About the DCDP

The Dallas County Democratic Party is a county-level organization that provides support for Democratic candidates and voters in Dallas County. We work with the Texas Democratic Party and Democratic National Committee. The Texas Democratic Party supports local county parties and candidates all across Texas.

We are committed to expanding opportunity for every Dallas County resident. That commitment is reflected in an agenda that emphasizes strong economic growth, affordable health care for all Americans, retirement security, open, honest and accountable government, and securing our nation while protecting our civil rights and liberties.

Leadership | SDEC Members | Committees | Advisory Council

Leadership

The official head of the Dallas County Democratic Party is the County Chair, who is elected during the Democratic Primary every two years.  The County Chair is responsible for developing the policies and goals on which the party will focus during the next election and beyond.  The Executive Director, who works to implement the policies and goals set forth by the County Chair, handles the day-to-day activities within the party itself.  The Executive Director is hired by the County Chair.

The DCDP also keeps an Office Manager and a Bookkeeper on staff.  The Office Manager is responsible for maintaining the DCDP Offices located at 4209 Parry Avenue.   The Office Manager performs regular administrative duties within the office and manages any additional staff, volunteers or interns whom the DCDP may be employing.  The Bookkeeper is responsible for tracking the financial affairs of the party, which include managing contributions, payments, and other bills.

The Party Secretary is elected by the members of the Executive Committee.  The role of the Party Secretary is to record the minutes of each Executive Committee meeting, and to assist the County Chair in running the Executive Committee meeting.  The Party Treasurer is ultimately responsible for party finances and ensures that the DCDP complies with State and Federal law.  The Party Treasurer also heads the Financial Affairs committee, and is appointed by the County Chair.

Position

Summary

Darlene Ewing
County Chair
Darlene was elected County Chair in 2005, and has been subsequently re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014.  Darlene has practiced family law since 1978.  She is an avowed Yellow Dog Democrat and has been a strong activist in grassroots political organizing.

Taylor Holden Executive Director

Taylor is a Texas Hill Country native who found a new home in Dallas in 2012 when she worked as the North Texas Regional Field Director for President Obama's reelection. After working with Battleground Texas, she joined the Party as the Executive Director to continue helping to sustain and grow the progressive movement in Dallas. Years of volunteerism and work on various campaigns have affirmed her belief in the power of the grassroots and the importance of volunteer- and voter-centered activism. 
Email Taylor AT dallasdemocrats.org 

Kathleen Thompson Communications Director

Kathleen consults with the Dallas County Democratic Party on public relations and communications. She serves on the board of numerous political action committees and non-profits. Kathleen is active in her community and passionate about organizing and service. 
Email Kathleen AT dallasdemocrats.org 

Emma
Nelson

Bookkeeper

Emma was hired in early 2013 as the party's part-time bookkeeper, after serving almost daily in 2012 as a "Fellow" with Organizing for America, President Obama's grassroots campaign. Currently, Emma is an adjunct mathematics professor with the Dallas County Community College District's Eastfield Campus. She is active with Battleground Texas, Dallas County East Democrats, Liberal Ladies Who Lunch and Organizing for Action. 
Gary Garcia
Party Secretary
Gary was elected as the new Party Secretary in 2005 shortly after Darlene was elected County Chair.  Gary has continued to faithfully serve in this role since his initial election.
David Bradley
Party Treasurer
David Bradley was appointed Party Treasurer by Darlene in 2007.  He has a financial background and also worked as Party Treasurer in the 90s when Ken Molberg, now Judge Molberg, was the County Chair.

Bill Howell

Roundup Editor

Bill Howell currently edits the weekly DCDP email Roundup, serves as Parliamentarian at Executive Committee meetings, Chairs the Strategic Planning Committee, and is Scribe of the Advisory Council. Bill was Dallas County Democratic Party Chair from 1999 to 2002, and acted as Interim Executive Director from July through December 2013. He sometimes posts at StoutDemBlog. Email to BillHowellDCDP at yahoo.com.

State Democratic Executive Committee

If you have spent time working with the Dallas County Democratic Party or attended an Executive Meeting, you probably have heard the term “SDEC” being mentioned.  SDEC stands for State Democratic Executive Committee; it is a special body created by the Texas Democratic State Party and is separate from the Dallas County Democratic Party. The State Democratic Executive Committee's mission is to: "Carry on the activities of the Party between State Conventions in compliance with the law and with the directives of the Convention." 

The SDEC is composed of elected TDP officers, one female and one male representative from each of Texas' 31 Senate Districts (SDs), one female and one male representative from the Asian American Democrats, Coalition of Black Democrats, County Chairs Association, Democrats with Disabilities, Hispanic Caucus, Non-Urban/Ag Caucus, Stonewall Democrats, Texas Democratic Women (two female representatives), Texas Environmental Democrats and Texas Young Democrats. Democratic National Committee members also attend SDEC meetings.

More concise information about the SDEC can be found at this link

Current SDEC Members from Dallas County

Steve A. Tillery
Senate District 2
Committeeman

Garland
(214) 534-7973
satillery@gmail.com

Alieca Hux
Senate District 2
Committeewoman

Sulphur Springs
(903) 243-1797
hhux@neto.com

James White
Senate District 8
Committeeman

Dallas
(214) 244-7814
txsdec8@gmail.com

Deborah Angell Smith
Senate District 8
Committeewoman

 Allen

214-893-3643
txsdec8@yahoo.com

Celina Vasquez
Senate District 9
Committeewoman

Tarrant County 
celinavasquezsd9@gmail.com 

Michael McPhail
Senate District 9
Committeeman

Irving
(972) 513-9522
mmcphail1974@gmail.com

Janice Schwarz
Senate District 16
Committeewoman

Dallas
(214) 460-7283
tamsterbath@gmail.com

David Griggs
Senate District 16
Committeeman

Dallas
(214) 244-5979
texvol@aol.com

Jeff Strater
Senate District 23
Committeeman

Dallas
(214) 893-1336
 Jeffstrater@gmail.com 

Natesha “Shay” Wyrick-Cathey 
Senate District 23
Committeewoman

Dallas
(214) 850-9285
shaywyrick@yahoo.com

Asian American Democrats- Dallas County

Francine Ly
tel. 972.863.2935

Coalition of Black Democrats- Dallas County

Daniel Clayton
tel. 214.946.9378

Non-Urban/Ag Caucus- Dallas County

Bill Brannon
tel. 903.439.1177

JoAnn Jenkins
tel. 972.897.0963

Stonewall Democrats- Dallas County

Jay Narey
tel. 214.207.4462

Carol Cappa
tel. 817.306.8874

Committees

The Committees of the DCDP provide recommendations regarding formal policies, programs and procedures to the Advisory Council for the activities of the Party, and monitor implementation of these adopted recommendations. The Executive Committee and Chair may also create ad hoc committees as needed to provide recommendations regarding policies not within the purview of a standing committee. An example of an ad hoc committee would be the Rules Committee formed in 2009 to review DCDP party rules and make recommendations to help streamline the organization. The chair of each standing committee must be a Precinct Chair, and is responsible for reporting to the Advisory Council that committee's recommendations or findings. The members of each committee are accepted by the committee chair as Democrats having knowledge or expertise related to the specific committee and a commitment to the principles of the Democratic Party.

Committee Name

Chair

Regular Meetings

Financial Affairs David Bradley As needed
Financial Audit Currently Inactive As needed
Fundraising Currently Inactive As needed
Information Technology Currently Inactive As needed
Outreach & Communication Currently Inactive As needed
Precinct Chair Matters Paul Heller 2nd Wednesday, Every odd month
Strategic Planning Bill Howell 1st Monday each month

DCDP Advisory Council

The Advisory Council coordinates the development and adoption of policies by the DCDP standing committees, and reports its recommendations to the Executive Committee. In addition, the Advisory Council provides advice and counsel to the Chair of the DCDP.  The Executive Committee created the Advisory Council in 2005 to assist in the reorganization of the Dallas County Democratic Party.  Since that time, the Advisory Council has taken on the role of providing oversight for other party committees.

The goals of the Advisory Council are

  • Provide advice and counsel to the Dallas County Democratic Chair
  • Coordinate the development and adoption of policy for the DCDP
  • Provide support to the DCDP as requested by the Party Chair or Executive Committee
  • Establish, govern, and dissolve committees to assist this support.

When does the Advisory Council meet?

The Advisory Council meets at the offices of the Dallas County Democratic Party on the first Thursday of every month.  Meetings are open for any Democrat to attend and listen.  However, only representatives of the Advisory Council itself may vote on measures brought forth to the council.  Please check the DCDP's Community Calendar for the next upcoming Advisory Council meeting.  Alternate members vote only when they are replacing an absent representative from their district.

How can I join the Advisory Council?

Members to the Advisory Council are elected by the Executive Committee.  A full election for every member on the Council takes place during the first quarter of every odd-numbered year.  The Executive Committee will hold an election in between this period in order to fill vacant seats on the Advisory Council.  Members of the Executive Committee will break into caucuses based on Texas House District.  Members elected to the Advisory Council serve for a term of two years, but can run for re-election every two years.  There are no limits on the number of terms a member can serve.

Where can I find the Official By-Laws for the DCDP Advisory Council?

All documents relating to By-Laws, Rules, and Regulations of the DCDP are kept under the section DCDP Party By-Laws under Resources.  The By-Laws document goes into much greater detail about the Advisory Council than the general summary provided on this page.  If you are interested in joining the Advisory Council, we strongly suggest you review the Advisory Council's By-Laws document to better understand its rules and requirements.  You can find the documented By-Laws at this link: DCDP Advisory Council By-Laws.

Advisory Council Members

HD

Pct

First

Last

Home/Cell

100 1065 Kevin Felder 214-559-6999
100 1059 Erica Cole 214-321-1159
100 -Alt 1 3022 Marilynn S. Mayse 214-475-3735
100 -Alt 2 1119 George Collins 214-793-9410
102 1706 Michele Glaze 972-494-1696
102-Alt 2046 John Knutson 972-726-7790 /
214-632-0058
103 4086 David  Perez Jr. 214-769-2700
103-Alt 4097 Brent Sonntag
103 4018 Jack Caffey 214-769-9100
103 -Alt 4032 Geoff Staples 214-599-0260
104 4035 Roberto Jr. Alonzo 214-339-3397
104-Alt 3084 Gloria James 985-514-3196
105 Chair 4624 Susan Bradley 972-252-0919
105 -Alt 4611 Dick Dobson 972-790-5512
107 3300 Lynda J. Hall 972-226-4042
107-Alt 2073 Gary Garcia 214-298-1113
108 2220 Tom Blackwell
108-Alt Gary Foster 214-828-4254 /
214-763-5294
109 3808 Marvin Earle 972-322-0215
109-Alt 1 Loretta Reed 214-868-1442 
109 3604 James Collier 972-207-2175
109 -Alt 2 3802 Carolyn Morris 469-261-5241
110 1088 Jean Ball 214-388-0977
110-Alt 1 1100 Allyn Coleman 214-753-7623
110 3082 Johnetta Williams 214-236-3646
110 - Alt 2 1092 Herlinda Resendiz 214-714-1886
111  Vice-Chair 3211 Frances  Rizo 214-336-9757
111- Alt 1 3602 Odell Montgomery 214-914-3081
111 3057 Frederick D. Lewis 214-564-8237
111 - Alt 2 3203 Carla Reynolds-Grogam 817-269-4229
112 2700 Rachel Baker Ford 972-530-6484
112-Alt 2512 Wesley Lue 214-914-5425
113 2715 Tessa McGlynn 214-864-7419
113-Alt 2933 Cynthia Worthington 214-244-0973
114 1005 Traci Williams 214-536-2941
114-Alt 2020 Rollin Gary 214-739-3355
 Scribe   Bill Howell  
 Treas.   David Bradley   214-213-1994

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