Who Are We?
Watch this 3-min welcome video from our CEO Julie McCarty to see who True Texas Project is and what we are all about.
Also, check out our short promo video below!
In the spirit of the original Texians who valiantly defended their families, their lands, and their liberties, True Texas Project exists to educate and motivate citizen engagement in all levels of government.
We believe in Constitutional government, national sovereignty, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, and rule of law.
True Texas Project is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Our Board includes the following members…
Julie McCarty, CEO
Julie McCarty founded NE Tarrant Tea Party in 2009, and it quickly became the most influential, active, and recognized tea party in Texas. From replacing all the State House representatives in the area with conservatives, to suing the IRS (and winning), to hosting one-day events raising half a million dollars for conservative candidates, Julie and this group are loved – and hated – by many. Julie has a reputation for telling it like it is with no holds barred, and the tea party meetings brought in hundreds of activists every month for over 10 years. In 2019 the group rebranded to True Texas Project, reflecting an expanded vision and reach. In fact, Julie and her team with the new name and new vision immediately began expanding the organization with the creation of satellite locations across the State of Texas. When not leading this group into the next decades, Julie spends her time homeschooling her daughter and running her real estate investment business with her husband Fred. She attends First Baptist Church of Grapevine, and her passions include traveling and organizing. Julie can be reached at [email protected], on Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, Parler, and Instagram.
Fran Rhodes, President
Currently serving as President of True Texas Project, Fran Rhodes first became interested in politics when Obama was elected. She attended a tax day rally in 2009, and joined several grassroots groups, subscribing to their online newsletters. Fran started attending NE Tarrant Tea Party meetings in the summer of 2009. In 2010, she took on leadership of the Volunteer Liaison program, and in 2013, established the Citizen Advocate program. In 2014 Fran joined the Board of NE Tarrant Tea Party, and in 2016 became Vice President. When NETTP re-branded and relaunched into True Texas Project, in 2019, Fran was promoted to President and now is helping to lead the organization and grow the grassroots army in Texas.
Fran’s passion for this service comes from a desire to actually make a difference, influence what goes on in our government, and really make our voices heard. According to Fran, “Even when we don’t get the outcomes we want, people see that we show up, we put in the time, we do the work, and we are not going away!”
Fran holds a BA in Business Management from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, and is retired from a career in sales and marketing in the office furniture industry. Originally from Illinois, Fran got to Texas as soon as she could. She considers herself a Texan, after 3 decades of living in the Lone Star State, and is passionate about fighting for liberty in Texas.
When Fran is not fighting for legislation, speaking to others about activism, or organizing the latest TTP special event, she is an active member of her church choir, and enjoys sewing, quilting and gardening. Fran can be reached at [email protected], on Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, and Parler.
Fred McCarty, PAC President and Treasurer
A native-born Texan going back too many generations to count, Fred McCarty is a force to be reckoned with. If there is one person on the Board who pushes us all further to the right and makes us think outside the box, it is Fred. He grew up listening to Rush and has always tuned in to talk radio. He loves to read, study new ideas, and challenge old ones. Fred coached our True Texas Football and Softball teams, and he handles a lot of our social media, in addition to the work he does on our PAC, which is the arm of True Texas Project that does campaign work. Fred serves as a Republican Precinct Chair, though if you ask him he’ll tell you a great story about when he was elected by the Democrats! Fred’s humor will take you by surprise, and he is by far the best looking guy in Texas. Just ask his wife, who wrote this bio as a place-holder until he turns in his own…
Fred wears many hats beside board member and precinct chairman. He is also a licensed Real Estate agent and investor, in addition to his full time job. He loves his boat and his motorcycles, shooting things, and practicing throwing hatchets and knives in the backyard. Fred can be reached if he wants you to find him.
Charlie Levitt, Vice-President
Bob Smith, Board Member (former Treasurer)
Bob Smith is one of our original attendees at the very first meeting back when we first formed as Grapevine Tea Party in 2009! And boy are we glad to have him. His expertise as a CPA who specializes in non-profit organizations has been invaluable, especially as he navigated us through the scary waters of suing the IRS during the Obama Administration! Bob and his wife Donna (our former Secretary) live in Grapevine where Bob also serves as Precinct Chair for the Tarrant County Republican Party. Bob enjoys politics and flying his own plane! Like many of our best patriots, Bob proudly served in the US military.
Allan Solmon, Treasurer
When Allan Solmon walks in the room, you know it! This former Marine towers over others physically, but don’t let his size scare you. Allan is a fun guy who loves others. He handles all the banking needs for True Texas Project, and he’s glad he found a way to be involved in spite of his crazy schedule as a pilot.
Allan is married to Suzie, and they have 3 good-lookin’ boys. He loves to go out on his boat, fly planes, and build cool additions to his house. He lives in Colleyville and attends church with his family at St Francis Catholic in Grapevine.
Trish Date, Secretary
Trish is the newest member of our Board, stepping in with her organizational and communication skills to serve as our secretary! She and her husband Bob brought a breath of fresh air when they moved to Texas to escape the liberals in Maryland (where she led a local chapter of Americans For Prosperity). Trish is an empty-nester with 3 grown children, and she is a jack of all trades. She even once built her own in-ground swimming pool from start to finish! With grit and determination, there’s nothing this woman can’t do . We are lucky to have her! Trish lives in Keller and enjoys doing stuff. I mean, don’t we all? She’s also active in her local church.