Justice Respect Compassion Diversity
May 24, 2020

Notes from the Chair:

R e m e m b e r i n g and H o n o r i n g

The Kendall County Democratic Party stands with our community on this Memorial Day to honor the women and men in the Armed Forces who have sacrificed so much in defense of the United States. Let us also acknowledge that as individuals we have a never-ending bond with and duty to our living service members. As we contemplate and honor the more than 1 million American men and women who gave their lives for our nation we must not let their sacrifice be in vain. We must stand strong against the forces that would rob us of our freedom and security, something we should never take for granted. In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt:  "Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility."  
Our nation and the world has been shaken by the impact of COVID-19. We will come out of this crisis stronger, I truly believe. Please pause and pay tribute to all those who died in the service of our country, and whose sacrifice serves as an example and guiding light to our future. 
Don’t forget Democratic Party Runoff Election is now scheduled for July 14, 2020.

Here are some important dates to note:
  • Monday, June 15, 2020 - Last day to Register to Vote
  • Friday, July 3, 2020 - Last day to apply for ballot by mail (Received, not postmarked)
  • Monday, June 29, 2020 - First day of Early Voting
  • Friday, July 10, 2020 - Last day of Early Voting
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - Election Day

Legal action continues as the TDP and others seek to expand who can request a mail-in ballot
Legal wrangling continues in an on again off again battle between the forces for good and the current Republican government in Austin. As of this moment, expanded mail-in voting is on hold but let’s hope that changes. No matter the outcome of these suits, there will still be in person voting and we will need to staff the polls. If you are interested in working please let me know.

Remember, anyone over 65, if you will be out of town or are sick or have a disability you can vote by mail in Texas.  
There are a number of ways to request a mail-in ballot. Here’s an easy link that lets you prepare a letter requesting a ballot: txdem.co/VBMApp or you can call the Kendall Co. Elections office and request an application for Ballot by Mail at  830-331-8701 . The Election office will be happy to help you with any questions that you may have

COVID - 19 Update

Currently there are 5 active, being monitored, COVID-19 cases in Kendall County with 19 previous cases listed as recovered. Of the 24 total cases to date, 11 have been in the city limits, 12 in county areas, and 1 in Fair Oaks Ranch. No hospitalizations have been needed.
 As we near 100,000 COVID deaths in the United States, I am deeply disturbed and saddened to think that so many have lost their lives. I have a sense that Democratic leadership handles crisis better than Republicans, that we could have and could be doing better. Let us all commit to changing our leaders in the White House and in Austin.
Until we can be together again, please stay safe and please stay engaged. Thank you all for your support of the KCDP.

Kevin Henning
Kendall County Democratic Party Chair

Voters Guide and Vote 411
Be informed! Compare candidates! 
Find what is on your ballot!
It is easy to  Be a Texas Voter  with the League's famous nonpartison Voters Guide, available in print or online at  VOTE411.org .   It is the ideal tool to prepare yourself to vote. 
With  VOTE411.org , you are able not only to compare the candidates for each race, but also to create your own personalized ballot. Simply compare candidates and mark the candidate you plan to vote for in each election. Review all the races and choose all your candidates. Then click finish to print your personalized ballot.
  • The 2020 Texas Primary Election Runoff Voters Guide online VOTE411.org (available by July 1)
  • The 2020 Texas Primary Election Voters Guide in English
  •  The 2020 Texas Primary Election Voters Guide in Spanish
Please share the League's nonpartisan Voters Guide with your friends and family and visit the   LWV-Hill Country website  for more local voting and election information.

Sign Up to Attend the Texas Democratic Convention Online!
Kendall County has 21 delegates to the Texas Democratic Convention, June 1-6. They’ll be voting on Party business, committee members, platform plans, representatives to the Democratic National Convention in August, and more.
But here’s the really good news…..since the Convention is 100% online this year,  everyone  can register to attend! You can’t vote on Party business, but you can take advantage of the many panels, training, speakers, Q&A sessions and more.

They’ve started posting schedule items here:  Convention Schedule
Check back often, as they will continue to add to this schedule.

Kendall County Delegates Preparing
for the

Sign Up to Watch the US Senate Debate Between Democratic Runoff Candidates Hegar and West!
John Cornyn has spent decades in the U.S. Senate working for his corporate PAC donors not Texans. Now, there are two great candidates vying to take him on: MJ Hegar and Royce West. Tune into the primary debate on  June 6th at 6PM  to learn more about each candidate and how we can defeat John Cornyn in November.
To the 2020 Graduating Seniors
Entre Vecinos
Some of you are aware of the local group called " Entre Vecinos " (Among Neighbors) that we've helped to organize as a way to listen, learn, and understand the needs of the Hispanic/Latinx community in Boerne and Kendall County, and to brainstorm ways we can help each other to address those needs.
We have introduced a new bilingual Website  where we aim to provide useful information updates and promote connection regarding key issues like education, health, housing, immigration, and civic participation. We invite you to take a look and pass along to anyone who may be interested.
If you want to be notified automatically when we publish new updates to the website, go to the site and hit the "Subscribe" link near the top of the page.
Welcome to our new Media Team Members
Erin Davis, Social Media

Hi! I’m Erin. I grew up in Buda, TX.
I met Kyle, my husband, in high school just before he graduated. I went to A&M, which I joke is where I became a democrat! Kyle and I got married in 2018 and have been living in Boerne for over two years now with our newly adopted cat Glen. We love it here because it reminds us of Buda (a small town close to a big city) with the added beauty of the Hill Country.

I work in Kerrville in the natural resources field, so I am definitely passionate about environmental issues, but campaign finance and voting reform are also important to me - just to name a few. In my spare time I love to thrift, find new hiking spots, and clean and organize (I’m a clean freak) while listening to my favorite podcasts: Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me! and Pod Save America. I’m excited to join the team and help out where I can! And we are both looking forward to being able to meet everyone in person (whenever it is safe to do so)!   
Kyle Davis, GOTV
Hello all, my name is Kyle Davis.
I grew up outside of Austin, graduated from Texas A&M University in 2016, and have been a full-time web programmer since then. I currently work at The University of Texas at San Antonio on the University Technology Solutions team.

Even though I spend most of my work-week in front of a computer, I really love the outdoors and I try to get outside every day. I enjoy running, walking, and hiking Texas' parks with my beautiful wife Erin Davis. Our honeymoon was an extended weekend-long hiking trip to the wonderful Big Bend National Park! I also really enjoy cooking (and eating). I will try almost any food once and strive to make as much "from-scratch" meals as possible. I recently learned how to make flour tortillas which has been really great and even an arm workout (a lot of gneading involved)! I am very excited to get to know everyone more and to lend my skillset to help turn Texas Blue!

We will deliver signs

We have Rebeca Martinez and Wendy Davis signs.
Send request for signs to Becky Strain .
We have temporarily closed the Office. Please check back. We hope to reopen in May.
Donations made via Act Blue go directly to Kendall County Democratic Party, except for a 3.95% credit card processing fee. The money we raise supports the Democratic Operations for Kendall County. We need funds to operate an Office, Train volunteers, “Get out the vote” efforts; Mailings, Posters, Advertising, etc. 
Donate Online!
We encourage you to donate to the Party online with the secure online donation site ActBlue accessible from our home page .
We understand that some folks just don’t like online donations: “Prefer to donate via check or money order? Send it to PO Box 2321, Boerne TX 78006-6321.”

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