DALLAS January 24, 2018 - The Dallas County Democratic Party (DCDP) will file an answer today to the lawsuit filed by the Dallas County Republican Party meant to remove 128 Democrats from the primary ballot. DCDP lead attorney Randy Johnston will assert that the Republican's case is completely baseless and should be dismissed as frivolous litigation. The answer will seek sanctions and legal fees and counter the falsehoods perpetuated by the Republican Party lawsuit.
The DCDP legal team is also evaluating whether the Republican Party lawsuit violates the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 because it appears calculated to deny minorities the right to vote for candidates of their own ethnicity and disproportionately harms minority Democratic candidates.
The first version of the Republican Party petition was apparently released to the press before it was even filed, and it contained the private information - including home addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and other private information - of elected officials and candidates that could lead to identity theft or other harm. Among the judges whose private information was released are several judges who have active stalkers and who have received death threats.
The Republican lawsuit includes numerous inaccuracies that have been repeated by the news media as if they were true. For example, Chair Carol Donovan did not improperly file ballot applications merely because she did not personally sign each application. The election code does not designate the Chair as the only person authorized to sign. This is simply misinformation. In addition, the Republican Party lawsuit alleges that Carol Donovan's signature was forged on ballot applications, and some news outlets have repeated this false information as if it were true. In fact, with the explicit instruction of the Texas Democratic Party, which also uses agents to sign applications, Chair Carol Donovan legally appointed the DCDP Executive Director, Carmen Ayala, as an additional agent authorized to sign ballot applications. The signatures that are being called dubious are in fact the signature of Carmen Ayala, acting in her appointed role as agent authorized to sign.
"The frivolous and disrespectful manner in which this lawsuit was distributed to the press before it was even filed has resulted in much of the resulting media attention misconstruing the facts. The facts will come out, and we will seek relief from this attempt to use a lawsuit as a press release," said Johnston. "The true intent of this lawsuit is to cause confusion among the voters. The Republican Party needs to accept the fact that elections are determined by the voters, not by lawsuits. We cannot tolerate this attempt to disenfranchise voters from this process."
"Many of the candidates the Republicans are trying to remove from the ballot do not even have Republican opponents, so it is hard to see how the Republican party has been hurt. The Republicans are desperate and fearful of the blue wave they know is coming. They cannot field candidates, so they resort to these tactics. We will stand together as Democrats, defeat this lawsuit, and move forward to victory in November," said Chair Carol Donovan.
A total of 219 candidates filed for the March 6, 2018 Democratic Primary ballot for Dallas County. Of these, 156 filed here in Dallas, and another 63 filed in Austin because they are running statewide or in districts which cross county lines.These huge numbers are all unprecedented, and include many candidates in districts where Democrats have often not run at all for years. Could it be lots of people are thinking 2018 looks like a great year for Democrats? Not just the polls, but the results in Alabama, Virginia, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and many other local and special elections this year are very promising.
A rough count shows these candidates filed for 115 offices, with 59 having no primary opponent, while there are 56 races with two or more candidates. There are some 160 people running for those 56 contested offices, with some races having as many as 10 candidates. Remember that in Texas if no one gets a majority in the primary, there will be a runoff between the top two finishers on May 22.
You can find a list of the filed candidates with their public mailing addresses on the Secretary of State's website at https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/candidate-filing/cf-report.aspx
We have a list with links to websites and Facebooks and email addresses on our website at our Meet The Candidates For 2018 page at http://dallasdemocrats.org/elections/candidates2018.html This page also lists the order number on the primary ballot for those candidates with primary opponents.
Candidates who filed here in Dallas were listed in chronological order as they did, and with filing pictures when they were received, on stoutdemblog.blogspot.com
See who represents Dallas County from the People’s House to the Court House. We’ve compiled elected officials’ websites, Facebook and Twitter accounts, so you don’t have to go looking.
The Leadership Council is a special group within the Dallas County Democratic Party of elected officials who provide financial and leadership support to the party. Our elected officials understand that a strong local party is key to their own success during their initial election and subsequent re-elections. This financial support allows the party to provide more comprehensive voter outreach for candidates and develop expansive “Get Out The Vote” efforts. See the list at this page.