Kingwood Area Democrats
Freedom and Fireworks Celebration
Democrats came out in force for Independence Day in a Freedom and Fireworks Celebration in Kingwood. The lakefront event was hosted by four Democratic clubs: Kingwood Area Democrats, Humble Area Democrats, Meyerland Area Democrats and the Democratic Club of The Woodlands.
Special guests included Lina Hidalgo, Harris County judge; Marilyn Burgess, Harris County district clerk; Odus Evbagharu, newly-elected chair of the Harris County Democratic Party; and many judges and candidates.
County Judge Lina Hidalgo gave an impromptu speech and mingled with other guests. She is pictured with Clarence Miller, candidate for commissioner, Harris County Precinct 4. Miller is hoping to unseat Jack Cagle (R), who has represented Precinct 4 on the Commissioners Court for the last ten years.
County officials, judges and 2022 candidates attended the Freedom and Fireworks Celebration. Front row, center, is Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess, a former member of the Kingwood Area Democrats Club.
(left to right) Odus Evbagharu, newly-elected chair of the Harris County Democratic Party; Art Pronin, pres. of Meyerland Area Democrats; Ellie Porras, pres. of Kingwood Area Democrats; and John Cotter, pres. of Humble Area Democrats.
Many thanks to everyone who made Freedom and Fireworks such a wonderful event! We owe very special thanks to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Harris County District Clerk Marilyn Burgess, HCDP Chair Odus Evbagharu and to the many county judges and candidates who took the time to come up and visit with us! We were delighted to spend the evening with you!
Thanks, too, to Jaime Rodriguez and the Rodriguez family for opening up their lovely home to us; to Phillip McNutt and the lighting crew for providing us with an amazing fireworks display; to grillmaster extraordinaire Justin Kamplain for turning out a steady stream of delicious burgers and dogs; to Hilary Kamplain for designing the event tees; to Alfred Chiu and Beth Martin for manning the sign-in/Tee booth; to the officers and board members of KAD, HAD, Meyerland Dems, and the Dem Club of The Woodlands; and to everyone who helped with planning, shopping, cooking, setup, cleanup, recycling, and financial support.
KAD MEMBERS' MEETING
August 4 @ 7 p.m.
Social Hour 6:00-7 p.m.
There is no meeting in July.
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August 11 @ 7 p.m.
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Marilyn Burgess Re-Election Campaign Kick Off
Pictured l. to r., Pam Spivey, Maggie Wickwire, Deborah Mowrey, Marjie Landry, Marilyn Burgess, Barbara Madera, Jane Leckey and Elizabeth Stern.
KAD and Liberal Ladies members helped celebrate the official start of Marilyn Burgess' re-election campaign for Harris County District Clerk. Marilyn is a long-time friend and former member of both groups.
Marilyn was elected to the position of district clerk in 2018 and took office in January 2019 while the jury assembly rooms were still under repair after Hurricane Harvey's massive floods. That disaster was followed a year later by the COVID pandemic shutdowns. However, neither crisis prevented Marilyn's plans from moving forward.
Judge Jason Cox is working to change the lives of people with mental illness.
With the help of a $2.7 million federal grant, he is directing people to treatment through a newly created program in Harris County, the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program.
Cox was one of many Democratic judges elected in 2018, and he immediately partnered with The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center, and the University of Houston. Together, they successfully applied for the grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and were awarded the grant in July 2020.
Cox, presiding judge of Probate Court 3, was KAD’s guest speaker at the June 2 General Membership Meeting where he discussed how the new program is being implemented and evaluated. It is not a voluntary program, but it is an alternative to inpatient care.
In addition to a treatment plan, some patients in AOT receive housing, transportation, medication, and,
KAD June Meeting
Judge Jason Cox
sometimes, even clothing. Counselors call them to make sure they are taking their prescribed medications and adhering to their treatment plans. “Housing is a big help,” said Cox. “It provides stability.”
“AOT is different (from other programs) in that it is a highly individualized,” said Cox. “It is also unique because it contains a court component: patients meet with the court for status conferences with their case managers to make sure that their needs are being met and that they’re adhering to the program. If the patient falls out of compliance with the treatment plan, the court can require them to return to inpatient treatment until they’re stabilized and able to return to the program.” The University of Houston, meanwhile, is collecting data.
“Elected officials such as Judge Jason Cox are the reason it is important to vote all the way down the ticket,” said HCDP County Chair Lillie Schechter, “Individuals who are working to improve the judicial system, advance the health care system, and increase access to mental health care.”
Mike Collier is Gearing Up
Mike Collier and his Exploratory Committee are testing the waters of another run for political office. His goal is to launch a full campaign within a few months and take on Dan Patrick, Texas' lieutenant governor, in the 2022 Elections.
In 2018, Mike ran an aggressive campaign against Patrick, but Texas wasn't quite ready to turn blue. Will 2022 be the year?
Mike was our guest speaker at the March 3 KAD Membership Meeting, where he shared his outrage over the latest follies of the Abbott government: the rescinding of the COVID mask mandate and the lack of leadership in the chaos of power outages during the February winter storm.
As a longtime Kingwood resident and KAD member, Mike is a familiar face. We know he's a smart and impressive candidate. In 2018, he
received endorsements from around the state, including many like the following:
“Unlike incumbent Dan Patrick, Collier, 57, is a facts-and-figures guy who deep-dives into complex policy in ways that command the respect of intelligent voters, regardless of party inclination.”
Mike earned an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, and he's had a career that includes being an auditor and, later, partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, one of the world's largest accounting firms. In addition, he helped establish a successful oil company and served as its chief financial officer.
New Voting Machines for Harris County
Harris County introduced new voting machines for the May 1 Election and Early Voting, April 19 - 27. The County has, so far, purchased 12,000 of the new model, which has a touch screen for making selections but also produces a paper ballot for additional verification.
How to use the new voting machines.
Watch this Facebook video.
Stop the steal of Texans' election rights
March 14, 2021
The “election integrity” legislation that Republicans are pushing this session is voter suppression plain and simple. The only thing that makes their efforts somewhat peculiar is that the bills have been deemed “emergency” legislation by top officials in a state that already has the most restrictive voting laws in the country — a state that wrote the book other states are now following on how to block access to the ballot box.
Joe Jaworski, Candidate for Texas AG
February Members' Meeting
Visit the Jaworski For Texas website
to read more about Joe's campaign.
Joe Jaworski has a plan: first, unseat TX Attorney General Ken Paxton; second, introduce a more progressive legal agenda for Texas. He was our guest at the February KAD Members' Meeting.
Jaworski outlined a plan that includes an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to bring tax dollars home to Texans, legalization of recreational cannabis to allow a greater focus on jailing violent criminals, and greater support of local government officials to innovate. He cites the current State administration's attempts to suppress voter turnout last fall while local officials were working to give voters an option to vote by mail during a pandemic.
As the first Democrat to declare his 2022 candidacy for Texas AG, he may yet be challenged in a primary. In the meantime, Jaworski is doing his best to confront Ken Paxton on the current AG's political record and personal legal battles.