Inside This Issue:
- Join Us June 23 for HCDP Road to 2022, a Fundraiser Party to Support the Party
- Pride Yard Sign Orders Are Ready For Pick Up
- Candidate Petition Signing Event to Take Place at Road to 2022 Fundraiser
- Meet Interim Party Chair Audrie Lawton Evans
- Call for Action: Tell U.S. Senators You Support the Equality Act
- CEC Meeting to Select New Party Chair Set for June 27
- Beto O’Rourke Rallies Voters in Houston, Next Stop Austin
- HCDP Volunteer Highlight: Susan Woodyard
- Welcome New Leadership Academy Class
- Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
Join Us June 23 for HCDP Road to 2022, a Fundraiser Party to Support the Party
The road to 2022 is underway, and the Harris County Democratic Party wants you to be a part of the journey! Please join outgoing HCDP Chair Lillie Schechter, Interim Chair Audrie Lawton and the Harris County Democratic Party to raise a glass to Lillie's Leadership on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Chapman & Kirby (2118 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77003).
Purchase your ticket for $20.22 and receive a free drink on us. Thank you Brian Trachtenberg for the first free drink for everyone!!
Thank you to our Host Committee!*
Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, Senator John Whitmire, Judge Kyle Carter, Heidi Dugan, Jassim Jacob
Please Leave Patrick
Rita Lucido, Teresa Waldrop
Pack It Up Paxton
Judge Clinton "Chip" Wells, Judge Mike Engelhart, Judge Robert Schaffer, Judge Jim Kovach, Judge Jerry Zimmerer, Judge Jerry Simoneaux, Judge Raul Rodriguez, Councilmember Robert Gallegos, Kerry Gregg, Odus Evbagharu, Shekira Dennis
ROADwomen, Area 5 Democrats, Cypress-Tomball Democrats, Harris County Tejano Democrats, Southwest Democrats, Bellaire Braeswood Democrats, Bay Area Democratic Movement, Baytown Area Democrats, Harris County Democratic Lawyers Association
*As of 6/17/2021 at 11:04 AM
Pride Yard Sign Orders Are Ready For Pick Up
If you ordered signs, you can pick them up now at HCDP HQ, 4619 Lyons Ave — Monday thru Thursday from 11AM to 4PM. The winning design — "Welcome Home" — was submitted by Tanya Garrison (above) and Scot Krahling!
Ordered signs will also be available for pick up at the Road to 2022 event.
Please order and pay in advance below. (We can’t accept cash.)
Candidate Petition Signing Event to Take Place at Road to 2022 Fundraiser
There will be a petition signing event for candidates in the designated patio area at HCDP’s Road to 2022 fundraiser. All participants in the petition signing event must purchase a ticket to enter.
Petitions are required for judicial candidates, whether currently in office or not. All other candidates may submit a petition instead of a filing fee, if they wish to do so. The number of signatures needed to avoid having to pay a filing fee varies by office.
One other office for which a petition is required is County Chair, which has a different petition from the ones mentioned above.
Meet Interim Party Chair Audrie Lawton Evans
Harris County Democratic Party Secretary Audrie Lawton Evans will be serving as the Interim Party Chair between June 16 and June 27. Audrie is a native Houstonian and civil litigation attorney.
She is a graduate of Loyola University and the Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law.
Call for Action: Tell U.S. Senators You Support the Equality Act
This month, the Senate may have the chance to pass the Equality Act, a landmark piece of civil rights legislation that would provide a comprehensive and clear national commitment to the civil rights of LGBTQ citizens.
Your voice matters and will make all the difference, so call your Senators TODAY and urge them to pass the #EqualityAct NOW: 888-439-0303
CEC Meeting to Select New Party Chair Set for June 27
The Harris County Democratic Party (HCDP) County Executive Committee (CEC) is holding a virtual meeting Sunday, June 27, 2021, 7:00 p.m., for the purposes of electing a Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party and of the Harris County Democratic Party County Executive Committee to succeed Lillie Schechter in those positions, as well as other CEC business.
Required attendees will receive a Zoom link via email. The event will be streamed on HCDP’s Facebook and YouTube pages for the public.
Beto O’Rourke Rallies Voters in Houston, Next Stop Austin
Team HCDP battled the heat to join Beto O'Rourke -- along with Harris County citizens and elected officials -- in Houston's Fifth Ward on Sunday for the "Drive for Democracy Tour" in support of voting rights.
We are fighting back against voter suppression tactics and working to ensure our democracy is accessible to everyone!
Beto is traveling across the state of Texas. Join the rally in Austin on Sunday, June 20, at 5:30 p.m.
HCDP Volunteer Highlight: Susan Woodyard
Meet Susan Woodyard, HCDP Front Desk Volunteer Coordinator. Susan is originally from Connecticut, coming to Houston decades ago by way of Washington, DC. She says that was when she became a committed Democrat.
Susan says, “Retirement isn’t an option since I seem to have made a career of volunteering.” She served in a variety of roles in Cy Fair ISD, and eventually ran and won a seat on the CFISD school board.
“Living in a conservative district I had to find other Democrats, and volunteering with HCDP has been exciting, stimulating, occasionally disappointing (some elections just didn't go our way) and a labor of love.”
Susan is closing in on 14 years as an HCDP volunteer! “I have had multiple roles,” she says. “Many know me as the coordinator for the front desk staff, keeping 16 to 25 volunteers scheduled and informed. But I have also served as a precinct chair, election judge and SD secretary. I co-founded Cypress-Tomball Democrats and was the scheduler for a former Party Chair.
“Doing all of this allows me to stay informed and indirectly help elect Democrats. This, along with the current threat to our democracy keeps me motivated. The bonus is new friends, stimulating conversation, and working with wonderful people who are always willing to help.”
Welcome Summer Session Leadership Academy Class
Wishing a hearty welcome to the summer Leadership Academy class! It includes 17 students who will be attending virtual classes over a 10-week period. Our new class ranges in age and comes from diverse backgrounds.
The Leadership Academy program provides a unique learning opportunity for volunteer leaders to gain hands-on exposure to grassroots organizing, strengthen their understanding of the political process, and help prepare to elect the progressive leaders in our community!
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.
Until next time!
Harris County Democratic Party