September 26, 2019
Your Weekly News from the CCDP and Political Clubs
Plano Balloon Festival a Huge Success
Those who helped out or stopped by the CCDP Booth at the annual Plano Balloon Festival had a great time over the three-day weekend. It didn't rain this year, but it was too windy for the balloons to launch. However, we talked to a bunch of enthusiastic Democrats, loved the bands, the food, the fireworks and sky divers! We registered a large number of voters from Collin, Dallas, Denton and even Tarrant and especially enjoyed registering some young first-time voters.

A huge thank you to all our VDRs for their hard work in getting forms filled out. And thanks to all the volunteers for their time and enthusiasm, whether VDRs or not. Many candidates and their crews came to talk to voters and donations were accepted for bumper stickers, buttons, and Samantha Power's new book: The Education of an Idealist (our Ann Richards Dinner speaker). Maybe they will launch the balloons next year!
Our Wonderful Volunteers
Miss Texas at CCDP Party Booth
Michele Rocia
The 2019 Ann Richards Dinner will be Friday, October 25th , 7:30 p.m. at the Delta Marriott Allen Hotel. This annual dinner brings together hundreds of Democrats from across the DFW Metroplex to support our work to transform and improve Collin County, elect our Democratic candidates, and turn Texas blue.

We are thrilled to host Samantha Power as the keynote speaker at this year's Ann Richards Dinner. Power was the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017.

Called by Forbes "a powerful crusader for U.S foreign policy as well as human rights and democracy" when it named her one of the "World's 100 Most Powerful Women," Ambassador Power has also been named one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People" and one of Foreign Policy's "Top 100 Global Thinkers." A Pulitzer Prize winning author, Power is the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the William D. Zabel '61 Professor of Practice in Human Rights, Harvard Law School.

As a known fighter for LGBT and women's rights, atrocity prevention, and combating human trafficking, Ambassador Power is set to provide sharp and powerful insight and inspiration for Democrats across the Metroplex at this year's Ann Richards Dinner. Don't miss the 2019 Ann Richards Dinner.

Delta Marriott Allen is located at 777 Watters Creek Blvd., Allen, TX 75013 [ Map ]
Sponsorship and tickets for the Ann Richards Dinner are available here . 
Who is Samantha Power?
November 2019 - Texas Constitutional Amendments
In our continuing series, we highlight the eighth of ten amendments that Texas voters will see on the November 5, 2019 statewide ballot.

Proposition8 (HJR 4)

“The constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the flood infrastructure fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.”

Proposition 8 would create the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) as a special fund with a one-time distribution from the Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the “rainy day fund”.The FIF fund would be used to establish and maintain flood drainage, mitigation, and control throughout the state, especially in economically distressed areas.

In order to receive assistance from the FIF, a local government would need to work with other governments in the region and listen to stakeholder concerns in public meetings. The local government would also have to develop and submit a technical analysis of the plan, comparing it to other possible projects in the region, and a proposal to repay the loan.

How our Democratic Legislators Voted

Of the Democratic legislators voting on this amendment in the 86th Legislative Session,

  • 97% of the Texas House Democrats voted “yes/for”;
  • 100% of the Texas Senate Democrats voted “yes/for”.


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How to Run and Win - Candidate Training Series
An interactive workshop series to prepare candidates and campaign teams to win races, this campaign training series is designed to build the skills to elect Democrats in Collin County and across Texas. The six sessions cover the critical components of running a winning campaign. Each session will be presented by experienced activists and staff. This is for any Democrat in the area who is interested in either running for office or working on a candidate’s campaign team. Attendees will be asked to sign an Oath of Affiliation with the Democratic Party.

Session 4 – Wednesday, October  2nd   7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – The Win Numbers
Objectives: how to calculate the votes you plan to earn to win, using data of past results and forecasting how and where to get more votes

No Class in Observance of Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9th
Session 5 – Wednesday, October 16th   7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – It Takes Money to Win
Objectives: budgeting, donor prospecting, fundraising, compliance and reporting, ethics, how to “make the ask”

Session 6 – Wednesday, October 23rd   7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – Creating the Winning Plan
Objectives: putting it all together, define goals, areas of responsibility, develop timeline, doing opposition research

Where: Collin County Democratic Party Office, 1915 N Central Expressway, Suite 150, Plano, TX 75075 [ Map]
Now Hiring for Assistant Primary Administrator
Position: Primary Election Administrator 
Location: Party Headquarters in Plano
Salary Range: To be determined by Texas Secretary of State’s office (SoS)
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Term: From November 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 if there is no runoff, or June 30 2020 if there is.

This position will assist the Primary Administrator with the planning, preparation and conduct of the 2020 Collin County Democratic Primary Election. Other responsibilities include: helping to ensure that the election is conducted in compliance with state and federal laws. The work schedule hours are varied and dependent upon the needs of the election. 

Works under the general supervision of Primary Administrator, County Chair, and Primary Committee.

1. Assists in recruiting and trains presiding and alternate judges and clerks for all Election Day positions.  
2. Assist with arranging for polling places.
3. Assist with review of and processing candidate applications for a place on the primary ballot.
4. Develop or maintain familiarity with the Texas Election Code and other legislation that pertains to elections and communicates pertinent information to subordinate personnel. 
5. Assist with planning and developing budget for the Primary Election and ensures all expenditures are within allocated budget amounts. See subsection below for further details.
6. Assist in coordinating with the Collin County Elections Department with regard to any contracted services as well as whenever coordination is appropriate or necessary. 
7. Assist with publication and posting of required notices. 
8. Assist with review of primary ballot. 
9. Assist with review of election results to meet certification before submitting to the appropriate authorities.
10. Performs other functions as directed by Primary Election Administrator in support of the election.

The basic qualifications for this office are: 
• Prior experience as Assistant Primary Administrator, Election Judge, or similar experience is desirable
• High school diploma or equivalent 
• Must be a qualified voter of the State of Texas 
• May not be a candidate for public office or an office of a political party, hold a public office, or hold an office of or position in a political party pursuant to the Election Code. 

The preferred qualifications for this office are: 
• Associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree or; 
• Experience in a management position involving public contact, preferably in an elections office 
• Competence with QuickBooks or similar bookkeeping software
Document all qualifications and experiences in the application you want considered.

The aforementioned qualifications are considered desirable by the Party, but we reserve the right to consider the best candidate regardless of qualifications. 

The Collin County Democratic Party is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is dedicated to the achievement of equality of opportunity for all its employees and applicants for employment without regard to genetic characteristics, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, military/veteran status, age, national origin or disability. All offers of employment made are contingent upon the successful completion of a background investigation (which must be completed within 48 hours of any conditional offer of employment).

Please submit a cover letter and full résumé that includes all relative work history and education. 

The application package must be submitted via email to Mike Rawlins, County Chair, at You will receive an acknowledgement by email. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours of submission please call the party office at 972-578-1483.

**Applications must be received by 5 p.m., Thursday, October 3rd, to be considered for the position.**
Looking for Communication Volunteers
Collin County Democratic Party (CCDP) is ramping our volunteer communications teams to increase messaging during the 2020 election cycle. Get involved and help turn Collin County blue! 

We need 1-2 more volunteers to work on social media on our main Communications team. Experience with social posting tools like Social Pilot/Hootsuite or graphics editing is preferred but not required. We will train. 

Finally, we need 3-4 people to work on our Coordinated Campaign team to develop CCDP core messaging and messaging calendar. Experience with messaging, writing and/or Adobe Illustrator are preferred but not required. We will train. 

Ice Cream, Chocolate & Wine FUNdraiser
Do you like chocolate? How about ice cream infused with alcohol like Bailey’s Irish Cream? You will love WOW Dems ’ fall fundraiser!

You’ll roll your own chocolate truffles with the guidance of Yeli Marshall, owner of artisan chocolate company: Yelibelly , and get to take home all of the chocolate you make! You’ll also enjoy two flavors of Yelibelly’s famous alcohol-infused liquid nitrogen ice cream plus toppings - as much as you can eat in 2 hours!

Your ticket also includes a chance to win one of ten bottles of wine you can enjoy at home with your handmade truffles

Chocolate, ice cream and wine to support women Democrats? Isn’t that all we could ever want and more?

When: Thursday, September 26 , 6:30 p.m.
Where: Sam Johnson Recreation Center at 401 W 16th St, Plano, TX 75075 [ Map ]
Links: Facebook
Judge Craig Smith
for 5th District Court of Appeals
Campaign Reception

When: Tuesday, October 1st at 5:30 p.m.
Where: KoonsFuller, P.C. Family Law, 5700 W Plano Pkwy Suite 2200, Plano [ Map]
Sam Johnson
for 366th District Court
Collin County Campaign Reception

When: Thursday, October 3rd at 6:00 p.m.
Where: SNUG on the Square, 109 N. Kentucky Street, McKinney [ Map]
Judge Bonnie Goldstein
for 5th District Court of Appeals
Campaign Reception

When: Tuesday, October 1st at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Sommerman, McCaffity, Quesada & Geisler, LLP, First Floor Event Space, 3811 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas [ Map]
Town Hall with Colin Allred
Join the Park Cities Democratic Women's Association and Flip Texas Blue for a Neighborhood Meeting with US Representative Colin Allred. If you have a question you would like to ask Rep. Allred, please feel free to email it to in advance.

When: Saturday, October 12th at noon
Where: University Park Public Library, 8383 Preston Center Plaza, #Suite 200, Dallas [ Map]
RSVP: Click Here
Meet and Greet With MJ Hegar, Democrat for US Senate
Veteran and Democratic candidate for US Senate MJ Hegar brings her campaign to Plano for a Meet and Greet with Collin County Democrats. Don't miss this chance to meet MJ and hear about her campaign for Senate.

This event takes place at Collin College Spring Creek Conference Center, Room C on Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:00 p.m.) The Conference Center is located at 2800 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, TX 75074. [ Map ]

The event is free, but you must sign up here to reserve your seat.

An Evening of Magic
Join Team Sharon and the amazing James Munton on Thursday, October 3rd , for an evening of magic and merriment as we raise money for our campaign. James has performed at the White House and has the amazing and peculiar talent of making elephants disappear. With your help and his, we may just be able to turn a red state blue!

Appetizers, desserts, and beverages are included in your ticket or sponsorship. Sponsors will receive special recognition for their contribution.

Location: North Texas Performing Arts in The Shops at Willow Bend (Chapel Hill Entrance, 2nd floor near Dillard's) 6121 West Park Blvd. B216, Plano, TX 75093 [ Map ]
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Reserve your tickets here.
The Un-Knocked Blue Door — Getting Your Base Out
North Texas Asian Democrats
Learn how to reach the traditionally unreached blue voter, analyze the 2018 blue wave in North Texas, get a 2020 Election preview and understand the political strategy of the 2020 census. Any democrat or candidate interested in turning out the base that you didn’t know you had in the 2020 election should attend.

When: October 26th at 9:30 AM
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas - Richardson, 1981 N Central Expy, Richardson [ Map]
Facebook: Link
RSVP Required: Click Here
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, October 4, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 401 Central Expy S, Allen [ map]

Frisco/Little Elm - The British Lion Pub
When: Friday, October 4, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: 5454 Main St #123, Frisco [ map]

Plano - Rugby House Pub
When: Friday, October 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 8604 Preston Rd #100, Plano [ map]

When: Friday, October 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 2600 W, FM 544, Wylie [ map]

McKinney -  Mellow Mushroom
When: Friday, October 18, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 218 E Louisiana St, McKinney [ map]

While drinking liberally, always remember to drink responsibly, and make liberal use of designated drivers. Drinking and driving is reckless and irresponsible, like a neocon war or corporatist tax cut. Liberals, don't do it!
A New Way to Vote
Collin County voters will be using a new voting system beginning with the November, 2019 election. This new system features touch-screen technology and produces a marked paper ballot for voter review and tabulation.

The new voting machine made its debut at BITHOC where many of the attendees where able to “test vote” the system. If you didn’t get to try the voting machines at BITHOC, you still have an opportunity to do so at the Collin County Democratic Party office (1915 N. Central Expy, Ste 150, Plano) during regular office hours.

Watch for our fall and winter hours soon. After Labor Day, the office will have occasional evening and weekend hours to try out the new voting machine.

The new voting machine will be in the CCDP office through the November 2020 election.