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"....Merrie Lee Soules and the NMFDW Executive Board handing her the check she was awarded by the NFDW PAC. We were at the NMFDW Fall Meeting and Get Out the Vote luncheon held in Las Cruces, NM where Merrie Lee resides.  We choose to have our state meeting in her hometown in order to officially give her the check and rally the voters in CD2.  110 Democrats were in attendance to see her get the award. Thank you again for your generous donation to help Merrie Lee Soules get elected to congress.


Pam Cordova"


May is Democratic Women’s Month across the USA!

It is Official!! As per the NFDW 2015 Convention Resolutions:
The month of May has been officially designated by the National Federation of Democratic Women as DEMOCRATIC WOMEN’S MONTH!!
Across the country, Democratic women will be celebrating Eleanor Roosevelt’s efforts to raise Democratic women to their deserved place in society, especially in politics.


Eleanor Roosevelt proclaimed May 24 as Democratic Women’s Day back in 1940. Since Eleanor’s time, May 24 often falls on Memorial Day weekend. So, DWCF President Maureen McKenna worked to declare the month of May as Democratic Women’s Month. She first accomplished this in Florida and then submitted the resolution to officially recognize May as Democratic Women’s month across all of the National Federation of Democratic Women’s Clubs. This resolution was embraced at the 2015 NFDW Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

What can your club do to celebrate?  Well, here are just a few ideas!
1. Have a specific, well-advertised fundraiser or membership recruitment event celebrating Florida Democratic Women with Democratic Women as the theme.
2. Selling or purchasing Newspaper Ads, buttons, bumper stickers, social media, flyers and mailings announcing and celebrating Democratic Women's Month.
3. Asking local municipality or county commissions to declare May as Democratic Women's Month, and use of appropriate media for promotion.
4. Have a voter's registration drive targeting women for the month of May.
5. Encouraging candidates and elected officials to speak at local DWC functions celebrating the month of May as Democratic Women's Month.
6. Celebrating Eleanor Roosevelt's life and history at meetings and events in May.
7. Communications Chair, Judy Meyers, will use media outlets to advertise DWCF declaration of May as Democratic Women's Month!

NEW!3/17/16 TEXAS NEWS !! A Message From the President

March 1st was Election Day in Texas, and it was a Super Tuesday indeed!

In Texas, we saw Hillary Clinton pick up 147 delegates, while Bernie Sanders garnered 75 (not counting superdelegates).

Despite being a part of the excitement of Super Tuesday, there are some sobering numbers to consider:

  • 30% of registered voters turned out (4.2 Million votes, same as 2008)

  • 1.4 million Democrats voted (half of 2008)

  • 2.8 million Republicans voted (double of 2008)

  • nearly 1/3 of voters in the Democratic primary voted for President only

We know how important down-ballot races are, and we know how hard it is to get attention for them in Presidential years. This year is certainly no different, and we've got work to do. We'll have seven large primary runoff races on May 24th (Early Vote May 16-20). 

  1. Congressional District 15

  2. Railroad Commissioner

  3. State Board of Education, District 6

  4. TX House District 27

  5. TX House District 120

  6. TX House District 139

  7. 8th Court of Appeals, Place 3

Many counties also have runoff races, so be sure to check the election returns from the Secretary of State and your county party to find out how much your county party needs you. (Hint: They always need you!) 

Don't forget, County/Senate District Conventions are fast approaching on Saturday March 19th. You may pre-register for the convention at

At these conventions, delegates are elected to go to the State Convention in San Antonio June 16-18.  TDW will host the Women's Caucus, and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Now that we're past the bulk of the primary races, it's time for us all to come together for the greater good of Democrats. Never doubt that we are Stronger Together!

Susan Shelton

President, Texas Democratic Women

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TDW Announcements / Important Dates

  • TDP State Convention - June 16th-18th - San Antonio, TX

  • 2016 Summer Retreat - August 6th - Fort Worth, TX

Hill Country Texas Democratic Women 

Hill Country TDW had guest speaker, Ellen Arnold for their March meeting! Ellen Arnold, a government affairs consultant with Arnold Public Affairs in Austin, presented an overview of current education issues. Ellen represents non-profit entities such as Texas PTA, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Goodwills of Texas, and Boys and Girls Clubs before the state legislature, assisting clients with their goals to pass legislation, obtain state appropriations, and influence or impact legislation that potentially affects their organizations.

Ellen specializes in grassroots advocacy training, assisting organizations in their goal to more effectively participate in policy-making. Her presentations help participants to better understand the political environment in which policy decisions are made, and how to interact successfully with policy makers. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars.


Prior to becoming a government affairs consultant in 2002, Ellen worked in the field of education for over 20 years, the last several as principal of Barton Creek Elementary School in Eanes ISD in Austin. 

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Capital Area Democratic Women 

Travis County had a great night March 1st! Three women won races outright that were expected to go to a runoff: Margaret Moore for District Attorney was in a three-way race, Sally Hernandez for Sheriff faced three challengers, and Gina Hinojosa for TX House District 49 was running with six other candidates. All were open seats, and attracted numerous candidates, but these three women came away with over 50% on election night.

Jan Soifer won the bench of the 345th District Court, and the very next day she was in DC defending women’s right to reproductive freedom before the Supreme Court as co-counsel in Whole Woman’s Health v Hellerstedt!  Jan had to leave for DC before the election returns were in, but what a great reason to miss your own watch party!

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Tarrant County Democratic Woman's Club

TCDWC is so proud of these ladies who have stepped up to the challenge of running for the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress, and are now our Democratic nominees .  Electing these women will give Representatives Nicole Collier (HD 95),  Chris Turner (HD 101),  Ramon  Romero (HD 90), and Congressman Marc Veasey (TX 33rd) some excellent company for the next two years.   They are all going to need all the support we can give to make this happen.  There will be fundraisers, blockwalking, and phone banking all summer and fall.  If you are interested in hosting a house party for any of these candidates  to get them introduced to your precinct & neighborhood, or assisting in other ways,  please let them know. 

Highland Lakes Democratic Women 

The Highland Lakes Chapter of Texas Democratic Women (HLDW)  enjoyed special guests at their monthly luncheon on Feb. 25th. Horseshoe Bay Chief of Police Rocky Wardlow reviewed Texas' new open carry law and invited questions from the crowd. The Democratic candidate for Texas Senate District 24, Jennie Lou Leeder, spoke briefly and mingled with those present. Shown L to R with The Chief are Judith Crane (Horseshoe Bay), HLDW VP and program chair; Chief Wardlow; Garth Davis, Horseshoe Bay Assistant Chief of Police; and Mary Ann Raesener (Meadowlakes), HLDW Secretary. Shown L to R with Leeder are Pat and John Lightfoot (Llano), Llano County Democratic Chair; Leeder; and Cheryl and Ron LeVick (Marble Falls), President, Burnet County Democrats. For more information, contact or 830 693-6135.

Check the most up-to-date calendar events!

Send your chapter news to for publication!

TDW Executive Board

President - Susan Shelton (Austin)

President-Elect - Carol Jablonski (North Dallas)

Vice President - Leah Payne (Ft. Worth)

Secretary - Cindy James (Ft. Worth)

Treasurer - Susan Barrick(South Plains)

Board Member - Maria Regalado (At Large)

Board Member - Mary Ho (Bell County)

Board Member - Mary Terry (At Large)

Immediate Past President - Laura Allen (Bell County)

Parliamentarian - Rosalie Weisfeld (McAllen)


TDW Board of Advisors

Jeanie Stanley, Ph.D

Mae J. Jackson, Ph.D*

Jo Ann Jenkins

Karen Matkin

Cristy Keul

Molly Beth Malcolm, Ed.D

Nettie Ruth Bratton

Sharon Teal

Roberta McMurty Hicks*

Betty Richie

Kellie Bailey

Alieca Hux

Marcia Mainord

Gloria Caceres

Susie Blackmon

Joanna Reagan

Rosie Mimms

Donna Beth McCormick

Tammie Hartgroves 

*indicates deceased