To find out which district you live in click here. To view the candidate responses click here. The forums will be held in the Smith Auditorium of the Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd) on Wednesday, August 27th and Thursday, September 4th. Doors will open at 5:30 pm and the meetings will begin at 6:00 pm. Below is the schedule for both meetings.
This November marks the first time
the Austin City Council will be elected by district instead of citywide.
The new 10-1 Council will consist of 10 members elected by district and
the Mayor elected at-large.The
Stonewall Democrats of Austin will be holding two Candidate Forums and
Endorsement meetings to allow our members to hear from those candidates
who filled out our candidate questionnaire.
August 27th (18 candidates)
6:00 pm - Meeting begins
6:10 - 6:15 pm - District 6
6:15 - 6:30 pm - District 8
6:35 - 6:50 pm - District 10
6:55 - 7:10 pm - District 5
7:15 - 7:35 pm - District 4
7:40 - 7:55 pm - District 1
8:00 - 8:30 pm - Discussion and voting
September 4th (18 candidates)
6:00 pm - Meeting begins
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Mayor
6:30 - 6:35 pm - District 2
6:40 - 6:50 pm - District 9
6:55 - 7:25 pm - District 3
7:30 - 7:50 pm - District 7
7:55 - 8:30 pm - Discussion and voting
will give 1-2 minute opening remarks, followed by 2-3 minutes Q&A
with our members, then 1 minute for closing remarks for a total of 5
minutes per candidate. After we hear from all the candidates that
evening the membership will discuss each race then cast ballots.In order to be able to vote in the endorsement meetings you
must have been a member in good standing of the Stonewall Democrats of
Austin for at least 30 days prior to the endorsement meeting. Those
whose membership has lapsed will be able to vote provided they renew
their membership, which can be done at the meeting or by clicking the
"Join SDA" link on the left.
The entire membership may participate
in the candidate forum and the discussion of the candidate's positions but only
those members eligible to vote as defined above may cast ballots. A 60% vote of eligible members present
and voting shall be required for the endorsement of any candidate. Should no
candidate receive 60% of the votes
cast in a particular race, a motion may be made to approve a dual endorsement
in that race. Such motion shall name the candidates proposed for multiple
endorsement and such motion shall require a 60% vote of eligible to be successful.
Happy Hour with John Cook
6:30 pm, Wednesday, August 13th
The Brass House, 115 San Jacinto Blvd
(with convenient parking across the street at the Convention Center garage)
Next Wednesday, we are delighted to host John Cook, former "Singing Mayor" of El Paso and Democratic Candidate for Texas Land Commissioner. Meet John and learn about his distinguished career as Mayor of El Paso and his plans as Land Commissioner.
Short business meeting to follow. We will consider a change in our endorsement procedures. Download the proposed change here
Current endorsement procedures are available at: http://www.stonewallaustin.org/elections/endorsement-procedures
As expected due to the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling the Religious Right has mounted a new assault
on LGBTQ progress. That is why the Stonewall Democrats of Austin are inviting you to attend our July Happy Hour and Business meeting at The Brass House
(115 San Jacinto Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm.
We are fighting back. Come hear the latest at our next Happy Hour and business meeting, this Wednesday July 9th. Details and RSVP here
This meeting will cover:
LGBTQ Community Roundtable resultsTDP Platform
first-ever LGBTQ section
10-1 Candidate Questionnaire and Interview/Endorsement Dates
In the meantime:
Do you know your 10-1 Council District? (Precincts can be split between Districts). Verify it here
Want to Impress your friends with an up-to-date City Council Candidate list and related information? It's here
The way we elect our Austin City Council is changing so the Stonewall Democrats of Austin (SDA) is hosting an LGBTQ Community Roundtable. The Roundtable will bring together subject-matter experts from the City
of Austin and from LGBTQ advocate and allied organizations. The purpose
of The Roundtable is to identify the most pressing LGBTQ issues facing
our community so that we can shape our City Council Candidate questionnaire and make informed decisions about who to support in the upcoming City Council elections.
“Keep Austin Queered” Roundtable
Saturday May 31, 2014
1:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library
3101 Oak Springs Dr.
Austin, Texas 78702
Professionally facilitated by: Betsy Aylin, PhD
This year, Democratic Precinct Conventions were not held after the polls closed on March 4th. Instead, the Democratic Precinct Conventions will be held during the first part of the Democratic County Convention on Saturday, March 22, at the Palmer Event Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., in Austin.
The County Convention is a great time to meet your Democratic neighbors, hear from our terrific Democratic nominees, sign up to get involved in the Coordinated Campaign to ensure our victory in November, discuss important party business, develop our party's positions on various issues, and elect delegates to go on to the Texas Democratic Convention in Dallas on June 27-28. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the convention will be called to order at 10 a.m. on March 22. You may preregister now here
We are still recruiting County Convention committee members from all four Senate Districts that cover parts of Travis County, and we particularly need more women as well as more people from Senate Districts 21 and 24. If you would like to serve, please contact our office at 512-477-7500
, and indicate on which of the following committees you are willing to serve: Nominations, Credentials, Rules and Procedures, or Resolutions.
Join the Stonewall Democrats of Austin on Wednesday, March 12 at our monthly Happy Hour at The Third Base Sports Bar - 9600 S. IH-35 in the South Park Meadows shopping center. The
meeting will begin at 6:30 pm and we will hear from Nicole Dimetman and
Cleo DeLeon, plaintiffs in the successful court case striking down
Texas' anti-gay marriage law. Come hear them talk about their experience and celebrate their victory!
Early voting for the March 4th Democratic Primaries begins Tuesday, February 18th and ends on Friday, February 28th. The Stonewall Democrats of Austin endorsed the following candidates:
U.S. Senate - Maxey Scherr
US Congress (CD-25) - Marco Montoya
US Congress (CD-31) - Louie Minor
US Congress (CD-35) - Lloyd Doggett
Governor - Wendy Davis
Agriculture Commissioner - Hugh Asa Fitzsimons
Comptroller - Mike Collier
Land Commissioner - John Cook
Texas House District 50 - Celia Israel
Texas House District 51 - Eddie Rodriguez
Travis County District Clerk - Velva Price
Travis County Treasurer - Ramey Ko
Travis County Judge - Andy Brown
Travis County Commissioner, Precinct 2 - Garry Brown
Chief Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals - Diane Henson
Judge, 250th District Court - Karin Crump
Judge, 403rd District Court - Brenda Kennedy
Judge, County Court at Law #1 - Todd Wong
Judge, County Court at Law #2 - Eric Shepperd
Judge, County Court at Law #3 - John Lipscombe
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 - Randall Slagle
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 - Susan Steeg
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5 - Herb Evans
To find out where to vote click on this link: Polling Locations
or download the locations in the files section (below).
not forget the new Texas Voter ID laws are now in effect. Some voters
may face extra scrutiny at their polling location. Make sure to bring
one of the following forms of Identification with you to cast your
vote: TX Driver’s License, TX Personal ID Card, TX concealed handgun
license, US military ID card, US citizenship with your photo, US
passport book or card, or Election ID Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS.
name on your ID must match your name on the voter ID list or be
"substantially similar". If you are not permitted to vote, to learn more
about the Voter ID laws, or to report any issues at the polls, please
visit Empower the Vote Texas, by clicking here
or call the Travis County Democratic Party
Where: Sheraton Hotel Lobby Bar - 701 E. 11th St When: Wednesday, February 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Due to the sudden closure of The Third Base Sports Bar, the SDA February Happy Hour has moved to the Sheraton Hotel Lobby Bar.
What: SDA Political Happy Hour
Socialize with LGBT Austinites and learn all the current political gossip!
Network and learn how to get involved with Stonewall Democrats of
Austin and/or local campaigns for 2014 to support LGBT issues and
candidates who support us.
Please join the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our November 6th monthly
meeting. We are still in the process of trying new locations and a slightly
earlier start time in order to appeal to more members and potential
This month's meeting will be at the Brava House beginning at 6:00 pm. The agenda is below.
What: SDA Monthly Meeting
Where: The Brava House, 1108 Blanco St
When: 6:00 PM
Announce and Welcome New Members, Introductions
❏ New FB group members
❏ New Yahoo members
❏ New Dues and Renewals
Last Meeting Follow-Up
❏ Approval of Proposed Minutes of July 3rd meeting
❏ Report on SDA booth and Voter Registration at PRIDE
❏ Report on House District 50 Endorsement Meeting of August 28th and Nov 5 Election Results
❏ Consider By-Laws Change That Would Raise Vote Threshold Required for Candidate Endorsement
❏ Decision on Endorsement in House District 50 for Regular Primary
❏ Treasurer Report and Decision on Possible Contribution in District 50 Runoff (if Runoff Required)
❏ Plan for volunteer recruitment and SDA member/voter id for Runoff/Primary