The Travis County Democratic Party HQ is located at 1311 B E 6th St. You may also reach us by phone at (512) 472-8683, or by email at info@TravisCountyDemocraticParty.org
Vincent Harding, Chairman
Vincent Harding is a community servant who is passionate about improving the lives of others. He is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law and is a local attorney in Travis County. Vincent was born in Houston and became the first member of his family to graduate from college when he graduated from the University of Houston. Upon moving to Travis County for law school, Vincent immediately got involved in serving the homeless community and volunteered with ‘Feed My People’ and with Mobile Loaves and Fishes.
This inspired Vincent to increase his political involvement because Democrats have championed the cause for the least of these, those who have been forgotten, and fought against inequality. Vincent immediately got involved in democratic politics by volunteering on several campaigns on the local, state, and national levels and has phone banked, block walked, entered data, organized, donated, and registered voters. He is a Sustaining Member of the Travis County Democratic Party and the Texas Democratic Party.
During the 82nd Legislative Session, Vincent had the privilege of interning for Senator Kirk Watson. During his time in law school, Vincent interned for the Travis County Juvenile Public Defender’s Office, studied at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and participated in a legislative lawyering clinic where he had the opportunity to draft bill amendments that were offered on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives.
During the 2012 campaign, Vincent volunteered with the coordinated campaign, Obama For America, and coordinated the Black Austin Democrats 2012 Election Outreach Campaign. He also had the honor of serving as a 2012 National Delegate to the Democratic National Convention and traveled to the White House for a working meeting on the fiscal cliff.
Vincent is married to his law school sweetheart, Meagan, who has also worked for Democratic State Representatives in the Texas Legislature and is an attorney in town. Vincent has been a volunteer for the African American Mens and Boys Harvest Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters. When Ann Richards was elected Governor of Texas, a significant portion of her victory came from Travis County. When Texas elects another Democratic Governor of Texas, I know Travis County will help lead the way!
JD Gins, Executive Director
Following graduation, JD began his career as a community organizer. Based in Texas, he traveled around the county organizing communities in the housing projects of New York City, East Oakland and the 9th Ward in New Orleans.
In 2008, when the Obama campaign came to town, JD walked into the newly opened East Austin office and went to work. By the time of the 2008 general election, JD was the Texas Field Director for the Obama campaign.
In 2009, JD managed Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s campaign; he also ran the Mayor’s 2012 re-election campaign. JD also served as the Field Director and Deputy Campaign Manager for the Bill While for Governor campaign. He has also served as a political consultant, developing and managing media relations, messaging, and communications plans, and developing field, fundraising, and staffing protocols.
JD strongly believes we can turn Texas blue, and he knows that a strong Travis County Democratic Party is one of the keys of making that dream a reality.
Cindy Flint, Director of Operations
Cindy Flint is not a native Texan, but since arriving here in 2007, she has learned more about local music and politics than most natives. She hopped on the bandwagon for Texans for Obama and the Travis County Democratic Party, and things have not been the same since. As you can tell from her accent, Cindy comes from the Chicago area and attended Lake Forest College and Northwestern University. Her diverse career includes stints as a broker at the Chicago Board of Trade (gold and silver in the late ’70s), event planning and production (including the Chicago Blues Festival in the ’80s), an interior design and space planner in California and real estate saleswoman in Georgia and Florida. The proud mother of two children and one dog,
Since moving to Austin Cindy has volunteered with many progressive organizations and served as the Director of the Travis County Democratic Primary in 2010, a Legislative Organizer with Texas AFT in 2011, and Director of the Primary and Convention for the Texas Democratic Party in 2012. Cindy is happy to be back at the Travis County Democratic Party helping turn Texas Blue!
Joe Deshotel, Communications Director
A combination of live music, politics and natural beauty brought Joe to Austin in 2010, but he has been immersed in Democratic politics all his life. He served as Executive Director for Jefferson County during the 2006 midterm and the 2008 Presidential elections. He has worked 3 legislative sessions and 3 winning citywide campaigns in Austin — including Political Director for Mayor Lee Leffingwell. Joe thinks this is the most exciting time in decades to be a Democrat in Texas and with new technology and a renewed energy, Travis County can lead the way for party organizations across the state to turn Texas blue.
Carisa Lopez grew up in Garland, TX and moved to Austin in 2010 to attend the University of Texas. She graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Government.
Darcy Caballero, Volunteer Coordinator
Darcy is a full-time Government major at the University of Texas and a full-time Democrat. She has been with TCDP since the 2014 Coordinated Campaign managing volunteers and spearheading our voter registration efforts. Darcy loves to form individual and personal connections with her volunteers through humor and her charming personality. She previously interned for Mayor Annise Parker’s re-election campaign in 2013 and Battleground Texas in the summer of 2014. If you would like to join her team and entice more Democrats to the polls please send her an email; she would love to hear from you!
Doug Snyder, Assistant Communications Director
Doug is also a full-time student at the University of Texas interested in Government and Political Communications, and aspires to be an active community leader. He is a member of University Democrats and hopes to one day help manage Democratic campaigns across the nation. Doug has previously interned for Mayor Annise Parker and volunteered for several campaigns, from national to campus-wide. He is now working to assist the Travis County Party to spread the Democratic message far through digital mediums both new and old and help manage day-to-day activities in the office.