Harris County blue again

While the national election results were horrifying, we rocked locally! Harris County is once again blue, along with Bexar, Dallas, Travis, Fort Bend and El Paso Counties in Texas. Our voter registration and get-out-the vote efforts paid off. Democrats unseated Republicans in the sheriff's, district attorney's and tax assessor-collector-voter-registrar's office. Democratic incumbent district judges and those challenging Republicans all won their races. BAND's own Sherrie Matula lost her race for county school trustee by a fraction of a percent of the vote, bringing hope for the 2018 election in that position. Mary Ann Perez reclaimed her position as state representative in District 144.

Meanwhile, thanks are in order to several volunteers. BAND board members Jean Ann Carr and David Jones kept the headquarters running smoothly. Despite a rigorous travel schedule, C.J. Farley worked behind the scenes preparing data for call lists and block walks. Don Rhorer helped with move-in and move-out, and Joe Marcinkowski again provided office furniture for the headquarters. Thanks to Mike and Sherrie Matula for monetary and time contributions for computer upgrades, installation and maintenance. Bay Area Association of Democratic (BAAD) Women donated $500. Finally, thanks to all the volunteers not named who showed up to help get out the vote.

Although we have succeeded in urban and Hispanic areas, we'll continue to work toward turning the entire state of Texas blue, or at least purple, in time for the next census in 2020 and redistricting the following year.