Dallas County Democratic Party Weekly Roundup, November 10, 2015

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This Saturday November 14: 2nd Democratic Debate Watch Party
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Come join Dallas County Democrats for the second debate between the 2016 Democratic Contenders.

Hosted by:
State Senator Royce West
State Representative Yvonne Davis
State Representative Helen Giddings
State Representative Roberto Alonzo
State Representative Rafael Anchia
State Representative Toni Rose
Judge Eric V. Moyé
Judge Ken Molberg
Judge Phyllis Lister Brown
Darlene Ewing for Judge, 254th Family Court
Judge Dominique Collins
Tax Assessor-Collector John R. Ames
Commissioner Dr. Theresa Daniel
Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia
Dwaine Caraway for County Commissioner, Pct. 3.
Justice of the Peace Thomas G. Jones
Justice of the Peace Juan Jasso
Justice of the Peace Valencia Nash
Justice of the Peace Katy Hubener
Constable Beth Villarreal
County Chair Carol Donovan

Thanks to our hosts, the event is free to attend. Registration is required to help us track attendee count. See our Facebook event page (with a link to RSVP) at this page:

FOOD DRIVE: Dallas County Democratic Party is collecting canned goods and non-perishable items to donate to a food bank for Thanksgiving. Please help us make a difference and give back to the community by bringing at least one canned food item when you attend the event.

The second debate is in Des Moines, Iowa and we will watch at the historical Texas Theatre.

Saturday, November 14, 7 – 10 PM, Texas Theatre, 231 W Jefferson Blvd., Dallas 75208

This Saturday: Filing Begins for Public Office in the 2016 Primary
Filing for candidates for Precinct Chair for the 2016 Democratic Primary began on Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Candidates for public office can’t file until Saturday, November 14, 2014. Filing ends for candidates for both Precinct Chair and for public office on Monday, December 14, 2015, and is set by law to end at 6 PM.

Note to Precinct Chairs and candidates for Precinct Chair:
the current term will end twenty days after the 2016 Primary Runoff. If you want to be elected to the next two-year term, you will need to file for the Primary ballot. You can find a link to the form and more information about Precinct Chairs at this page:


Find more information about running for public office and links to forms for filing for the primary, filing of campaign treasurers, filing fees, and to the petition forms that candidates for JP and Judge have to get voters to sign to get on the primary ballot (or that other candidates can use to avoid paying filing fees), at http://www.dallasdemocrats.org/elections/election-facts.html

This Coming Monday November 16: DCDP Executive Committee Meeting
The Dallas County Democratic Party Executive Committee will meet this coming Monday, November 16, at the usual place, the Communications Workers union hall at 1408 N. Washington at Bryan, Dallas, at 6:30 PM. This is their regular quarterly meeting, at which they will hear reports on party activity and finances, and consider electing Precinct Chairs to fill vacancies. Please note that applications to fill a vacancy for the rest of the current term for Precinct Chairs (which runs until after next year’s Runoff) need to be submitted to the DCDP office this week so that residence, registration etc. can be verified.

The Executive Committee consists of the DCDP County Chair, Carol Donovan, the EC Secretary, Gary Garcia, and the Precinct Chairs of Dallas County. The EC meetings are open to attendance by all Dallas County Democrats, but space (including parking) is limited.

Also at this meeting, Frances Rizo, Chair of the Dallas County Tejano Democrats, has announced that she plans to propose a Resolution calling on the Dallas City Council to reverse its recent vote to allow a cement plant to relocated to just uphill from a middle school and near several other schools. Because this has arisen since the last EC meeting, no previous notice could be given there, so it will require a suspension of the rules to consider at this meeting instead of deferring it until the next meeting.

In Memory: Pat Tharp
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Patrick H. Tharp died peacefully Oct. 29 at the age of 78. He was a long-time active Democrat, Precinct Chair and Election Judge, who often hosted Democratic events and meetings at his dance studio in northeast Dallas. His obit added “Beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend, he was a dance instructor extraordinaire, Unitarian, yellow dog Democrat and friend of Bill W.” He will indeed be missed.

Commit To A Committee
Sign up for the committee of your choice and help the Dallas County Democratic Party all year long. Help form policies, develop positions, and/or recruit for the Party. Contact Operations Manager Carmen Ayala at 214-821-8331 or email to carmen AT dallasdemocrats.org and let her know the DCDP committee(s) on which you wish to serve:

Work Area: Administration
Committee: Finance
Chair: David Bradley
Purpose: To develop the budget and strategies to achieve financial goals

Committee: Fundraising
Chair: Marvin Earle
Purpose: To develop a fundraising plan and to raise funds for the DCDP

Committee: Technology
Chair: Jim Burke
Purpose: To inventory existing hardware & software and to make recommendations for DCDP technology needs

Work Area: Issues & Platform
Committee: Civil Rights
Chair: Shayan Elahi
Purpose: To alert the DCDP of civil rights violations in Dallas County and to recommend action accordingly

Work Area: Recruitment
Committee: Candidate Recruitment
Chair: Carolyn Morris
Purpose: To recruit, interview and recommend prospective candidates to the DCDP and to develop candidate training programs

Committee: Diversity Recruitment
Chair: Frances Rizo
Purpose: To develop and facilitate programs to recruit and involve participants of all constituencies for the DCDP

Committee: Youth Recruitment
Chair: Chris Nguyen
Purpose: To develop and facilitate programs {including the DCDP College Fellows program) to register and recruit young voters

Work Area: Recruitment/Elections
Committee: Precinct Chair Matters
Chair: David Reazin
Purpose: To recruit, train and support the precinct chairs of the Dallas County Democratic Party

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.)

Tuesday, September 15:
Filing began for Precinct Chairs for 2016 Primary. (9 AM – 5:30 PM, Mon-Fri, DCDP office, 4209 Parry at Fletcher, Dallas 75223)

Tuesday, November 10:
Drinking Liberally Addison Debate Watch — (5:30 pm, The Londoner, 14930 Midway Rd, Addison)
Dallas County Young Democrats — (6:30 pm, Sue Ellens, 3903 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas 75219)
Drinking Liberally Lewisville — (6:30 PM, Tierneys Cafe and Tavern, 208 E Main St., Lewisville 75077)
Irving Democratic Club — (7 PM, Midori’s, 4020 N MacArthur #114, Irving 75038)
Dallas Drinking Liberally — (7:30 pm, Uptown Pub, 3605 McKinney Ave, Dallas)

Thursday, November 12:
Re-Election Campaign Reception for Judge Phyllis Lister Brown —
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162nd Civil District Court. Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres. (5:30 to 7:30 pm, McCathern Dallas Office, 3710 Rawlins Street, Suite 1600, Dallas)

Preston Hollow Democrats — The program will be a panel discussion by representatives of the three Democratic Presidential Candidates on each Candidate’s position on gun related violence and how their positions would be effective in reducing gun violence. (6:00 p.m. at the Preston Royal Library Auditorium, 5626 Royal Lane, Dallas 75229)

Marc Veasey Fall Campaign Kick-off — Tickets $50. Sponsorships $250 to $2700. Please call Chelsea at 817-446-8222 or 214-507-2207 for more details. (6 – 7:30 PM, Chicken Scratch/The Foundry, 2303 Pittman St., Dallas 75208)

Coppell Drinking Liberally — (6:30 pm, Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano, 817 S. MacArthur Blvd. #125, Coppell)

Garland Area Democratic Club — Program: It’s Hillary vs. Bernie vs. Martin. Join us as campaign staff/volunteers and GADC members extol the virtues of their favorite candidate. It’s bound to be a lively discussion! (7 pm, Garland Women’s Activities Building, 713 Austin St. [at Glenbrook], downtown Garland)

Friday, November 13:
Drinking Liberally Plano — (6:30 PM, The Rugby House Pub, 8604 Preston Rd. ste. 100, Plano 75024)

Saturday, November 14:
Filing begins for public office for 2016 Primary. (9 AM, DCDP office, 4209 Parry at Fletcher, Dallas 75223)

Dallas County East Democrats Coffee Social — (8 am – 10 am, Every Saturday at Panera Bread, 18641 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Mesquite 75150)

Mexican American Democrats of Texas — Dallas CAUSA Chapter. (9 AM, 2223 W. Jefferson, Dallas 75208)

Garland Area Democrats’ Saturday Morning Coffee — (9 – 11 AM, Generator Coffee House, 107 N. 6th St. on the Square in Downtown Garland)

Fort Worth Chorizo and Menudo Community Breakfast — Speakers: Roy Charles Brooks – Commissioner, Tarrant County, Mary Louise Garcia – County Clerk, Tarrant County, Salvador “Sal” Espino, Jr – President, Tarrant County Tejano Democrats, Dr. Kent Paredes Scribner- Superintendent, Fort Worth Independent School District, Carlos Flores- Member, City of FW Charter Review Committee. (9:00 am, NOTE NEW LOCATION: Gethsemane Presbyterian Church, 960 Bluff Street, Downtown Fort Worth 76102)

Kaufman County Democratic Party — (10:00 am – noon, Office of Dan Wood, Jr., NOTE NEW LOCATION: 116 N. Adelaide Street, Terrell 75160)

Muslim Democratic Caucus of Dallas County — (2:30 pm, Kasbah Grill, 2851 Esters Rd., Irving 75062)

2nd Democratic Debate Watch Party — Hosted by State Representatives Yvonne Davis, Helen Giddings, Roberto Alonzo, Rafael Anchia, and Toni Rose, and by Justices of the Peace Thomas G. Jones, Juan Jasso, Valencia Nash, and Katy Hubener. Please bring canned goods and non-perishable items to donate to a food bank for Thanksgiving. The debate party is free, but register online. See our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/537360999762853/ (7 – 9 PM, Texas Theatre, 231 W Jefferson Blvd., Dallas 75208)

Sunday, November 15:
State Representative Yvonne Davis hosts District 111 Hat & Gloves Tea — (Salon Las Americas, 1004 Fort Worth Ave., Dallas 75208)

Monday, November 16:
DCDP Executive Committee Meeting — See article above. (6:30 PM, 1408 N. Washington at Bryan, Dallas)

Tuesday, November 17:
Re-election Reception for Judge Eric V. Moyé —
14th Civil District Court. To be recognized as a sponsor, please RSVP to the campaign by Monday, November 16, and give at one of the following levels: $5000 Platinum, $2500 Gold, $1000 Silver, $500 Bronze, $250 Copper. RSVP: judgemoye AT gmail.com. Contributions & Sponsorships Donate online at www.JudgeMoye.com (6 – 7:30 PM, 3820 Southwestern Blvd., Dallas 75225)

Grassroots Organizing Meeting with Hillary Clinton for President — Location to be announced. Doors Open: 12:00 PM, Program Start Time: 1:15 PM. If you have any questions please email grassroots AT hillaryclinton.com or call 646-854-1432. Sign up on line at

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

Stonewall Democrats of Dallas — (6:30 pm, Ojeda’s Restaurant, 4617 Maple Ave., Dallas)

Wednesday, November 18:
Garland Democratic Woman’s Club — The nomination committee will submit an impressive list of candidates for our 2016, 2017 board. We will also welcome nominations from the floor. We will review the new By-Laws and vote on them. Last but very important we will vote on a Logo for GDWC. (11:30 to 1:00 PM, at Siciliano’s Italian Restaurant, 2210 W Buckingham, Garland)

Monday, November 30:
Reception for Dr. Theresa Daniel —
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Commissioner, Dallas County District 1. Complimentary Appetizers & Beverages. RSVP by email to TheresaDanielForCommissioner AT gmail.com. (6:00 – 7:30 p.m., 5230 Lobello Drive, Dallas 75229)

Tuesday, December 1:
Carol Donovan Chair Event —
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(5:30 PM, Home of Hon. Harryette Ehrhardt, 5731 Swiss Avenue, Dallas)

Thursday, December 3:
Annual Peace & Justice Awards Dinner — More info on line at http://dpjc.org/event/awards-dinner/ ($75, DoubleTree Hilton Hotel, 8250 N. Central Expressway, Dallas)

Thursday, December 10:
Preston Hollow Democrats Holiday Party — details later.

Reception & Fundraiser for John R. Ames —
Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector. RSVP to ReelectJohnAmes AT gmail.com. (5:30 – 7:00 PM, Times Ten Cellars, 6324 Prospect Ave., Dallas 75214)

Saturday, December 12:
Dallas County East Democrats Holiday Party — (7:00 pm, Joe’s Crab Shack, 1340 N. Peachtree Road, Mesquite 75149)

Monday, December 14:
Filing ends for 2016 Primary for public office and Precinct Chairs. The deadline is set by law for 6 PM. (9 AM – 6 PM, DCDP office, 4209 Parry at Fletcher, Dallas 75223)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016:
Democratic Primary — (7 AM – 7 PM, Local precinct polling places)

Saturday, March 19, 2016:
Senate District Conventions — (Various locations and times)

Thursday, June 16 through Saturday, June 18, 2016:
Texas Democratic Party State Convention — San Antonio

Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28, 2016:
Democratic National Convention — Philadelphia


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