We are in a government shutdown on the anniversary of Republican control of all three branches and the Trump presidency. We’ve seen an assault on the Affordable Care Act, an effort to dismantle all the progress made by the Obama administration and a huge tax gift the rich. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Democrats have volunteered or been recruited for every office above county level. We could change the power structure in both our state and in the country in one election. It is possible! It requires people to get out the vote In Our County. It helps to have some money for meetings and rallies and mail outs. We each must decide how important change is to us and what we are willing to do and to contribute to bring it about.
Beto O’Rourke, Democratic candidate for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat, will hold town halls in Sealy and Columbus on Sunday, December 17. You can RSVP and find links for Google maps for the town halls by clicking here or going to O’Rourke’s website BetoforTexas.com and then clicking on the events tab.
The Sealy town hall will be from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Levine Park Pavilion, 410 Main St. in Sealy, TX 77474.
The Columbus town hall will be from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM at the Columbus RV parking Campground, 1011 New World Dr., Columbus, TX 78934.
Take advantage of these great opportunities to see the candidate, hear his views, and ask questions.
At the recent State Democratic Executive Committee meeting, the members set the ratio of delegates from the counties and the state senate districts to the 2018 state convention at one delegate for each 225 votes for the Democratic nominee for Governor in 2014. This is only FYI at this point.
Wharton County is allotted a total of 10 delegates – nine regular delegates plus the County chair. Our senate state district 18 is allotted a total of 244.
The state has provided two files that give the information for all the Texas Senate districts and for all the Texas counties.
- Senate District Convention Counts 2018 provides the breakdown for Senate districts only.
- County and SD Delegate Counts 2018 provides it for Senate districts and the counties they contain.
Much more information about conventions and delegate selection will be forthcoming beginning in December of this year.
Members of the Wharton County Democratic Party met on Saturday August 12th at the Wharton Public Library to reorganize itself and choose officers for the Party. The meeting was called to order by Wharton County Democratic Party Chairman Joey Cardenas of Louise who was recently appointed to the position by State Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa in the wake of the untimely death of former county Chairwoman, Linda Bacca. A moment of silence was observed in memory of Mrs. Bacca and former Texas Governor Mark White which was followed by the reading of the Preamble to the Constitution.
The group was given an update on the state of the 13th Court of Appeals by Judge Dori Contreras who currently represents Wharton County on the court. She discussed the varied issues taken up by the court and the 20 counties that she represents. She introduced her assistant from her field office in Corpus Christi, Mr. Joe Ramirez to the group. And expressed her gratitude for the invitation to be present and speak.
After much discussion on a myriad range of issues, the members present elected Mr. Dave Mauch of El Campo as vice-Chair, Mr. Jeff Dixon of Wharton as secretary, and Mr. James Reese of East Barnard as treasurer. The assembled also elected to create five committees as follows: 1. Communications committee for outreach and messaging; 2. Municipality to track and gauge the rise of taxes and waste; 3.Candidate Recruitment committee to identify qualified individuals for office; 4. Veterans committee to assess and help speed the process of county veterans’ benefits; and 5. Legislative committee to identify local issues to present as polity at the Capitol in Austin.
The last order of business was to identify precinct chairs for the 12 voting precincts in the county of which three correspond to every county commissioner precinct. The meeting ended with the announcement that the Secretary of State will be hosting the County chairs of both political parties to State training on September 8th, in Austin, Texas.
County Democrats will meet from 10:30 AM to noon on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at the Wharton Branch of the County Library in the Dittman Merka Room. The library branch is located at 1920 North Fulton Street.
Business to be conducted at the meeting includes appointing/selecting various precinct and county officers.
WHARTON County Democratic Convention will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Wharton County Library 1920 N. Fulton Street Wharton, Texas 77488 9:30 a.m. The conventions will be open to any qualified voter who registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the convention and who signs an oath of affiliation with the Democratic Party. Because of the changes to the election schedule the Texas Convention and Delegate Selection process this year will skip precinct conventions and begin at County/Senatorial District conventions.
“We encourage all Democrats of WHARTON County to attend the Democratic Convention and make their voice heard,” said, Linda Baca, “Individuals who want to represent our area as delegates to the Texas Democratic Party State Convention should attend.”
The delegates and alternates elected at the County/Senate District Convention then go to the State Convention. The State Convention will be held on Thursday 16 June -Saturday 18 June 2016, San Antonio, Texas. Delegates and alternates elected at the State Convention will go to the Democratic National Convention is July 25–28, 2016, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, with some events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center,
“As one of the largest and most diverse delegations in the country, the TDP will make certain that all voices of our broad constituency are heard at our National Convention,” said TDP Chair Gilberto Hinojosa.
Linda Baca announced and asked for VOTES and SUPPORT in the MAY 7, 2016 School Election. "I am running for Position 2 for Trustee at the Wharton County Junior College. Thank you, and thank you for your support in the Democratic Primary."
Don’t forget the County Convention on MARCH 19TH AT THE WHARTON LIBRARY. We have been allocated 4 delegates to the State Convention. However, all are welcomed to attend the convention in San Antonio.
Early voting for both the Democratic and Republican primaries will be between Feb 16 & Feb 26, 2016. Registered Wharton County voters can vote at either the Wharton Civic Center or the El Campo Library. See this page for more information on early and election day primary voting including more details on rooms, days and times. (Be just a little patient to let the information to fully load.)