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2018.2: Stace Slate – Dem Run-Off

Early voting for the 2018 Democratic Primary Run-Off begins on May 14 and continues through May 18, 7AM to 7PM. You may vote at any early voting location. And you can find a location by clicking here.

Also, you may find your sample ballot by clicking here. And take an acceptable form of ID. If you didn’t vote in either primary, or, you voted in the Democratic Primary, you may participate in this one.

 

Here’s the Stace Slate (My Own Ballot):

Governor:  Lupe Valdez

District Clerk:  Marilyn Burgess

County Clerk:  Diane Trautman

County Treasurer:  Dylan Osbourne

County School Trustee Pos. 3 At Large:  Richard Cantu

Of course, there are other races for other voters in Harris County, and, since I’ll probably be moving from my current abode to an area that may be represented by one of these districts, I’m making my picks, just in case:

State Senate District 17:  Fran Watson

Congress, District 7:  Laura Moser 

And in other races:

Congress District 22:  Sri Preston Kulkarni

JP 7-2:  Cheryl Elliott Thornton

Congress, District 23:  Rick Treviño

 

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7am to 7pm Early Voting This Week

Early Voting is in effect, February 26 thru March 2, 2018, from 7AM to 7PM. That’s this week, folks. Find an early voting location near you and get it done before Primary Election Day, March 6, where you’ll only get to vote in your neighborhood polling location. The easiest thing to do is get your sample ballot here, then vote the Stace Slate.

Compared to 2014, folks seem to be flocking to the Democratic Primary. At this moment, Democrats are neck-and-neck with the other side as far as participation goes. There were reports last week that a good chunk of them were first-time Democratic Primary voters. And this makes me wonder whether some of the political mail that has gone out has actually been effective, as this group probably didn’t get any of it since they hadn’t voted in a Primary before.

Of course, some of these “new” voters have been caught not knowing how primaries work. Or how lack of progress on Democratic issues isn’t necessarily the fault of a Den incumbent when said incumbent is part of a minority in whatever lawmaking body they are serving. It’s earned these folks some ridicule from some of the local pros, but then I remember that the local pros aren’t big fans of political education during the election off-season. Then, again, there’s enough blame to go all around, including personal responsibility.

Anyway, be an informed voter. If you want to find more info on candidates, the League of Women Voters Houston has their voter guide online. In two languages!

The 2018 DosCentavos Stace Slate – Democratic Primary

LatinoVote(This is an evolving document.)

Well, I’ve spent a few minutes going over the sample ballot that pertains to my domicile and I’ve made some decisions on whom to support in contested races. There are a dozen or so contested races in which I’m undecided because, well, I’ve never met any of the candidates or heard of them along the way. So, I’ll update those races later.

Here’s the DosCentavos Stace Slate 2018. [Note:  No contributions or memberships were required to be purchased to earn an endorsement from the DC.]

  • US Senator – Beto O’Rourke
  • Texas Governor – Lupe Valdez
  • Lt. Governor – Mike Collier
  • Comtproller – Tim Mahoney
  • Land Commissioner – Miguel Suazo
  • Railroad Commission – Roman McAllen
  • 14th Court of Appeals – Pl. 3 – Jerry Zimmerer
  • 14th Court of Appeals – Pl. 8 – Margaret Poissant
  • Judge, 55th District – Latosha Lewis Payne
  • Judge, 113th District – Rabeea Collier
  • Judge, 185th District – Jason Luong
  • Judge, 189th District – Fred Cook
  • Judge, 234th District – Lauren Reeder
  • Judge, 269th District – Cory Sepolio
  • Judge, 281st District – Christine Weems
  • Judge, 248th Family District – Charles Collins
  • Judge, 289th Family District – Barbara J. Stalder
  • Judge, 309th Family District – Kathy Vossler
  • Judge, 313th Juvenile District – Tracy Good
  • Judge, County Criminal Ct #2 – Harold Landreneau
  • Judge, County Criminal Ct #5 – David Fleischer
  • Judge, County Criminal Ct #7 – Andrew Wright
  • Judge, County Crminal Ct #11 – Sedrick T. Walker
  • Judge, County Criminal Ct. #12 – Juan J. Aguirre
  • Judge, County Criminal Ct. #13 – Raul Rodriguez
  • Judge, County Criminal Ct. #15 – Kris Ougrah
  • Judge, County Probate Ct. #2 – Jim L. Peacock
  • Judge, County Probate Ct. #4 – James Horwitz
  • Judge, County Civil Ct #2 – Jim Kovach
  • District Clerk – Marilyn Burgess
  • County Clerk – Diane Trautman
  • County Treasurer – Nile Bailey Copeland
  • County School Trustee, At Large – Richard Cantu
  • Vote FOR all of the propositions.

Contested Races NOT on My Ballot

  • CD2 – Darnell Jones or Silky Malik
  • CD7 – James Cargas
  • CD18 – Sheila Jackson Lee
  • CD22 – Steve Brown
  • CD23 – Judy Canales
  • CD29 – Sylvia R. Garcia
  • SD17 – Fran Watson
  • HD27 – Ron Reynolds
  • HD126 – Natali Hurtado
  • HD134 – Allison Lami Sawyer
  • HD138 – Adam Milasincic
  • HD146 – Shawn Thierry
  • County Commissioner Pct 2 – Adrian Garcia
  • County Commissioner Pct 4 – Penny Shaw

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That Wreckage That Is The Stace Slate

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Just a few thoughts about the wreckage that is the Stace Slate.

Texas House 137. Congrats to my State Rep. Gene Wu on a decisive victory against a right-wing plant. Wu has done a great job of serving his constituents while navigating a tough Texas House that is not D-friendly. The work isn’t done since he still has another right-winger to defeat in November, but Wu has a great team to get him back to Austin.

Huge Win for Ann Harris Bennett. As I stated previously, we had two good people I’ve gotten to know in this race for Tax Assessor-Collector. My family and I have supported Ann in all her races, so, it wasn’t too tough a decision to back her again. There are plenty of reasons for her victory, including ballot name recognition, Dem women’s groups, and a strong showing by African American voters at the polls. Congrats to Ann.

Run-Offs. I was glad to see my friend Rabeea Collier squeeze into the run-off for Judge of the 11th District Court, as well as Ed Gonzalez for Sheriff. That’s right, we’re not done yet. May 24th will have us going back to the polls to finish our job as Democrats. Jasmine Jenkins and Dakota Carter made the run-off in their race for SBOE District 6, and Dems will get to choose between Julie Countiss and Fredericka Phillips for the 61st District Court. There’s also a run-off in the 215th District Court between Elaine Palmer and JoAnne Storey. There’s also a statewide race for Railroad Commish, but I haven’t paid much attention to the candidates. So, stay tuned.

NIMBY Run-Off:  Congrats to my friend Tanya Makany-Rivera (and her family) on making the next round in the race for Justice of the Peace Pct. 1. She ran a grassroots race against a well-funded opponent and came a few votes short of the lead. It will be a competitive race that is sure to draw folks out. JP is a people’s court, so, folks need to stay connected to this very local race–perhaps one of the most important on the ballot.

Latinos:  It’s sad to say that Democrats won’t have many Latinos on the ballot running countywide or statewide. In fact, there are one of each, along with those that provide district representation (State Rep or State Senator or JP or Constable). Republicans will offer similar numbers state and countywide; however, we’ve got a shot at sending Ed Gonzalez on to November. Let’s get that done. I think Adrian Garcia’s campaign proved that we like to see some brown faces on the ballot.

Other races:  Big kudos to Mary Ann Perez whose campaign to return to the Texas House (HD-144) pulled out all the stops to send her straight to November without a run-off. That kind of energy can surely help her defeat the current GOPer in the seat.

KUDOS:  Big kudos to the folks who worked the polling locations.

The Slate:  It took it in the teeth. 5 Wins, 10 Losses, and 3 Run-Offs. In the NIMBY’s, 3 wins, 3 Losses, and 1 Run-Off. The Run-Off Slate is to come!