Grassroots America-We the People Executive Director JoAnn Fleming broke down the results of the March 3 primary election and emphasized the need to strengthen Republican voter turnout.

Fleming said there is room for improvement with voter turnout Tuesday at a membership meeting at the Holiday Inn on South Broadway.

According to statewide results, turnout was 12.8% for Democrats and 12.4% for Republicans. She said people are often discouraged by a lack of results from their representatives.

“We blow by a (state legislature) session and don’t get things done,” Fleming said. “Results matter.”

Based on 2020 numbers, Tarrant, Denton and Collin counties are getting bluer or more Democratic, Fleming said.

Fleming said the most important thing to do for Republicans is establish relationships within their precinct. When discussing politics, it’s important to be able to talk with people.

“You have to find the courage to ask the question, ‘What do you think?’ You just have to take people where they are and don’t beat them up when they don’t agree,” she said.

She encouraged people to hold their elected officials accountable and establish term limits by voting at the ballot box.

Fleming congratulated the GAWTP endorsed candidates that either won their race or made it into the May 26 runoff election. A runoff occurs when none of the candidates receive more than 50% of the vote.

Heather Stoner, GATWP hospitality chair, encouraged people to do their homework regarding candidates in the runoffs and exercise their right to vote.

In Smith County, Reeve Jackson and Jarad Kent are headed to a runoff for the Republican nomination in the 114th District Court race. Incumbent Josh Joplin and challenger Curtis Wulf are headed to the runoff for the Smith County Precinct 4 Constable race.

Wulf and Jackson were endorsed by Grassroots ahead of the primary election.

Precinct 1 Commissioner candidates Neal Franklin and Pam Frederick were also set to be in a runoff election, but Frederick, who is the mayor of Bullard, conceded the election Tuesday afternoon.

A formal withdrawal would cause her name to be moved from the ballot, which would cancel the runoff race. This cancellation of the runoff race would make Franklin the winner as he gained the most votes.

Franklin was also endorsed by Grassroots for the primary.

For the runoff, early voting is from May 18 to 22.

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