October 27, 2020
Early Voting Continues Now Through October 30!
Sharon Hirsch for State House Dist. 66
Lorenzo Sanchez for State House Dist. 67
Angie Bado for State House Dist. 70
Ray Ash for State House Dist. 89
Andy Rose for State House Dist. 33

Democrats Hope 2020 Is the Year They Flip the Texas House

In 2014, when John Shanks moved to Collin County, there were about 20 dedicated Democratic Party volunteers. Now Mr. Shanks, the executive director of the county’s Democratic Party, has several hundred — so many that he has trouble finding work for them all.

“We’ve had about four years of people getting used to the idea that their vote really can matter,” Mr. Shanks said. “We’ve grown into realizing that you can make a difference. And as they realize that and wake up, things become more competitive.”

Read more (The New York Times)

Dem's Fight for the House Will Shape Texas Politics for Years

The number is etched in Sharon Hirsch’s mind: 391. That’s how many votes she lost her 2018 race against Republican state Representative Matt Shaheen by, in Collin County’s House District 66. If 10 more people in each precinct had voted for her, she calculated, she would have won. “It really stunk to lose. I’m not gonna lie,” Hirsch says.

The district is diversifying and she believes his politics are out of step with a community that prides itself on strong public schools and good parks, and is turned off by the rise of right-wing Trumpism. Apart from the 2019 school finance bill that passed out of the House near-unanimously, “I can’t think of any bill that he has supported that has been something good for the community,” she says of Shaheen, one of the most conservative members of the Texas House and a leading proponent of the “bathroom bill” legislation targeting transgender people. (Shaheen declined to be interviewed by the Observer.)

Read more (Texas Observer)

Where Could Texas Actually Turn Blue in 2020

This is the first time that [Lorenzo] Sanchez, a Mexican American real estate agent, has run for office. He is soft-spoken and earnest, not the prototype of a Texas politician. Still, he placed second in the March primary and eked out a win in the runoff, which was delayed until July because of the coronavirus. Sanchez, who is gay, says his parents spoke Spanish at home and that he didn’t learn English until he started attending public schools. He was 12 when his family moved from the Midwest to Plano, in the district he now hopes to represent. After attending college in Chicago and working briefly in Denver, he settled back in the district in 2018, when his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. He launched his campaign in July 2019.

“I don’t think I ever thought I would ever go and get involved in politics,” he admits. “I’m doing this for the people I care about who have been getting the short end of the stick for too long.”

Sanchez’s campaign looks bootstrapped. He posts selfie videos of himself chatting and driving. His nieces, one with epilepsy, make cameos in other videos. He jokes about his roommate, Liz, feeding him. Yet while Leach maintains an overall fundraising lead of about $200,000, Sanchez raised $693,000 between July 5 and Sept. 24, surpassing the $532,000 Leach raised in about the same period.

Read More (Politico.com)
We Couldn't be Here without You

Shout out to Brandi Nuse-Villegas all the way in Fresno, CA who upon hearing about the importance of Collin County to America volunteered and virtually phone banked with us on Sunday. Send her some Texas love, y'all.
Make a difference and poll greet! Poll greeting makes a critical connection to voters. Many people come to the polling place with only a vague idea of who they will vote for! And many know the top of the ballot - President and Vice President, or maybe Congress - but don't know about down-ballot candidates that are so important. Talking to voters on their way in to vote gives us a chance to remind them to vote for all the Democratic candidates, all the way to the bottom of the ballot.

Rep. Colin Allred US Congress Texas Dist. 32
Lulu Seikaly for US Congress Texas Dist. 3
Russell Foster for US Congress Texas Dist. 4

These 2020 Candidates Are About To Become Household Names

Seikaly, a first-generation American, and if elected, the first Arab American congresswoman from Texas, is a formidable employment lawyer who has battled discrimination in and out of the court. She has stepped up to run for office in response to the Trump administration’s racist and un-American Muslim ban. From the House floor to committee hearing rooms, she’ll use her legal experience to fight back against Republicans’ desperate attempts to turn back the clock on our rights.

Read more (Elle)
for Texas Supreme Court Justice

Pointing to Pandemic and Election Controversies, Democrats Make Case for Texas Supreme Court

Democrats say they have something new to run against: decisions by the high court to end Texas’ eviction moratorium and election opinions that limited mail-in voting options.

“The Supreme Court has been in the news on almost a weekly basis over the last several months … with all the election shenanigans that are going on,” said Justice Gisela Triana, who serves on the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals and is running as a Democrat for a seat on the high court. “I think they’ve been complicit in allowing the Republican Party to try to make it harder for people to vote.”

Read more (The Texas Tribune)
for Collin County District Court Judge

The "Magnificent Seven" are the seven Democratic candidates for District Judge in Collin County. These candidates are experienced attorneys committed to service and fairness. Seeking to bring balance to Collin County where Republicans sit on every judicial bench, the Seven will bring the perspectives, legal experience, and diversity that Collin County deserves.

Be sure to vote all the way down the ballot and for the all of the Magnificent Seven.
Courtney Brooks for County Commissioner Pct. 1
Dianne Mayo for County Commissioner Pct. 3

John Turner-McClelland for County Tax Assessor-Collector
What is a County Tax Assessor-Collector?
Texas homeowners are aware of the main function of a Tax Assessor-Collector (TAC), which is collecting property taxes. Each city, county and school district contracts with the county TAC office to collect taxes on their behalf. If they didn’t do this, you’d be writing up to 5 or more property tax checks to different entities.

Municipal elections in Texas are non-partisan, but five candidates for municipal office in Collin County have asked for and received endorsement from the Collin County Democratic Party.
Hava Johnston for Frisco City Council, Place 5
Sadaf Haq for Frisco City Council, Place 6
Jess Herbst for New Hope Council, Alderman
Tom Ambrose for Wylie City Council, Place 2
Garrett Mize for Wylie City Council, Place 6
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