Sisniega-Hoyos builds RNHA into political player

Last week was big for the Midland branch of the Hispanic Republican National Assembly.

When there was news to be reported, the RNHA was a habit of celebrating it.

It began when Dan Corrales captured one of the two public seats on the 2022 Midland City Council. Corrales is the RNHA Midland Chapter’s legislative affairs representative, who has also endorsed Corrales in the citywide race.

Then on Friday, the RNHA was front and center at the Bush Convention Center, where it hosted Governor Greg Abbott. It was a big Midland Chapter event, six months in the making, and it showed how quickly the Midland Chapter has grown and established itself as a player in Midland politics.

A little over two years ago, Lucy Cisniga-Hoyos started the Midland chapter of the Hispanic Republican National Assembly to provide education for Hispanics. This included information about issues, voter registration opportunities, and serious messages about what happens if people do not participate.

Cisniga Hoyos, a Midland commercial realtor and operator of a tequila distillery, said Texans and Americans deserve better than the troubles in government seen in places like her native Mexico.

In September 2019, the Midland chapter was born. A little more than two years later, the number of members had grown to over 140. And the organization got more attention. Already this year, the RNHA has brought Governor Allen West and Attorney General candidate Eva Guzman to Midland.

“The local leadership has done a great job building a local organization,” said longtime local Republican activist Ernie Angelou.

Jerry Morales, the former mayor of Midland, said the RNHA has been successful in building at the grassroots level. Morales said that’s the effect not only with the growing Hispanic population but in the whole of the Midland region.

Even before the Corrales win or last week’s Abbott event, the Midland chapter of the RNHA was making an impact with Adrian Carrasco, a fundraising representative, who won a seat on the Midland College board. Carrasco and Sisniega-Hoyos also serve on the city’s Planning and Zoning Committee – Sisniega-Hoyos Chairman of the Committee.

“With 50 percent of the population, Hispanics should be represented on all boards,” said Morales, Midland’s first Hispanic mayor. “These efforts are now paying off.”

The governor’s appearance at the RNHA event included the signing of a bill for “Daniel’s Law.” Pushed by Midlander Kathleen Kirwan-Haynie, House Bill 119 prevents discrimination against people with special needs from getting life-saving organ transplants. Daniel Kirwan is Kathleen’s brother.

Last week was also notable as members of the RNHA Midland chapter also helped bank the phone for John Logan, who flipped the state assembly race in the San Antonio area.

Cisenega Hoyos said Hispanic areas of Texas are turning red. The growing Hispanic support for GOP figures, including along the border, appears to be making her case. The same can be said of Abbott, who garnered more than 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in his last two rounds of governorship.

Cisenega Hoyos said more Hispanics are supporting conservative causes, including people who migrate to the country legally.

Cisniga-Hoyos said the message resonates beyond Hispanics as locals from Vietnam and the Philippines reach out to the RNHA Midland chapter.

“I want to make sure we make a difference,” Sisniga Hoyos said. We are trying to get the message across. Now is not the time to waste. We need to take the time to make that happen.”

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