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).
Congressional District 15
State Board of Education, District 6
TX House District 27
TX House District 120
TX House District 139
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 http://register.txdemocrats.org
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!
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 email@example.com or 830 693-6135.
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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
Molly Beth Malcolm, Ed.D
Nettie Ruth Bratton
Roberta McMurty Hicks*
Donna Beth McCormick