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Stonewall Democrats of Austin Endorsements for Nov. 8th Elections

posted Oct 23, 2016, 11:50 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Oct 23, 2016, 12:11 PM ]

On November 8th the country will vote in perhaps the most important Presidential election in recent memory. It is abundantly clear that there is only one credible candidate and that is Hillary Clinton. However there are many more offices being contested and the Stonewall Democrats of Austin encourages everyone to vote a straight Democratic ticket.

Early Voting runs from October 24th to November 4th. Early, Mobile, and Election Day voting locations can be found below.

In addition to the partisan races there are also a number of down-ballot non partisan elections, including City Council, Austin Community College (ACC) Board of Trustees, Austin Independent School District (AISD) Board of Trustees, and the City of Austin Transportation Bond (Prop. 1). Below are the Stonewall Democrats of Austin endorsements in those elections:

District 2: Delia Garza
District 4: Greg Casar
District 6: Jimmy Flannigan
District 7: Leslie Pool
District 10: Alison Alter


ACC Place 4 - Sean Hassan
ACC Place 5 - Thomas Miranda
ACC Place 6 - Nora Comstock
ACC Place 9 - Lupe Sosa
AISD District 2 - Jayme Mathias
AISD District 3 - Ann Teich
AISD District 8 - David Quintanilla


City of Austin Proposition 1 (Transportation Bond): For

ACC & AISD Candidate Forum October 19th

posted Oct 10, 2016, 7:03 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Oct 17, 2016, 12:16 PM ]

Because of Yom Kippur the Stonewall Democrats of Austin will not be meeting on October 12th, instead we will be holding a Candidate Endorsement Forum for the ACC and AISD Board of Trustees on Wednesday, October 19th at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd). The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.

In order to be considered for endorsement a candidate must have filled out our questionnaire (Responses are at the end of this article and we will have copies of the candidates’ responses to our questionnaire available at the meeting). Candidates 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 within the past 2 years will be able to vote provided they renew their membership, which can be done at the meeting or by click here. If you are unsure of your membership status email rich@stonewallaustin.org

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.

Stonewall Endorses in City Council Elections

posted Sep 15, 2016, 10:49 AM by Rich Bailey

On Wednesday, September 14th the membership of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin met in the Smith Auditorium at Congregation Beth Israel to hear from candidates for City Council Districts 2, 4, 6, 7, and 10. In order to be eligible to be considered for the club endorsement candidates were required to respond to a questionnaire addressing a number of LGBT issues. Candidate responses are at http://www.stonewallaustin.org/elections

In order to receive an endorsement a candidate needed to obtain at least 60% of the votes of those present and voting.

The following candidates were endorsed:

District 2: Delia Garza
District 4: Greg Casar
District 6: Jimmy Flannigan
District 7: Leslie Pool
District 10: Alison Alter

In addition to the endorsement we will also be making a financial contribution to each candidate. The membership also voted to make a financial contribution to both the Travis County Democratic Party's and Williamson County Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaigns.

Finally the membership voted to consider endorsements in the ACC and AISD elections. This endorsement meeting will be held as the October SDA meeting. Date and place to be announced.

Thanks to all who attended.

Council Candidate questionnaire responses online

posted Sep 12, 2016, 6:53 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 6:58 PM ]

On Wednesday, September 14th the membership of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin will meet in the Smith Auditorium at Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm to hear from candidates for City Council Districts 2, 4, 6, 7, and 10. In order to be eligible to be considered for the club endorsement candidates were required to respond to a questionnaire addressing a number of LGBT issues (candidate responses are below).

Endorsements will be made based on who the membership feel would best represent the interests of the LGBT community. In order to receive an endorsement a candidate needs to obtain at least 60% of the votes of those present and voting.

The following candidates will be considered for endorsement:

District 2: Wesley Faulkner, Delia Garza (I)
District 4: Greg Casar (I)
District 6: Jimmy Flannigan
District 7: Natalie Gauldin, Leslie Pool (I)
District 10: Alison Alter, Nicholas Virden, Robert Walker

We will also ask the members to vote on whether to consider endorsements in the ACC and AISD elections. If the membership supports this, the endorsement meeting will occur in October.

City Council Candidate Forum Sept. 14

posted Sep 8, 2016, 5:32 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Sep 8, 2016, 8:58 AM ]

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin will be holding a City Council Candidate Endorsement Forum on Wednesday, September 14th in the Smith Auditorium of the Congregation Beth Israel (3901 Shoal Creek Blvd). Doors will open at 6:00 pm and the meeting will begin at 6:30 pm.


In order to be considered for endorsement a candidate must have filled out our questionnaire (we will have copies of the candidates’ responses to our questionnaire available at the meeting). Candidates 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 within the past 2 years will be able to vote provided they renew their membership, which can be done at the meeting or by clicking here. If you are unsure of your membership status email rich@stonewallaustin.org

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.

July Membership Meeting Canceled

posted Jul 13, 2016, 8:31 AM by Rich Bailey

The Stonewall Democrats of Austin will not be holding their July membership meeting. We hope to see everyone at the August 10th meeting.

Monthly SDA Meeting June 8th at Cafe Express

posted Jun 6, 2016, 7:24 PM by Rich Bailey

Please join the members of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our June 8th monthly meeting to be held at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm.

The proposed agenda is below:
 
  • Call to Order
  • Introductions
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Democratic State Convention - Glen Maxey
  • Hill Country Campaign Academy - Bridget Tobin
  • Immigration Resolution - Alejandro Caceres
  • New Business
  • Old Business
  • Announcements
  • Adjourn

We hope to see you there.

Early Voting Underway for May 7 Elections

posted Apr 28, 2016, 2:50 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Apr 28, 2016, 2:53 PM ]

Early voting for the May 7 Elections runs from Monday, April 25th to Tuesday, May 3rd. The only item on the City of Austin ballot is Proposition 1, which deals with an ordinance addressing Transportation Network Companies (TNCs). At the April 13 monthly meeting the membership of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin voted to oppose the ordinance change. We encourage all our members and supports to vote AGAINST Prop 1.

Prop 1 is an attempt by out of town billion dollar corporations, to lessen our public safety rules in exchange for money. Our City Council voted to institute fingerprint background checks on Uber and Lyft drivers as recommended by the Austin Police Association and the Texas Department of Public Safety. These background checks are currently required by both taxi companies and pedicabs.

Now Uber and Lyft have forced this election and is attempting to go around our city council and has already spent millions in an attempt to buy their own rules. Unfortunately, taxpayers are already on the hook for this election to a tune of $800,000.

Do not forget the Texas Voter ID laws are still 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.

Your name on your ID must match your name on the voter ID list or be "substantially similar". If you are not permitted to vote or to report any issues at the polls, call the Travis County Democratic Party at 512-477-7500.

Early Voting locations can be found here

Mobile Voting locations can be found here

Election Day Voting locations can be found here

Monthly SDA meeting April 13th at Cafe Express

posted Apr 13, 2016, 12:23 PM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Apr 13, 2016, 12:24 PM ]

Please join the members of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our April 13th monthly meeting to be held at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm.

The proposed agenda is below:
 
  • Call to Order
  • Introductions
  • Treasurer’s Report - $5696.90
  • Officer Elections (President & Treasurer)
  • Candidate Endorsements for May 27th Run-offs
  • Prop 1 (TNC) Endorsement for May 7th Election
  • New Business
  • Old Business
  • Announcements
  • Adjourn

We hope to see you there.

Monthly SDA meeting March 9th at Cafe Express

posted Mar 7, 2016, 11:05 AM by Rich Bailey   [ updated Mar 8, 2016, 8:04 AM ]

Please join the members of the Stonewall Democrats of Austin at our March 9th monthly meeting to be held at Cafe Express (3418 N. Lamar Blvd) beginning at 6:30 pm.

Democratic activist extraordinaire Glen Maxey will be giving us an overview of what to expect at the March 19th Democratic County and Senate District Conventions.

Texas Democratic Party rules will specify a certain number of LGBTQ delegates must be allocated and attending the County/Senate Conventions is the first step in that process. If you are interested in being a State and/or National Delegate you must attend the County/Senate Conventions. Signup is easy. https://register.txdemocrats.org/countyconvention/signup

We hope to see you there.

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