April 2023 Newsletter

April, 2023  |  Hillsborough.GOP 

A Message From the Chair


Greetings HCREC Members:  Welcome to the first edition of our monthly newsletter.  We will be bringing you important information about what your Board is working on, what our Committees are doing to further the mission of the HCREC and the Republican Party, and what YOU can do to help!

We hope you were able to join us at this year’s Lincoln Day Dinner where we had an all-Florida speaker lineup.  Governor Ron DeSantis, Congresswoman Laurel Lee and Congressman Byron Donalds brought our guests to their feet with their rousing speeches about the issues of the day.  Our Master of Ceremonies Vann Morris kept the magic moving along and closed the evening with his heartfelt presentation of “Old Glory.” Thank you to our Dinner Committee: Carmen Edmonds, Clarice Henderson, and Kris Beaird and to all the volunteers who made our first fundraiser a success.  


HCREC Committees

Our Committee Fair in February was a great success.  Many members signed up to help the HCREC achieve our goals.  If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for one or more of our committees.  We appreciate that everyday life can get very busy, but there are many ways to contribute that can fit your schedule. 

Please contact one of the following Committee Chairs to learn more about how you can help.  

Your Hillsborough Republican News

Republicans Don’t Support Banning Books - Republicans Support Age Appropriate Books in our School Libraries.

Members responded to our Call to Action by calling and emailing School Board members, and by speaking at the Hillsborough County School Board hearing regarding the book, This Book is Gay Speakers told the Board members that this book is age inappropriate for students in middle school. The Superintendent agreed and recommended that this book not be made available in any public middle school in Hillsborough County.

Four School Board members agreed that the book was age inappropriate and voted to keep the book out of middle school libraries. Those members were: Patti Rendon, Stacy Hahn, Henry Washington, and Lynn Gray. Members Nadia Combs, Jessica Vaughn, and Karen Perez voted against the resolution to keep this book out of middle school libraries.

April 13, 2023 HCREC Meeting

At this month’s meeting, the Board presented two resolutions for consideration by the membership. Both resolutions were approved.

Resolution 1 - HCREC- 2023-02 Resolution for Removal of the United States Capitol Police from Hillsborough County and all of the State of Florida. (Kurt Christensen)

Resolution 2 - HCREC- 2023-03 Resolution for Election Vote Accuracy to prohibit the use of electronic voting machines in the State of Florida. (Jeff Dow

Other matters addressed and discussed at the meeting:

The Education Team of the Legislative Affairs Committee presented the membership with important information regarding pornographic books that are available in the libraries of our Hillsborough County Public Schools, and how we can protect our children from this material. Thank you to Teresa Miller, Terry Kemple, Laura Kissak, and Lee Carden for educating our members.

The Chair, and our members, expressed our gratitude and thanks to the Lincoln Day Dinner Committee: Carmen Edmonds, Chair; Clarice Henderson, Vice Chair; and Kris Beaird, Volunteer Coordinator.

The Precinct Development Committee acknowledged the following members for their completion of various levels of the HCREC Roadmap to Success, which will help them become effective Precinct Committeemen and Women.

Jerry Fardella, Tim Driver, George Feshev, Dellana Williams, and Francis “Buzz” Bruno

We welcomed these new members who were sworn in at the meeting

Sydney Salatto, Lee Carden, Antonio Annesi, and Kevin Amber

Committee Accomplishments / Events/ Highlights

The Military/Veterans Team wants you to know about a Volunteer Opportunity
Tunnels2Towers is in need of volunteers at their Let Us Do Good Village for second home dedication on Saturday, April 29, 2023. Help is also needed on Friday, April 28, 2023 to prepare for the event.

If you can help, please contact the T2T Volunteer Coordinator, Christa Vutera at [email protected] and copy Paul Ray at [email protected] Provide your first and last name and phone number. Please indicate the day (s) you are available.

The Legislative Affairs Committee would like to remind you that you can get involved in this Legislative Session by accessing the following:

Website with tutorials and to track bills: http://www.embracelife911.org/bills

Link to sign-up to help with legislation: http://protectyourvotefl.org/legislation

For questions or suggestions: [email protected]


***Top Photo provided by Don Kruse****
Our News Letter is a collaboration of the efforts from our Communications Committee and Technology Committee. Thank You!

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