MCALLEN, Texas – The co-chair of the National Republican Committee, Thomas “Tommy” Hicks, Jr., says the Republican Party has to do a better job of engaging with minority populations across the United States.

Hicks was in McAllen recently to officially open a new RNC Hispanic Engagement Center. The center, on Nolana Avenue in McAllen, was packed with Republican Party members and supporters for the opening. Food and refreshments were provided.

“We want to share our values throughout this great nation. Today we are putting that commitment into action by opening our second community center in Texas, right here in McAllen,” Hicks said.

“We are investing the most resources in our history to reach out to the Hispanic community, the Black community, and the Asian-Pacific American community. And this is across the country. We know that we have to do a better job of getting to know the voters that traditionally have not voted Republican because we want all Americans in this conversation. And that is why we are here today.”

Hicks added: “With the help of those in this room we are going to make a real difference, not just in elections but in the lives of people that we seek to represent.”

Other speakers at the event included Robin Armstrong, national committeeman for Texas on the RNC, and Adrienne Peña-Garza, the Hidalgo County Republican Party.

Here is a podcast of the event:

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