Election results, runoffs, and why this is the "year of the women"
Hot off the union printing presses! Take a Turning Texas Blue T-shirt home today. Keeping Dallas County "Blue" costs nearly $190,000 annually and we sincerely appreciate every dollar!
Hundreds crowded the Angelika Film Center for the Dallas premiere of "American Winter", the latest documentary from award-winning documentary filmmakers Harry and Joe Gantz about the social safety net and the future of the American Middle Class.
Legally required meeting by the Dallas County Executive Committee to canvass the results of the 2014 Democratic Primary in Dallas County. This is the only item of business which can be considered at this legally required meeting, and for this purpose only two members of the Executive Committee are required. Attendance at this very short meeting after the primary has ranged from three to about twelve Executive Committee members. The meeting will be held at Noon on Thursday, March 13, at the Dallas County Democratic Party office at 4209 Parry Avenue, Dallas Texas 75223.
Thank you to Democratic Primary voters and to all the good Democrats who staffed hundreds of polling locations as judges and clerks.
Election returns are in for Dallas County and for statewide races. You can find them below.
Dallas County Elections Department returns: http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/election-results-and-maps/election-results/
Texas Secretary of State returns: https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/enr/
These totals are not final yet, because Congress allowed overseas military ballots to still get in and be counted after the election day, but no more than one or two are close enough that those might change the results.
Leading our statewide ticket this year are two women State Senators, Wendy
Davis and Leticia Van de Putte. This is the first time two women have led the
ticket in Texas, and almost the first in the country. Here in Dallas County, a majority of the early votes in
person in the Democratic Primary were by women. Those votes were about half of the total cast. Women candidates
seem to have won almost every contest with male candidates.
Women incumbents challenged by males won outright (County Chair Darlene Ewing,Judge Tracy Holmes, Judge Andrea Plumlee, JP Valencia Nash) or made it to a runoff in a multi-candidate race (Judge Etta Mullin will face another woman, JP Katy Hubener will face a man but a second woman in that race was third). In open seats with no incumbent, women won (Jennifer Bennett for Judge 265th, Mary Brown for 301st), or made it to the runoff. For District Clerk two women are in the runoff, but of the six candidates there the only male was dead last. For County Treasurer, two women are in the runoff, and the two men in that race came in last. For JP 5 Place 1 the only two women are in the runoff, beating the three men.
Male incumbents challenged by men both won (like Judges Rob Canas and Rick Magnis) and lost (like Judge Larry Mitchell), but male incumbents challenged by women lost (Judges Carlos Cortez, Marty Lowy, Andy Chatham, William Mazur, Chris Wilmoth, Michael Miller) or are in a runoff with a woman (JP Norris 'Stretch' Rideaux).
In Texas, candidates must get a majority of the votes in the primary or the top two have to be in a runoff. This
year that will be on May 27. Barring changes due to recounts or to those outstanding overseas ballots, these will
be the runoffs we will see in Dallas County:
US Senator: David M. Alameel and Kesha Rogers
Commissioner of Agriculture: Jim Hogan and Richard "Kinky" Friedman
State Board of Education, Dist 13: Erika Beltran and Andrea Hilburn
State Representative, Dist 105: Susan Motley and Terry Meza
Judge, Co Criminal Court No. 5: Lisa Green and Etta J. Mullin
District Clerk: Tarsha Hardy and Felicia Pitre
County Treasurer: Pauline Medrano and Bennie Elnora Brown
JP, Pct No. 4, Pl 1: Norris 'Stretch' Rideaux and Mary Abeyta
JP, Pct No. 4, Pl 2: Katy Hubener and Fred Jackson
JP, Pct No. 5, Pl 1: Sara Martinez and Melissa J. Bellan
Constable, Pct No. 5: Beth Villarreal and Michael Orozco
You can find links to the websites and the contact information for these candidates at our primary candidate filings page.
One candidate in the runoff for US Senator is Kesha Rogers, a follower of convicted felon Lyndon LaRouche. Our Texas Democratic Party State Chair Gilberto Hinojosa sent out this notice:
"Kesha Rogers is one of the candidates on the ballot for U.S. Senator in the Democratic primary -- but do not be fooled. Kesha Rogers is not a Democrat.
Ms. Rogers is part of the "LaRouche Movement," which has a history of violent rhetoric. The focus of her campaign is impeaching President Obama. Rogers has even paraded around Texas with a poster of the President with a Hitler mustache.
Rogers believes that the U.S. economy is secretly controlled by London financial institutions and she has advocated for colonizing Mars. That's not what real Democrats stand for.
The Texas Democratic Party does not support the candidacy of Kesha Rogers or anyone that aligns themselves with the LaRouche Movement. Our State Democratic Executive Committee even issued a resolution against her campaign. Do not vote for Kesha Rogers in the primary. Rogers' candidacy is a insult to our Party, our President, our state, our Democratic values, and to all the work you are doing to move our state forward. Do not vote for Kesha Rogers."
--Gilberto Hinojosa, Chair, Texas Democratic Party
Read the Texas Democratic Party Resolution on Kesha Rogers as a pdf at this page.
To see which of our candidates will face Republican opposition in November, see the listing for candidates of
both parties at the Secretary of State's website at this
Choose Dallas County on the drop-down menu. The order is sometimes strange and unlike what will really be on our ballots, and it does not identify incumbents or list Libertarian or Green candidates, but it does show how few Republicans dared challenge our Democratic judges in Dallas County.
The Democratic Party does not endorse opposed candidates in the primary or the runoff, but some Democratic clubs
and organizations and officials do, as well as various other groups. Just for fun, Democratic State Committee
member James White has compiled an unofficial list of those endorsements he's heard of, as a GoogleDoc
at this page.
Be aware: several groups did not endorse, or didn't let James know about them, and very often candidates win despite having few or no endorsements. Voters make up their own minds, and rightly so. Study the candidates and issues and use your own judgment. Let's pick the best ones in the runoffs so that on May 28, we can all come together and work for the whole Democratic ticket this fall.
The first step of the Convention process of the Texas Democratic Party for 2014 is the County and Senate District
Convention coming up on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Precinct conventions will not happen on the Primary night,
but instead as the first step of the March 22nd meetings.
Register with the Texas Democratic Party to get information on time and place and to learn about the convention process, http://register.txdemocrats.org
Senate District 2 Convention
Location: CWA Union Hall (1408 N. Washington, Dallas 75204)
Senate District 8 Convention
Location: Kasra Persian Cuisine (525 West Arapaho # 21, Richardson, Texas 75080)
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Senate District 9 Convention
Location: DFW Airport Hotel & Conference Center (4440 W Airport Freeway, Irving, Texas 75062)
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Senate District 16 Convention
Location: E.D. Walker Middle School (12532 Nuestra Dr, Dallas, Texas 75230)
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Senate District 23 Convention
Location: Lancaster High School (200 E Wintergreen Rd, Lancaster, TX 75134)
Convention Preview Announcement
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Texas Democratic Party document: Become a Delegate to the 2014 Democratic State Convention
Texas Democratic Party document: Delegate Allocation to the 2014 Democratic State Convention
Texas Democratic Party document: The Rules of the Texas Democratic Party 2014-2015
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