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Oct. 8, 2018 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

September 10, 2018 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

August 13, 2018 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

May 14, 2018 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

March 12, 2018 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

Jan. 22, 2018 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting - Candidate Forum

Jan. 15, 2018 - Metrocrest Democrats Judicial Candidate Forum

Jan. 8, 2018 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting - Candidate Forum

Dec. 4, 2017 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting - Candidate Forum

Nov. 13, 2017 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting - Candidate Forum

Oct. 2, 2017 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

Sept. 11, 2017 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

June 12, 2017 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

May 22, 2017 - Candidate Forum for Mayoral Runoff

May 15, 2017 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

April 18, 2017 - Candidate Forum - Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD

April 17, 2017 - Candidate Forum - Irving

April 13, 2017 - Candidate Forum - Coppell & Coppell ISD

April 10, 2017 - Candidate Forum - Carrollton

March 22, 2017 - Candidate Forum - Farmers Branch & Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

March 13, 2017 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

Feb. 13, 2017 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

Jan. 9, 2017 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

Dec, 9, 2016 - Metrocrest Democrats Holiday Party

Nov. 14, 2016 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

Nov. 8, 2016 - Presidential Election Watch

Oct. 19, 2016 - 3rd Presidential Debate Watch Party

Oct. 10, 2016 - Award Presentation to Judge Ken Molberg

Oct. 9, 2016 - 2nd Presidential Debate Watch Party

Sept. 26, 2016 - 1st Presidential Debate Watch Party

Sept. 12, 2016 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

August 8, 2016 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

June 16-18, 2016 - Texas State Democratic Convention - Alamodome, San Antonio

June 13, 2016 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

June 7, 2016 - Metrocrest Democrats Primary Watch Party

May 9, 2016 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

April 11, 2016 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

March 14, 2016 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

Jan. 11, 2016 - Metrocrest Democrats meeting

Past events archives


Attorney Daniel Geyser speaking

 

Monday, Oct. 8, 2018

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

At our October meeting we were fortunate to hear from attorney Daniel Geyser on the state of the Supreme Court going forward.

He has an interesting perspective as someone who regularly argues before the Court as well as other major courts across the country, while still managing to do some pro bono work. It was a great evening.

 


Monday, September 10, 2018

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

We had an informative meeting with about all candidates running in our area for, Justice of the Peace, County Commissioner, Texas House and Texas Senate from both Dallas and Denton counties, as well as the US House. The candidates spoke to us about their strategy, work done so far and opportunities for us to help them win in November and help break the Republican stranglehold on Texas politics.

We have outstanding candidates running at the state level as well as judicial benches for areas larger than Dallas County. Candidates of whom we can all be proud, which is more than many Republicans can say.


Professor Sam Martin talking at the meetingMonday, August 13, 2018

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

Over 70 members and friends attended our meeting with Communications Professor Sam Martin from SMU. She talked about the thought processes of Evangelicals who supported Donald Trump.
Eighty-one percent of them voted for Trump which exceeded the number who supported either
Mitt Romney or George W Bush.


Carol Donovan speakingMonday, May 14

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

Our program included Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan and Randy Johnston, the lead attorney on the legal team
that responded to the Dallas County Republican Party lawsuit, seeking to disqualify Democratic candidates
from the General Election in November.

Randy Johnston with Chika AnyiamRandy Johnston explained how despite the allegations
of the Republicans, the attorneys for the Dallas County Democratic Party demonstrated to the court that the Democratic Party complied with all applicable law.
It was the contention of the Democratic Party that "this baseless suit was an attempt by the Republican Party to suppress the rights of voters.

The lawsuit was recently dismissed by the court as a frivolous, and the Dallas County Republican Party now must reimburse the Dallas County Democratic Party for its legal expenses.



Monday, March 12, 2018

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

Paul Coggins speakerMetrocrest Democrats was fortunate to hear from former US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Paul Coggins, at our March meeting.

He approached the presentation as if he were Trump's lawyer, advising him on how to deal with the Special Prosecutor's investigation. Sadly, as he offered his advice to his imaginary presidential client, he was ignored. His final suggestion was that since the president didn't listen to the advice of highly qualified and expensive attorneys, he should consider hiring less expensive legal help.

In the course of his presentation Paul, a nationally known expert on white collar crime, described the process likely used by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller to examine documents, particularly financial documents, that could show patterns of funds transfers with possible money laundering implications.

With lots of time allowed for audience questions, we had an informative evening with a knowledgeable, interesting and entertaining speaker.



Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

Metrocrest Democrats was privileged to hear from a candidate for Denton County Democratic Party Chair, who expanded on her plans to revitalize and grow the Democratic Party in Denton County.

Candidates for Denton Justice of the PeaceWe also heard from Chris Lopez and Parker Owen, candidates for Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6, which falls in the area in Denton County covered by Metrocrest Democrats. These are two young men who bring youth and energy to the campaign and to the Denton County Democratic Party. It is pleasing to see anew generation of candidate running in an area that traditionally has few Democrats on the ballot and rarely a contested Democratic Primary. It is sign of change in the adjoining county.

Acting Sheriff Marian Brown speakingThough we had hoped to have a forum/debate for the candidates for Dallas County Sheriff only one candidate, Acting Sheriff Marian Brown attended our meeting. She described a long career in law enforcement and though she has not run for office before, since she worked her way up through the ranks and was appointed to various positions, she has served in a variety of leadership positions within both police and Sheriff's departments. Before former Sheriff Lupe Valdez resigned in December to run for governor and recommended Marian Brown to serve as Acting Sheriff, she was third in command and oversaw the law enforcement wing of the department (the other area of command is the jail and associated matters). We were pleased to hear her story. She answered questions regarding her plans for the department going forward.
Of the remaining candidates, Roy Williams, Jr, a Constable, whom you can find out more about at www.roywilliamsforsheriff.com had indicated he would be attending our meeting but did not make it. We have been unable to reach a third candidate, Eland J Sigler, by any means.


Judge Martin Hoffman speakingMonday, Jan. 15, 2018

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

Judicial Candidate Forum

An intrepid group showed up on Monday, January 15, at the
NewNew Buffet amid threats of freezing rain, sleet and snow.
Fortunately none of those materialized and those who braved
the weather were fortunate to hear from a roomful of incumbent judges
and judicial candidates at the 2018 Metrocrest Democrats Judicial Candidate Forum.

If you missed the Forum, Kyle Therrian videotaped it and
it is on the Metrocrest Democrats
Facebook page.




Candidates Forum

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

Candidates Forum

 

Candidates in Texas House District 115, Julie Johnson and Rock Bower along with Candidates for State Senate District 16, Joe Bogen and Nathan Johnson spoke to a packed room of local Democrats this night at the NewNew Buffet.

Metrocrest Democrats held this forum, one of many,
to familiarize members with the candidates on a very long ballot before members vote to choose the candidates Metrocrest Democrats will endorse candidates in the upcoming primary, March 6,
with early voting starting on February 20.

 

 



Party Chair talking

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

We had a full house for the Dallas County Party Chair and US House 24 Forums. It was a busy evening that gave everyone a good chance to get to
see each candidate up close and to ask questions.

For more info on the candidates we urge you to check their respective websites and on Facebook. There ARE differences.


Photos of candidates talkingMonday, Nov. 13, 2017

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

We had a packed house for a lively forum with the Democratic candidates for Dallas County District Attorney night. Among some of the issues they shared their positions on were the Conviction Integrity Unit's future evolution, bail reform, the effect of changes in grand jury selection, along with their respective plans for possible changes in the DA's office, DNA testing and pre-trial diversion. There were also questions and comments from the audience.

In addition, a number of judges and candidates for judicial benches, along with candidates for JP, County Commissioner and US House District 24 were present. We also had our first opportunity to meet Julie Johnson, our candidate for Texas House District 115 running against Matt Rinaldi.... Go Julie!


Oct. 2nd meeting with Professor Jeffrey EngelMonday, Oct. 2, 2017
Due to a schedule conflict this meeting was not held on our usual 2nd Monday of the month.


Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

We had a wonderful opportunity at our meeting on Monday, October 2 to hear Professor Jeffrey Engel, Director of the Center for Presidential History at SMU, discuss the historical precedent for the attitude, tone and actions of our current president. Andrew Jackson, in the early 19th century, in many ways was remarkably similar, but of course, there weren't nuclear weapon in the world's arsenal at that time.

He then went on to discuss how Donald Trump has begun to shift the paradigm upon which all of American policy since World War has been based--the idea that regionalism contributed to conditions which resulted in the two world wars in the first half of the 20th century. The American response post-war, which continued through all presidents including Barak Obama was to encourage, foster and materially support the development of globalism. With the entrance of our new president, his rejection of the TPP which was intended to support our allies and to prevent China or India from developing a regional presence which would occur in the vacuum left by the absence of a US presence.

Professor Engel concluded with a brief discussion of his perspective on the future of the two parties and the opportunities and dangers facing our party in particular in the face of the splits apparent in the Republican party.

It was a wonderful evening.


Kim OlsonMonday Sept. 11, 2017

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting


Our meeting on September 11 started off a little bumpy when we arrived to find the NewNew Buffet had just lost power along with a number of other businesses in the shopping center. We were able to switch rooms and take advantage of the slightly west facing windows, until about 8:15.

Our speaker Kim Olson, candidate for Texas Agriculture Secretary, was outstanding. She briefly discussed her own 9/11 experience when she was in the Pentagon as it was atracked, and when her husband, a pilot in line to fly that day, was grounded just after the attacks began.

Kim OlsonShe went on to discuss in detail her strategy to get put the vote not just in Democratic majority areas like ours but in parts of the state where aside from partisan affiliation, voters would have good reason to support a progressive rancher against the current Secretary. She outlined some specific programs she would work to implement and how she would help Texas by assisting the farmers and ranchers whose products make up a large percentage our state's GDP.

We also heard from judges Martin Hoffman, Jennifer Bennett, and Carl Ginsberg who are candidates for reelection, along with Jan MacDowell, running against Kenny Marchant, for US House District 24, and Dorotha Ocker, running against Matt Rinaldi for Texas House District 115.


Monday June 12, 2017

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting


We had an interesting evening with Chrustooher Suprun, the Republican Presidential Elector who chose not to vote for Trump, even in the face of death threats.

He urged us to stop focusing on the last election, debating the merits of Hillary vs Bernie, and to look forward to the 2018 elections and to winning 218 seats in the US House in order to effect change -- "218 in 2018."



Mayoral Runoff ForumMay 22, 2017

Mayoral Candidates Runoff Forum

We had this candidates forum at New New Buffet to learn more about the two mayoral candidates for the runoff elections in Carrollton and Farmers Branch. Kevin Falconer and Steve Babick who are running for the Carrollton mayor runoff position talked about themselves and took questions from audience. For the Farmers Branch mayoral runoff election only Robert Dye participated and got to talk to the audience about himself and took questions. His opponent did not agree to attend the forum.


Judge Ken Tapscott speakingMay 15, 2017


Metrocrest Democrats Meeting

Our speaker for May 15th was Dallas County Judge Ken Tapscott, Judge of County-Court-at-law No. 4, who alerted us to the challenges we face in the 2018 election, which are made so much greater because of the attack on the straight ticket vote option by the Texas legislature along with extensive fund raising by the county and state Republican party.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Candidate Forum Meeting

For Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD School Board Election


This forum was held at New New Buffet in Addison and the attendees were as follow:
We had Nancy Cline, Candace Valenzuela (James Goode was double booked, other candidates, Viccy Kemp and Nic Rady did not respond)

For unexpired term we had Tara Hrbacek, John DeLorme



Monday, April 17, 2017

Candidate Forum Meeting

For Irving Mayoral/City Council and Irving ISD candidates

This forum was held at Valley Ranch Library in Irving and the attendees were as follow:
For Mayor, we had Elvia Espino, (J C Gonzalez, Kristi Weaver Pena and Rick Stopfer were unable to attend--Rick Stopfer was double booked, other candidates did not respond)
For Place 5 on City Council, we had Oscar Ward (Abdel Elhasssan did not respond)



Thursday, April 13, 2017

Candidate Forum Meeting

For Coppell City Council & ISD Board Election

This forum was held at Coppell Library in Coppell and the attendees were as follow:
For Coppell City Council we had Mark Hill and Maggie Lucas.
For Coppell ISD, Place 4 we had Ron Hansen and Thom Hulme; for Place 5 David Caviness and Varrar Kuppam



Monday, April 10, 2017

January 2017 MeetingCandidate Forum Meeting
For Carrollton Municipal Election

At our April 10th meeting in New New Buffet, members got to learn about the candidates running for Carrollton upcoming election. The panel of 7 attendees included Kevin Falconer, Michelle Beckley, Steve Babick and Zul Mohamed for Mayor, Trent Teague for Place 2 (his opponent, Michael Hennefer did not paticipate), Young Sung and Cynthia Northrop for Place 6. Each candidate took turn to talk about themselves and what they stand for. Then questions from the audience was taken.


March 22, 2017

Two part Candidate Forum - at Farmers Branch Library
Attendees at this forum were as follow:

For Farmers Branch Mayoral we had Harold Froehlich, Andy Olivo, Robert Dye, and Marc Traynor.
For Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD we had Nancy Cline, James Goode, Nic Rady, Candace Valenzuela and Viccy Kemp.

For unexpired term we had Tara Hrbacek, John DeLorme.



March 2017 Voter Registrar DeputationMarch 13, 2017

Metrocrest Democrats Meeting -
2 programs

Our meeting room was jammed full of people who were eager to be deputized to register voters.  The Voter Registrar Deputation event was conducted
by Dallas County Elections Office.

Many members and friends who were interested to become involved in the voter registration drives to register voters for the upcoming elections and for the 2018 Elections were present. Opportunities to register voters are ongoing all across our county which is a non-partisan position.

March 2017 meetingThe deputation event was followed by an insightful presentation by Sarah Saldana, Director of ICE ((Immigration and Customs Enforcement) during the last two years of the Obama Administration.  
She was a reminder of the care and precision used in managing the deportation of undocumented immigrants who had committed serious crimes, ranging from murder and rape to child sexual assault in comparison to the methods used by the Trump administration which results not only in deportation of criminals but also has the collateral effect of tearing apart families caught in the sweeps.


Feb. 13, 2017

February 2017 MeetingMetrocrest Democrats Meeting
We had a big crowed at our Feburary Metrocrest Democrats meeting.

Our main speaker was Manny Garcia who is the deputy executive director of the Texas Democratic party, a position he has held since March 2015.
During the 2014 election cycle, Garcia served as communications director for both the state party and the Leticia Van de Putte for Lt. Governor campaign. Prior to his service at the party, Garcia as the Director of Policy for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus of the Texas House of Representatives, the oldest and largest Latino legislative caucus in the country, and worked in the office of State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer.

We also had Zulikha Hussein, Muslim Outreach Director for the Dallas County Democratic Party and Muslim Atttorney Adam Malik, with American Immigration Lawyers Association who was among the lawyers who first went to DFW to help those affected by the "Executive Order". They presented us with information about the recent events and their efforts and took questions from audiance.


Jan. 9, 2017

January 2017 MeetingMetrocrest Democrats Meeting

At our Monday Jan. 9th Metrocrest Democrats meeting, members of the club voted and re-elected the standing current executive officers to serve for the next two years.

A report and analysis was also given by Zach Bullard of the Dallas Democratic Party on the very positive results of November's election within House District 115 and the implications for the elections occurring in the next two years.


Dec 9, 2016

Holiday party photoMetrocrest Democrats Holiday Party

We had a great get together on Friday December 9th at home of Mary Clare Fabishak to celebrate the holiday with much food and enjoyable gathering of friends and supporters.


Nov. 14, 2016

Post Election Meeting Dorotha & Jan cutting the cake

We enjoyed cake, wine and good conversation in good company to celebrate the good work by
Dorotha Ocker (49.05%) and Jan McDowell (46.83% Dallas County portion of district) who discussed their very much improved showing and possible plans for the future. David Griggs, SDEC member for our Senate District 16, gave us a picture of the challenges and opportunities in the upcoming state legislative session, which starts January 10th, in terms of the election success we had across the state and in Dallas County.

We also talked about the many contributions Metrocrest Democrats made both as an organization and through specific efforts by individual members who worked block walking, phone banking, registering voters, and as active precinct chairs, election judges and clerks through the marathon of twelve long days of early voting and on election day. As a growing club in an area with rapidly changing demographics, we are proud of the efforts we have made and the results we have gotten.
We also started to shift our focus to upcoming municipal elections and began thinking in terms of the 2018 mid-term election and the state gubernatorial and legislative election. Though common wisdom says our area is largely Republican, the very positive results of this election for candidates in our area should encourage us to work harder toward success going forward.


Nov. 8, 20163rd Presidential Debate Watch Party

Presidential
Election Watch

We were excited at the start of the Election watch and the room and in fact the whole restaurant was full of optimistic Democrats.
Most results were beyond disappointing although two Democrats in our area, Dorotha Ocker running for the Texas House won 49.05% and Jan McDowell running for the US House against a long term incumbent won 46.83%, but the pictures and local election results show that there are many, many more Democrats in our area than most would suspect. This bodes well for the future in our area, and in spite of results at the national level we should be encouraged.


Oct. 19, 20163rd Presidential Debate Watch Party

3rd Presidential
Debate Watch Party

Metrocrest Democrats and friends had a wonderful 3rd Presidential Debate Watch evening at "The Londoner" in Addison with a Trump puppet on display as before!!

We had a very big crowd of cheering democrats watching our candidate display knowledgeable and most of all Presidential.


Oct. 10, 2016
Metrocrest Democrats
1st "Champion of Democracy" Award Presentation to
Judge Ken Molberg
at SOHO Lounge

It was a great evening with many friends and supporters to celebrate the presentation of this well deserved award to Judge Ken Molberg.

Photos from award presentation to Judge Ken Molberg


Oct. 9, 2016 2nd Presidential Debate Watch Party

2nd Presidential
Debate Watch Party

Metrocrest Democrats and friends enjoyed the Debate Watch evening at "The Londoner" in Addison with a Trump puppet on display!!

We had a big crowd of democrats watching our candidate - - very poised, knowledgeable and most of all Presidential.

 


Sept 26, 2016 1st Presidential Debate Watch Party

1st Presidential
Debate Watch Party

Metrocrest Democrats and friends had a wonderful Debate Watch evening at "The Londoner" in Addison.

69+ Democrats watching our candidate - - very poised, knowledgeable and most of all Presidential.

 


Sept. 12 meeting photoMetrocrest Democrats
September 12 Monthly Meeting

With the Supreme Court at the heart of the Presidential race, Professor Joe Kobylka from SMU Political Science department gave a compelling presentation on the Supreme Court and it's possible future depending on who wins in November.

The takeaway for us should be that EVERY DEMOCRAT NEEDS TO VOTE FOR DEMOCRATS FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE BALLOT in order to elect Hillary Clinton, to maintain Democratic strength in Dallas County, to elect local Democratic candidates to the US House and to the Texas Statehouse IN ORDER TO GIVE HER THE support she needs at all levels.


August 8th meeting

Metrocrest Democrats
August 8th
Monthly Meeting

Our speaker for the August meeting was
SMU Professor, Stephanie A. Martin, who
researches, writes and provides commentary
on political messaging and strategy in presidential campaigns.

August 8 meeting photoIn addition to her work analyzing the rhetoric of
political campaigns she became active in politics
while a senior in high school when she worked on
the campaign of a candidate for the US Senate in
Idaho and has subsequently worked on both
state and national campaigns.

 


State Democratic Convention

 

Texas State Democratic Convention

This year's State Democratic Convention was at the Alamodome in San Antonio on June 16 through June 18.

 


June 13 MeetingMetrocrest Democrats June 13 Meeting

At the June meeting Mary Beth Rogers, campaign manager for Ann Richards in the last successful statewide campaign for Democrats, and author of a new book, "Turning Texas Blue" gave a riveting presentation on what it would take for Democrats to win in our area and in the state going forward.
Focusing on numbers, demographics and messaging, she pointed out weaknesses in past campaigns and ideas on what we can do to change our political fortunes.


Primary Watch Party on NBC News

Metrocrest Democrats June 7th
Primary Watch Party

We had an exciting evening at the Primary Election Watch Party that was held at "Addison Point Sports Grill" on Tuesday June 7th, as the results came in from New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Montana, and California.

Channel 5 News showed up and reported on our gathering during their news hour at 10pm.
To see the footage click here.
Primary Watch Party
We had a fun evening with a great crowd.

Now we all need to start working toward getting
Democrats elected up and down the ballot in November.

 


Mike Collier speakingMetrocrest Democrats May 9 Meeting

We had an exciting evening with Mike Collier and
Cal Jilsson on May 9.

Mike, our former State Comptroller candidate, drove up from Houston to talk to us about the "Raw Deal" Texans have gotten and continue to get from the Republicans who run our state. He offered some thoughts in relation to property taxes and school funding.

Cal Jilsson speakingCal Jilsson, well- known SMU Political Science professor and political commentator, spoke to us about the bottom-up work that needs to be done in order to substantially change election outcomes in Texas.
He also delivered some positive predictions about the upcoming presidential election, and the need for us to focus in on the governor's race in 2018 because of the effect it will have on redistricting in our state following the 2020 census.

The final message is that there is lots of work to be done.

Overall it was a great night!


April MeetingMetrocrest Democrats April 11 Meeting

The April Metrocrest meeting included a presentation by Rebecca Cowle, Outreach Manager for Texas Central, the company intending to build a high speed passenger railway between Dallas and Houston. 

We also had Judge Staci Williams of the 101st Civil District Court, discussing the Citizens' Civil Academy program.


Metrocrest Democrats March Meeting

The March Metrocrest meeting featured school board candidates from Carrollton and Coppell. In addition to a substantive discussion of the issues in each district, the meeting was a great opportunity to learn more about two highly rated districts that are very different in terms of size and demographics and which both support excellent outcomes for their students.

School board candidates speaking


Metrocrest Democrats January Meeting

In our January 2016 meeting we held a Candidate Forum for contested seats in the upcoming Democratic primary.

We invited the candidates in our geographic area (Addison, Carrollton, Coppell, Farmers Branch and Valley Ranch) and in state-wide elections to participate and present themself to our audiance and members.

This was a great opportunity to meet the candidates and to be informed for voting in the primary.

Candidates that showed up and intreduced themself at our meeting were as follow:

Railroad Commissioner position: Lon Burnam and Grady Yarborough

County Tax Assessor/Collector position: John Ames and Bennie Brown

Judge, 254th Judicial District position: Darlene Ewing and Marty Jo Taylor

Judge, Criminal District Court No. 2 position: Chika Anyiam and Nancy Kennedy

Darlene Ewing speakingChika Anyiam speaking
Nancy Kennedy speaking

 



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