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Nacogdoches party chairs getting ready for March 1 primary election

Nacogdoches County Republican Party Chair shares a conversation with Congressman Louie Gohmert. (SourceL KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches County Republican Party Chair shares a conversation with Congressman Louie Gohmert. (SourceL KTRE Staff)
Nacogdoches County Democratic Party Chair Stephen Wright has opened the party headquarters. (Source: KTRE Staff) Nacogdoches County Democratic Party Chair Stephen Wright has opened the party headquarters. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Party chairs lead  grassroot efforts to get their candidates elected. (Source: KTRE Staff) Party chairs lead grassroot efforts to get their candidates elected. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The Republican Party still remains to be the majority in Nacogdoches County, but Democrats aren’t discouraged. (Source: KTRE Staff) The Republican Party still remains to be the majority in Nacogdoches County, but Democrats aren’t discouraged. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Early voting, Election Day, and party conventions are all are responsibilities of the party chair of their respective political party.

The Old Main Theatre lobby is transformed into the Democratic Party headquarters. Bumper stickers and flyers are the main attractions, except when the Democratic Old Time Music Jams take center stage each Wednesday night. Democratic Party Chair Stephen Wright likes to make the political process fun

"Part of the reason some people are hesitant to get involved in politics is it can be so negative sometimes, but we like the fact we are a community who wants to elect people to do good things in office, but also who have a lot different traits to make things fun,” said Stephen Wright, the Democratic Party Chair for Nacogdoches.

Wright feeds off the energy of Democratic candidates and volunteers. On Saturday, over 100 people showed up for a Bernie Sanders rally. Enthusiasm for any Democratic candidate is pleasing Wright.

"We're certainly holding meetings to introduce people to our candidates, and in our contested primaries, we're trying to have those folks come in and talk to us,” Wright said.

That is similar to what occurred Monday at the Republican Women's luncheon. Party chair Andrew Higdon was present. He said the party approached him for the leadership role.

"They were looking for somebody that was a little younger and try to bring a younger group into the party,” Higdon. We definitely have a strong membership, but we're starting to age. As we move forward, it would be nice to have some people that are around college age and middle young adults."

Higdon knows to make contact with influential Republicans in the room, such as Congressman Louie Gohmert. Yet Higdon shares he didn't know the party is responsible for the putting on the primary.

"You take for granted when you show up that it's just going to be there,” Higdon said. “And if people didn't volunteer, give their time then it wouldn't be there."

Both party chairs say they're busy with election training and party convention preps.  Time is left for phone banks and block walking. The political process is a grass roots effort just about everywhere, which is why the party chair leadership role is so important.

Dates circled on the party chairs' calendars are early voting dates of Feb. 16 through 26. Election Day is March 1. 

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