Dear Travis County Democrat,
Thank you for participating in the Democratic Primary. You proved that not even an ice storm could prevent us from exercising our fundamental right to vote.
We want to congratulate those who won yesterday’s Democratic Primary and thank them for their service to our party and our community. We are proud of and appreciative for all of our terrific candidates, including those who were not successful, for offering themselves up for public service and doing the difficult work of running a contested race. It takes a lot of courage and stamina to run, but the outreach to Democratic voters and voter engagement resulting from these contests made our party stronger.
Now is the time to unite as Democrats and do everything we can to ensure that we keep Travis County deep blue and help increase turnout for our statewide slate. We’re excited that Senators Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte are now our official candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor, and we are preparing for the most successful Travis County Democratic Coordinated Campaign ever, working to create the high Democratic voter turnout in this county that will lead to victory for all of our candidates, from Senators Davis and Van de Putte, Diane Henson for Chief Justice of the Third Court of Appeals, to Randall Slagle for J.P. — but we need your help.
There will be a runoff for Democratic U.S. Senate and Agriculture Commissioner candidates on Tuesday, May 27th. It is extremely important that we turn out for this election and ensure that we nominate David Alameel as our U.S. Senate candidate, rather than LaRouche candidate Kesha Rogers, who has called for President Obama’s impeachment, and that we make a thoughtful choice between Ag Commissioner candidates Kinky Friedman and Jim Hogan.
This year, Democratic Precinct Conventions were not held after the polls closed on March 4th. Instead, the Democratic Precinct Conventions will be held during the first part of the Democratic County Convention on Saturday, March 22, at the Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., in Austin.
The County Convention is a great time to meet your Democratic neighbors, hear from our terrific Democratic nominees, sign up to get involved in the Coordinated Campaign to ensure our victory in November, discuss important party business, develop our party’s positions on various issues, and elect delegates to go on to the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas on June 27-28. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the convention will be called to order at 10 a.m. on March 22. You may preregister now here.
We are still recruiting County Convention committee members from all four Senate Districts that cover parts of Travis County, and we particularly need more women as well as more people from Senate Districts 21 and 24. If you would like to serve, please contact our office at 512-477-7500, and indicate on which of the following committees you are willing to serve: Nominations, Credentials, Rules and Procedures, or Resolutions.
A list of the Democratic nominees who will appear on your November 4th ballot are listed on our website here.
If you have any questions about our plans for the general election or if you want to get involved, please contact our office at 512-477-7500, or info@TravisCountyDemocrats.org. And please be sure to thank all of our Democratic candidates next time you see them; they personally sacrificed to perform a great service to our party!
Jan Soifer, Chairwoman Travis County Democratic Party