Juvenile court candidate to speak at February meeting

Leah Shapiro, candidate for judge in the 315th Juvenile District Court, will be the guest speaker at the next BAND meeting. Shapiro, an assistant public defender in the Juvenile Division of the Harris County Public Defender's Office, has also worked in the county District Attorney's office and as a private defense attorney. She is a founding member of Creating Acceptance Recovery Empowerment (CARE), which works with victims of sex trafficking and their families as they rebuild their relationships and lives.

BAND endorses March 6 Democratic primary candidates

At the January 2018 meeting, Bay Area New Democrats voted to endorse several primary candidates based on the recommendations of the screening committee, which met face-to-face with the candidates. Not all races will appear on the ballots of Clear Lake area residents. Check your voter certificate to confirm the districts in which you reside. The committee has not completed its recommendation for the Texas governor's race.

First 2018 BAND meeting on Wednesday

Bay Area New Democrats (BAND) will be back at their usual spot for the first 2018 meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 10. We expect this to be a big year for Democrats, and we will begin with discussions about the March Primary.

The candidate screening committee formed last fall will present their recommendations for BAND's endorsements at the meeting, and the club will also discuss pre-Primary activities. BAND meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Children's Activity Room at the Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Ln,. Houston 77062.

No BAAD Women meeting in September

Bay Area Association of Democratic (BAAD) Women usually meets on the third Thursday of the month, but the September meeting has been cancelled. The Houston Police Department (HPD) is actively engaged in the relief efforts resulting from Hurricane Harvey's wrath as the storm slowly inundated Houston, causing such suffering and loss for so many. Rather than disrupt these activities by having HPD present at the meeting, BAAD Women has called off the meeting scheduled for this Thursday. The next BAAD Women meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 19.

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