Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup: June 30

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Carol Donovan Elected Our New DCDP County Chair

On Saturday, June 27, the Dallas County Democratic Precinct Chairs met to elect a new Dallas County Chair to replace Darlene Ewing, who resigned (after ten years in office) to run for Judge of the 254th District family court bench which had been held by the late Judge Jim Martin. Carol Donovan (at left above, with Darlene Ewing) won the election to fill out her term by 135 votes to 113. This term will run through twenty days after the 2016 Democratic primary / runoff.

Donovan was sworn in that same day by Judge Martin Hoffman at the Hall of State at Fair Park, where the Precinct Chairs voted. That same day she spoke with KTVT-TV CBS 11 (above) to cheer equality and reject the actions of Governor Abbott, saying she believes he is “encouraging government employees to disobey the law” and “He’s got to watch it or he is going to be the Governor Wallace of our time.” The story is at this link. On Monday morning she reached out to her election opponent Tex Quesada to ask him to be involved. That afternoon she chaired her first staff meeting. Preparations for the 2016 Primary and General Elections are already underway.

The new DCDP Chair 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 had posted her County Chair campaign flyer and all of her campaign letters on her Facebook page at https://facebook.com/CarolDonovanforDCDPchair. You may now reach her by email to Chair AT DallasDemocrats.org.

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.

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.)

Friday, July 3:
DCDP Office Closed for Holiday — The Dallas County Democratic Party office will be closed on Friday, July 3, 2015, in honor of the celebration of American Independence Day. Enjoy the holiday with your family and friends.

Tuesday, July 7:
Irving Texas Democratic Women — (6:30 pm, East China Buffet, 4023 W. Airport Fwy., Irving 75062)

Hillary For Texas North Texas Grassroots Organizing Meeting — Be among the first to kick off Hillary’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. RSVP by email to outreach AT WOWDEMS.org. (Sign-In: 6:30 p.m. Meeting Begins: 7:00 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano 75093)

Thursday, July 9:

Dallas Democratic Forum Panel The U.S. Supreme Court: Impact of Recent Decisions — With Jeff Kahn, Professor of Law, SMU, Paul D. Castillo, Attorney, Lambda Legal, and Jason Steed, Appellate Attorney and Supreme Court Commentator; moderated by John Turner, Partner, HaynesBoone. 2015 Patron & Sustaining Members of the Forum — Free; 2015 Regular Members — $25, Non Members — $40. RSVP by Tuesday, July 7, by email to WDGriggs AT yahoo.com. (11:30 am Registration/Buffet, 12:00 Noon Program, Belo Mansion, 2101 Ross Avenue at Olive, Dallas 75201)
Preston Hollow Democrats — (6:00 pm, Preston Royal Library Auditorium, 5626 Royal Lane, Dallas)
Coppell Drinking Liberally — (6:30 pm, Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano, 817 S. MacArthur Blvd. #125, Coppell)
Garland Area Democratic Club — (7:00 pm, Garland Women’s Activities Building, 713 Austin St. [at Glenbrook], downtown Garland)

Saturday, July 11:
Fort Worth Chorizo and Menudo Community Breakfast — (9:00 am, Nuevo Leon Restaurant, 1544 Ellis Ave., Fort Worth 76164
Park Cities Central Dallas Democrats — [Meeting moved from July 4 because of the holiday] (10:30 AM – 12 PM, University Park Library, 8383 Preston Center Plaza, Suite 200, University Park, TX 75225.)
Mexican American Democrats of Texas – Dallas CAUSA Chapter — Guests are welcome but must RSVP by calling Sylvana Alonzo 972-900-0882. (11 AM, 2223 W. Jefferson, Dallas 75208)
Muslim Democratic Caucus of Dallas County — Contact: Tariq Jaffery, 972-523-7536, email to tjaffery AT gmail.com. (2:30 p.m., Kasbah Grill, 2851 Esters Rd, Irving 75062)

Wednesday, July 15:
Garland Democratic Woman’s Club — Our speaker will be Dallas County District 1 Commissioner Theresa Daniel. Come and enjoy a drink (my favorite is ice water with lemon) and/or a meal. Please contact our President, Arlene Beasley, at (972) 278-9511 or at arbea25199 AT aol.com for more information. (11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Siciliano’s A Taste of Italy, 2210 W. Buckingham Road, Garland 75042)

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)

Saturday, July 18:

Southwest Dallas County Democrats — This month’s guest speakers will be Natalie Baker (above), Executive Relations Manager, with the Prison Entrepreneurship on “Rethinking Prison”, and and Thelma Clardy, former Desoto Mayor Pro Tem, with a Legislative Update. (10 AM, Southwest Center Mall – Community Room, 3662 W Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas)

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).

Wednesday, August 5, 2015:

Judicial Campaign Kickoff for Chika Anyiam For Criminal District Court No. 2. Complimentary Appetizers, Beverages & Valet Parking. Please RSVP by email to chikaforjudge AT gmail.com. (5:30 to 7:30 pm, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 3520 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas 75219)

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