In past primary years, the Democratic caucus for each precinct occurred immediately after the closing of the primary polls that day. This year, the caucus for each precinct will take place within the Senate District 11 convention, which has been at a nearby union hall since 2008. The hall was unavailable on the date required, Saturday, March 22, so local Democrats in Senate District 11 are relocating to the Student Center Ballroom on the San Jacinto College Central Campus. The campus is at 8060 Spencer Hwy., Pasadena 77505.
State Sen. Sylvia Garcia will be the featured speaker at the BAND meeting on Wednesday, March 12. She will discuss the recent primary results, possible strategies for November and her plans for the next legislative session. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex at 16603 Buccaneer.
Don't forget to vote in the Primary to help Democrats choose the best possible slate of candidates for the November election. You can locate your precinct polling place and the specific ballot for your precinct at www.harrisvotes.com. See the newsletter linked above for BAND recommendations on several races on the ballot. In particular, please note that the club also urges votes AGAINST the following candidates:
Kesha Rogers - a non-Democrat running for U.S. Senate. She regularly calls for President Obama's impeachment and draws Hitler-esque mustaches on posters of the President.
Lloyd Oliver - a perennial candidate running for Harris County District Attorney. He admits that he runs to make his name more recognizable to potential clients.
Lori C. Gray - the second candidate recruited to run for judge by a disgruntled losing litigant in Judge Steven Kirkland's prior court. With help from a PAC, she is spreading falsehoods about Kirkland related to his arrests for drunk driving three decades ago.
Early voting in the Texas Primaries starts Tuesday, Feb. 18. Harris County residents can cast their ballots at any early voting location within the county until Friday, Feb. 28. In the Clear Lake area, the two closest locations are the Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston 77062 and the IBEW Hall at 4345 Allen Genoa, Pasadena 77504, the same location Democrats often use for Senate District 11 conventions. On Tuesday, March 4, Election Day, voters must cast their ballots only at their precinct polling place. Please see the website calendar for early voting dates and times or visit www.harrisvotes.com for polling places and sample ballots.
At the January and February BAND meetings, the club voted to endorse some opposed and unopposed Democratic candidates in the upcoming March 4 primary. A screening committee sent out questionnaires on several issues to opposed candidates on Harris County voters' ballots. The committee then recommended endorsements of several of those candidates. The committee also suggested endorsement for some unopposed candidates who are well known to the club. The members voted by acclamation to endorse the recommended candidates.
The opposed candidates endorsed by BAND were:
governor - State Sen. Wendy Davis
U.S. senator - dual endorsement of Michael Fjetland and Maxey Scherr (with a strong condemnation of the candidacy of Kesha Rogers)
Agriculture commissioner - Hugh Fitzsimons
Harris County district attorney - Kim Ogg
Harris County clerk - Ann Harris Bennett
judge, Harris County 113th Civil District Court - Steven Kirkland
judge, Harris County 246th Family District Court - Julia Maldonado
Candidates who are not facing opposition in the primary but earned the endorsement of BAND are:
lieutenant governor - Leticia Van de Putte
state comptroller - Michael Collier
U.S. representative, Congressional District 36 - Michael Cole
state representative, House District 129 - John Gay
state representative, House District 144 - Mary Ann Perez
trustee, Harris County Department of Education, position 7 - Melissa Noriega
judge, Harris County 55th Civil District Court - Kay Morgan
judge, Harris County 234th Civil District Court - Barbara Gardner
judge, Harris County Probate Court 1 - Kim Hoesl
judge, Harris County Civil Court at Law 2 - Scot Dollinger