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June 14, 2020
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Notes from the Chair: –Democratic Party 2020 Runoff Election - Please Vote
The Democratic Party Runoff Election is just around the corner.  Election Day is July 14, 2020 with early voting starting June 29 . Information on when and where to vote is included below please check it out. Are you ready? You need to registered and the last day to do that for the Runoff is Monday, June 15 . You need to know who to vote for and a great place to start, to learn about candidates, is the League of Women Voter’s site

Royce West is running against M J Hegar for the US Senate to have a chance to beat Republican John Cornyn. They are both great candidates and below is information on each of them from their websites. The other race is for a chance to run for Railroad Commissioner against Republican James Wright. Chrysta Castaneda is running against Roberto Alonzo. Again, both are excellent and would be a much-needed progressive voice on Texas Railroad Commission which regulates the oil and gas industry.
“Royce has dedicated his life to providing and protecting basic rights and opportunities for all Texans. Senator West advocated with parents and teachers to achieve world-class education for students, championed criminal justice reform, supported workers seeking fair wages, and advocated for common-sense gun legislation like banning assault weapons and having universal background checks. Royce promoted and defended women’s reproductive rights, stood with immigrant rights communities for comprehensive immigration reform, and marched with students seeking fair voting rights. He also championed expansion of healthcare opportunities for Texans and provided subsidized foster care alternatives to grandparents, as well as other family members.

As a Texas State Senator, Royce has represented the 23rd Senatorial District on behalf of the citizens of Dallas County. During his tenure, Senator West was named by Texas Monthly as one of the “Ten Best Legislators in Texas”, and received countless awards from community and business organizations for his leadership. Senator West serves as the Vice Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and is a member of Senate committees on Education, Finance and Transportation.” 
M J Hegar   https://mjfortexas.com
“As a young girl, M J’s dreams of becoming a military pilot were dismissed with claims that “the front is no place for a woman.” Unwilling to back down, M J became a commissioned officer in the Air Force after graduating from the University of Texas. She was selected for a highly competitive spot in the pilot training program, where she graduated at the top of her class. M J went on to serve three tours in Afghanistan as a combat search and rescue and medevac pilot. During a rescue mission in Afghanistan, M J’s helicopter was destroyed by the Taliban, and she was injured by enemy gunfire. M J received the Purple Heart for her injuries, and she is one of only a few women to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor for her actions saving the lives of her crew and patients. When her injuries left her unable to fly, she was barred from competing for a ground combat position because she was a woman. M J knew that the rule was not only unjust, but a detriment to military preparedness — and that changing it was a fight she had to take on. So, she worked across the aisle and successfully led the charge to overturn the outdated policy and open up hundreds of thousands of jobs for women in the military. During her advocacy, M J got a firsthand look at how broken Washington is — and it left her with deep concerns about the ever-increasing dysfunction we were leaving for the next generation. Now M J is taking on the fight for the Senate, to break the bottleneck that’s blocking any constructive progress in Washington from coming to reality. She’s up against Senator John Cornyn, who has spent nearly two decades in Washington serving the special interests over Texans.
Chrysta Castañeda https://www.chrystafortexas.com
“Chrysta is an engineer, a lawyer, a community leader, and a mom. After receiving her degree in industrial engineering from Kansas State University, Chrysta earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.
As the founding partner of her law firm in Dallas, Texas, Chrysta focuses on oil and gas litigation in the upstream sector, as well as commercial litigation and products liability disputes involving technical evidence. Her winning verdict in Pecos, Texas for an oil and gas plaintiff has been recognized by the National Law Journal and named to the Texas Lawyer's Verdicts Hall of Fame.
In addition to her successful career, Chrysta has held leadership positions in a variety of non-profit agencies focused on improving women’s lives. She is a board member of the Texas Women’s Foundation and was previously the board chair of Ignite Texas, a non-partisan organization focused on building political ambition in young women.
The Texas Railroad Commission is the state agency that oversees all oil and gas drilling—one of the largest drivers of the Texas economy. Oil and gas production is not going away any time soon and it is a vital part of the Texas economy, but the Commission is not enforcing the law. Those laws protect us all – from wasting energy, from pollution, and from bad practices that doom our future.
Chrysta will work tirelessly to stop the waste and abuse of our precious natural resources. As both an engineer and a lawyer, she knows the law and she knows that technology can help get us out of this mess. She has worked in the industry for over three decades, representing all kinds of people: royalty owners, landowners, operators, investors, and service companies. Chrysta has the right experience and education to make the Railroad Commission a better place and improve the environme nt for all Texans.”
Roberto “Beto” Alonzo https://alonzo4txrrcommissioner.com
“Roberto is trailblazer: he made history when he was first elected as Representative by becoming the first Mexican American from North Texas elected to the Legislature, He won by a 2 to 1 margin with over 66% of the vote. He served for twenty years.
Alonzo served on:
  • Higher Education Committee
  • Calendars Committee
  • House Administration Committee
  • Vice Chair of the Pensions Committee
  • Named Legislator of the Year in 2015 by the Texas Public Employees Association
Alonzo is actively involved in community affairs in the Dallas metroplex area:
  • Board Member, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority (DART)
  • Board Member, Hispanic PAC/USA in Washington, D.C.
  • State Chairman of the Texas Mexican American Democrats
  • National Delegate to the Democratic National Convention eight times.
Throughout his career and tenure in office, his leadership and advocacy have distinguished him among his peers as a trailblazer and leader for Texas.
He has been an advocate for quality public education, a strong economy, increased services to veterans, access to health care including the expansion of Medicaid for seniors and the expansion of women's health care.
Awards and Honors:
  • Named “Top Ten Best Legislators” by Equality Texas
Alonzo is the principal attorney at Alonzo Law Fir m, P.C. since 1986. He is married to Sylvana and they have three children.”

Please stay safe and stay engaged. Thank you all for your support of the KCDP and most of all, please vote.

Kevin Henning
Kendall County Democratic Party Chair

Don’t forget Democratic Party Runoff Election is now scheduled for July 14, 2020.

  • Monday, June 15, 2020 - Last day to Register to Vote
  • Friday, July 3, 2020 - Last day to apply for ballot by mail (Received, not postmarked)
  • Monday, June 29, 2020 - First day of Early Voting
  • Friday, July 10, 2020 - Last day of Early Voting
  • Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - Runoff Election Day

Remember, anyone over 65, if you will be out of town, or are sick or have a disability you can vote by mail in Texas. 

There are a number of ways to request a mail-in ballot. Here’s an easy link that lets you prepare a letter requesting a ballot: txdem.co/VBMApp or you can call the Kendall Co. Elections office and request an application for Ballot by Mail at 830-331-8701. The Election office will be happy to help you with any questions that you may have
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data indicate that  25.6% of adults in Texas have a disability . What are the accommodations available to assist Texas voters with disabilities to participate in the democratic process? With the added threat of the coronavirus, what options are available for Texans with disabilities to vote safely?
In partnership with  Rev Up Texas , the  Texas Secretary of State ' s office and  Disability Rights Texas , the  League of Women Voters of Texas   will host a webinar via Zoom noon-1 pm, on Thursday June 18 to address these issues. This webinar will cover Voting Rights and Accommodations for Individuals with disabilities including: 
  • Vote by mail
  • Curbside voting
  • Voting in person
  • General rights & accommodations 
  • Where to get help    

Register Now!
Working together we can ensure that all Texans have their vote count and their voices heard in our elections! Thank you for empowering voters and defending democracy! 

Sign Up for Our July Market Days Booth!
We need your help to staff our booth at the July Boerne Market Days (July 11-12)! We'll distribute materials, answer questions, sell shirts, and let people know about fellow Democrats in the Boerne area and Kendall County. We need (at least) two volunteers for each of the specified shifts.   Sign Up Here

Social Hour This Thursday

Join us on Thursday, June 18 from 4:30-5:30 pm for our next  Zoom Happy Hour! This time it will be a Costume Party! Bring your favorite beverage and snack and join us for an informal get-together in this time of social distancing.   RSVP HERE

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Fridays 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Stop by to pick up signs for Wendy Davis , Rebeca Martinez

I f you’d like to volunteer to staff a shift, please contact Office Manager
Sherry Thurman  @   mzsherry.mitchell.thurman@gmail.com.

518 East Blanco, Boerne

Texas Democratic Convention Closes with a Bang!
From June 1-6, the Texas Democratic Party held its biennial Convention—and it was 100% online! Over 60 panels, speakers, and training sessions were presented to over 14,000 delegates across the state. Friday’s and Saturday’s General Sessions featured some top-notch speakers, including Nancy Pelosi, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Joe Biden. Kendall County was represented at the event by twenty delegates, who voted on Party leadership, National Electors, the Party Platform, and Resolutions.
If you’re a Facebook user, you can access the videos for each day’s events in the “Videos” section of the Texas Democratic Party Facebook page.
By the end of the month, these sessions will all be archived individually at some location; we’ll let you know where in next month’s newsletter.
On to November!
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We understand that some folks just don’t like online donations: “Prefer to donate via check or money order? Send it to PO Box 2321, Boerne TX 78006-6321.”

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