July 16, 2020
Your Weekly News from the Collin County Democratic Party
Primary Runoff Election Results
Congratulations to all on a successful Democratic Primary Runoff!

Despite a pandemic, we had by far the largest turnout for a Democratic runoff in Collin County history! Turnout for this runoff was higher than most March Democratic primaries. This was due to motivated voters, some hotly contested runoff races, a host of election workers who put themselves at risk to ensure your right to vote, and a dedicated and overworked Primary Administration staff who played “whack-a-mole” even more than usual to fill vacancies in judges, alternates, and clerks.

Based on unofficial Election Night results, we congratulate these nominees:
•   MJ Hegar – US Senate
•   Lulu Seikaly – 3rd Congressional District
•   Chrysta Casta ñeda – Railroad Commissioner
•   Lorenzo Sanchez – TX House District 67

We also thank State Senator Royce West, Sean McCaffity, Roberto Alonzo, and Tom Adair for running good races.

Not only was this a record runoff for Collin County, it was a record for Texas as well! This says that our voters are motivated and ready for change. They want good government that serves all the people and not the rich and powerful, equal rights and opportunity for ALL Americans, and public policies based on science instead of politics.
You are Our Key to the
Ann Richards Dinner Auction Success!
Have you been a little blue because you have had to curb your shopping fix for great deals? Well, your wait will be over soon because the ARD Silent Auction is scheduled to begin next month.  
As part of our mission to elect Democrats and turn Collin County BLUE, we are holding the virtual Ann Richards Dinner August 29th . To add to the excitement of the event, the Collin County Democratic Party is sponsoring a virtual silent auction.
We are asking you to support this effort. You can do this several ways. 
Here are just a few:
  1. Sponsor auction items by donating money towards the auction.
  2. Ask your friends, family, and business partners if they could provide quality items to help make this a successful fundraiser.
  3. Donate auction items yourself.
Suggested items include:

  • Gift baskets with a variety of themed merchandise. The committee will put it together if that is not your thing.
  • Professional services such as but not limited to:
  1. Photography
  2. Landscaping
  3. Attorney services
  4. Health and Beauty services
  5. Cooking lessons and demonstrations
  6. Dog training lessons
  7. Tutoring services
  • Artwork and jewelry
  • Designer bags or totes
  • Restaurant gift cards or meal preparation services
  • Books (signed, coffee table, collections) 
  • Athletic memorabilia
  • Democratic paraphernalia
  • Vacation packages, rentals or stays
These are just a few suggestions. If you have someone or a company/corporation in mind who might be able to help, the Silent Auction Committee has prepared a letter that will aid in your solicitations. Please contact ARD2020Auction@collindemocrats.org for assistance. Don’t forget to get your tickets to the virtual Ann Richards Dinner at txdp.cc/ardtickets .
Thank You for your help! 
Collin All Democrats Phone Bank
The CCDP Coordinated Campaign hosts the Collin All Democrats virtual phone bank every weekend. Volunteers socialize, play games, win prizes, and make calls to get out the Democratic vote and turn our County Blue. Join the fun online every Saturday afternoon at 2 pm through November!

Each hour you spend at Collin All Dems earns you a chance to win two tickets to the Ann Richards Dinner, courtesy of the McKinney Area Democratic Club. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link.

Never phone banked before? No problem – training is available at each event. Hope to see you soon!
Collin / Denton Counties Club Challenge
Virtual Phone Bank Training Session
We are reaching out to the "Likely Dems - need to ID" in the voter database. The voters in this category need to be confirmed as Dem / Rep / Ind / etc. It's a short, easy conversation. We've divided Collin and Denton Counties up into teams based on Texas House Districts and will be competing head to head for the number of calls made.

Virtual Phone Bank Training ,
Monday & Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Smiling & Dialing Sessions
Monday & Wednesday from 6 - 8 p.m.

You don't have to attend "Smiling & Dialing" to help out - calls can be made any time from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

For more information, visit our Facebook Group .
Plano Dems featuring Dr. Elizabeth Tandy Shermer
Join Plano Area Democrats for a virtual happy hour with special guest Dr. Elizabeth Tandy Shermer. As a historian focused on 20th Century US history, with interests in the Great Depression, capitalism and labor, political ideas and ideologies, and urbanization, Dr. Shermer will help us understand how current conditions in the US echo the early years of the Depression - and how we can look to history to find our way out.

When: Friday, July 17th at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom Meeting ( RSVP for Link)
Contact: Caroline Werner - (443) 629-4507

Even if you are unable to attend, you may want to read her Washington Post op-ed on the Democratic response to COVID 19.
Team Allred Virtual Phone Bank and Weekly Organizing Meeting
Join Team Allred's new organizer Maria Cornell for her first virtual phone bank with the campaign! With your help, we will win the fight to keep TX-32 blue!
We will start our Zoom meeting by going over phone banking best practices and then phone banking together (virtually of course!)

When: Saturday, July 18th at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Zoom Meeting ( RSVP for Link )
Contact: Michael Gao
CCDWD Hosts Harriet Wasserstrum
Chair of Ranked Choice Voting for Texas
Please join us in a Zoom meeting with keynote speaker Harriet Wasserstrum who will present the benefits of Ranked Choice Voting, how it works, and how you can help get it adopted in Texas.

When: Monday July 20th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Zoom Meeting ( RSVP for Link)
Contact:  collindemswithdisabilities.org or 307-314-ABLE (2253)