What a wonderful Convention!
Mary Beth Rogers gave a rousing keynote at the luncheon, while both Judge Sarah Eckhardt (accepting the award on Senator Sylvia Garcia’s behalf) and Representative Chris Turner reminded us that our work in the trenches is incredibly important to getting Democrats elected. Then Mary Gordon Spence had us in stitches with her brilliant re-telling of her first day working for LBJ…
I’m happy to say that we sold every single copy we had of Turning Texas Blue. For those who are interested in having Mary Gordon Spence speak at your events, please visit her website, www.AskMaryGordon.com.
Congratulations to all of our awardees, and to the incoming board members elected on Saturday. I want to thank our dedicated volunteers, workshop leaders, sponsors, and everybody who made it to Austin. This event is a success because of you!
Now, it’s time to shout our GOTV message for the Primary Election. Early Vote begins February 16th, and ends on Feburary 26th. If you’re voting by mail, your ballots must be received by Election Day, March 1st, so be sure to get them in the mail as soon as you can.
While the Democratic Party is unlikely to see a runoff at the top of the ticket, there will almost certainly be a few down-ballot races that go to a runoff. If you’ve applied for ballot by mail, you will automatically receive a runoff ballot. Mark your calendars for these Runoff dates:
- Monday, April 25: Last day to register to vote
- Monday, May 16: First day of Early Vote
- Friday, May 13: Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received)
- Friday, May 20: Last day of Early Vote
- Tuesday, May 24: Runoff Election Day & Last day ballots by mail can be received
Don’t forget, County/Senate District Conventions are coming up on Saturday March 19th. You may pre-register for the convention at http://register.txdemocrats.org
At these conventions, delegates are elected to go to the State Convention in San Antonio June 16-18. This year, the Democratic Party has increased the number of delegates, and there are no alternates. This means that more people can participate, and I encourage you to do so!
When women vote, Democrats win. No matter the results of the Primary Election, we’ll have lots of work to do in the months ahead to get Democrats elected up and down the ballot, all across the state in November.
We are Stronger Together!
President, Texas Democratic Women