January 2, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
Ann Richards Dinner Date Set for April 18, 2020
Mark your brand new 2020 calendars in blue ink for April 18, 2020, the date of this year's Ann Richards Dinner. We are moving to a spring date in order to maximize the benefit to our fantastic slate of candidates and turn Texas and America to a beautiful shade of Return to Sanity Blue. 

We will gather at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, 7121 Bishop Road, Plano 75024. Mark Phariss will be the Master of Ceremonies, and an amazing speaker is being setup.

Tickets are $150 and will go on sale Monday, January 6 on the CCDP website. 

Sponsors are being offered to companies, candidates, and individuals at several levels.

• $25,000 - Includes 16 tickets to dinner Includes, 16 tickets to the VIP reception, Headline recognition in all collateral, Promotion table outside banquet hall, Headline on Digital Screen at Event, Headline recognition in Program

• $10.000 - Includes 10 tickets to dinner, Includes 10 tickets to the VIP reception, Top-level recognition in all collateral. Promotion table outside banquet hall, Top-level recognition on Digital Screen at Event, Top-level recognition in Program

• $5.000 - Includes 8 tickets to dinner Includes 8 tickets to the VIP reception, Priority recognition in all collateral, Promotion table outside banquet hall, Priority recognition on Digital Screen at Event, Priority recognition in Program

• $2,500 - Includes 6 tickets to dinner, Includes 6 tickets to the VIP reception, Recognition in all collateral, Promotion table outside hall, Recognition on Digital Screen at Event, Recognition in Program

• $1,000 - Includes 4 tickets to dinner, Includes 4 tickets to the VIP reception, Recognition in all collateral, Promotion table outside banquet hall, Recognition on Digital Screen at Event, Recognition in Program

• $500 - Includes 2 tickets to dinner, Includes 2 tickets to the VIP reception, Sponsor recognition in program, Promotion table outside banquet hall, Sponsor Recognition on Digital Screen at Event, Sponsor Recognition in Program
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Voter Registration Deadline - February 3
February 3 is the voter registration deadline for the Primary Election.

Early voting starts February 18 and goes to Feb 28. Election Day is March 3.

If you or someone you know needs to register, email vdrlead@collindemocrats.org
We are Hiring - Primary Election Workers
Do you want to help Democrats get elected?  

Do you want to earn some money for temporary work? 

Can you take off a day or more to help conduct the election in a polling place? 

There will be a record turnout in the 2020 Collin County Democratic Primary. We want voting to be a smooth experience for all. 

Early Voting is Feb 18 – Feb 28 and Primary Election Day is March 3.
Early Voting Clerks will be paid $10 an hour plus overtime. Early Voting pay rates go up to $11 per hour for Alternate Judges and $12 per hour for Judges. On Election Day, all workers are paid $12 per hour, all straight time. 

Training is provided at the Collin Elections Office, 2010 Redbud in McKinney. We will send you the Training Schedule when it is done. It is very important that you attend training, especially because we have a new Voting System. Carpooling is available from the Party Office in Plano (972-578-1483). 

If you haven’t signed up already, contact the Primary Administration Team at elections@coliindemocrats.org or 469-609-0593.
Wine Women Wednesdays with Lulu Seikaly
Candidate for US Congress (TX District 3)
Join Team Lulu on Wednesday evenings for wine, fun, and phone banking. Women are the driving force behind the blue wave in Texas. Come call Democratic women with Lulu and turn Collin County blue.

All genders are welcomed. RSVP with email to karrol@lulufortexas.com.

When: Wednesday, January 8 at 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Frisco Skyhouse, 6633 John Hickman Pkwy, Frisco 75034
Sharon4TX House Party
Come out and meet Sharon, talk about the issues, and enjoy friendly conversation. We look forward to seeing you there!

When: Thursday, January 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Address provided upon RSVP
Link(s): RSVP, Facebook Events
Richardson Area Democrats - Meet the Candidates
Ramos, Chambers, Hernandez, and Ramirez
Let's get this 2020 party started! Richardson Area Democrats is excited to host FOUR Democrat women running for office.

Come join us and meet Texas State House Representative Ana Maria-Ramos (HD 102), candidates for Texas State House Representative Brandy Chamber (HD 112) and Rocio Hernandez (HD 67), and candidate for US Senator Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez.

When: Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m.
Where: Communion Neighborhood Cooperative, 514 Lockwood Drive, Richardson 75080
L  ink(s): Facebook Events
Anna-Melissa Democrats
Winter Candidate Forum
Please join Anna-Melissa Democrats for their first candidate forum. Light refreshments will be provided.

When: Sunday, January 12 at 5 p.m.
Where: 1108 Foxtail Drive, Anna 75409
Link(s): Facebook Events
Texas State House District 67
Candidate Forum, Saturday February 1
Are you still deciding who your HD 67 candidate will be? Do you want to ask the candidates questions? What issues will be most important to you in 2020?

You don't want to miss the Plano Area Democrats and WOW Dems HD 67 candidate forum! Our moderator is civil rights activist and former Texas Senate District 8 candidate Mark Phariss. Join us on Saturday, February 1 at 1 p.m. at the Collin College Spring Creek Conference Center.

There is no cost to attend but please RSVP at the link below!

However - it does cost Plano Dems to host events at Collin College! The RSVP page includes a link to donate to help offset the cost of the forum; please consider donating $10-$20 to help us pay for this event, and to help Plano Dems keep bringing you candidate forums!

When: Saturday, February 1 at 1 p.m.
Where: Collin College-Plano Campus Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano 75074
Link(s): Mobilize
Phone Bank With Team Warren (Lake Highlands)
Come join Team Warren at the Vetted Well, located inside Alamo Drafthouse at Lake Highlands, to phone bank, and spread Senator Warren's message to the residents of Dallas. Friends are welcome! Vetted Well is a restaurant and bar located in the back of Alamo Drafthouse and is open to all ages! Make sure to bring a phone and charger! Headphones are recommended but not required.

When: Thursday, January 2 at 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Lake Highlands (Vetted Well), 6770 Abrams Rd, Dallas 75231
Link(s): Mobilize
All in the County
CCDWD Meeting - January 20
Mark your calendars for the next Collin County Democrats with Disabilities meeting. You don't have to live in Collin County to participate.

Link to meeting materials below. RSVP with email to disabilitydemocrats@gmail.com.

Light refreshments available. We meet at the fully accessible office of REACH of Plano.

When: Monday, January 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: REACH of Plano, 720 E Park Blvd Suite 104, Plano 75074 [ Map]
Yes, We Can Talk Politics
Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally are informal, inclusive progressive social groups. Raise your spirits while you raise your glass, and share ideas while you share a pitcher. Drinking Liberally gives like-minded, left-leaning individuals a place to talk politics. You don't need to be a policy expert and this isn't a book club - just come and learn from peers, trade jokes, vent frustration and hang out in an environment where it's not taboo to talk politics.

Allen - Cafe Del Rio
When: Friday, January 3 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 401 Central Expy S, Allen [ Map ]

Frisco/Little Elm - The British Lion Pub
When: Friday, January 3 , 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: 5454 Main St #123, Frisco [ Map ]

Plano - Rugby House Pub
When: Friday, January 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 8604 Preston Rd #100, Plano [ Map]

Wylie - Josephine's (New Location)
When: Friday, January 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 960 E Farm to Market Rd 544, Wylie [ Map]

McKinney -  Mellow Mushroom
When: Friday, January 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 218 E Louisiana St, McKinney [ Map]
Why: Meet and greet with Dana Huffman, candidate for Judge 469th District Court.

Please drink responsibly and liberally use designated drivers. Like a neocon war or a Wall Street tax cut, drinking and driving hurts real people. Don't do it!