30 PM. Seating is limited so please RSVP with your payment ASAP.

 

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July 4, 2017
FCRW and FCRP had a joint entry in the Round Top July 4th Parade. William and Brianne Bernsen, along with all six of their children, were dressed in their patriotic best and helped fill our trailer to capacity!! Caitlin and WIlliam Bersen walked the entire 4-mile parade route handling out smaill American flags. 


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May 18, 2017

Fayette County Republican Women Donate $4,000 to County Law Enforcement

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, the Fayette County Republican Women (FCRW) presented checks for $1000 each to representatives from the four law enforcement agencies that protect Fayette County. The money will be used to purchase protective vests for the men and women on patrol. The idea was the brainchild of Joan and Mike Spencer, along with Bill and LaMorris Thompson, who contacted the officers regarding how the community could help them be safe when criminals are sometimes equipped with better weapons than the police force.  By invitation, officers from each agency attended FCRW’s January general meeting where they explained their work duties and discussed encounters with criminal elements.  The Fayette County Republican Women are proud to “Back the Blue” with these donations.

Front Row left to right: Deborah Frank, FCRW President, Troy Brenek, Police Chief, Schulenburg, Perry Kram, Police Chief, Flatonia, David Gilbreath, Police Chief, La Grange, Randy Noviskie, representing Sheriff Keith Korenek, LaMorris Thompson, FCRW Membership chair. In the background: Members of Fayette County Republican Women.

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For those who could not attend the FCRW Christmas party and officer Installation held Thursday night, Dec. 8, 2016,  you missed a great time in a beautiful location.  The Frisch Auf! Country club in La Grange was fully decorated and magnificent. After we enjoyed a social hour then a meal of steak and salmon, State Rep. Leighton Schubert performed our officer installations and introduced our chairpersons for 2017.  I later confirmed additional chairs who are not pictured below:   Social Chair: Pat Schmidt; Campaign Chair: Sarah Berckenhoff; Legislative Chair: Jeanne Raley. 


Pictured are: Back row L-R: Rep. Schubert, 
President: Deborah Frank, VP/Program Chair: Cindy Rodibaugh, Treasurer: Cristine EtueSecretary: Ursula Higgs; Literacy Chair: Barbara Appelt; Front row: Scholarship Chair: Carole Bourlon; Membership Chair: LaMorris Thompson

We thank all of them for stepping up to serve FCRW.  We encourage all members to contact anyone on the board with suggestions that could improve communications and meeting attendance;  potential speakers or subjects for a program; fundraiser activities or events, etc. We want everyone to have a voice and participate.

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Several FCRW members and associate members attended the Republican Party of Texas state convention in May 2016. Pictured L - R: David Stall (FCRP County Chairman, who was also elected as a CD10 delegate to the Republican National convention in July 2016), Bill Wright, Anne Wright, Rock Laibson, Deborah Frank, Tim Spice, and Linda Stall.


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The Fayette County Republican Women held their annual Christmas Party and Installation of Officers Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 at the Frisch Auf! Country Club, which was beautifully decorated.  Many were in attendance to celebrate this year’s accomplishments and enjoy a delicious dinner, including Senator Lois Kolkhorst who also performed the officer installation ceremony.  Pictured from left are Senator  Kolkhorst and FCRW officers for 2016:  Judy Cook, President; Nancy Applebe, Vice President; Billie Burns, Treasurer, and Brenda Fietsam, Secretary.  
2016 is going to be an exciting and critical political year and we have a great team in place to make a positive difference.



Lois (4th from left) requested a picture with all the Republican Women present!
   

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On September 19, FCRW hosted an evening fundraiser at The Weimary, raising over $10,000 for our Literacy and Scholarship programs. U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul was our keynote speaker. Senator Lois Kolkhorst and Representative Leighton Schubert also attended.

Thanks to all who worked and attended to make it a huge success!

 
L-R: Linda Stall, Leighton Schubert, Judy Cook, Lois Kolkhorst, Michael McCaul, and Deborah Frank


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July 25, 2015 - SD18 Meeting in Rockport, Texas / Sep. 11,2015 Volunteer of the Year Award ceremony 



  

"I want to recognize Deborah Frank of Fayette County for being named the Senate District 18 Republican "Volunteer of the Year" at our recent meeting in Rockport. Deborah is a tireless worker for Republican candidates both local, state and national. I cannot say thank you enough to Deborah and so many like her in our district and beyond who are working to elect conservative candidates on all levels of government! Thank you and may God bless you and your work".

Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst

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December 22, 2014 - Lois Kolkhorst's Oath of Office Ceremony  After wining the Senate District 18 seat on December 6, Lois took her Oath of Office in a ceremony at the State Capitol. U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul was the Master of Ceremonies, which started with an invocation, pledges to the flags, and the singing of our national anthem.  Governor-elect Greg Abbott administered the oath and presented her gavel. Lois's speech was appreciative and sincere in her promise to "leave it all on the field and take nothing back to the bench".  We know she will tirelessly and honorably serve her constituents of SD18 as Senator.

 

  


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December 6, 2014 - Lois Kolkhorst wins the SD18 Senate race. What wonderful way to start off the Christmas Season!

I had the pleasure of attending Lois' election watch party at the Giddings Stone Mansion in Brenham. What a thrill (and RELIEF) it was when all the votes were posted and she won with over 55% of the total votes.  Of the 21 counties in SD18, Fayette was in third place, behind Washington and Austin counties, as far as county percentage of votes for Lois.  Lois is very appreciative of everyone's had work on her behalf. Here are the numbers: Total votes in SD18: 39,200 votes; Lois got 55.69%; Gates got 34.21%
Washington County: 5,058 votes; Lois got 87.5%; Gates got 8.2%
Austin County: 3,013 votes; Lois got 76.76%; Gates got 19.11%
Fayette County: 2,153 votes; Lois got 71.62%; Gates got 21.96%




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December 4, 2014 - FCRW Christmas Party & Officer Installation at Frisch Auf! Country Club  
The Valley View dining room where our party was held, as well as all other rooms in the restaurant, was beautifully decorated with garland, wreaths, and fabulous, huge Christmas trees. After a great social hour, we sat down and enjoyed our delicious meal and dessert. Becky Berger then swore in our 2015 officers. Pictured L- R: Becky Berger, SD18 Committeewoman; Judy Cook, President; Cindy Rodibaugh, VP; Deborah Frank, Secretary; Billie Burns, Treasurer. 



Afterwards, Judy presented a appreciation gift to out-going President, Nancy Applebe. which she was thrilled to receive.
                  


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In Fayette County, fall is full of festivals and many of them have parades. The Fayette County Republicans participated in the Lickskillet parade Sunday Oct. 19, 2014 and Czhilispiel parade on Oct. 26, 2014. State Representative Lois Kolkhorst attended both first riding in Deborah's 1955 T-Bird, then in Rock's 936 Ford 5-window coupe. We had perfect weather both days and great response from the crowds!
Fayette County Judge Ed Janecka was with our Republican entry at Lickskillet. There were plenty of beautiful antique cars there. The Judge posed with "Flappers"; Lois talked to the Veterans.

 



At the Czhilispiel parade, Rock Laibson was proud to escort Representative Lois Kolkhorst, her daughter Lois Kate, and husband Jim in his 1936 Ford 5-window coupe. (Below) Next, Judge Ed Janecka chats with Fayette County Republicans while waiting for the parade to start. Finally, we are ready to roll with a fully loaded truck and riders waving their flags! Kathy Collins is the beautiful woman in the black hat, next to JP1 candidate Greg Covington and his grandson Ashton.
 








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On Saturday, August 30, 2014 Lois Kolkhorst, our District 13 State Representative, joined the Fayette County Republican float in the Fayette County Fair parade. Lois walked most of the parade route handing out small American flags and talking to on-lookers. She later spent several hours at our Republican booth at the fair and visited with other vendors in the Exhibit hall. 
    

Greg Covington, Republican candidate for Fayette County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, had a great float following right behind ours. He was at our Republican booth the Fair every day greeting attendees and manning the booth. Below he talks with U.S. Senator John Cornyn. 
   

Saturday evening, U.S. Senator John Cornyn was at our booth visiting with attendees, prior to introducing Merl Haggard. Middle pictures: Senator Cornyn and his wife with Fayette County Republican Party Chair, David Stall; Judge Ed Janecka greeting Senator Cornyn, with Deborah Frank, Fayette County Republican Party Vice-Chair in the background.
        
All above photos courtesy of David Stall Photography.


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On Tuesday, August 12, 2014 State Representative  District 13, Lois Kolkhorst, announced her intention to run for the Senate District 18 seat which will become vacant in November, when Senator Glenn Hegar wins the race for State Comptroller. With her husband Jim and her two children, Lois Kate and Jake, beside her and wholeheartedly supporting her, Lois made her official announcement at 10 AM on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse. This is where she had first announced her candidacy for District 13 Representative 14 years ago. There was a healthy crowd of her loyal supporters gathered for this latest announcement. Among those present were David Stall, Fayette County Republican Party Chair, Deborah Frank, Fayette County Republican Party Vice Chair and FCRW Secretary, and Linda Stall.


 
All above photos courtesy of David Stall Photography.


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FCRW's annual Tribute to Women brunch was held July 22,, 2014. Below are the honorees and the key note speaker, Shara Fryer (far right).
Go to the "Tribute to Women Brunch" link above to get all the details.
Photo below courtesy of Regina Magee.

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On July 4th, 2014 FCRW joined with FCRP and entered a float in the Round Top parade.


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L-R: Deborah Frank, Judy Cook, Anne Wright and Bill Wright (all FCRW members) were among 17 delegates elected from Fayette County who attended the Republican Party of Texas State convention in June 2014.



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Below: On Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 all four FCRW Officers and two Chairs attended the Texas Federation of Republican Women (TFRW) Leadership Boot Camp held in north Austin. It was a full day of informative speakers, educational workshops, and networking opport
unities. The theme: "Don't Mess with Texas Women!". FCRW attendees L-R in photo: Deborah Frank, Secretary; Virginia Huffer, Membership Chair; Nancy Applebe, President; Freda McInnis, Treasurer; Judy Cook, Legislative Chair; Cindy Rodibaugh, VP.
                              




**** FCRW MEETINGS****  
Go to our "Meeting and Events" link above for details! 

   


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