Inside This Issue:
- HCDP-Sponsored Election Listening Session Draws Over 120 Attendees
- HCDP Chair Calls Out County GOP Press Conference as ‘Hype’
- Two Candidates File for District 147 Special Election
- TDP, HCDP Hold Press Conference to Address Repeated Republican Attacks on Voting Rights
- HCDP Chair Talks Texas Elections on NPR’s The Takeaway
- Beto O’Rourke Wins Democratic Candidacy for Texas Governor
- Party Convention Scheduled for March 19
- Women’s Commission Creation Approved by Harris County Commissioners Court
- For Our Precinct Chairs
- Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
- Thank You Primary Night Watch Party Attendees!
- HCDP Stands in Support of the People of Ukraine
HCDP-Sponsored Election Listening Session Draws Over 120 Attendees
Team HCDP is thankful for the 120-plus election workers who showed up and provided instrumental feedback during our Town Hall with Harris County Elections. Harris County Democrats are committed to making sure voting is easier for every voter and to maintaining confidence in our voting process.
HCDP Chair Calls Out County GOP Press Conference as ‘Hype’
In a press conference on Wednesday — their third held since the election — the Harris County GOP suggested a special oversight committee for elections, a request Harris County Democratic Party Chair Odus Evbagharu calls “redundant” and “hype designed to create unwarranted fear about our election process.”
A committee already exists to provide elections oversight," Evbagharu said. "The Harris County Elections Committee — made up of both party chairs, the county judge, the county clerk, and the county tax assessor — is designed to provide direction and supervision over elections held in Harris County.
Two Candidates File for District 147 Special Election
Two candidates, Danielle Keys Bess and Jolanda Jones will face each other in the May 7 Special Election for Texas House District seat 147, formerly held by Rep. Garnet Coleman. The winner of the Special Election will serve as the HD 147 Representative through the end of former Representative Coleman’s term on January 10, 2023.
TDP, HCDP Hold Press Conference to Address Repeated Republican Attacks on Voting Rights
HCDP and TDP held a joint press conference on March 3 to address Republican attacks on voting rights in Texas following the primary election on March 1. HCDP Chair Odus Evbagharu and TDP Chair Gilberto Hinojosa were joined by a group of Democratic legislators and party officials to discuss the negative effects Texas is already seeing from the Republican engineered anti-voting bill, Senate Bill 1, that passed just over 3 months ago on January 1.
HCDP Chair Talks Texas Elections on NPR’s The Takeaway
HCDP Chair Odus E. Evbagharu talks to Melissa Harris Perry of NPR’s The Takeaway about Texas elections.
Beto O’Rourke Wins Democratic Candidacy for Texas Governor
Beto O’Rourke won the March 1 Democratic primary race for Texas Governor by a landslide last Tuesday. O’Rourke, who has maintained a steady lead throughout the Primary campaign season is now tasked with unseating incumbent Republican candidate, Greg Abbott in the general election on November 8.
Party Convention Scheduled for March 19
The Harris County Senate District Convention is just around the corner! Each County (or SD within a county with multiple SDs) elects delegates to the state convention at their County/Senate District convention.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Women’s Commission Creation Approved by Harris County Commissioners Court
Harris County Attorney Christian D. Menefee’s proposal to create a Harris County Women’s Commission was approved by Commissioners Court on March 8. The Women’s Commission will conduct research, engage with the community, and make recommendations to the Commissioners Court related to economic opportunities and health outcomes of women in Harris County.
“The Harris County Women’s Commission will research and identify inequities, identify gender disparities in county institutions, and engage in community participation to work toward a more equitable county,” said Menefee in a statement.
For Our Precinct Chairs
The 2022 Q1 CEC will be held in person on Thursday, March 24, at 7 PM at the IBEW Local 716 building. Those who are unable to attend can watch from wherever they might be via the HCDP YouTube livestream.
RSVP for the meeting here.
HCDP 2022 Road Show
In 2019, HCDP went to 8 different State House districts to reach out to Democrats around Harris County. We had over 100 participants, many who had not been engaged before but were ready to start mobilizing for 2020. By bringing in new people, as well as activating volunteers already working in those neighborhoods, we expanded our capabilities and reach. We hosted canvasses and phone banks for each House District we visited as well — and were able to call over 15,000 voters and knock over 6,000 doors.
This year, we would like to go even bigger, and would be grateful for your participation and support for these outreach events! We plan to have training, lunch, and have the House District Candidate share a few words with the volunteers. Then immediately after, go out and canvass for the district!
Here are the first 4 HD’s we’re going to:
We are going to pause in May to focus on the Primary Runoff Election- but please feel free to join us in calling votes every Monday and Thursday at 5pm! Sign up here.
Precinct Chair Ballot Draw Results
The results are in for the drawing for ballot order for contested Precinct Chair races! Candidates for 11 of the Harris County Precinct Chair positions traveled to HCDP HQ to draw their ballot order for the March 24 election.
See the results of the ballot drawing here.
Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
Work by the Harris County Democratic Party is supported through our membership program.
- 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.
Thank You Primary Night Party Attendees!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the HCDP/Harris County Young Democrats 2022 Democratic Primary watch party at Axelrad!
Learn how to get involved with HCDP. Find out about Democratic club meetings and volunteer opportunities.
HCDP Stands in Support of the People of Ukraine
HCDP Stands in Support of the People of Ukraine HCDP wholeheartedly condemns Russia’s inhuman attack on Ukraine and stands in total support and solidarity with the Ukrainian citizens during this moment of great hardship and national bravery.
“I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.” — Mark Twain
We Are Charged Up & Ready to Go!!!