October 20, 2020
Early Voting Continues Now Through October 30!
SUBURBAN DEMOCRATS
Lulu Seikaly Wants to Flip One of Texas’ Most Conservative Suburban Districts

The hairline cracks in this Republican stronghold were apparent two years ago. With a little more pressure, and support from the national Democratic Party, it’s possible that one of the state’s most conservative suburban districts could finally flip in November. The looming possibility of a second term for Donald Trump has galvanized Democratic voters: More than 63,000 voted in the March primaries, nearly doubling the Democratic turnout from the previous election year.


Changing Suburbs Threaten GOP Hold on Texas

Warning signs are flashing for Republicans in Texas as the party faces eroding support in the state's increasingly diverse suburbs.

A number of House seats in the state’s suburbs this cycle are in play for Democrats, while Democratic Senate candidate MJ Hegar has outperformed expectations in her race against incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). The Senate Majority PAC announced on Thursday it was jumping into the race, launching an $8.6 million television blitz supporting Hegar.


Idea that Democrats will Ruin Suburbs is Ridiculous

[Sharon] Hirsch, a retired Plano school district employee and veteran Democratic activist, counters that Shaheen is resorting to “fear” to hide his conservative record, as well as what she views as Abbott and Trump’s bungled response to the pandemic. Hirsch said she opposes cutting police funding but embraces “reimagining” policing to bolster ties between officers and the Black community.

“I am tired of public officials using their platforms to stir the pot instead of having constructive conversations,” said Hirsch, 66.

EARLY VOTING INFORMATION
We need poll greeters at Early Voting locations county-wide! 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.

UNITED STATES CONGRESS
Rep. Colin Allred US Congress Texas Dist. 32
Lulu Seikaly for US Congress Texas Dist. 3
Russell Foster for US Congress Texas Dist. 4
TEXAS STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
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
TEXAS SUPREME COURT
for Texas Supreme Court Justice
COLLIN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
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.
COLLIN COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Courtney Brooks for County Commissioner Pct. 1
Dianne Mayo for County Commissioner Pct. 3

COLLIN COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR
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 ARE IMPORTANT
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
Four Things You Need to Know about Hava Johnston

Let’s get to know her a little better, so she can win your vote on November 3. (Or earlier, if you’re one of the tons of people going to Early Voting.)

Hava and her husband Sean (going on 28 years!) live in Frisco and have three daughters (Ash, 26, Jess, 24, and Alyssa, 14) and a son (Seth, 21) and their first grandchild is due in February. While Hava and Sean met in Plano — where they both grew up and resided — they moved to Frisco in 2014.

“I remember when Frisco was ‘in the country,’ and we’d come out here in high school for bonfires and field parties,” says Hava. “It sure has changed!”

CAMPAIGN EVENTS
Tuesday, October 20, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 24, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. (3 shifts)
Sunday, October 25, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. (2 shifts)
Tuesday, October 27, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
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