Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup: June 16, 2015

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County Chair Candidate Forum
The DCDP will host a forum for all Chair candidates who wish to attend. The format will be questions and answers with a moderator. Questions which have been solicited from Dallas Democrats will be presented to all of the candidates. Those in attendance will be permitted to write out questions for the candidates, which will be given to the moderator. Each candidate will be asked the same questions. The moderator will be allowed to ask follow-up questions. At the end of questioning, each candidate will be given five minutes to speak.

Chair Candidate Forum:
CWA Local 6215 Union Hall
1408 N. Washington Ave. (at Bryan)
Dallas 75204

This Saturday, June 20, 2015
10 AM

Parking is free — but limited. When the main lot at Washington and Bryan is filled, there is some more behind the building, and some available on side streets within a block or two.

Several Democratic clubs and organizations have also invited the candidates for County Chair to speak to their meetings. Tell us about others and we’ll post them on the Calendar. Don’t be surprised if they show up at some other meetings as well.

Submit Questions On-line
You can also send in your suggestions for questions to the candidates for DCDP Chair on line. Read more and find the link to submit yours at this page:
http://www.dallasdemocrats.org/docs/standard-page-4.html

Day of Decision March and Rally

This event will be held on the day that the US Supreme Court issues its decision on marriage equality. Currently this march and rally is scheduled for Thursday June 18, but if the decision is not issued that day, the march and rally will be rescheduled for next week. Read more, sign up, and see any updated date and time at this page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/788790994568752/

“At 6 PM, we will gather at Cathedral of Hope (5910 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas 75235) for an inspirational rally, celebration of love, and discussion about what the ruling means for same-gender loving couples, families, people of faith/faith-free people and how the decision compels us moving forward.

“At 7:30 PM, we will march on the sidewalk down Cedar Springs to the Legacy of Love Monument at the Oak Lawn Triangle (Oak Lawn at Cedar Springs). Get your signs and noisemakers ready for this exciting moment where we march in solidarity with one another.

“At 8 PM, we will gather around the Legacy of Love Monument for a festive display of what the ruling means to the LGBTQ community, the people we love, and hear a call to action for what remains ahead.”

DCDP Juneteenth Celebration

Your Dallas County Democratic Party will be visiting with Dallas residents and registering voters at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center’s 2015 Juneteenth Festival.

Friday, June 19
12 pm. – 5 pm.

MLK Jr. Community Center
2922 MLK Blvd.,
Dallas, TX 75215

Sign up to volunteer: http://bit.ly/1HQjgCU
More information about the Festival: http://bit.ly/1eTx2hd
Facebook event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/399970000194043/

Thanks to Outgoing Chair Darlene Ewing!

For more than a decade Chair Darlene Ewing has served Dallas County Democrats, doing the work of ally coordination, candidate recruitment, fundraising, voter registration and education, and turnout at election time.

Help us thank her for her years of service by signing her online thank you card at http://www.dallasdemocrats.org/docs/thankyou.

The Race for DCDP County Chair
On June 27 the Dallas County Democratic Precinct Chairs will meet to elect a new Dallas County Chair to replace Darlene Ewing, who will be resigning after ten years to run for Judge of the 254th District family court bench which had been held by the late Judge Jim Martin. Only current Precinct Chairs will be eligible to vote, and proxies are not allowed. The voting will take place at 10 AM, Saturday June 27, at the Hall of State Auditorium, 3939 Grand Ave., Dallas 75210. Parking is free. DART users: Fair Park, Green Line.

Any Dallas County Democrat can get in the race for County Chair up to the election. We will also post contact info for the candidates on the website and the Roundup. Please let us know as soon as possible of anyone else running. There are now only two people who have said they are still in the race. In alphabetical order:

Carol Donovan is an attorney, mediator, and fundraiser who has been a Precinct Chair and was the first woman President of the University of Texas at Austin student body. Last year she was the Democratic candidate for State Representative in House District 107. She has posted her County Chair campaign flyer and all of her campaign letters on her Facebook page at https://facebook.com/CarolDonovanforDCDPchair. Her email address is CarolDonovanJD AT gmail.com. Her office number is 214-823-1400 and cell number is 214-213-4575.


George “Tex” Quesada is an attorney and fundraiser who has been the first Hispanic President of both the Dallas and the Texas Trial Lawyers Associations. His campaign Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/TexQuesadaforDCDPChair.His email address is texfordcdpchair AT gmail.com. His phone number is 214-307-5165.

We will post more websites or more contact information on these and any other candidates as and if it becomes available. Email me info to BillHowellDCDP AT yahoo.com.

Executive Director Stepping Down

DCDP Executive Director Taylor Holden has accepted a position with New Era Colorado, a progressive nonprofit that engages young people in the political process and runs issues-based campaigns, effective July 9.

An interim County Chair to replace Darlene Ewing will likely be elected June 27. It will be the incoming Chair’s decision on how and when they begin the process of filling the executive director position.

“Working with Dallas County Democratic Party volunteers, staff, and elected officials to improve the lives of Texans has been one of the highlights of my life,” said Taylor Holden. “Thank you all for working alongside me and teaching me more about community organizing than I could have imagined. You made Dallas home.”

Upcoming Events and Meetings
(For the latest updates on local events, and links to more info about these, check out the DallasDemocrats on Facebook and Twitter, and the DCDP website Calendar. To add an event or make a change or correction, contact the party office or email the editor: BillHowellDCDP AT Yahoo.com.)

Thursday, June 18:
Collin County Young Democrats — (6:30 PM, Mexigo, 6205 Coit Road Ste 396, Plano 75024

Far North Dallas Richardson Democrats — A forum between DCDP County Chair candidates Carol Donovan and Tex Quesada. (7:00 pm, Sonny Bryan’s, 1252 W. Campbell Road, Suite 240, Richardson 75080) (6:30 PM, Mexigo, 6205 Coit Road Ste 396, Plano 75024)
Collin County Young Democrats — (6:30 PM, Mexigo, 6205 Coit Road Ste 396, Plano 75024)

Friday, June 19:
Drinking Liberally for McKinney — (6:30 PM, Cafe Malaga, 107 South Church Street McKinney, 75069)

Saturday, June 20:
North Oak Cliff Democrats — (8:30 am, Norma’s Cafe, 1123 W. Davis St., Dallas 75208)

Rockwall County Democratic Party Breakfast Meeting — After the meeting our Elections Administrator will have Deputy Voter Registrar training. (9:00 am – 11:00 am, Harry Myers Community Center, 815 East Washington, Rockwall 75087)

DCDP COUNTY CHAIR CANDIDATE FORUM — See article above. (10 AM, CWA Local 6215 Union Hall, 1408 N. Washington Ave. at Bryan, Dallas 75204)

Lake Highlands White Rock Democrats — (10 AM, The Point at C.C. Young, 4847 W. Lawther Drive, Dallas)

Town Hall Meeting Commissioner Dist. 1 with Dr. Theresa Daniel — Information about county government and refreshments. (12 Noon – 2 PM, Road and Bridge Office, 715 Rowlett Rd., Garland 75040)

Monday, June 22:
Town Hall Meeting Commissioner Dist. 1 with Dr. Theresa Daniel — Information about county government and refreshments. (6 – 7:30 PM, Dallas County Schools Technology and Training Center, 5151 Samuell Blvd., Dallas 75228)

Tuesday, June 23:
Drinking Liberally Addison — NOTE: It will be our
10th Anniversary.
(5:30 PM, Taco Cabana, 15239 Montfort Dr, Dallas 75248)

Dallas County Texas Democratic Women — (6:30 pm, Sixth floor clubhouse, 1400 Hi Line Drive at 35E, Dallas 75207

Wednesday, June 24:
Town Hall Meeting Commissioner Dist. 1 with Dr. Theresa Daniel — Information about county government and refreshments. (6 – 7:30 PM, Oak Lawn Branch Library, 4100 Cedar Springs Rd., Dallas 75219)

Dallas County East Democrats — (6:30 pm, Martinez Restaurant, 901 Gross Rd., Mesquite 75149)

Thursday, June 25:
North Dallas Texas Democratic Women — (6:45 pm, Northaven United Methodist Church, 11211 Preston Rd., Dallas)

Saturday, June 27:
DCDP COUNTY CHAIR ELECTION — Precinct Chairs will chose a new County Chair to replace the resigning Darlene Ewing and serve out her term. Only current Precinct Chairs can vote, and no proxies are allowed. Parking is free. DART users: Fair Park, Green Line. (10 AM, Hall of State Auditorium, 3939 Grand Ave., Dallas 75210)

Rowlett Democratic Club — (5:00 pm, First Christian Church, 7301 Miller Rd. at Chiesa Rd., northeast corner, Rowlett)

Wednesday, July 15:

Reception and Fundraiser for John R. Ames —
Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector. Watch a video message from John R. Ames and connect with the campaign on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reelectames. Complimentary Beverages & Appetizers. RSVP by email to reelectjohnames AT gmail.com. If you plan to donate and wish to be recognized as a sponsor, please email the campaign by Tuesday, July 14, with your pledge. (5:30 to 7:00 p.m., El Fenix – Original Location, Upstairs Room & Patio, 1601 McKinney Avenue, Dallas 75202)

Friday, July 24:
Tarrant County Democratic Party Jim Wright Flying High Gala — Rescheduled from June 5. Honoring the late Speaker of the House. Sponsorships are still available. Tickets are $125 and includes a meal, beverages, live band, and FUN! Tickets and sponsorship info at this page: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/2015jimwrightflyinghighgala. This is the annual fundraiser for the Tarrant County Democratic Party. (7 – 11 PM, Hilton Downtown Fort Worth, 815 Main St, Fort Worth 76102)

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