In case you all have forgotten, Democrats have a run-off election to begin participating in come Monday. For some of us, it’s a busy ballot from the Senate down to Constable.
Early voting begins June 29 and goes on through July 10. Run-off election day is July 14. Find your sample ballot here. You can find a polling location here. Here is the 2020 Democratic Run-Off #StaceSlate :
US Senate – Royce West – 27 years in the Texas Senate fighting for the issues that are important to Democrats. We need a proven fighter to bring out our base and West is that fighter. And I just don’t trust the choices of the DSCC or their incursions into these kind of races. Never have, actually.
Railroad Commissioner – Roberto “Beto” Alonzo – Over 20 years in the Texas Lege, he always scored high on environmental, civil rights, and education group score cards. I prefer someone outside of the oil/gas realm, yet, with a rich legislative history supporting the interests of the people and Democrats, generally. Plus, he’s a family friend whom I’ve known for…ever.
SBOE-6 – Michelle Palmer – I’ve seen her, basically, everywhere. She hasn’t taken any constituency for granted. She’s a progressive educator who will fight for our students.
Justice, 14th Court of Appeals-7 – Cheri Thomas – I met Cheri at a local Dem meeting. Personable, a listener, and someone who will take the job seriously.
Judge, 164th District – Alexandra Smoots-Thomas – She’s done a fine job as a judge ensuring people are not railroaded in the civil courts. There will be negativity thrown at her, but I don’t trust anything coming from Trump’s Justice Department.
Judge, 339th District – Te’iva Bell – She struck me as a reformer who believes in justice for all. A criminal district court should not be a place where one is railroaded to prison, rather, it should be a place where either side will find justice based on evidence and facts. Bell will offer that as a judge of this court.
Harris County Commissioner Pct 3 – Diana Martinez-Alexander – I want a Democratic candidate who will be responsive to voters and not special interests. We need to break down a system built for people with insider connections and Diana offers that kind of alternative, while speaking up on issues important to the people.
Constable Pct 5 – Mark Alan Harrison – He’s a veteran law enforcement leader who advocates for changes that positively impact the community. From what my friends (and his FB posts) tell me, he’s the candidate to support.
NOT IN MY DISTRICT:
State Representative District 148 – Penny Shaw – I’ve known Penny for a few years and she is very impressive. She offers the experience and platform that best represents the diverse constituency of this district. As the Trump administration threatens privatization of education during the pandemic, opening the door for corporate-run diploma mills (charter schools), Shaw is the only candidate who will stand up for the students, parents and teachers in this district.
Remember to wear a mask, practice physical distancing, and get in and out of the polling location. Chances are you will be asked to remove your mask to match up to your ID. Let’s hope it’s quick. But if you want to order a face shield, Amazon has some.