July 25, 2019
Your Weekly News from the CCDP and Political Clubs
How Can I Make a Difference in My City?
By The Collin County Democratic Party Editorial Board
Many cities and towns in Collin County are in the process of filling positions on local boards and commissions. Some of these positions require special training but many are filled by local residents like you. Yes, YOU!

Applying for these boards and commissions is as easy as filling out a form and submitting it to the city for consideration. The requirements are simple. For most cities, applicants must comply with the following:

  • Be residents of the City for at least 12-consecutive months prior to appointment to a board or commission
  • Have a current and valid voter registration
  • Adhere to the city’s Code of Conduct
  • Applicants for final decision-making boards cannot have financial interest in a contract with the City
  • Attend at least 75% of regular meetings. 

Twenty boards in the City of McKinney are considering applications for the upcoming two-year terms. McKinney residents have until July 30, 2019 to apply for positions on these boards. For a list of boards seeking new members and an application, go to https://www.mckinneytexas.org/136/Boards-Commissions

Frisco residents can apply for board and commission positions online at https://www.friscotexas.gov/593/Boards-Commissions . For complete details about the available positions, look for the links for each board and a list of the upcoming vacancies. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2019.

Town of Prosper has board positions open for a variety of commissions. What better way to make your hometown what you want it to be than to serve on one of the commissions and be a guiding force. But, don’t wait. August 2, 2019 is the deadline for applying. For details and an application, go to the Town of Prosper web page. https://www.prospertx.gov/government/boards-commissions/

In the City of Allen, board and commission appointments are generally two years, although a few are three years long. Allen is considering applications for 34 positions covering six boards/commissions.The deadline for submitting your application is August 7, 2019. Application forms and additional details are available here.

City of Plano has 18 boards, commissions or committees which require one or more local members. For a complete list of boards and to learn more, go to Boards & Commissions Overview 2019 for details and an application form. Deadline is August 23, 2019. https://www.plano.gov/DocumentCenter/View/14532/2019-Boards-and-Commissions-Overview?bidId=

The City of Murphy selects new members of the boards and commissions in the fall. The city council has not set a deadline for application but will do so in an upcoming meeting. Murphy residents should watch the official city website for updates, a list of commissions and boards, and descriptions of each one. The rapidly growing area of Collin County could well become the next Allen or Frisco. Let's stay ahead of the growth and make our presence known.  https://murphytx.org/

Only a small portion of Richardson is in Collin County, but that doesn’t limit the importance of residents of this area from serving on the boards. City of Richardson accepts applications throughout the year for upcoming positions. Check out their Commisions & Boards web page at https://www.cor.net/government/city-secretary/serving-on-a-board-or-commission for more details on the various boards as well as a link to the application.  

The City of Wylie posts openings for boards and commissions in the spring and accepts applications in May and June. For a list of boards, duties and general information, go to the City of Wylie website and check out the Boards & Commissions Qualifications. https://www.wylietexas.gov/CityGovernment/BoardsCommissions/Boards&CommissionsQualifications.pdf

If your city or town is not on this list, you can do your own search by listing your city name for the official city or town website. The perfect time to become a force where you live is right now!

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You Can Make the Difference. Become a Sustaining Donor
Your Collin County Democratic Party office provides a wide range of resources throughout the year to our candidates and communities. Your contributions allow us to have a central location for candidates and voters during elections. Strengthen the Democratic Party in your city by becoming a sustaining donor to the Collin County Democratic Party. Donate with FastAction or with automatic payments from your bank to the Collin County Democratic Party 1915 Central Expy #150, Plano, TX 75075.
Events This Week and Weekend
Walk the Vote
Come out and register your neighbors to vote!

Collin County has thousands of unregistered Democratic voters, more than enough to turn the county blue. It is essential that we connect with them so that we can win in 2020! And the best part, you don't need to be a VDR, everyone is welcome!

Come out this Saturday, July 27th from 9 am to 11 am to knock on doors, put them on the rolls, and get them to the polls! We will meet at the Collin County Democratic Party office located at 1915 N. Central Expy, Plano, Ste.150 [ Map ]

Put on your walking shoes and Fitbit and join us for a light breakfast before we walk. To sign up, go to Walk the Vote .
Anthony Lo for HD 67 Campaign Kick-off Party
Join Anthony Lo for his HD67 CAMPAIGN KICKOFF PARTY this Saturday, July 27th at 2:00 p.m. at The Courses at Watters Creek Banquet Room located at 7201 Chase Oaks Blvd ., Plano, TX 75025 [ Map ].

Anthony's focus is on launching actions to create the most unified voting blocks in this country's history to reclaim D.C., Texas, and all states from sea to shining sea for the real boss - PEOPLE!

"I have a message of hope. When I speak with D's and R's across HD67, we have torn down walls of false division, and found the treasure of brother and sisterhood," Anthony Lo stated. "They are not eager to be angry at neighbors; they are eager to understand. They are eager for blockwalkers to bring hope. They are eager to belong to something that is above us all. They are eager for a unifying transcendence."

This is a great opportunity for people who live in HD67 to volunteer for Anthony Lo's campaign. As with all campaigns, blockwalkers and phonebankers help reach the voters on a more personal level.
Lorenzo For Texas Campaign Kick-Off
Lorenzo Sanchez is running for Texas Representative in HD 67! Join us for an incredible Campaign Kick-Off Saturday, July 27th 5:00 p.m. at Nine Band Brewing in Allen [ Map ] and see for yourself what all the excitement is about! Sign up now !

Can’t attend? Still show your support! Sign-up, donate, volunteer and share. Stay plugged in with this incredible movement and please tell your friends, family and colleagues. The national spotlight will be on Texas in 2020 and this will be a critical race to watch with implications on the political landscape for the entire country! This is a 100% People-Funded grassroots campaign, empowering our community for a better world.

To make a donation or for more information, visit our website: https://lorenzofortexas.com/
Events Coming Up
Debate Watch Parties
Debate Watch Parties are NOW scheduled for two nights (July 30 and July 31). We had so much fun last time, we’re doing it again!

CCDP has two locations around Collin County where you can watch the debate and learn more about this talented and active group of presidential hopefuls. You can choose to attend the debates at one of the following locations:

  • Rugby House [Map]
  • The Rock Wood Fired Pizza [Map]

Each evening starts with the CNN pre-debate commentary. The debates are organized by the Democratic National Committee and will be televised from Detroit.

Previous debate watch events have been very popular, so please plan to arrive early, and have dinner during the CNN pre-debate commentary to assure you have a seat. So that we can give an estimate of headcount for each venue, please scroll down the RSVP page to find both events.  
Should I Run? Making the Decision August 10
Are you ready to run for office? Thinking about running or helping someone run in 2020 or beyond? Curious about what running for office involves?

Join us for this informational session on how you can run or help someone else run for office and win right here in Collin County.

We'll cover how you get on the ballot, prepare your campaign to make running as smooth as possible, what to expect in a primary, and how the party can (and cannot) support you through November 2020.

Running for office is not only a political decision but also a personal one. What questions do you need to ask to make this important decision?

Sign up to attend this free 3-hour workshop. Save your spot today and see us there!
Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 12:30-3:30 pm at Hall Library in McKinney, 101 E Hunt St (downtown). Use this link to sign up.
It's Time to Organize HD89!
Two years of the local Trump is long enough!

Help us defeat Candy Noble in 2020. Start now by joining others like YOU at the Lucas Community Center for a free Lunch, Socialization, Organization of HD 89, and determining a Plan for Action for your area of the House District.

Join us on August 17th at noon at the Lucas Community Center located at 665 Country Club Rd, Lucas, TX 75002 [ Map ] and make your voice heard. The people of HD89 deserve better representation.

Please RSVP here that you will be joining us.
CCDWD Monthly Meeting - Monday August 19 2019 5:30-7:30 pm
Click on this link to view the Meeting Materials .
REGISTER NOW by e-mailing disabilitydemocrats@gmail.com .
Light refreshments available. We meet at the fully accessible office of REACH of Plano located at 720 E. Park Blvd., Suite 104 Plano 75074. [ Map ]
Questions? Contact us at disabilitydemocrats@gmail.com or call 307-314-ABLE (2253). For more information about Democrats with Disabilities, visit our website . We welcome your donations at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/demswithdisabilities#
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.

Our summer office hours are:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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.
Yes, We Can Talk Politics
Drinking Liberally and Living Liberally provide progressive people an opportunity to meet like-minded people and speak freely. You can converse, joke, and vent to your heart's content. If listening is more your style, that's cool too. Your politics are welcomed here.

Allen - Cafe Del Rio
When: Friday, August 2, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 401 Central Expy S, Allen [ map]

Plano - Rugby House Pub
When: Friday, August 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 8604 Preston Rd #100, Plano [ map]

When: Friday, August 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: 2600 W, FM 544, Wylie [ map]

McKinney -  Location is transitioning.
When:  Friday, August 16, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: Please see next week's Rally for details.