Inside This Issue:
- Congratulations to Our First Group of Chronicle-Recommended Candidates
- President Biden Pardons All People Convicted of Simple Marijuana Possession Under Federal Law
- Lina Hidalgo to Hold Climate Change Fundraiser Oct. 22 — with Special Guest Jane Fonda
- Come Out to HCDP’s NW Office Opening Celebration on Oct. 9 — With Chris Hollins
- Check Your Voter Registration Before the Oct. 11 Deadline
- Avoid the Hassle, Vote Early — Starting Oct. 24
- Volunteer with HCDP for the Home Stretch
- Precinct Chair Corner
- Help Support HCDP Through Our Membership Program
- Dems at the Door! Democratic Canvassers Knocked on More Than 70,000 Doors in September
Congratulations to Our First Group of Chronicle-Recommended Candidates
"Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher has carved out a distinct role for herself, pursuing strategic committee appointments & reaching across the aisle whenever possible. She has more than earned our endorsement...,” writes Houston Chronicle Opinion in its recommendation.
"If you want a serious candidate well qualified to run the Texas agriculture department fairly, efficiently, & honestly, we can’t recommend (Susan) Hays highly enough," writes Houston Chronicle Opinion. Susan Hays "promises to lead the department with integrity."
Democrat Duncan Klussmann’s “years of public service & deep understanding of his district make him our pick…,” writes Houston Chronicle Opinion. “His experience serving local constituents is unmatched & he shows a willingness to work across the aisle to get things done.”
Texas Rep. Ann Johnson for Texas House District 134 “has made good use of her two years in office. She quickly earned committee spots, worked across the aisle on legislation & gained the kind of know-how that we think makes her the best legislator for constituents in HD 134.”
“We believe House District 131 would best be served by (Alma) Allen’s combination of bipartisan outreach & partisan leadership in Austin… State Representative Alma A. Allen is our pick…,” writes Houston Chronicle Opinion in its recommendation.
“Teneshia Hudpseth has the clearest vision for the current job… With a full term, Hudspeth will be able to seamlessly continue her efforts to make the office more responsive & accessible to all of Harris County,” writes Houston Chronicle Opinion.
President Biden Pardons All People Convicted of Simple Marijuana Possession Under Federal Law
“President Joe Biden on Thursday granted a pardon to all people convicted of simple marijuana possession under federal law, in what amounts to the most extensive White House action taken to date on U.S. drug policy.
“The president also urged governors to take similar action for state offenses of civil possession of marijuana.
“‘Sending people to prison for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives and incarcerated people for conduct that many states no longer prohibit,’ Biden said in a statement. ‘Criminal records for marijuana possession have also imposed needless barriers to employment, housing, and educational opportunities. And while white and Black and brown people use marijuana at similar rates, Black and brown people have been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted at disproportionate rates.’”
Lina Hidalgo to Hold Climate Change Fundraiser Oct. 22 — with Special Guest Jane Fonda
Team Lina is teaming up with legendary star Jane Fonda for the home stretch before Election Day!
Join them on Oct. 22 at 5:30 PM for a climate-focused fundraiser at the home of Swati and Dr. Rakesh Narayan.
With so little time left to go, your support is more important now than ever.
Come Out to HCDP's NW Office Opening on Oct 9 — With Chris Hollins
Join us on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 1:30 to 3 PM to celebrate the opening of HCDP’s brand new satellite office!
The new office will be located at the Hollins Law Offices on 6944 Cypress Creek Parkway.
Head on over and meet with like-minded Democrats, including Harris County Mayoral Candidate Chris Hollins and HCDP Chair Odus Evbagharu, as we prepare for a blue wave on Nov. 8!
Check Your Voter Registration Before the Deadline
Are you registered to vote at your current address?
The deadline to register to vote in the 2022 November election is Tuesday, October 11.
This is also the deadline to update your address and all other info.
Check your voter registration here.
Avoid the Hassle, Vote Early
Beat the long lines, AND make your voice heard by voting early!
Early voting will take place from Oct. 24 to Nov. 3.
You can vote at any Harris County early voting polling location. So, it’s easy to find a location near you.
Find an early vote polling location here.
Volunteer with HCDP for the Home Stretch
Get involved today by signing up for a block walk or phone bank near you!
See them all here.
Also... Sign up to be a poll watcher or poll monitor here.
Precinct Chair Corner
If you haven’t signed up for the Knock Knock in a Box program for Precinct Chairs, do it today!
Sign up here.
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Precinct Chairs Not Receiving Our Emails
If you know of Precinct Chairs who are not receiving our emails, please email Marc@HarrisDemocrats.com. We are working on a resolution with our vendor who distributes our emails.
Welcome New Precinct Chairs
We have sent you an Invitation to create your accounts in VAN. VAN (Voter Action Network) is the database and computer application that the Democratic Party uses to extract and store voter information that is used in our phone banks, block walks, and other Democratic processes.
You should have received an email that you can use to create your VAN account. Please follow the directions in the email and you will create an ActionID that you will use to access Van for all the activities that precinct chairs perform.
In the next few days, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the Precinct Chair Portal where you can find the precinct chair directory and other information.
If you have any questions or issues with VAN, email VAN@HarrisDemocrats.com and somebody on the Data team will respond to you within 24 hours.
As a new precinct chair, we will follow up with other information that may assist you in your work. In the meantime, we encourage you to use our website as you find all sorts of current Information that may be useful in your work.
Additionally, every other week you will automatically receive the newsletter that you are reading called the blue report. You can find the previous versions of the blue report under the media tab on our website. Again, all of HCDP welcomes you as a Precinct Chair, and we look forward to supporting you!
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.
Dems at the Door! Democratic Canvassers Knocked More Than 70,000 Doors in September
Democratic canvassers throughout Harris County were hard at work in September getting out the vote for Dems up and down the ballot.
HCDP is proud to announce that this September we knocked on more than 70,000 doors in Harris County, making contact with over 81,000 people through door-knocking alone.
We are so grateful to all of the volunteers, activists, and organizers who are out on the field every day fighting for progress in Harris County. Together, we can make this Blue Wave possible!
Remember to verify your voter registration before Oct. 11!