Welcome to the Bosque County Republican Website. We hope to keep you informed of relevant information and events concerning our Party & County. Janet Jackson, County Chairman.
505 W 5th St. Suite 240, Clifton 7 6634
(Upstairs Atrium of Citizens Bank Building)
254 326 1170 BosqueGOPHQ@gmail.com
Let's Get Busy & KEEP TEXAS RED
As we are all disappointed in our Presidential election, we need now to just concentrate on our community. As Chairman of the Bosque Republican Party, I have agreed to be the coordinator for the Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition in Bosque County. If you are interested in learning more about this dire problem, join us for an informative (COVID social distancing, mask wearing) meeting by registering here, just copy and paste this address to get to the form. If you have trouble, just email me that you will attend at: BosqueGOPhq@gmail.com
Congratulations to our newly sworn in County Officials
County Court at Law Judge Luke Giesecke (second from left) swore in newly elected Officials 1/1/21
Sheriff Trace Hendricks, County Judge Cindy Vanlandingham, Commissioner Billy Hall
County Chairman Janet Jackson, leads protest
of District Judge Shaun Carpenter
Prior to our former County Auditor, Kent Reeves and prior to our currently elected County Treasurer Carla Sigler, our county finances were such that our bond rating was prohibitive of financing a desperately needed new Law Enforcement Center. After a major financial clean-up by Reeves, we were in a position to pass a bond that, over the life of the payout will save the county over $2 million dollars. We now have a completely modern Law Enforcement Center where county employees are safe and comfortable to work and we have the space availability to house out- of - county detainees for profit.
Not satisfied with the enormous work accomplished and additional tax burden to the citizens to move the Sheriff’s department and Jail to the new facility, our former Sheriff, a few years ago demanded pay raises above that given to county employees across the board. When the annual budget process could not accommodate the requested raises, the current outgoing Sheriff went on a public tirade. His harassment of the Auditor which included sophomoric attacks in the newspaper and on Face book, reminiscent of 7th grade hate mail was relentless. When the Commissioners Court would not acquiesce to his demands, the Sheriff decided he would ignore all normal interaction with the public, including a department ban he instituted on attending in uniform, each of the following annual 9-11 Memorials and Salute to First Responders at the Courthouse. After untold badgering and unwarranted attacks, it is no wonder our very competent Auditor accepted a position away from Bosque County. This has been a noticeable loss to the finally smooth running keeping of our county finances.
The District Judge is by law the person who hires and oversees the position of Auditor, who is in fact, the county Chief Financial Officer. Our newly elected District Judge Shaun Carpenter hired a person for the position without properly advertising for the position or interviewing additional candidates. The person he hired is a forensic auditor who had never worked with county budgets or county bookkeeping processes before. The learning curve according to many in the Courthouse has been long and disruptive. The Auditor has now contracted another forensic auditor to add to her growing staff, a person whose bedside manner would make a dying person want to pull their own life support. Although the county employee handbook states little tolerance for egregious behavior to other employees, this person has been witnessed to yell, badger and pester employees and elected officials in at least four separate departments in the county to unacceptable and actually unbelievable proportions, causing backlogs in their duties and reporting. The behavior of this person would certainly warrant termination under normal circumstances. However, she has been protected by the Auditor and Judge Carpenter with only a reprimand “to not do it again”.The Auditor who is not content to work with the processes our former Auditor put in place that saved the county enormous sums of revenue is insisting that she (who had no prior experience with county or government budgets) would develop her own systems that everyone must adhere to including some processes that are not legal by state rules. THE CHAOS AT THE COURTHOUSE that all of this has caused for nearly a year now lies at the feet of the District Judge who is responsible for the Auditor’s position and department. Judge Carpenter has repeatedly been requested to handle the situation which he has refused to act upon except for inquiring if the position of county Treasurer could be eliminated. By the way, the county Treasurer has been locked out of the system used to enter all of the department receipts by the Auditor for over 8 weeks until the Auditor can work out her new system. Mediation with the County Attorney who is a licensed Mediator came to no fruition and there is ongoing consultation with the State County Treasurers Association to try to come to terms with this mess.
As a side note which may or may not have anything to do with this matter; it is known that the District Judge would like to suspend the second amendment rights of Bosque Citizens visiting the Courthouse. A notion not popular with many who work there. As one senior elected official remarked “show me a building or school with a gun free zone sign and I’ll show you a building with a target on it.” Coincidently, if the Treasurer was eliminated or moved out of the Courthouse, it is assumed the courthouse would then be completely Judicial and automatically a gun free zone. This would most probably ease the fears of a gun attack on the District Judge who often times has the courthouse Deputy escort him to and from his car upon arrival and departure. Just saying……. may or may not play into the desire to have the Treasurer removed.
We have a new Sheriff about to come into office on January 1 who is respectful of the Commissioners Court and all citizens, which many are looking forward to. As our current County Judge is stepping down December 31, the Commissioners Court will be naming a replacement soon. It is time for concerned citizens to step up and hold the District Judge and County Auditor accountable for all of these disruptions that stem from just one office. Let the workings in the Courthouse get back to normal where all employees and elected personnel are treated with respect and no longer have to endure the castigations from a superior protected by Judge Shaun Carpenter.
Judge Carpenter seems to think the Courthouse is his domain to rule. The Courthouse belongs to the citizens of Bosque county and he is merely an elected person who is only guaranteed another 2 years of his term. Perhaps he should ease up on his ego and simply do what is right.
Janet Jackson, Bosque County Republican Chairman
Voting Times and Locations
for November Election
All General Election, Times, Places, Precinct map and Ballot names
are under the Election Information tab at the top of page
Rev. Ramiro A Pena is the founder and pastor of Christ the King Baptist Church in Waco. He has a television ministry in both English and Spanish that reaches all 50 states and 120 countries. He travels extensively preaching the gospel and ministering to world leaders. The Lord has used him to help plant 14 other churches in Texas, Mexico, Cuba and India since 1991. He currently is involved with the Faith and Opportunity Initiative for President Donald J. Trump and served on the National Hispanic Advisory Council to Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Congratulations to our New RPT Chairman
Lt. Col. Allen West
After a disastrous State Convention due to the lack of planning by the previous State Chairman, Allen West was elected to head the State Party by no less than a landslide. Garnering 27 of the 31 senate district caucus votes, the call for change was answered. A near fatal motorcycle crash just a month before did not slow this warrior down. Back on the campaign trail just days later with multiple injuries, proved his dedication to the cause. Saving Texas from turning Blue will be greatly aided by having him at the helm.
Next Republican Club meeting will be
Tuesday September 15 at the Clifton Civic Center
Are you ready to help with this vital election ?
Please consider helping in one of these very important campaign tasks.
Deputy Voter Registrar
We must make sure that every eligible voter is registered here in Bosque County.
A Deputy Voter Registrar (DVR) carries voter registration cards with them at all times to have non registered voters fill out and give back to the DVR to turn in. This can be done on an individual basis or at any gathering. Last day to register to vote is October 5, 2020.
Go to this site to study material:
After reviewing the easy to follow material, Call the Bosque Elections Administrator,
Crystal Denman at 254 253 1792 to take the test and get set up. Then contact County Chairman Janet Jackson at 254 709 1187 for registration opportunities.
Phone banking from home on your computer
with RED DIALER
The Red Dialer program is an easy to use system to make multiple calls from your computer to assist in data gathering and increasing voter registration.
Go to: Texasgop.org/data-tools
Fill in your information and a data coordinator will set you up.
Republican Primary winner for
Continue to support Trace
for the Nov. 3 election !
We are pleased to announce the
SHERROD FIELDEN PATRIOT
Ella Therese Edmiston
Primary election results
Sheriff Run off July 14th
Trace Hendricks Clint Pullin
For complete results go to:
TIME TO VOTE YA'LL
All Bosque Polls open 7am to 7 pm
Pct 1. Iredell City Hall 218 S Eastland St Iredell
Pct. 2 Walnut Springs City Hall 4126 3rd St. Walnut Springs
Pct. 3 & 4 Meridian Civic Center 309 W. River St. Meridian
Pct. 5 Lakeside Community Center 136 CR 1275 Lakeside
Pct. 6 West Shore Community Center 560 FM 3118 Laguna Park
Pct. 7 Cranfills Gap Community Center 312 N 3rd Cranfill Gap
Pct. 8 & 9 Clifton Civic Center 403 W 3rd St. Clifton
Pct. 10 Valley Mills Old City Hall 107 South 4th St. Valley Mills
Pct. 11 Cayote Community Center 3339 FM 56 Valley Mills
PRECINCT CONVENTIONS WILL BE PRIOR TO COUNTY CONVENTION
MARCH 21st LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED BY THE 5TH
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller
Tuesday Feb. 18 Clifton Civic Center
doors open 6:30 program at 7:00
Coffee Tea and Desserts served
Recognition of local candidates
You may not know it, but the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) touches your life almost every day. From the gas pump you used to fill up your car this morning to the salsa you’re eating at dinner, TDA was there to help. From the healthy lunches at your child’s school to the scales used to weigh your luggage at the airport, TDA was there, too. From our role as the state consumer protection agency to administering school lunches and marketing Texas products, the TDA is a diverse and busy place. We work hard to serve you.
2020 Vision for Texas Republicans
The votes from every small and medium size county in Texas will count more than ever before this year as we counter balance the 5 liberal urban voting bases in the state. Please support the Bosque Republican Party as we work to do our part in keeping Texas RED and TRUMP in office.
Primary Candidate filing is over, our Bosque Candidates:
Sheriff : Larry Betik, Trace Hendricks & Clint Pullin
Commissioner Pct 1: Marvin Wickman & Billy Hall
Commissioner Pct 3: Larry Phillip
County Attorney : Natalie Koehler
Tax Assessor: Arlene Swiney
Consatble Pct 1: Scott Ferguson
Constable Pct 2: Jay Sparkman
Membership Drive and Candidate Showcase
Our January 21 meeting at the Clifton Civic Center at 6:30 will be our annual Membership Drive along with a Candidate Showcase. This will be a covered dish supper, we will furnish the fried chicken and beverages. Bring a side or dessert. Dinner will still be $5 to cover cost. We invite you to come and support the Party and meet our Candidates.
Our TRUMP store for signs, shirts and hats will be open also.
We do not grieve the loss of Sherrod Fielden but celebrate his life, as we know he dwells in the House of the Lord now. Our very special Friend, Patriot, Navy Veteran and Poet Laureate will be greatly missed. Our love and support goes out to his loving wife of 57 years, Sue and their family.
Well done my good and faithful servant.
Tuesday November 19th
Sheriff Candidate Forum
Join us as we hear from 3 Law Enforcement Veterans who will be on
the March 3, 2020 ballot for Bosque County Sheriff'
Clifton Civic Center, doors open at 6:30 Forum around 7:15
$5. chili and corn muffin dinner (no reservations, just come hungry)
Forum will be moderated by Brett Voss and Paul Hardcastle
Clint Pullin Larry Betik Trace Hendricks
Be sure to VOTE Tuesday November 5
for Constitutional Amendments
All voting in Bosque will be at the
Courthouse in Meridian 7 am to 7 pm
For ballot info go to: https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_2019_ballot_measures
Legislative Town Hall
Tuesday October 15
Clifton Civic Center
Join us as we hear from our State Rep. DeWayne Burns and State Senator Brian Birdwell concerning the recent Legislative session and what it means to us . Doors open at 6:30 with program at 7:00.
This will not be a dinner so no reservations are needed
Coffee, Tea and Sweets will be served.
Fall Fest in Clifton
The Republican Tent will be in full swing with candidate information, voter registration and plenty of TRUMP 2020
merchandise. Come see us on Saturday October 19 !
Bosque County Appreciates
Our Man FIGHTING
Join Congressman Roger Williams
Tuesday August 20, 6:30
Clifton Civic Center
No Reservations needed
Dress Your Dog Dinner
$5 at the door
Independence Day Celebration
Join us in Valley Mills as we celebrate Independence Day.
The BCRP will have a float and additional cars in the
morning parade. Afterwards we will have a booth in the City Park
with voter registration, games for the kids and candidate information.
If you would like to help with the booth or float or throw candy to the
crowd ,while riding with our mascot Chad, drop us a line at:
Memorial Day Ceremony in Bosque
The March Bosque Republican Club Dinner Meeting will be at the Meridian Civic Center. The topic and speakers will address the "THE STATE OF THE (BOSQUE) COUNTY. Elected County officials will present an update on all functions of the County.
We will hear from our County Judge, Commissioners, County Court at Law, Hospital Authority and County Emergency Services.
Doors open at 6:30, Clyde's BBQ dinner at 7:00
Program at 7:30. Make reservations at 254 326 1170.
Happy New Year to all our Friends and Fellow Patriots!
2019 will be a very important year as we build toward the 2020 elections. In November of this year, candidates will again file to run for office, it just seems to keep rolling along. Although we had a very definitive Republican victory in Bosque County, there is much work to be done. Please join us at our Club meetings and consider volunteering with the Party to keep a strong conservative local government and help with District, State and National initiatives.
2019 off to a great start with our County officers taking Oath.
From left: County Court at Law Judge Luke Giesecke, JP Jaime Zander,
Commissioner Terry Townley, Treasurer Carla Sigler ,Commissioner Ronny
Liardon, District Clerk Juanita Miller, County Clerk Tab Ferguson and
County Judge Don Pool.
January BCRC meeting, Tuesday 1/15
Clifton Civic Center
The Honorable 10th Court of Appeals Justice Rex Davis
speaking on "Trends in Texas Criminality"
Doors open at 6:30 Dinner served at 7:00 Program 7:30
Make dinner reservations at: Bosquegophq@gmail.com or leave message at: 254 326 1170
Please indicate how many will have dinner ($12 at the door)
Pork loin, scalloped potatoes, green beans, rolls and cobbler.
All Party Meetings
on hold due to COVID
Our Conservative State Senator will serve as Pro Tem this session
Senator Brian Birdwell
We are fortunate to have our State Rep re-elected to continue to serve
County Judge Don Pool
retires December 31 after taking the helm following Dewey Ratliff. We are forever grateful for Don's service and time he has given to the County.
The Commissioners Court is in the process of interviewing several candidates to replace the County Judge and expect to have a final selection by mid January. Fortunately there are several candidates who would serve the county well in this position.
BCRP Office open
by appointment by
calling 254 709 1187
Available during office hours or
by appointment call Janet at
254 709 1187
Interested in running for County Office?
Filing for office does not occur until November, but pre campaigning begins now. The first step is filing an appointment of Treasurer form, download here: