At the July BAND meeting, president Melissa Courteau announced the board's plans to raise funds for a campaign headquarters leading up to the November election. BAND has traditionally opened a headquarters for about three months during election seasons in even-numbered years. Rates are higher than ever to rent space in a well-traveled area with high visibility, so Democrats are encouraged to contribute funds on http://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/band2016hq.
Tuesday, May 24, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., is your last chance to help Democrats choose their nominees on the November ballot. Election Day for the primary runoff is unlike early voting in that you may no longer vote at any location in the county; you may vote only where your precinct is scheduled to vote. Because expected turnout is low, the Democratic Party has consolidated multiple precincts in one location, often at the closest early voting location, but not necessarily. Before going to the polls, check harrisvotes.com to see your sample ballot and your precinct polling location.
State Sen. Rodney Ellis will be the guest speaker at the June meeting of Bay Area New Democrats (BAND). The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 8 at our new location, the Children's Activity Room in the Freeman Library at 16616 Diana Ln., Houston 77062.
Glen Maxey, executive director for the Texas Democratic Party, has announced how senate districts will select their representatives to the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore. To ensure a transparent and inclusive experience at our upcoming state convention, we want to make sure all candidates for national delegate understand how elections will take place for the four Senate District 11 national delegates who will be elected June 17 at the state Democratic convention. Plans are tentative and subject to change, but notification of any changes will be timely.
Early voting for the Democratic Primary Runoff will last for only five weekdays, Monday, May 16 - Friday, May 20. Harris County voters may cast ballots at any early voting location with the county during the runoff. The nearest location for most Clear Lake area voters is the Freeman Branch Library at 16616 Diana Ln., Houston 77062. Voting hours each day are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
At the April 13 Bay Area New Democrats meeting, the club voted to endorse several candidates in the Tuesday, May 24 Democratic Primary runoff. The candidate screening committee recommended the candidates found to be most qualified. Most, but not all, will appear on the ballots in area precincts. The endorsed candidates are:
Texas Railroad Commissioner - Cody Garrett
District Judge, 61st Judicial District - Julie Countiss
District Judge, 111th Judicial District - Kristen Hawkins
District Judge, 215th Judicial District - JoAnn Storey