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Kingwood Area Democrats

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FORUM
September 2022 KAD Meeting

Dr. Carla Wyatt, candidate for Harris County Treasurer.

Marilyn Burgess, candidate for re-election as Harris County District Clerk, with Jaime Rodriguez, moderator.

Beverly Armstrong, candidate for Judge, 208th District Court

Teneshia Hudspeth, Harris County Clerk running for re-election.

Cheri Thomas, candidate for Justice, 14th Court of Appeals, Place 2

Misty Bishop, candidate for TX Senate, District 4

NEXT KAD MEETING
Wednesday, October 5
Social hour 6-7 p.m.

Meeting 7-8:30 p.m.
Lone Star College-Kingwood Campus

Watch for details here. 

NOVEMBER 2022

ELECTION SCHEDULE

Oct. 11

Oct. 24

Oct. 28

Nov. 4

Nov. 8

Nov. 8

Last day to register to vote

First day of Early Voting

Last day for Elections Office to receive request for Ballot by Mail

Last day of Early Voting

Election Day

Final day for Elections Office to receive completed Ballot by Mail

MORE ELECTION INFORMATION 
KAD ALERT  
SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

by Jane Leckey, KAD VP

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Would you like to be more involved in the fall election campaign?

 

Here's your chance to sign up! There are opportunities for election workers, precinct chairs or precinct captains, and -- for those who enjoy meeting their neighbors -- Democrats are busy with "Get Out the Vote" efforts.

BECOME A KAD MEMBER
HARRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEWS
BOOK CLUB
October 12 @ 7 p.m.
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Author Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney, builds a case that America was not founded on the Bible, and that the Declaration of Independence actually contradicts the Bible. In a recently published edition, he also reflects on the role that Christian nationalism played in the January 6 insurrection.  

Join us for the discussion. New members are always welcome. Just contact us here. 

We are using the Zoom app, which can be easily downloaded from www.zoom.us at no charge.

BETO DRAWS A BIG CROWD
August 24, 2022

Beto O'Rourke, Democratic candidate for Texas Governor, didn't disappoint!

He gave an impassioned speech to a crowd of Democrats in the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita areas of Northeast Harris County and Porter/Splendora areas of East Montgomery County. The event was held at the Humble Civic Center. 

Robin Fulford, candidate for TX Congressional District 2, currently held by Republican Dan Crenshaw.

Chuck Crews, candidate for the Texas House of Representatives in the Baytown area, which overlaps with Kingwood's TX Senate District 4.

Jay Kleberg (3rd from left), Texas Land Commissioner candidate, introduced Beto. He chatted with Sam and Deborah Mowrey and Elizabeth Stern, volunteers at the event.

Volunteers from Humble Area Democrats and Kingwood Area Democrats. L. to R. Cindy Stinson; Linda Barton, HAD VP; and Amy Bakken.

Barbara Madera (L), KAD Board Member, and Jane Leckey, KAD VP, waited patiently in a long line for a photo with Beto, who never lost his smile!

Ellie Porras, president of Kingwood Area Democrats Club (left), with a group from Moms Demand Action.

Martha Cottingham and Carolyn Riggs, both longtime Democratic Party activists, and Phillip McNutt, Senate District 4 Chair in Harris County. 

Shield and Sword

Harris County’s attorney describes his job as “a shield and a sword.” He protects the county from overreach by the state government and takes legal action against anyone or any organization that threatens harm to the county and its people. 

 

Christian Menefee described his role and the work of his office during KAD’s June Membership Meeting. He explained why he has sued the Abbott Administration six times, including the time the governor blocked Harris County’s COVID mandates. He has called out polluters, endeavored to protect voting rights, and promised to protect vulnerable communities. He vowed he would not prosecute parents of trans kids, as the governor has ordered, while those children are receiving gender-affirming medical care. He said, “Telling Texas parents that they can’t do what’s best for their transgender kids is not the law, and we won’t stand for it.”

 

Menefee is the youngest person and first African American to be elected as the chief civil lawyer for the largest county in Texas. He manages an office of about 120 lawyers and 130 support staff. He was guest speaker at the KAD meeting. 

 

Another guest at the meeting was Robin Fulford, Democratic candidate for U.S. representative, who is challenging Dan Crenshaw in TX Congressional District 2. She gave an update on her campaign.

Christian Menefee, Harris County Attorney

Robin Fulford, Democratic candidate for U.S. House of Represenatives

All-Star Headliners at April Membership Meeting

After two years of Zoom meetings during Covid restrictions, KAD hosted its first in-person membership meeting on April 6. There were cheerful greetings among old friends and introductions to many new participants.

The stars of the evening were three candidates who all want to represent Kingwood and its surrounding areas at the state or national levels:


Mike Collier, candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor, must still win a runoff election on May 24 if he is to go on to challenge Dan Patrick. He has been traveling around the state catching up with supporters from his 2018 close race to unseat Patrick. In 2020, he was a senior adviser to the Biden Campaign in Texas. As a Kingwood resident, Mike has been a sustaining member of KAD for many years.

 
Robin Fulford, candidate for Texas' 2nd Congressional District, is running against Republican Dan Crenshaw. She is a founding member of the Democratic Club of The Woodlands, and she spoke about her family's history of involvement in labor unions. 


Misty Bishop, candidate for State Senate District 4, is running against incumbent Brandon Creighton. She gave an impassioned speech outlining the changes she wants to bring to Texas state government.

In addition, to the three guest speakers, we heard from judicial candidates:

  • Judge Jason Luong, a Kingwood resident, is in a primary runoff to hold on to his seat on the 185th Criminal District Court.

  • Jason Armstrong, husband of Beverly Armstrong, spoke on her behalf. Beverly Armstrong is a candidate for judge of the 208th Criminal District Court.

  • Treasea Treviño is running for the position of judge of Civil District Court 4. 

Robin Fulford (L), candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, TX Congressional District 2. 

Mike Collier (R), candidate in Democratic Runoff Election for Texas Lieutenant Governor's race.

Misty Bishop, Democratic 

candidate for Texas Senate District 4.

Jason Luong, incumbent candidate for Harris County 185th District Court.

Wendy Davis Speaks Out About Texas Abortion Law SB8

Wendy Davis was the guest speaker at a special online event November 15 when several Harris County Democratic Clubs joined forces to host the former state senator and gubernatorial candidate.

 

Davis touched on many topics, beginning with her support for Beto O'Rourke who had earlier in the day announced his candidacy in the race for governor. She predicted he would bring excitement to the race. 

Turning to the topic of the evening, a woman's right to choose, Davis said SB8 is a result of years of antagonism toward women's reproductive freedoms, depriving women of autonomy. She expressed fear that Abbott would go as far as his base pushed him, even pondering whether that could lead to banning contraception.  

Davis discussed the intricacies of SB8, which allows any individual to sue anyone who helps a woman obtain an abortion. The hefty financial penalties of the law have effectively shut down abortion access in Texas. She also paraphrased Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, saying, "It is an injustice every single day that this law continues to be in existence."

The event was initiated by Meyerland Area Democrats and co-hosted by Kingwood Area Democrats, Humble Area Democrats, ROADWomen, Democratic Club of the Woodlands, Houston Black American Democrats, TDW Harris, BAAD Women, Bay Area New Democrats, Spring Branch Democrats, Spring Democratic Club, Greater Heights Democrats, and Swing Left.

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Wendy Davis, former Texas state senator and gubernatorial candidate

Mike Collier is Running for TX Lt. Gov.

Mike Collier has driven thousands of miles around the state in recent months making campaign stops and talking to local residents. He wants the Democratic Party nomination for Texas lieutenant governor in the 2022 statewide elections because he plans to oust Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

In 2018, Mike ran an aggressive campaign against Patrick, but Texas wasn't quite ready to turn blue. 

In 2020, he served as senior advisor to the Biden Campaign in Texas.

Mike was our guest speaker at the March 3 KAD Membership Meeting, where he shared his outrage over the 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. 

The Collier For Texas website says "Mike first entered politics for one reason: to fight for Texas public schools. Because of his extensive experience as an auditor, he knows the Texas budget like the back of his hand. Mike knows why our schools are underfunded and he has a plan to fix it without raising taxes on ordinary Texans." 

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. 

To keep up with Mike, be sure to watch his Facebook page and his Twitter account.

Editor's note: In November 2021, Michelle Beckley from Carrollton, TX, representing Texas HD 65, joined the race for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. In December 2021, Matthew Dowd, former political strategist for George W. Bush and Ann Richards dropped out of the Democratic race.  

New Voting Machines for Harris County

Harris County introduced new voting machines in 2021. The county made an initial purchase of 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.