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FEBRUARY 2, 2024

Notes from the Chair...

Gloria Campos


Greetings Fellow Democrats! Just a few things to bring you up to date on our local party’s doings. 


Through an arrangement with The Texas Democratic Party some sixty five year old and older voters soon will be getting vote by mail applications. Please fill these out as soon as possible as they are due by February 23rd.


Many of you all will also be getting text alerts through our partnership with our “Contest Every Race” two-year grant. This is our first effort to use this totally free service so I’m eager to get your feedback. It’s my goal to start using this service often. Let me know what you think. 


Finally, as you know March 5th is Super Tuesday and there plenty of Democrats on the statewide ballot this year. Seven candidates are challenging President Biden on the Texas ballot while there are a total of nine Democrats who would like to unseat Senator Ted Cruz in the November 5th Election.


There are seven contested statewide races from Railroad Commission to Supreme Court and Appeals Courts. One race of local interest pits Dwain Handley of Burnet County against Zach Vance of Lago Vista for State Representative, District 19 - a position now held by freshman GOP State Rep Ellen Troxclair. Troxclair herself has two opponents in the March Republican primary. 


Many of you will be getting a postcard with the names of our Democratic candidates and where to find more information about them. I’m proud to say eight candidates on the March ballot have taken time to meet with Blanco County Democrats. Many thanks to Precinct Chair 201 Brenda Thomas for doing a tremendous job on the postcard. It looks great!

 

Remember everyone is invited to our monthly meetings which alternate between Blanco and Johnson City. This month we are meeting at Blanco Library on Main Street. As always we take a break for refreshments! 


Blanco County Elections Administrator Rosemary Adame needs poll workers for election day, March 5th. If you are able please visit the Blanco County Elections website, scroll down to the fourth blue box from the bottom and select Election Workers. You can link to the application and online training at that site. You can reach Rosemary at (830) 868-7168.


This reminds me to welcome Betty McNallen for volunteering to serve on our events committee. We could be having a special event soon so stay tuned! 


By the way, you must vote in the March primary to vote at our county Democratic Party Convention Saturday March 23 at the Gem of the Hills in Blanco. It’s your chance to let us know what issues are important to you and to vote on delegates to our state convention in El Paso June 6-8th.


There are plenty of reasons NOT to stay home this primary season. A lot of good people, strong Democratic candidates need our support!


Remember early voting begins February 20 through March 1. Election Day March 5th. 


Blanco County Democrats - LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD! 

Upcoming Events...

Business Meeting

Open to all BCDs

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 4:30 PM

Blanco Library

And via Zoom

General Meeting

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Blanco Library

And via Zoom


Guest Speaker Monique Alcala

Executive Director | Texas Democratic Party


Monique Alcala is the Executive Director of the Texas Democratic Party. Prior to this, she served as the Southwest Regional Director for State and Local Campaigns at EMILY's List, the nation's largest resource for women in politics. While at EMILYs List she covered an expansive region, including the states of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. She has over a decade of experience on campaigns, including competitive Democratic primaries, and in Democratic and Republican strongholds. In 2020, she served as the Coalitions Director for the Biden-Harris campaign in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During this historic election, her team organized hundreds of voter contact, messaging, and GOTV events, which prioritized engaging communities that have been historically excluded in democratic elections.


Monique is a Political Partner at Truman National Security Project. Her area of expertise is on race/ethnicity, inequality, and political participation. She is a runner and a national parks and public transit enthusiast. She is based in Austin, TX.

Important Dates...

  • February 3 / Voter Registration Drive @ Pecan Street Brewing
  • February 5 / Last day to register to vote for March 5th Primary
  • February 20-March 1 / Early Voting
  • February 23 / Last day to apply for vote by mail
  • March 5 / Election Day!
  • March 5 / Last day to receive ballot by mail
  • March 13 / CEC & Regular Meeting - Johnson City CRC Building
  • May 17 / Last day to apply for vote by mail
  • May 20-24 / Early voting for Primary Runoffs
  • May 28 / Runoff Election Day
  • October 7 / Last day to register for vote by mail
  • October 21-November 1 / Early Voting
  • October 25 / Last day to apply for vote by mail
  • November 5 / Election Day!

Voter Registration...


Blanco County Democrats are working to register voters on Saturday, February 3rd from Noon-4pm at Pecan Street Brewing in Johnson City! Help us spread the word and register folks that are new to the area or new to voting!


Did you know you can register to vote ONLINE as well?

Coming to a Mailbox Near You...

January...


At our January 10th Regular Meeting in Johnson City, Blanco Democrats were greeted by two candidates.

Meri Gomez, candidate for US Senate, gave a strong case for her leadership and replacement of our current US Senator. "We can never be prepared for death or child birth", but she feels her understanding of tax code would be a strong benefit to all Texans she serves in the US Senate.

Texas House District 19 candidate Zach Vance shared his platform's focus on Education, Water and Foster Kids and explained his strong military background and the reason's his campaign is focused on the protection of the democracy he fought for.

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Johnson City, TX 78636

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