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IMG_9802On Thursday, January 12, WOW Dems gathered for the January meeting and heard a great presentation by Ramiro Luna and Clay Arnold from State Representative Victoria Neave’s campaign. Ramiro and Clay gave us all of the details on how they ran the campaign that resulted in Victoria Neave’s election. The importance of organization and voter contact were emphasized as well as the details on exactly how much time, money and hard work is involved in an election. This information was timely with the filing periods for local elections coming soon! Thank you to Ramiro and Clay for sharing with our group.

This was the largest meeting every hosted by WOW Dems and we were excited to welcome many new members and guests. It was an engaged and interested crowd and we look forward to working with everyone in 2017 and beyond!

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After the presentation, the new WOW Dems officers for 2017 /2018 were elected and the new board was introduced by president Hazel Weathers. A list of board members and contact information can be found on the Officers & Committees tab. As the committees are forming for the coming year, please take a look at the descriptions and join a committee that best fits your interests and abilities. We need everyone to be involved to bring your ideas, take action to make a difference and accomplish our mission.

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WOW Dems Officers and Board Members

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Dec 172016
 

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UPDATE: The WOW Dems bus has been filled!!! Please check https://marchonaustin.com/ to see if there are other transportation opportunities or for information and directions if you choose to drive.

WOW Dems has a bus leaving from Collin County for the Women’s March on Austin! Please sign up soon as we expect a full bus and need to have the seats sold out by January 7 for the January 21 event.

To sign up, you can either click on this link https://www.facebook.com/WOWDemocrats/posts/672351962938279 and sign up through the Facebook post OR respond by email to [email protected] and we’ll send you the invite for direct sign up. The web site will take your credit card information and will not charge your card until the bus is full.

All of the details of the meeting place and times are on the web site for the sign up. The bus will leave from the Macy’s parking lot at Collin Creek Mall at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21 and will return around 8:30 or 9:00 p.m. that same evening.

We are all excited about the WOW Dems road trip and hope everyone will join us!!

 

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Dec 112016
 

There are so many ways to get involved and make a difference! Save the dates for the activities below and be sure to check the calendar regularly for updates and additional activities.

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Friday December 16, 2016 – Living Liberally McKinney. Petra Fresh Mexican Bistro 1751 Eldorado Hwy McKinney 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday January 6, 2017 – Drinking Liberally Allen. Two Rows Classic Grill 711 Central Expwy S 75002 6:30 p.m.-.8:30 p.m.

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Friday January 6, 2017 – “Brown Bag Lunch” with Susan Fletcher at the Commissioners Courtroom 4th Floor Jack Mitchell Administration Building 2300 Bloomdale Rd McKinney 75071 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. State Rep Matt Shaheen will discuss the legislative process as it relates to county governance. Recommended for anyone considering running for HD 66 or County Office in 2018. Click here to RSVP or call 469-343-2166.

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Thursday January 19, 2017 to Saturday January 21: Rally to Women’s March on Washington. Click here for more information. Click here to sign up.
Saturday, January 21, 2017: Women’s March on Austin. Click here for more info. If you are interested in taking a WOW Dems bus to Austin for this peaceful rally and march, please contact [email protected]. Plans are not yet finalized, but will depend on the responses we get!

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Tuesday February 7, 2017: Child Protection Lobby Day, Austin TX. Contact: Dimple Patel at 469-399-6900 or [email protected]. TexProtects will charter a bus to travel to Austin and prepare/arm participants with facts.

 

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Tuesday April 4, 2017: Blue Ribbon Lobby Day, Austin TX. Click here for more information.

 

 

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Wednesday April 5 2017: Planned Parenthood Lobby Day. Preregister here.

 

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Thursday January 12, 2017:.WOW Dems General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center.
Thursday March 9, 2017: WOW Dems General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center.
Thursday May 11, 2017: WOW Dems General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center.
Thursday July 13, 2017: WOW Dems General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center.
Thursday September 14, 2017: WOW Dems General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center.
Thursday November 9, 2017: WOW Dems General Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Plano Environmental Education Center. Contact: [email protected]

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Wednesday January 18, 2017: First day to file for a place on the ballot as a candidate for Collin County municipal elections. Contact: Donna at [email protected] for more info.
Friday February 17, 2017: Last day for candidates to file for municipal elections in Collin County. Contact: [email protected] for more info.

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Dec 102016
 

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Click here for more info. If you are interested in taking a WOW Dems bus to Austin for this peaceful rally and march, please contact [email protected]. Plans are not yet finalized but if there is enough interest, WOW Dems will charter a bus leaving from Collin County!

 

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Dec 012016
 

Come to the January WOW Dems Meeting with Ramiro Luna, Field Director for the Victoria Neave Campaign
Thursday January 12th, 2017

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After analyzing the results of 2016, we are ready to resume the fight, only with more members and more passion than ever! In this meeting you will learn more about how to run and WIN! Ramiro will tell us what worked and how he is planning to keep the momentum of this campaign going with Project V.I.C. (Vote, Inform, Change).

 

We will also have our nominating committee ready to present the slate of officers, which members will vote to approve. (You must be a WOW Dems member to vote, so please renew your membership here now.)

President: Hazel Weathers
President Elect: Joann Pond
Secretary: Judith Boyle
Treasurer: Sharon Hager

Plano Environmental Education Center
4116 W Plano Parkway Plano TX 75093
6:30 pm Meet and Greet 6:45 pm Program

We look forward to seeing everyone!!!!

 Posted by at 2:41 pm
Nov 132016
 

UPDATE: The Dallas Morning News published this article about the emergency plan for new CPS hires and raises. Based on what we learned from Dimple Patel, the immediate salary increases and the hiring of additional caseworkers were the two most urgent needs. The headline is “Plan for new CPS hires, raises hits launch day – and finally wins Texas leaders’ OK“.

The entire article can be found here

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november-meeting-2On Thursday evening November 10, 2016, Dimple Patel, Senior Policy Advisor for the Texas Association for the Protection of Children presented an informative review of Texas’ child abuse problem that has been in the news of late. There are thousands of children who have been abused but because we do not pay caseworkers but a pittance, there are not enough caseworkers to see all the vulnerable children. Also, low pay results in high turnover so that any work started is likely left undone, while children continue to be abused. Dimple has been working tirelessly to convince Texas legislators of the value of having more great caseworkers who will be able to stay on the job, thus helping to turn around the depressing cycle of abuse leading to more abuse, poverty, hopelessness and crime. She has shown how investing in our children by offering better salaries to attract and retain more great caseworkers actually saves money in the long run. She also stressed the importance of programs that teach at-risk new parents how to care for their children. As WOW Dems, we can get involved by speaking to our legislators in Austin about this important issue. We will be sure to plan some legislative action. Also, you may be interested in becoming a CASA yourself. (Court Appointed Special Advocate)  Here are some links for more information.

http://www.texprotects.org/ – Texas Association for the Protection of Children
http://texascasa.org/ – Texas CASA
http://casaofcollincounty.org/ – CASA of Collin County

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The meeting was very well attended. Many people came for the first time, after being stunned by the election results. Others members did not attend, as they were too distraught. We now have 150 members, and we are still growing! Mike Rawlins, Chair of the Collin County Democratic Party gave a short recap of the local election results, and shared that the Party plans to start working to lay the groundwork for the future. Others spoke as well including Donna Wood Martin, Barb Walters, Sharon Hirsch, and Debra Angell Smith, emphasizing the need to get candidates to run for every position from school board to city council in 2017 so that we can be in a better position in 2018 and 2020. The best way to do that is for YOU to apply for local Boards and commissions, and/or get involved with nonprofit organizations, which will help tremendously if and when you decide to run for elected office! The bottom line is that we at WOW Dems want to harness your anger and your energy and do something positive. If you have any ideas, please email them to [email protected] Thank You!

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Nov 092016
 

hillaryWe were all so ready to celebrate the moment when Hillary Clinton was elected President of the United States, the first woman to break through the glass ceiling! As WOW Dems, we were totally behind Hillary Clinton for President – a strong, intelligent, hardworking, experienced leader in government who could work across the aisle and achieve progressive goals for our country and the world. It was a long battle, with many ups and downs. It was the perfect storm and a shocking setback – but not just for Hillary. All of us feel the pain, the disbelief, and are thinking “How can we go on?” What will become of all the strides we have made: women’s right to choose, the right to healthcare for all, social security in our old age, the right to marry who we love, and so many others?

We cannot give in now. We still have dreams, so we must get up and fight another day. Who will stand up for the poor, the children, the elderly, and minorities?  Who will stand up for a woman’s right to choose?   WE WILL. We are Women Organizing Women Democrats and we will come back even stronger and more resolute to achieve our mission.

WOW Dem’s mission: Women Organizing Women Democrats (WOW Dems) is a North Texas-based organization dedicated to expanding the participation of women in politics: increasing their political engagement; raising awareness about women’s issues; and recruiting, supporting, and electing women Democrats for partisan and non-partisan offices.


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A special shout-out to WOW Dems-endorsed candidate Victoria Neave on her victory in Texas HD 107. This is a big step for both women and for Texas. We look forward to having your representation in the Texas House.

WOW Dems is very proud of all of our endorsed candidates. Thank you for stepping up and working so very hard to change the landscape and stand up for our values. It has been our pleasure to endorse and work with you. Know that you made a difference in moving North Texas in the right direction.

 Posted by at 12:31 pm
Nov 092016
 

Featuring Dimple Patel – Texas Association for the Protection of Children TexProtects

Dimple Patel, Senior Policy Analyst, TexProtects: the Texas Association for the Protection of Children

Dimple Patel is the Senior Policy analyst for Texas Association for the Protection of Children. She has 9 years’ experience navigating the Child Protective Services system in Texas and most recently was an investigator housed at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, where she investigated some of the most severe cases of child abuse and neglect. Dimple received her B.A. in Political Science from UT-Austin and is working towards her Masters of Social Work at UT- Arlington.

Texas ranks near the bottom in child abuse prevention spending. This results in vulnerable children going unseen by caseworkers. Also, a Federal Court found that Texas’ long term foster care system has subjected children to years of abuse and neglect. Come hear the facts about child abuse in Texas and what can be done about it!

Thursday November 10th, 2016
Plano Environmental Education Center
4116 W Plano Parkway Plano TX 75093
6:30 p.m. Meet and Greet; 6:45 p.m. Program

We invite everyone to attend. Please share this invite with your friends! We will have time to talk about the election results and the next steps in achieving our mission.

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Nov 032016
 

WOW Dems Vote Together Moment!

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Last Saturday, we all voted! Here’s a picture of our “Vote Together Moment”. Note: those WOW Dems not shown here are working at the polls! All of us are working hard to do what we can to get out the vote for Hillary and all our great Democratic candidates! After our “Vote Together Moment”, WOW Dems went to phone bank to get out the rest of the vote!

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In these last few days before this historic election, there is still so much that we as WOW Dems can do:

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Come Phone Bank anytime! It’s cool inside! You can call in the office on weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We will set you up to use a Virtual Phone Bank with a prepared script. Our goal is to call Democrats to make sure they are voting for Hillary, voting a straight ticket, know Early Voting dates and plan to vote early. RSVP to 972-578-1483, or just come on by.

 

sign-crewPlace Clinton – Kaine Signs at all Polling Locations. On Election Day there will be 40 additional polling locations. Clinton-Kaine signs need to be placed at all of locations November 7th and then picked up by November 9th. IMPORTANT: These are yard signs, not the large road signs, so you don’t need a pickup truck or van. If you are able to help put out signs at one or more locations in the County, please call the office at 972-578-1483 to sign up. You can come by anytime to get the signs and then arrange to put out on Monday

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Poll Greeters – Let’s show everyone that WOW Dems, Hillary supporters, and Democrats in North Texas are here to stay! Let’s show up at every voting place and wave Democratic candidate signs! Even if you only have a couple of hours, you can do this! Just bring a chair, a friendly attitude, and the Collin County Democratic Party will provide signs and literature you can share with voters! RSVP here with your name, phone number, preferred polling locations, days and times. You can pick up signs and literature at the CCDP HQ -1915 N Central Expressway #150 Plano 75075. You’ll also get tips on how to be an effective poll greeter! (If you want to poll greet outside of Collin County, click here and we will get you what you need.)

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The CCDP needs as many Poll Greeters and Poll Watchers as possible. Call or come by the Party Office to get materials, instruction, and location. Email them or call the office at 972-578-1483, or just walk in the door at 1915 N. Central Expressway, Suite 150 Plano, TX 75075

 


election-night-partyTuesday, November 8 – Collin County Democratic Party Announces Post-Election Returns Watch Parties at 2 Locations:
MCKINNEY – 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Sheraton McKinney Hotel, 1900 Gateway Blvd, McKinney, Texas. Sponsored by CCDP, Living Liberally McKinney and Drinking Liberally Allen.
PLANO: – 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at The Rugby House Pub- 8604 Preston Road #100, Plano, Texas. Sponsored by Living Liberally Plano, CCDP and WOW Dems.

Come join with these sponsors to celebrate our success in fielding an awesome slate of candidates and everyone who worked to make this an historic election!


 john-bryantJOHN BRYANT HD70 – From the flooding in Louisiana to the fires in California people are becoming new victims of Climate Change. It is frequently those with the least to lose who are most affected. You can help by getting people to elect candidates who are protectors of the environment. You can do this by calling and texting people to get them to vote. While we all have the best of intentions, we’re more likely to spend the time sending texts if we get together to do it with friends. So bring your laptops and cellphones to our house and we’ll provide potential voters to be contacted. We’ll also have food and drinks. We’ll be at John’s home. in McKinney on Thursday between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and then again on Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you can come either time you need to let us know by email to [email protected]

laura-irvinLAURA IRVIN HD 102– People are Voting in Historic Numbers in Dallas! Can You Help at the Polls? Wow, it was just crazy our there yesterday! In Dallas County 58,000 people voted on the first day of early voting compared with 34,000 in 2008 and 32,000 in 2012. Linda Koop is at Fretz Park with up to 5 supporters (many appear to be paid). There were also 2-3 Koop poll greeters at Richardson Civic Center. Laura could really use your help poll greeting. We need to have a presence at these polling places. Can you help? Poll Greeting – November 2 to November 4, 2016 and Election Day, November 8, 2016. We have opportunities to poll greet at Fretz Park and Richardson Civic Center. You can do this any time that the polls are open which is 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Some voters come to the polls knowing little about the candidates. Providing information on Laura could help turn votes. If you are interested, contact me. Thank you all for your support of the Laura Irvin Campaign for HD 102! Please RSVP by email, phone or text if you can participate so we can have enough sheets for everyone. Carol Jablonski, Volunteer Coordinator, (214) 907-1789 (text or telephone) or [email protected]

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Karen Jacobs HD33 – We attended both the LULAC awards dinner and the Chinese-American candidate forum this past week. We are #StrongerTogetherThe Jacobs Campaign is releasing GetOutTheVote text messages today to help get folks to the polls. There are three phone banks this final weekend to chase all of the likely Democrats to the polls. Multiple locations, multiple times – please take the time to help GetOutTheVote!

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Karen Jacobs Volunteer Events:
Collin County Phone Bank – Sunday 11/06: 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Monday 11/07: 5:00 p.m. to -8:00 p.m. at CCDP Headquarters
Rockwall County Phone Bank – Sunday 11/06: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Jacobs Residence Heath 75032. Email Karen for details

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Scott Coleman HD67 – We’re ramping up for every vote this week!! We’re walking Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Join Scott and turn HD67 blue!! Message Scott to help!

 

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Denise Hamilton – HD89 – If you live in Plano, Murphy, Parker, Wylie, Allen, Lucas, and a small part of McKinney, make sure you look for Denise Hamilton HD89 Commercials. The commercials are airing on CNN, MSNBC, BET, VHI, TLC, E! Entertainment, and Lifetime.

 


Dimple Patel, Senior Policy Analyst, TexProtects: the Texas Association for the Protection of Children

And finally, do not forget that the WOW Dems November General Meeting is on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Plano Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Pkwy, Plano, TX. Our featured speaker is Dimple Patel of the Texas Association for Protection of Children. Ms. Patel will be speaking about the foster care system and Child Protective Services and ways to improve outcomes for these children! Come at 6:30 p.m. for the Meet and Greet with the program to begin at 6:45. Enjoy a post-election evening with fellow WOW Dems and learn about a most important topic.

Dimple has 9 years of experience navigating the Child Protective Services system in Texas and most recently was an investigative supervisor in Dallas County. Dimple also spent 3 years as an investigator housed at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, where she investigated some of the most severe cases of abuse and neglect including child fatalities. Dimple received her B.A. in Political Science from The University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Presentation description: A Federal Court found that Texas’ long term foster care system has subjected Texas children to years of abuse and neglect. High staff turnover has resulted in vulnerable children going unseen by caseworkers. Texas ranks near the bottom in child abuse prevention spending. Come hear the facts about child abuse in Texas and what can be done about it.

 Posted by at 12:58 pm
Oct 272016
 

WOW Dems Vote Together Moment!

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Planning to Vote early? Well, don’t do it alone; this is a momentous election. Let’s make it a big deal, get as many WOW Dems together as we can and VOTE at the same time and place, then take a big photo afterwards outside the polling area. Saturday October 29th at 12:00 Noon at Carpenter Park Recreation Center – 6701 Coit Road, Plano, TX 75024.

Even if you’ve already voted by then, let’s meet outside the Rec Center for photos, then join us for lunch nearby! Click here if you are interested!


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Friday, October 28 – Collin County Young Democrats Annual Halloween Party & Fundraiser.
7:00 p.m. to midnight at Cimarron Court Clubhouse, 18333 Roehampton Drive, Dallas Texas 75252.

Take a break this Friday night and dress up in your scariest or funniest political costumes! This year’s event promises to be the best ever! Click here for more info and to order tickets! Proceeds go to training, scholarships, Youth Summit events and more! Please support the Collin County Young Dems who are doing their part to turn Texas blue!


Early Voting continues until November 4!!! The voting schedule is here for easy reference.

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While Early Voting is going on, we all need to continue to work together to reach voters. There are a lot of opportunities to contribute in the upcoming week – we’ve highlighted a few of them here. Also, be sure to check the calendar on this page as new events are added frequently.

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Monday–Tuesday-Wednesday–Thursday-Saturday: Clinton – Kaine Phone Bank at CCDP Headquarters. We will be calling for Hillary and will feature a different Collin County candidate each week!

 

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Every Wednesday – WOW Dems “Call for All” Phone Bank at CCDP Headquarters. WOW Dems will also still be making phone calls every Wednesday at the Collin County Democratic Party office from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. (note new time). We will be calling orphan precincts in Collin County (those without precinct chairs) and encouraging people to vote for all of our Democratic candidates up and down the ticket.

 

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Denise Hamilton (HD89) News – If you live in Plano, Murphy, Parker, Wylie, Allen, Lucas, and a small part of McKinney, make sure you look for Denise Hamilton HD89 Commercials. The commercials are airing on CNN, MSNBC, BET, VHI, TLC, E! Entertainment, and Lifetime.

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Saturday October 29 and Saturday November 5 – John Bryant HD70 Block Walks. Saturday morning is just going to be beautiful time to join us for a Candidate block walk on October 29th. We’ll be walking in the morning and the weather should be really nice, we walk in pairs, and are done in 2 or 3 hours. We will meet at 9:00 AM in the Starbucks parking lot at the southwest corner of the intersection of Hwy 75 and Hwy 380 (University) in McKinney.

 

karen-jacobs-block-walkSunday, October 30 – Karen Jacobs HD33 Phone Bank at Collin County Democratic Party Headquarters from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 6 – Karen Jacobs HD33 Phone Bank at Collin County Democratic Party Headquarters from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 6 – Karen Jacobs HD33 Rockwall County Phone Bank at Jacobs Residence Heath from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Email Karen Jacobs for details.
Monday, November 7 – Karen Jacobs HD33 Phone Bank at Collin County Democratic Party Headquarters from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Sign Up to Be a Poll Greeter!

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Let’s show everyone that WOW Dems, Hillary supporters, and Democrats in North Texas are here to stay!  Let’s show up at every voting place and wave Democratic candidate signs! Even if you only have a couple of hours free, you can do this! Just bring a chair, a friendly attitude, and the Collin County Democratic Party will provide signs, and other literature you can share with voters! RSVP here with your name, phone number, preferred polling locations, days and times. You can pick up signs and literature at the Collin County Democratic Party HQ -1915 N Central Expressway #150 Plano 75075. You’ll also get tips on how to be an effective poll greeter! (If you want to poll greet outside of Collin County, click here and we will get you what you need).

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