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Join us for the MLK March and Celebration

Join us for the MLK March and Celebration

This coming Monday we will celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His legacy of work pushing for and passing civil rights legislation signed by President Johnson has left an enduring mark on the fabric of our country. His work and this legislation showed how government could work with, not against, communities to bring about positive, meaningful change in our country.

His message of change and empowerment is just as important now as it was during the Civil Rights Movement. In the face of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and discrimination, we should all take time to consider the principled stand Dr. King took during his life and think about the principled stances we should take in our own lives.

On Monday, January 15 at 9am, we will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King with the annual MLK Celebration. The celebration will begin with a program at the University of Texas near the MLK statue (on the east side of the tower, off Speedway). We will then march to the Capitol for another program and then continue onto Huston-Tillotson University at 804 Chalmers St, where the MLK Community Festival will take place until 3 p.m.

TCDP will be marching in the parade to honor Dr. King, and we would love to have you join us. We’ll be standing near Speedway and the MLK statue, so keep an eye out for our banner. You can follow our Facebook event for further updates on the day of the march.

For more information on the program please click here. If you have questions about marching with TCDP please email us at info@traviscountydemocrats.org or give us a call at 512-477-7500.

With Trump and his Republican allies controlling our government, we cannot afford to have anyone sitting on the sidelines. Now is the time to stand up and help continue the work of Dr. King. I hope you join us for the march and, even more, help us pursue the dream of Dr. King.

 

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2018 Democratic Primary

2018 Democratic Primary

The 2018 Democratic Primary will take place on Tuesday, March 6th.

Early voting will be available from February 20th until March 2nd.

Polling locations have not been finalized, but you can view the list of current polling locations on the Travis County Clerk’s website.

At the local, state, and national level we have had an unprecedented number of Democrats filing for public office. We believe this uptick in the number of engaged Democratic challengers is a sign of the blue wave to come. Voter turnout is crucial to turning Texas blue and we encourage you to get out the vote!

For a full list of primary candidates, visit our previous post.

Now Hiring 2018 Primary Election Judges

Now Hiring 2018 Primary Election Judges

We are looking for motivated Election Day Poll Workers to help assist with voting in the 2018 Travis County Democratic Primary.

Working on Election Day is long and often intense, but very rewarding. Election Day Poll Workers must be:

  • Registered to vote in Travis County
  • Able to attend a required training prior to Election Day
  • Available to work from 6AM – 8PM (or until the polls close) on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
  • Able to transport election equipment
  • Bilingual in Spanish a plus

During the primary election, the pay is $8.00 per hour. For all other elections, the pay is $10.00 to $12.00 per hour.

Interested? Please fill out our Sign Up Sheet.

You will be responsible for picking up election equipment for your precinct, marking early voters in the poll book, locating clerks to work at the polls and making sure the election is fair and problem-free.

Election Judges are appointed by the Parties and hired, trained and paid by Travis County Elections.  Many precincts need your help, if selected, you can sign up to work at any vacant election site shown here in gray:

Interested? Please fill out our Sign Up Sheet.

2018 Democratic Primary Candidates

2018 Democratic Primary Candidates

The following candidates have officially filed for inclusion in the 2018 Democratic Primary. 

State Representative – House District 46

Warren Baker

Casey McKinney – CaseyFor46.com

Sheryl Cole – SherylCole.com

Jose “Chito” Vela – ChitoVela.com

Hon. Dawnna Dukes – DawnnaDukes.com

Ana Cortez – VoteAna.com

State Representative – House District 47

Sheri Soltes – SheriForTexas.com

Will Simpson – WillForTX47.com

Elaina Fowler – FowlerForTexas.com

Vikki Goodwin – VoteVikki.com

Candace Aylor – VoteCandaceAylor.com

State Representative – House District 48

Hon. Donna Howard – VoteDonna.com

State Representative – House District 49

Hon. Gina Hinojosa – GinaForAustin.com

State Representative – House District 51

Hon. Eddie Rodriguez – EddieForTexas.com

Judge of the 147st District Court

Judge Cliff Brown – Website

Judge of the 201st District Court

Judge Amy Clark Meachum

Judge of the 250th District Court

Judge Karin Crump

Judge of the 261st District Court

Judge Lora J. Livingston

Judge of the 299st District Court

Judge Karen Sage

Judge of the 331st District Court

Judge David Crain

Chantal Eldridge

Judge of the 403rd District Court

Judge Brenda P. Kennedy

Judge of the 419th District Court

Catherine Mauzy – VoteMauzy.com

Judge of the 459th District Court

Aurora Martinez Jones – AuroraMartinezJones.com

Maya Guerra Gamble – MayaGuerraGamble.com

Greg Hitt – HittForJudge.com

County Judge

Sarah Eckhardt  – Sarah Eckhardt.com

County Court at Law #1

Judge Todd T. Wong – ToddWongForJudge.com

County Court at Law #2

Judge Eric Montgomery Shepperd 

County Court at Law #3

Paul Quinzi – QuinziForJudge.com

Judge John Lipscombe – JohnForJudge.com

County Court at Law #4

Judge Mike Denton

County Court at Law #5

Judge Nancy Hohengarten – JudgeHohengarten.com

McKinley Melancon – mckinleyforjudge.com

Mario Flores – MarioFloresForJudge.com

County Court at Law #6

Judge Brandy Mueller – Website

County Court at Law #7

Judge Elisabeth Earle

County Probate Court #1

Judge Guy Herman

County Commissioner Precinct 4

Susanna Woody – SusannaWoody.com

Margaret Gomez – ReElectMargaretGomez.com

Justice of the Peace-Precinct 1

Judge Yvonne Michelle Williams – JudgeYvonneWilliams.com

Justice of the Peace – Precinct 2

Judge Randall Slagle – RandallSlagle.com

Justice of the Peace – Precinct 3

Sylvia Holmes – SylviaForJP3.com

Judge Susan Steeg – SusanSteeg.com

Justice of the Peace – Precinct 4

Raul Gonzalez 

Justice of the Peace – Precinct 5

Judge Nick Chu – VoteChu.com

County Party Chair

Anne Wynne – AnneWynne.com

Dyana Limon-Mercado – DyanaForChair.com

County Probate Court #1

Judge Guy Herman

County Commissioner Precinct 2

Brigid Shea

Travis County District Clerk

Velva L. Price

Travis County Clerk

Dana DeBeauvoir

Travis County Treasurer

Dolores Ortega Carter

Precinct Chair 101

Joshua Sanchez

Mario S. Ramirez

Precinct Chair 139

Saundra Ragona

Manuel Munoz

Precinct Chair 206

Ashkan Jahangiri

Skyler A Korgel

Precinct Chair 208

Shelby Hobohm

Jason Cohen

Usman Mahmood

Precinct Chair 210

Helen Mohrmann

Marybeth Glasheen

Precinct Chair 309

Leslie J. Boykin

Chris Corsbie

Precinct Chair 311

Andrew Herrera

Jack Collis

Precinct Chair 334

Xaq Webb

John Wilson May

Precinct Chair 375

Tanisa Jeffers

Lizza Harrison

Precinct Chair 420

Anne Marie Love

Jen Ramos

Not all candidates file with TCDP, for a full list of candidates and ballot order, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

To see a list of all of the Travis County Democrats, please click here.

 

CEC Adopts New Resolutions

CEC Adopts New Resolutions

The Travis County Democratic Party’s County Executive Committee has recently adopted two separate resolutions, one endorsing universal paid sick days for employees and another asking for increased police accountability for use of force incidents.

Both of these resolutions were adopted with widespread support from all parts of Travis County. Both of these resolutions send a clear message: the Party stands with the people.

Full Text:
Adopted Paid Sick Days Resolution
Adopted Increased Police Accountability Resolution

Election Center for 2017 Election

Election Center for 2017 Election

The next election will take place on November 7, 2017! Many residents of Travis County will vote on several important issues ranging from a major bond proposal for AISD to constitutional amendments for property tax reductions for disabled veterans and widows. Several municipalities other than Austin will also be voting for their elected city officials. Make sure that you keep yourself informed! You can find your sample ballot by visiting VoteTravis.com

The Party endorsed the AISD Bond proposal and encourages you to support this investment in public education that has unanimous support from the Trustees.

The Party has endorsed two candidates for Pflugerville City Council, Adeline Bui and Jim McDonald. Both candidates have a strong track record of supporting progressive values and advocating for the communities they represent.

The Texas Democratic Party has also developed a voter guide for the for the constitutional amendments all Texans will vote on November 7th. Make sure to read before you vote!

Early voting will take place at polling locations all over Travis County from Monday, October 23rd to Friday, November 3rd. Make sure you have a voting plan to ensure you get to the polls! We’ll see you at the polls November 7th!

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OneTX Day of Action Nov. 12

OneTX Day of Action Nov. 12

TCDP and our allies at One Texas Resistance are teaming up again to start our campaigning efforts for the next election. We will be holding a day of action centered around the newest weapon in our arsenal, Knock 10, on Sunday, November 12 from 12-4PM at the Texas AFL-CIO, 1106 Lavaca St, #200, Austin, Texas 78701.

Knock 10
is the new cell phone-based app (currently only iPhones) that allows users to tap into VAN, the Democratic Party’s Voter Activation Network, to talk to voters door-to-door. It’s simple: load the app on your iPhone, download your list of 10 doors, and talk to voters about the issues in person.

So join TCDP and all of our allies in OneTX as we help roll out this new app. All of the support will be vital in field testing Knock 10 before the 2018 elections!

OneTX will also be hosting a Holiday Party on December 14th. Additional details can be found here.

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Thank you for the opportunity

Thank you for the opportunity

As a first generation college graduate, who came to Travis County with $120.08 and a desire to make the world a better place, becoming the youngest Chair of the Party was a dream come true. I want to thank the 84% of precinct chairs that first voted for me to be Chair and the more than 100,000 voters that subsequently re-elected me.

When I sought a political leadership position to help usher in a new kind of politics based on people and principle over political favors and money, I made one campaign promise: to do the right thing. Although I have not been perfect, I believe I have kept that promise.

In my four plus years as an Officer of the Party, we raised over 1.85 million dollars; won every election in which the Party has endorsed in since I became Chair; thousands have attended our community events on important issues such as policing, race, immigration, poverty, and the legislative process; achieved the highest Presidential winning percentage margin; conducted 113,000 door knocks during the coordinated campaign; hosted a US Vice-Presidential Nominee; and helped lead progressive charges at City Hall, Commissioners Court, and the Capitol.

As I reflect on all that we have accomplished, the aid of precinct chairs, the tireless work of our staff, volunteers giving of their time and treasure, I hope that our efforts have made you proud. While the journey was not easy, and I faced opposition, I am forever grateful that I had the tremendous honor to serve as Chair. I met so many amazing people along the journey that supported and encouraged our team.

Personally, I have tried to use whatever gifts and influence I posses to uplift the least of these and provide a voice to the voiceless. Political involvement for me is not about prestige or power but purpose, and is what led me to turn down an internship at the White House during law school. Which is why after much consideration, I do not believe it is my purpose to seek another term as Chair of the Party.

I want to thank my wife Meagan Harding for her unwavering support, strength, and sacrifice. She is truly my better two-thirds and has allowed me to serve for almost as long as we have been married. I want to thank my friends and family for their prayers, and the two women that have helped the Party maintain its unmatched reputation and achieve new heights, Cindy Flint and Carisa Lopez. Each of these women have sacrificed so much and helped the Party be excellent in everything that we do. I want to thank former Chair Jan Soifer for giving me the opportunity to serve as Secretary and for her support and guidance. I also want to thank Senator Kirk Watson for giving me the opportunity to serve as an intern in his Legislative Office and for his guidance and support as Chair. I also want to thank every former TCDP Chair and Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa for their service and encouragement.

I am grateful for our communications associate Michael Benbow, and former staff JD Gins, Joe Deshotel, Darcy Caballero, Marco Orrantia, Stephanie Morris, Tyler Sheldon, and others for working countless hours and always taking the high road. The true strength of the Party has never been the Chair but all of us, our precinct chairs, activists, organizers, environmentalists, donors, unions, and volunteers in the community.

I believe Central Texas is more progressive and more inclusive now then where we were five years ago. Politics should be about what is right, not who is right. Based on our team’s commitment to integrity above all else, I know that when the time comes, and someone else becomes Chair, the Party will be ready.

I am not sure what my future will hold but I trust God to lead me down His path for my life. It is my current intention to complete my term as Chair and continue building on all that we have done with goals to make 2018 the best ever for the Party. We will work hard to elect more Democrats this cycle and continue to push on issues that reflect our values.

Charlottesville – Fight Racism At Every Turn

Charlottesville – Fight Racism At Every Turn

 

Like many of you, I was horrified by the scenes in Charlottesville this past weekend. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of those that we lost and were injured. Nothing can ever repair the damage that has been done.

While I was horrified by what I saw, I was not shocked. For years, Donald Trump has spoken with “dog whistles” and refused to disavow the support of white supremacist, neo-nazis, confederate sympathizers, and the KKK. We are at a critical point for our nation. We cannot sit on the sidelines or play pitty pat but must be clear with our repudiation of the abhorrent displays of racism and evil in our world. Now is the time to stand up and make one thing clear: This must end now!

Locally, I am in full support of Mayor Adler, Council Members Kitchen and Casar, and other Council Members efforts to rename Robert E. Lee road in Austin. I helped lead the fight for the removal of the Jefferson Davis Statue on the UT Campus and will do whatever I can to provide support to the Mayor and Council Members in this effort. Let’s get this done.

As many of you have probably seen, similar rallies are being planned around the country and in Texas, including here in Austin. We will remain strong and unafraid during these trying times. It is important for our community to show up at counter protests and unity events. We must fight racism at every turn. Hate has no place here or anywhere. Our community’s strength, unity, and resilience will win out.

 

Sincerely,

Vincent Harding, Chair
Travis County Democratic Party

 

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Join TCDP & Mike Collier in Austin

Join TCDP & Mike Collier in Austin

Join TCDP and Democratic Lt. Gubernatorial candidate Mike Collier for an event on October 11, 2017 at Scholz Garten from 6:00 – 8:00PM to talk about an important issue affecting all of us: education and property taxes.

Both of these topics are vitally important to all of the residents of Travis County. We have seen several increases in property taxes and no school district in Texas has paid more through recapture than AISD.
We all have a vested interest in ensuring our housing stays affordable, that the children in our community receive an amazing education, and that teachers receive the pay they deserve. So come out and join TCDP and Democratic Lt. Gubernatorial candidate Mike Collier as he discusses these topics!

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