Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup: June 23

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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.
This decision may be issued this Thursday June 25 or this Friday June 26. Currently this march and rally is scheduled for whichever of those days the decision is issued. 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.”

The Race for DCDP County Chair
This Saturday, 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. Read more about the process at this page. The voting will take place at 10 AM, Saturday June 27, at the Hall of State Auditorium, 3939 Grand Ave., Dallas 75210 (you can enter from gate 3 on Parry Avenue). 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.

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.

In Memory: Dan Weiser

Dan Weiser, a long-time Democratic activist, official, and consultant here in Dallas died peacefully on Saturday, June 20, at 81, with his family. He had been a Precinct Chair and the Treasurer of the local party as far back as the 1960’s, and used his math wizardry for Democratic campaigns and redistricting battles. A memorial service was held earlier today at Temple Emanuel, followed by a private graveside service there. Those wishing to make a donation in honor of Dan are encouraged to contribute to Temple Emanuel in Dallas, or to a social action project of their choice.

He and his wife Louette celebrated their 61st anniversary two weeks before Dan’s death. He is also survived by three sons, nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. Weiser was born in Missouri but came to Texas as a child, getting his bachelor’s and doctorate in math from Rice. “He received a prize for his dissertation, on a topic not remotely understood by mere mortals” … and “had a very successful career as a mathematician for Mobil Oil in Dallas” … “When Dan and Louette moved to Dallas in 1958, racial segregation was enforced as a matter of deep custom and explicit law. Dan quickly fell in with a group of liberal Democrats in Dallas who challenged the status quo.”

“Dan was a political strategist, adviser, and guru. Over the years he helped hundreds of candidates run for public office often as one of the key strategists … at all levels: federal, state, county, city council, and school board. … From the 1960s forward, Dan was among
the foremost experts in the country with respect to statistical analysis of political districts. Dan was often the expert witness for civil rights groups throughout Texas seeking to ensure equitable representation pursuant to the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. …Dan was the lead plaintiff in a redistricting case against the State of Texas after the 1970 Census. Dan won at the federal district court level; because the State of Texas was appealing the decision, the law books now show Dan’s case as White v. Weiser (1973).”

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.)

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

Dallas County Tejano Democrats —
Forum for the County Chair candidates.
(7 PM, El Centro College – West, Community W 141, 3330 N. Hampton, Dallas 75212)

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)

Grassroots Democratic Coalition — Price: $2.00 per person. (7:30 PM, Black Eyed Pea Restaurant, 7979 Belt LIne Rd at Coit Rd – Next to Shell Service Station, Dallas 75287)

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)

Denton County Democratic Party Summer Fundraiser — Texas Democratic Chairman, Gilberto Hinojosa, will be our special guest speaker at this annual event in the Keffer’s backyard. Hot dogs with all the fixin’s, and homemade ice cream! Your homemade ice cream is welcome, too! For more information or to RSVP by phone, please call Marsha at 940-387-9068. Suggested ticket donation is $15. On-line tickets are available at: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/summerfundraiser2015. (6 – 9 p.m., 815 Ector, Denton)

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)

Thursday, July 16:

Commissioner Theresa Daniel Birthday Party — Complimentary beverages & grilled cheese sandwiches. RSVP by email to TheresaDanielForCommissioner AT gmail.com. Suggested minimum $20. Sponsorships (please RSVP with your pledge by July 16): American $5000, Parmesan $2500, Swiss $1000, Cheddar $500, Jack $250, Singles $100. (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Dallas Grilled Cheese Co., 310 W. 7th St., Dallas 75208)

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)

Thursday, July 30:

TARA Celebration of 50th Anniversary of Medicare / Medicaid — Texas Alliance for Retired Americans celebrates the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. Join us for this free and fun event! See the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1433737716935973/. (12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, Alliance/AFT hall, 334 Centre St. at Bishop in Oak Cliff, Dallas 75208)


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