Kingwood Area Democrats
New Voting Machines for Harris County
Harris County is introducing 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.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION
May 1, 2021
Early Voting from April 19 to 27
There's information for voters about the ballot, polling locations, I.D. requirements and more on the Voter Info page.
BE A KAD MEMBER IN 2021
It's easier than ever to join KAD or renew your membership. Just follow this link to ActBlue.
For more membership information, please see our "About" page.
May 12 @ 7 p.m.
The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead's 2020 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, is the next KAD Book Club selection. Whitehead also won a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2017 for his earlier novel, The Underground Railroad. He is only the fourth writer in history to win the prize twice.
New members are welcome. For more information or to sign up, please email us here. We are using the Webex app for meetings until further notice.
by Jane Leckey, KAD VP
HCDP PRECINCT ORGANIZING TRAINING
April 15 or 17
The Harris County Democratic Party is offering Spring Training to plan strategies for the next election. This virtual session will help precinct chairs and captains organize their precincts.
HARRIS COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY NEWS
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.
Will Mike Run For Office?
Mike Collier is keeping us in suspense a little longer. He's considering a run for office again in 2022 but has not declared his final intention.
In 2018, Mike ran an aggressive campaign against Dan Patrick for Texas lieutenant governor, 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.
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.
KAD Members On Air and Online
Steve Davis, professor of History at Lone Star College-Kingwood and KAD member, says "a virus of racism" is partly to blame for the discontent that led to the Capitol insurrection on Jan. 6. He appeared as a guest on the radio program and podcast, Politics Done Right with host Egberto Willies, a former KAD president (2011-2015).
Steve went on to talk about many topics, including the appeal of Trump, his own upbringing here in Texas, and his political views as a "New" Social Democrat.
Politics Done Right website
New Social Democrats website
The Capitol Takeover That Wasn’t
In 1861, a pro-Southern mob wanted to block the tallying of electoral votes for Lincoln. So did some congressmen.
From the New York Times, Opinion Section, January 8, 2021
By Ted Widmer
Dr. Widmer, who worked as a speechwriter in the Clinton White House, has long been a student of the Civil War period.
In the confusion that followed [ January 6th's ] desecration of the Capitol, it was widely reported that the last time the building was stormed was in 1814. That overlooked a desperate day in 1861, nearly as lethal to democracy. On Feb. 13, a mob gathered outside the Capitol and tried to force its way in to disrupt the counting of the electoral certificates that would confirm Abraham Lincoln’s election three months earlier.
Continued in the New York Times.
A view of Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861, when a replacement dome for the Capitol was under construction.
Big Tent Event a Success
Saturday morning, Sept. 19, was a cool, sunny day, perfect for KAD's Big Tent Event. Democrats from across Kingwood and the surrounding area came to pick up candidate signs and other political swag. Adding to the morning's fun was having several candidates join us to answer questions and chat with voters.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez (right), running for re-election as Harris County Sheriff, with KAD member Ken Aucoin
Jay Stittleburg (right), candidate for State Senator, District 4, with Tony Morales of KAD.
Kathy Cheng, candidate for Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6
Area Democrats were happy to take away lawn signs and other campaign materials. KAD board members Ellie Porras, Robin Pearce, and Jack Alexander helped each person find the items to match their needs.
Judge Julia Maldonado (right), standing for re-election to District Court, with KAD board member Elizabeth Stern.
Judge Veronica Rivas-Molloy (center) candidate for Justice, First Court of Appeals, with KAD members Kevin and Katrin McManis.
Left to right: Eartha Johnson, mother of Te'iva Bell, candidate for judge, Criminal District Court; Paula Miller; Clarence Miller, 2022 candidate for County Commissioner, Precinct 4; and Jeff McGowen, candidate for Harris County Constable, Precinct 4.