Following the Nevada caucus, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Houston on Saturday, Feb. 20 for a free, public Get Out the Vote Rally to encourage supporters to vote early and to vote in the March 1 Texas Primary. The event will be 6:45 - 10 p.m. at the Recreation Wellness Center on the Texas Southern University campus, 3100 Cleburne St., Houston, TX 77004. RSVP here to reserve a seat: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/1753953/.
At the January and February meetings, BAND voted to endorse the following candidates recommended by the endorsement screening committee:
BAND endorsed several candidates in contested races. The endorsement screening committee concluded that these candidates were the most qualified:
United States Representative District 22 - Mark Gibson
District Judge, 11th Judicial District - Kristen Hawkins
District Judge, 61st Judicial District - Julie Countiss
District Judge, 165th Judicial District - Josefina Rendon
Because the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex is closed for renovations, this month's BAND meeting will be at the Freeman Branch Library Community Meeting Room at 16616 Diana Ln., across the parking lot from the courthouse. Don Rhorer, who for many years has scheduled our meetings at the courthouse, said the Freeman Community Meeting Room is left of the front entrance, the same room where early voting occurs. The room was not available on the second Wednesday of the month, our usual meeting day, so we will meet on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
In February of this year, the Harris County Courthouse Bay Area Annex that has long served as our monthly meeting place, will close for extensive renovations for about a month. The county is considering establishing new hours when the courthouse annex reopens, closing all offices after 5 p.m. for security purposes. If this occurs, BAND will need to find a new meeting place. Watch this space for updates!
Six referenda will be on the Democratic Primary ballot in Texas. These items are non-binding, but it's nice not to be surprised when you arrive to vote. Also, you will know you have a Democratic Primary ballot when you see these!
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With the Houston city elections behind us, we turn our attention to the 2016 Presidential election year. In Texas, the Democratic Primary will be on Tuesday, March 1. Note that there is no longer a convention at the precinct polling place on the night of the election. Instead, the precinct convention will take place on the same day as the Senate District Convention on Saturday, March 19.