Inside This Issue:
- Dine-With-A-Dem Fundraiser
- Honoring Black History Month: Words that Inspire Series
- Meet Rolando "RJ" Coronado, Data and Training Director
- Renew Your Vote-By-Mail Status
- Tools to Run for Office
- Sign Up for Virtual Training as We Prepare for 2022!
- ROADWomen, H-BAD, & HCDP Invite You to We Run the World Fundraiser
- New Study Shows Harris County Loves Democrats!
- Become a Sustaining Member
This Valentine’s Day show your love for progressive values by supporting the Harris County Democratic Party. Join us for our Dine-With-A-Dem Fundraiser on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm! Tickets are only $10. Once you purchase your ticket, we will send you a link on Valentine’s Day so that you can begin bidding early on a virtual mentoring session with your favorite Democrats.
Hosted by auctioneer extraordinaire Odus Evbagharu. Place your bid to get some serious QT with:
Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia
Representative Shawn Thierry
Representative Jon Rosenthal
Representative Gene Wu
County Judge Lina Hidalgo
County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth
County Attorney Christian Menefee
District Clerk Marilyn Burgess
HCDP Chair Lillie Schechter
HCDP Interim ED Delilah Agho-Otoghile
Justice Amparo Guerra<
Justice Julie Countiss
Judge Dawn Rogers
Judge Lesley Briones
Judge Tanya Garrison
Judge Natalia "Nata" Cornelio
Judge Leah Shapiro
Judge Clinton "Chip" Wells
Judge Genesis Draper
Judge Shannon Baldwin
Judge Jerry Simoneaux
Judge Raul Rodriguez
Judge Dedra Davis
Hon. Chris Hollins
We are also auctioning off scrumptious desserts prepared by Judges Tanya Garrison & Scot Dollinger. Detailed bidding instructions will follow your ticket purchase!
Even though the 2020 election is over, we have to start thinking about how to raise money to keep our team employed, start planning for the 2022 Gubernatorial Election, and deepen our relationships with underrepresented communities in an off year.
Honoring Black History Month: Words that Inspire Series
The Harris County Democratic Party honors Black History Month with Words that Inspire Series. The first series features County Attorney Christian Menefee, the youngest and first African-American elected Harris County Attorney. The 32-year-old litigator brings to his new role energy and determination to address issues important to our community.
“I ran for this office because I saw that it has a real opportunity to impact life for everyday people,” Menefee told the Houston Chronicle.
Meet Rolando "RJ" Coronado, HCDP Data and Training Director!
RJ first stepped into the HCDP office a few days before the 2018 Midterm Election to join a phone bank.
Having the opportunity to help voters make a plan to vote encouraged him to join the HCDP Leadership Academy the following year in 2019. During his time in the 10-week program he acquired hand-ons experience with voter registration at various community events and helped identify voter's policy issues of concern by phone banking and canvassing.
Wanting to help the people around him and ensure more voices were heard, he coordinated and supported voter registration efforts in Harris County as a Battleground Texas Organizer.
Since joining HCDP again he's helped organize and train teams in Northwest Harris County leading up to the 2020 election. Adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, he led texting efforts using Outvote and co-led virtual phone banks on Zoom up until Election Day.
When he isn't learning new organizing tools or having a one-on-one meeting with volunteers -- he's either reading a book, fishing on a nice day, or spending time (safely) with friends and family.
You can reach RJ at RJ@harrisdemocrats.com.
Renew Your Vote-By-Mail Status
Important local elections are coming up across Harris County on May 1, 2021!
Voters who are 65 years of age or older or disabled qualify to vote by mail. You can renew your vote-by-mail status by completing the Texas Annual Application for Ballot By Mail (ABBM).
Tools to Run for Office
Want to run for office and don’t know where to get started? Have you identified which office you’re interested in running for? Do you know how you get on the ballot, raise money, get volunteers, tell your story?
We have resources to help get you started.
Sign Up for a Virtual Training as We Prepare for 2022!
We're hosting a Votebuilder 101 training, where we'll dive into the basics of how to utilize Votebuilder (also know as VAN or Voter Activation Network) to identify potential Democrats and begin to familiarize yourself with VAN before the next election season.
Thursday, February 18th at 6:00 pm or Saturday, February 20th at 12:00 pm
Precinct Organizing 101 Training:
Join our Precinct Organizing Training, where we'll provide guidance on how to begin recruiting volunteers and share best practices for outreaching to your Democratic neighbors.
Thursday, February 25th at 6:00 pm or Saturday, February 27th at 12:00 pm
ROADWomen, H-BAD & HCDP Invite You to We Run the World Fundraiser
Join ROADWomen, H-BAD, and HCDP as we celebrate International Women's Month - Virtually! We'll be highlighting the true diversity of Harris County's artists, elected officials, and grassroots activists.
Your support will help us catapult our strategy of registering women voters and first-time voters, help keep our progressive candidates in office and help new candidates flip the seats we need to Turn Texas Blue.
Let's celebrate women and show that We Run The World!
New Study Shows Harris County Loves Democrats!
In a just-released Policy & Politics study from the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs, Democratic politicians received higher favorable ratings from Harris County voters than Republicans.
Democratic Elected Officials County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Chief of Police Art Acevedo, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Sheriff Ed Gonzalez had the highest proportion of favorable ratings!
Republicans Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick & Dan Crenshaw received more unfavorable.
Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
The Harris County Democratic Party membership program has five membership levels:
Friend of HCDP - $10 a month
Ally of HCDP - $15 a month
Activist of HCDP - $30 a month
Advocate of HCDP - $60 a month
Champion of HCDP - $125 a month
Sustaining members who donate a regular monthly or annual amount allow us to underwrite our day-to-day operations. This is how we pay our staff. This is how we support Democratic candidates. This is how we fund our voter outreach.
This is how we help elect more Democrats to office.