Hi all,

When the plans for the 2018 election were laid out before the club in January of this year, it was with the highest hopes for success. To say that we met those plans and exceeded them in many cases would be an understatement. 

Before I get to that marvelous night in November, let’s look back at an amazing year. 

In February we had a changing of the guard with a new Board sworn in full of past candidates and activists. We were determined to make a difference in 2018. The new Board launched the Evening Extras, a series of evening meetings on a variety of topics to expand the Club’s outreach and inform the community on different subjects. 

Some of those meetings were on:
-Education, with guests: HISD Trustee Elizabeth Santos, Andy Dewey (HFT), Sarah Becker (HISD Parent Advocates), and Charnelle Thompson (Save Our Schools – Houston), and moderated by Sherrie Matula, former Clear Creek ISD Trustee.

-LGBT issues with guests: Fran Watson, past President of the GLBT Caucus; Mo Cortez, co-Founder of the Houston Intersex Society; Jim Kovach, former Chair of Legacy Community Health; and Monica Roberts, award-winning blogger and Transgender Rights Activist. Moderated by Kris Banks, past President of the GLBT Caucus and Founder of Stonewall Young Democrats. (Surprise guest, Lupe Valdez, Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate.) 

-Cannabis Reform with guests: St Rep Gene Wu (HD 137); Dr. Jason Westin, MD, cancer researcher; Nathan Beedle, Harris County District Attorney’s Office; and LaTonya Whittington, Cannabis Reform of Houston; and moderated by Tarah Taylor, local activist. 

-“The Future is Female” with guests: Kathy Cheng , candidate for Texas Supreme Court; Lina Hidalgo, candidate for County Judge; Shannon Baldwin, candidate for County Criminal Court at Law #4; and Andrea Duhon, candidate for Harris County Dept. of Education Precinct 3; and emceed by Dr. Carla Brailey, Vice Chair of the Texas Democratic Party. 

-“Combating Human Trafficking” with guests: Vince Ryan, Harris County District Attorney; Gina Calanni, candidate HD 132; Barbara Stalder, candidate 280th Family District Court; and Celena Vinson, Deputy Managing Asst. County Attorney; and moderated by Council Member Ellen Cohen – District C.

Those were just the extra meetings! We had meetings on Civics 101 and 201. We revamped the Bylaws. We had activism training and invited sister organizations to come talk to us about their plans. Of course, we also had our Campaign Kick-Off Cook-Off--It was a rousing success with Lupe Valdez, Justin Nelson, Roman McAllen in attendance along with Lizzie Fletcher and Todd Litton. And so many countywide candidates. We hit our fundraising goals and had an event in an area that is woefully underserved. 

But all of the above was focused on one thing: the election. We wanted topics to engage low propensity voters. Topics to introduce overlooked candidates. Topics that were on the minds of concerned citizens. And we had meetings on how to implement plans of action. 

When we reconvene at our regular January meeting I’ll discuss all the details of turnout, but from 2014 to 2018 we literally doubled the number of votes cast in targeted precincts. Southwest Houston is Blue! And that is all thanks to YOU

Nothing that the Club did could have been done without the thousands of door knocks, thousands of texts and calls. Election night was a massive change for Harris County. While the results statewide were a bit disappointing, notice has been served that Texas is not as solidly Red as the GOP would like to think. Moreover, Harris County is solid Blue as is indicated with the surprising and wonderful victory of Lina Hidalgo for County Judge. County Commissioners Court will have a Democratic majority in a few days. All the countywide executive offices will be held by Democrats. The judiciary has been remade at the Appellate, District, and County level. That is real change. 

So thank you all again for allowing me to serve this past year. It was an honor to represent you and work for our communities to make changes that benefit all, not some. I look forward to seeing you all again soon. 

Happiest of Holidays to all of you!

  • January 3, 2018: Legislative Preview
  • January 26, 2018: January General Meeting (details coming soon)
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