February 13, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
Announcing the 2020 Ann Richards Dinner Keynote Speaker
We’re depending on you this year. Our country depends on you. No matter who you are, you can help defeat Trump, repair our country, and build something better. No matter where you are, 2020 is waiting for you to be part of the change we desperately need.

That’s why we’re proud to announce that our 2020 Ann Richards Dinner keynote speaker will be Kathy LeMay, a woman who has dedicated her life to empowering others to change the world.

Kathy began changing the world at 14 by launching an anti-apartheid campaign in her small Massachusetts mill town. This created a lot of attention in her rural community, and she recalls her mother’s nervous boss saying, “Will your daughter be appearing in the newspaper as a regular thing?” Kathy’s mother’s reply: “With any luck, absolutely yes.” 

Since then, Kathy has traveled the United States and the world listening to, learning from, and raising money for those who’ve survived war, genocide, gender-based violence and climate-induced disasters. 

Kathy has led international women’s human-rights organizations, become a sought-after public speaker, a published author, and served as adviser to some of the world’s most renowned philanthropists. Wherever she goes, her message is that we need to “Empower ourselves so that we can empower others.”

We’re so excited to have Kathy as our 2020 Ann Richards Dinner keynote speaker as we prepare to empower our community to change Collin County, Texas, our nation, and the world.

Purchase your tickets today for the Ann Richards dinner at:  txdp.cc/ardtickets
Jeff Leach Doesn't Want to Represent You
By Manu Lail, Assistant Vice Chair
I had the honor of attending the NAACP Freedom Fund Scholarship Luncheon this past weekend. As I walked to the candidate table, I saw many of our Democratic candidates.

However, I also noticed Jeff Leach, the current Republican Representative for HD67 seated at the table. In typical fashion, I grabbed a seat next to him hoping to strike up a conversation to get more insight into his personality and political thinking.

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard about Jeff Leach and his allegiance to the Empower Texans. He’s the author of the constitutional amendment to stop us liberals from enacting a statewide income tax when nobody was calling for one.

He’s the “defender of education” even though the state of Texas ranks in the bottom half of the nation when it comes to public education. And he’s the “protector of life” as our state has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality death rates in the country. Yes, like some other Texas politicians, Jeff Leach seems to be all words and little action.

Like most people, my parents always drove home that honesty is the best policy. Be true to yourself and those around you.

A part of politics is having honest discussions, most times about things you don’t necessarily want to talk about. I had been hoping to have a candid discussion with Jeff Leach for some time now.

Jeff and I shook hands with the usual, “It’s good to see you.” He sat quietly at our table and fidgeted with his phone. He was up next to speak on stage, so I’m sure much was on his mind. As the speaker on the stage announced his name, he got up and delivered a message about positivity, unity, and community.

After his speech, he promptly left the room.

The same thing tends to happen every time I’ve been in a room with Jeff Leach. While I understand that we all have busy lives as candidates, I do expect officeholders to meet with their constituents and converse with those who have differing opinions from their own viewpoints.

In my experience, it lends to a broader worldview and a better understanding of the challenges people face and the solutions to resolve those issues. Ask any candidate and they’ll tell you how humbling of an experience it is running for office because you meet so many people facing an array of challenges and issues.

As this Primary election wraps up, let’s go into 2020 displaying our honest side to listen more, work towards building stronger community coalitions, and help show the good people of this county why we are the better party with better candidates. It’s going to require us to attend events and stay behind to meet every person. It’s going to require us to lose sleep and sacrifice our personal time. It’s going to require us to do more than we ever have.

We all know that this is the election of our lifetimes coming up in November 2020. Much will depend on how much work you put into registering new voters and getting them out to vote.

Remember, Jeff Leach doesn’t want to represent you , he wants to represent his base. So, let’s work the entire county, the whole room, and most importantly, let’s work to be true representatives of the people of Collin County.
Note: T he opinions expressed are those of the author
and do not necessarily represent the view or positions of CCDP.
We are Hiring - Primary Election Workers
We are still hiring clerks and judges in anticipation of a record turnout in the 2020 Primary, especially for Election Day, March 3 rd . These are paid positions. Most of our positions are currently filled, but we are rapidly making substitutions as early hires become unavailable.
On Election Day, all workers are paid $12 per hour.

 We are continuing to enlist clerks for Early Voting. Although the need is not as great, we do want to have some substitutes ready. We will send you the Training Schedule for both Election Law and Voting System Training when we confirm your appointment.
NOTE: It is very important that you attend training, especially because we have a new Voting System
Carpooling to training locations in McKinney is available from the Party Office in Plano (972-578-1483). 
Contact us:
Phone:  469-609-0539
What you need to tell us:
  • Do you want to be a Clerk, Judge, or Alternate Judge?
  • What area of the county or polling location would you prefer? 
Who is on My Primary Election Ballot? 
Click to view your Sample Ballot on the Collin County Elections Website !

You will need to know your precinct number to look up your ballot.

This number is on your voter registration card in the box to the right of your birth year in the upper left quadrant of the card. If your registration card is not handy, go to this page to look up your precinct number:

Or call the CCDP office to print your ballot for you – 972-578-1483
The 2020 Presidential Race
There are 17 names on the ballot for president. This surprises many of us who assumed names were taken off the ballot as they dropped out. But names remain on the ballot if they didn’t withdraw by a December 9th deadline.

Our challenge here in Collin County is that 17 names will not fit on a single screen of our new ballot marking machines. The system has been programmed so (1) the presidential candidates are split between two screens and (2) selecting a candidate is not allowed until both screens have been viewed.

We have a demonstrator ballot on a machine in the party office if you would like to see how our presidential ballot will work.

Here are our 17 presidential candidates, in ballot order per a random drawing conducted by the party County Executive Committee:

  1. Andrew Yang (dropped out as of 2/13/20)
  2. Marianne Williamson
  3. Cory Booker (dropped out)
  4. Michael R. Bloomberg
  5. Robby Wells
  6. Julián Castro (dropped out as of 2/13/20)
  7. Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente
  8. Tulsi Gabbard
  9. Michael Bennet (dropped out as of 2/13/20)
  10. Pete Buttigieg
  11. Amy Klobuchar
  12. John K. Delaney
  13. Tom Steyer
  14. Deval Patrick (dropped out as of 2/13/20)
  15. Elizabeth Warren
  16. Joseph R. Biden
  17. Bernie Sanders

Go to https://www.collindemocrats.org/2020-democratic-presidential-primary-candidates/ to view information on all the Presidential candidates that have not formally dropped from the race.
Meet and Greet with Lulu Siekaly
Join Team Lulu for a community meet-and-greet at Layered Coffee & kitchen. Meet Lulu over some light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments, ask her the tough questions, and get to know your next Congresswoman. Hosted by the Liberal Women's Action Network .

When: February 13, 2020 - 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: LAYERED Coffee & Kichen
111 E Virginia St.
McKinney, TX 75069

RSVP: Click here

Collin County Young Democrats
Endorse and Upcoming Events
by CCYD President Joshua Lapidus
Last week, for the first time ever, Collin County Young Democrats voted to endorse candidates in the Democratic Primary. CCYD's endorsements can be found on our  website.
Our membership is nearly 100 strong and we don't plan to stop here. To join our ranks, sign up to become a member .

This election is the most important of our lifetime, and our membership will fight tooth and nail to elect our candidates and flip Collin County back to its rightful color: BLUE .

Our upcoming events: 

CD-3 and County Chair Forum
This will be among your last chances to hear from all the candidates in one place before early voting starts on February 18!

There will be a chance to talk with the candidates after both forums are complete. RSVP early as we will expect to be at capacity.

When: Saturday, February 15, 2020

CD-3 Forum : 1:00-2:00 p.m.
County Chair Forum : 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Where: Collin College Central Park Campus
2200 W University Dr.
McKinney, TX 75071
Conference Center Section A

RSVP: Click here
Collin County Upcoming Events
Collin County Democrats With Disabilities
Monthly Meeting February 17, 2020
You don't have to live in Collin County or have a disability to participate in our organization. Allies and advocates are welcome! Light refreshments available.

For more information click this RSVP link.

When: February 17, 2020 - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Collin County Democratic Party Office
1915 N Central Expy #150
Plano, TX 75075
[ Map ]
C andidate Guest List at 
Drinking Liberally - McKinney
When: Friday, February 21, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Where:  Mellow Mushroom
218 E. Louisiana Street
McKinney, TX 75069 [ Map ]

The following candidates will be joining us for this month's Drinking Liberally:

  • Courtney Brooks - Collin County Commissioner - Precinct 1
  • Carol Scarborough - Collin County Commissioner - Precinct 1
  • Manu Lail - Collin County Democratic Party Precinct Chair
  • Michael Payma - District Judge, 471st Judicial District
  • Dianne C. Mayo - County Commissioner, Precinct No.3
  • Rocío Hernandez - Texas HD67
  • Sean McCaffity - US Congress TX-3
  • Dana Huffman - District Judge,469th Judicial District

No RSVP necessary. Just come join us!
Women Organizing Women Democrats
2020 Women of Courage Gala
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote at the Women Organizing Women Democrats 2020 Women of Courage Gala and Casino Night on Saturday, February 29 at Gleneagles Country Club in Plano.

We will donate 100% of our profits to our endorsed candidates of 2020.

Go to our website and buy your tickets today!

When: Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Where: Gleneagles Country Club in Plano [ 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 - Pinstack (New Location)
When: Friday, March 6 at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 635 Central Expressway North, Allen [ Map ]

Frisco/Little Elm - Rotolo's Craft & Crust
When: Friday, March 6 , 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: 9250 N Dallas Pkwy #130, Frisco [ Map ]

McKinney -  Mellow Mushroom
When:  Friday , February 21 , 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 218 E Louisiana St, McKinney [ Map ]

Plano - Rugby House Pub
When: Friday, March 13, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 8604 Preston Rd #100, Plano [ Map ]

Wylie - Josephine's (New Location)
When: Friday, March 13 , 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 960 W Farm to Market Rd 544, Wylie [ Map ]

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