Teri Galvez Encourages D.C. to Vote Republican

Candidate Teri Galvez at last month's Conservation Political Action Conference at the Marriott Wardman.
Robert Devaney
Candidate Teri Galvez at last month's Conservation Political Action Conference at the Marriott Wardman.

Teri Galvez is running for Republican National Committeewoman for Washington, D.C., in a very important, very historical race where she believes conservatives, including herself, have the opportunity to make this city a focal point for the Republican Party.

With a mission to grow the conservative population in Washington by bringing young voters and minorities in, Galvez wants to erase the mindset that so many people carry that Republicans are bad and support candidates because they are the best candidate for the job, despite their political preference.

“We are about addition, not subtraction,” she said. “We want folks even if they don’t line up completely with our philosophy.”

Galvez was born and raised in California of Mexican parents, and said she can speak personally from her own experience growing up as a first-generation American as what persuaded her to become a Republican.

“For me, it was really just, you know, you really need to take charge of yourself and be responsible for yourself,” she said. “It was all about personal responsibility.”

While 51 percent of D.C is African-American and nine percent are Hispanic, just six and a half percent of D.C. voters are registered Republicans, Galvez said. “We can’t be complacent. We need to be reaching out to our constituents of color in the District. We are never going to get elected if we don’t.”

She believes her message will resonate with minorities because she knows what it is like to struggle. “My father was a mechanic. His company went on strike twice. We almost lost our house. We went on vacation once and came back, and our house had burned down.”

Despite it all, her parents came here because it is such a great country. “I’m so blessed that I can do anything I want here,” Galvez said. “If I lived in Mexico and my mother was a housekeeper, I’d probably be a housekeeper. In America, the occupation of your parents is not your occupation.”

Galvez also wants to address the importance of education among minorities. Her family was not able to pay for her schooling fully and was thankful for her involvement with the Miss America pageants which granted her scholarships to pay for college. “I would not be here today if it weren’t for the preparation I received from the program,” she said.

The Miss America pageants not only sent her to school but also taught her how to interview, how to speak into a microphone and not to be nervous in front of an audience. “People really misunderstand this aspect of my life,” Galvez said. “It’s a lot more than just the swimsuits and evening gowns seen on TV. It’s more like Candidate 101. I wasn’t really going to learn speaking skills and interview skills at home. You don’t really learn these in college, either. Miss America Program taught me speaking, advocacy and philanthropy.”

With all she learned in the program helping her throughout her campaign, she also credits several other aspects of her life to her qualifications for becoming the next Republican National Committeewoman of D.C. She’s bilingual, has been committed to conservatives for 30 years, has lived in D.C since 1985 and owns her own small business. She attends 4-5 events a day to meet voters and volunteers in several organizations including Miss D.C. Scholarship Organization, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.

“Everything you learn along the way is a benefit,” Galvez said. “You will use it all in some way.”

Click Here to read Michelle Kingston's interview of Jill Homan

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Mar 22, 2012 at 9:47 PM Michael Towers

Really excited about Teri and this position. I've long been a Republican who just hasn't bothered to vote in DC due to the long odds, but candidates like Teri who can connect with all communities give me hope. Heck she has already been active in the community long before she was running. Need more like her.

Go Teri!!

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Mar 23, 2012 at 9:02 AM No Me Gusta

Funny that this article fails to mention that Teri is in a COMPETITIVE primary with JILL HOMAN, a much better candidate for National Committeewoman.

The DC GOP has been in disrepair for too long, thanks in part to people like Teri who think extravagant parties at the Darlington House and brunches at the Watergate are how to win elections. Jill, on the other hand, has been active in grassroots efforts in all 8 wards -- That's why Jill has been endorsed by 5 Ward Chairs, including Ward 2 Republican Chairman, Rachel Hoff.

It's no secret that DC Republicans have failed in the past. Do we want more of the same or do we want a real change and a real chance in Jill Homan?

VOTE JILL HOMAN ON APRIL 3RD!!!

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Mar 23, 2012 at 9:14 AM Jim DeMartino

As a former Republican candidate for DC Council Ward 6, I am all for a competitive race and I applaud both Teri and her opponent Jill Homan who has been campaigning in all eight Wards in her race for Republican National Committeewoman. We need more Republicans like Jill and Teri. Jill Homan with a strong business and policy background brings a demonstrated commitment to growing the DC Republican Party among all DC voters. Be informed and vote April 3rd!

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Mar 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM Michael Saltsman

While I appreciate the attention that the Georgetowner is giving to this race, your readers are not well served by a one-sided puff piece that makes no mention of Teri's opponent. Her name is Jill Homan. She has two master’s degrees, worked on Capitol Hill as Bob Ehrlich’s press secretary, and serves on the DC Republican Committee Executive Committee & League of Republican Women Board of Directors. It's unfortunate that readers have to scroll down in the comments to find out that this is a very competitive race. For those readers interested in learning more about Jill, you can visit www.JillHoman.com.

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Mar 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM Teri Galvez

Thanks for the lovely article! Additionally, I have been endorsed by the two individuals who know best the qualifications it takes to do a great job - Tony Parker - DC National Committeeman (and current RNC Treasurer) and Betsy Werronen- DC National Committeewoman as well as a host of long-time Republicans, Young Republicans and many new members of the DC Republican Committee.

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Mar 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM Michael Towers

Yeah great idea. Let's blame the "Lamestream" media for their horrible bias...

Here's the facts: Teri's been working behind the scenes for years and is now taking a more public role as an advocate for the DC Republican Party. And due to her background (first generation Mexican-American from a low income family), her experience (8 years as Vice Chair of the DCGOP and over 30 years as a GOP activist), her authenticity (established body of volunteer work with the Miss DC Scholarship Organization and the Boys and Girls Club)and natural presence and charisma, her candidacy is unique, exciting and noteworthy. It's why the Washington Post is finally interested in covering a local republican event (last Sunday style section) and why national figures like Arthur Laffer, Leslie Sanchez, and Michael Steele have been openly supportive of a local NCW candidate.

On April 3rd, let's all take a step towards a stronger DC Republican Party and vote Teri Galvez.

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Mar 23, 2012 at 6:31 PM Just Sayin'

Funny how a former Capitol Hill press secretary isn't getting any press. Just sayin'.

Actually, I've met Jill. I like her. But I just think Teri Galvez is the better candidate and person for the job.

I'm voting for Teri on April 3rd!

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Mar 23, 2012 at 9:54 PM Talkin' Back

You know what else is funny? That all of Teri's press is showing up in publications focused on style, beauty, and the DC social scene. Teri's media is impressive if she were running for, say, party social planner. But we're talking about a representative to the Republican National Committee. We need someone who knows how to raise money, who knows how to run a business, and who knows how to lead. In my mind, Jill is hands down the best choice.

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Mar 24, 2012 at 12:01 AM Green Eyed Monster?

Teri IS a Fundraiser. Her business is Event Management and Fundraising. She secures corporate sponsors for the events she coordinates. Ms. Homan's skill at this is yet unproven given that she has been Finance Chair for just over a year like her short tenure with the DCGOP of 2 1/2 years.

Teri and her husband own several businesses including a development project that they have created together in Mexico.
http://www.homessanmiguel.com/photoshow.htm

If Ms. Homan is such a successful "businesswoman" why is she living in a studio apartment at her age? Given her appearance/attire, no one would ever mistake her for a socialite.

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Mar 24, 2012 at 7:55 AM No Me Gusta

An experienced event planner who's good at her job wouldn't book a $250/plate dinner and sell tickets for just $150. Losing money right off the bat for the DC GOP's biggest fundraiser of the year? Careless. A fifth grader can tell you that's not the way to run an event.

The DC Republican party doesn't need a socialite, we need a leader who is willing to get in the trenches and fight to get Republicans elected (and not tweet about flirting to get out of a parking ticket!). Teri HAS NOT shown that she'll do that. While Jill has sacrificed every weekend to connect with her fellow DC Republicans and even hosted a Black History Month Celebration in Ward 7, Teri didn't show her face across the river until AFTER she saw Jill making waves.

There are plenty of successful professional women who live in small apartments in the city. Maybe if Teri and her husband donated more of their money to DC Republican candidates and spent less on Teri's "socialite" image, she'd understand ...

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Mar 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM Cassandra Baker

Just because someone doesn't buy into socialite opulence doesn't mean they're unsuccessful, it means they're smart and careful with their finances. Living well below her means affords Jill the opportunity to financially support our candidates and our local party. After earning two post-graduate degrees from Duke University, Jill bought her condo and has been just too busy building the local Republican party to house shop!

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Mar 24, 2012 at 8:59 PM DCGOPer

This is hilarious!

Looks like some of you wanna see a good catfight. Well, guess what...it's not going to happen. These 2 women are completely different candidates. So form your own opinion and vote who you feel is the next best face for the DC local party. Don't listen to some of the silly comments above. FORM YOUR OWN OPINIONS AFTER YOU VISIT BOTH TERI & HER OPPONENT'S WEBSITES.

One is as boring as watching paint peel (I met her in person). And, the other one...well, she's Hispanic. Earth to the GOP! This GOP looks like a bunch of old, one-color fuddy-duddies & Teri seems to want to shake things up. So she's ruffling a few feathers as she campaigns to April 3. But, you know what? That's kinda fun. The GOP could use some f-u-n in their battle to change their image & take back the White House.

Oh, and HELLO! WAKE UP & SMELL THE COFFEE. DC's Republican National Committeewoman position isn't some "in the trenches" type position. Look it up. This position is basically all face & voting on the party's platform & rules & nomination of candidates for Pres/VP. Not that big a deal. We all know Romney's going to be the nominee anyway.

Oh, and, to Jim DeMartino's comment above... please explain how in the heck Jill Homan's strong business & policy background brings a demonstrated commitment to growing the DC Republican Party among all DC voters??? Ummm, you're not making sense there buddy. What has she done to bring more people into the DCGOP and/or grow the party in DC? Besides serving in club leaderships, & getting her pic taken with as many black people she can find. I almost laughed out loud -- a white person hosting a Black History Month Celebration. Freaking hilarious. Talk about doing anything for the vote -- that was actually kinda smart, I suppose...because so much of DC is black. Hah!

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Mar 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM DCGOPer

Look, I don't care who goes across the river and who doesn't OR who looks like whatever. I'm not paid by Teri - nor do I have anything to win or lose if she wins except for that I can say the GOP will look more diverse. Teri has been Executive Director of the Miss DC Pageant for awhile...I'm not sure that she'd do that if she didn't actually care about the girls from all over this city (and believe me, they don't just hand the Miss DC title to white girls -- check out Miss DC 2011). Teri actually backs up her talk & is all about bringing young people into the party, doing things differently than they've been done before (she had an all-red party in Dupont Circle - that's different!), and while you may not like it...I think a great many of you (actually all of you who have commented above) are sort of just jealous, in some way, that it's not you who has a pretty full resume -- like Teri does (and actually, yeah, Jill too). May the best woman win! And, hopefully, you all will see that it's Teri. Jill would probably be really useful to the RNC in other ways -- like finance or whatever.

P.S. WHO CARES THAT THE GEORGETOWNER DIDN'T MENTION JILL HOMAN IN THIS ARTICLE ...IT'S THEIR PUBLICATION, THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT. THANK YOU TO HER SUPPORTERS FOR COMMENTING THOUGH -- GOOD TO SEE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN ACTION!

P.P.S AREN'T MOST (RATHER, ALL) OF YOU COMMENTING ON THIS STORY REGISTERED REPUBLICANS HERE IN DC? YEAH, YEAH YOU ARE. AREN'T YOU AT ALL HAPPY WITH THE TITLE, "TERI GALVEZ ENCOURAGES D.C. TO VOTE REPUBLICAN." ISN'T THAT HUGE? AT A TIME WHEN REPUBLICANS IN THIS CITY NEED TO BE FIGHTING TO GET MORE PEOPLE TO BE REGISTERED REPUBLICANS HERE AND ELECT A REPUBLICAN COUNCILMEMBER...YOU ALL CHOOSE TO SPEND YOUR ENERGY ON THIS IN-FIGHTING BETWEEN 2 WOMEN VYING FOR A POSITION THAT ISN'T REALLY THAT HUGE A DEAL FOR THE PARTY...EXCEPT FOR IMAGE-WISE. HAHA! IT'S LIKE SOME OF YOU WILL NEVER LEARN. NO WONDER THIS CITY'S GOP IS THE WAY IT IS!!!!!!!!

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Mar 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM James Stone

I have to say, this is wonderful! Are there Republicans in this city? Sure, but to see all this energy surfacing over this election is just great!
Now, I've had the pleasure of meeting both women and I have to say they are both very impressive.
But let's pay attention to all the above commments on these two women and what's the first thing eveyone should notice? That we are actually talking about Republican politics in DC! That's exciting! So who's bringing in all this excitement? Her name is Teri Galvez.
I walked in to one of Teri's event and I was greating by a rainbow of nationalities, I love my Republican Party and it's great to see Teri reaching out to make sure that we are an inclusive party.
So, with all due respect to Jill, right now we need Teri to continue to get all those Republicans that have felt forgotten for so long to come out of their homes and stand proud on April 3rd and vote!

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Mar 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM Rebecca Jaramillo

Minorities -- Latinos or otherwise -- don't need beauty queen, socialite, fundraiser "small businesswomen" to tell us about "personal responsibility" and how wrong we have been in the past about our political and personal choices. Just run on your ideology or personal narrative, Ms. Galvez and leave the lecturing out of it.

Hint to the DC GOP: Ms. Galvez may add some diversity to your membership but she will not add minority voters with her message.

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Mar 30, 2012 at 2:23 PM Charlene Louis
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Apr 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM Talib Michaels

For those who missed it, check out Teri's newest video: "Not your Mother's Republican" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1hTEWRkqZM

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Apr 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM Mike Towers

For those who missed it, check out Teri's newest video: "Not your Mother's Republican" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1hTEWRkqZM

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