Engage Texas Launches to Educate and Register Texas Voters

FORT WORTH—Created by Texans, for Texans, Engage Texas launched today as a federal Super PAC focused on registering and educating voters about the Republican leadership and conservative principles that have made Texas the best state to live, work and raise a family. Engage Texas will work in the coming months to ensure Texas voters—whether they are new or lifelong Texans—understand the role Republicans have played in making Texas a national example of successful conservative policies.

“People flock to Texas because what we have works. Where other states and the federal government are failing, Texas succeeds. When there are challenges, Texas rises to the occasion. These are our conservative principles and our Republican leaders at work,” Engage Texas Chairman Mano DeAyala said. “Educated voters are motivated voters, and Engage Texas is focused on both registering voters and giving them the information they need to get involved and vote for principled Texas conservatives to lead our state.”

In addition to DeAyala as chairman, Richard W. Weekley, Trey Strake and Randall Woodruff will serve as board members.

Using a data-driven approach, Engage Texas will use grassroots, direct mail and digital outreach to identify, register and educate eligible but unregistered Texas voters whose voices are currently unaccounted for.

The Texas Secretary of State estimates Texas’ unregistered voter population is around 4.1 million. Additionally, Texas has seen an average of 525,000 new residents move to the state over the last eight years, as well as the many thousands who move within the state each year.

Engage Texas will file its first publicly available campaign-finance report with the Federal Election Commission by July 15.

For more information about Engage Texas, please visit www.engagetexas.org.

New Republican group wants to register more voters to keep Texas red

With national Democrats looking to make Texas a battleground, a new Republican group is launching to register hundreds of thousands of new voters here and convince them to help keep the state red in 2020.

The group, a super PAC named Engage Texas, is the brainchild of some of the state’s biggest GOP donors, and it is led by a former top staffer at the Republican National Committee. It comes as Texas Republicans look to gain ground in an area where their Democratic counterparts have dominated in recent years: signing up new voters.

“Educated voters are motivated voters, and Engage Texas is focused on both registering voters and giving them the information they need to get involved and vote for principled Texas conservatives to lead our state,” Mano DeAyala, a Houston lawyer who chairs the Engage Texas board, said in a statement.

The creation of Engage Texas follows an election cycle in which U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, narrowly won re-election as Democrats picked up two U.S. House seats, two in the state Senate and 12 in the Texas House. For Republicans, the challenges are only growing next year in Texas, with national Democrats targeting U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, half a dozen U.S. House seats and the Texas House, where Democrats are nine seats away from the majority.