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March 8, 2024

Notes from the Chair...

Gloria Campos

Greetings fellow Democrats! The countdown to November has begun as Texas voters kicked off the Election cycle by going to the polls on March 5th “Super Tuesday.”

If you check out the BCD Facebook page you know our turnout in the Democratic primary was less than stellar and down from March 2020. This is a troubling statewide trend.

Unofficial results indicate about 525 Blanco County Democrats cast early ballots and on Election Day. That’s about 4.92% turnout.

In March 2020 turnout was 5.6% with a total of 494 votes cast.

While our county is small the number of registered voters has seen healthy growth since 2020. Eighteen hundred seventy registered voters were added in those four years. They can’t all be Republicans.

We are facing a dog fight this election as we defend our democracy against the whims of a deranged, narcissistic, and possibly demented Republican challenger.

Your party needs you NOW-everyone can find a way to help. We WILL support our Democratic Party candidates anyway we can.

Despite a bit of doom and gloom- I am very encouraged by a good number of Democrats stepping up to work the polls during early voting and on Election Day. Many new to the job, our area or both. Many thanks to all our Elections workers. You are the unsung heroes on the frontlines of democracy. I appreciate each and everyone of you.

While our totals were disappointing our Election Day turnout almost doubled our early voting numbers. I know we can do better. It’s more than our civic duty to get out the vote it’s our obligation.

I know we want ALL Texans to have the opportunity to realize the American Dream. For that reason alone we can’t let Donald Trump have another four years in office. Let’s work together to make sure that does NOT happen! 

2024 Democratic Primary Election Early Results ...

Notice of Canvass...

The Blanco County Democratic Party will canvass the results of the March 5, 2024, Democratic Primary Election on Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 10am in the small conference room of the Community Resource Center, 206 S Hwy 281, Johnson City, Texas. This is a public meeting; all are welcome to attend and observe the canvass of the election results.

Gloria Campos Brown

Blanco County Democratic Party Chair

Upcoming Events...

Business Meeting

Open to all BCDs

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024 at 4:30 PM

Johnson City CRC

And via Zoom

  • Call To Order
  • Review Prior Meeting Minutes
  • Treasury Report
  • Discuss Election Results, Turn Out, Shenanigans
  • Discuss County Convention March 23
  • Discuss Voter Registration Events
  • New Business

General Meeting

Wednesday, March 13th, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Johnson City CRC

And via Zoom

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Merrie Fox

Candidate - Texas Senate #21 against Donna Campbell

Dr. Merrie Fox is a veteran educator, having worked in public schools for 31 years as a teacher and campus principal. After retiring in June 2023, she now works as the Executive Director for Circle Arts Theatre in New Braunfels. 

Dr. Fox earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Texas State University in 1992, majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a minor in biology; a Master’s degree in 2003 from Texas State University in Education Administration; and a Ph.D. from Northcentral University in 2018 with a focus on Educational Leadership. During her tenure as a public school principal, all three of her campuses were rated as ‘Recognized’ or ‘A’ schools under the Texas school accountability system. In 2009, she was selected by Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-partisan organization that advocates for public education, to attend a Summer Institute at the Principals’ Center at Harvard. In 2018, she was selected to serve as a Principal Advocacy Fellow for the 86th legislative session.

Merrie has lived in the Texas Hill Country for more than forty years. She and her wife, Lisa, have raised two children who graduated from Comal ISD. She volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Family Promise, and Riverside Pride. She is an active member of her church choir and in her free time, she enjoys playing cards and laughing with family and friends, attending the theatre, listening to live music, and kayaking the beautiful hill country rivers.

Important Dates...

  • March 13 / CEC & Regular Meeting - Johnson City CRC Building
  • March 14 / Canvass of 2024 Democratic Primary Election - Johnson City CRC 10am
  • March 23 / Blanco County Democratic Convention - Gem of the Hills - REGISTER
  • April 10 / CEC & Regular Meeting - Blanco
  • May 8 / CEC & Regular Meeting - Johnson City
  • May 17 / Last day to apply for vote by mail
  • May 20-24 / Early voting for Primary Runoffs
  • May 28 / Runoff Election Day
  • June 6-8 / Texas Democratic Convention - REGISTER
  • June 12 / CEC & Regular Meeting - Blanco
  • July 10 / Regular Meeting - Johnson City
  • August 14 /CEC & Regular Meeting - Blanco
  • September 11 / CEC & Regular Meeting - Johnson City
  • October 7 / Last day to register for vote by mail
  • October 9 / CEC & Regular Meeting - Blanco
  • October 21-November 1 / Early Voting
  • October 25 / Last day to apply for vote by mail
  • November 5 / Election Day!
  • November 13 / CEC & Regular Meeting - Johnson City
  • December 11 / CEC & Regular Meeting - Blanco

Looking Back....

Voter Registration...

Blanco County Democrats staged their Voter Registration drive for Saturday, February 3rd from Noon-4pm at Pecan Street Brewing in Johnson City! Thanks Paul Sumrall & Travis Burrer for volunteering! Stay tuned for more voter registration events this fall.

Did you know you can register to vote ONLINE as well?

Blanco County Democrats welcomed Texas Senator Roland Gutierrez for coffee on February 19th.

Carole Smith greeting Roland Gutierrez at Johnson City Coffee Co. before he spoke to Blanco County Democrats on February 19th.

Texas Senator and Candidate for US Senator Roland Gutierrez talked a great deal about pain, and the pain we cause each other in how we vote and who we vote for, the consequences of inaction and need for change in Texas.

Dr. Merrie Fox, Candidate for Texas Sendate #21, introduced herself before Roland Spoke.

SDEC 24's Clayton Tucker, President of the Texas Progressive Caucus, joined Blanco County Democrats in welcoming Roland Gutierrez.

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Johnson City, TX 78636


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