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Jul 27, 2023·edited Jul 27, 2023Liked by Michelle H. Davis

Again Fort Worth and Tarrant County issues, so apologies...but our inumbent sitting State Senator ended her race in April 2022.....so we didn't even have time to get it together to find someone else .

My State Rep candidate didn't have a phone number , a website or a yard sign.

I live in a neighborhood where Beto's signs beat Cruz by 3-1 and Biden signs beat Tump 2-1. In 2020 I had the only Dem Congressman and the only Dem County Judge yard sign in my zip code. That is ONE residence in entirity of the 76109. same for the Mayor's race last May when my sitting MAGA city councilman ran UNOPPOSED. Both he and the incumbent Mayor let everone know they were Republican MAGA and Maga-lite candidates. Hear me when i tell u this...THERE WAS NO POINT IN VOTING IN MAY'S CITY COUNCIL ELECTION. There was no point in driving the 2 blocks to go vote. There was no name on the ballot to vote for.

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Jul 28, 2023Liked by Michelle H. Davis

This is a message that needs to be adopted and acted on by the Texas Democratic Party. Only at a state level is there the kind of reach and insight into all the red districts. And the party needs to have something to offer potential candidates in those areas. Recruitment needs to come with training and some fundraising help, all in coordination with the local (county) party.

In 2020 the Georgia Democratic Party had a program to contest every state representative and every state senate race. They beat the bushes to find people and then got them some help. My son ran in a bright red district with no real expectation of winning, but he made appearances and undoubtedly had some impact on who voted. And what was the result? Biden won Georgia by 11,780 votes.

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Jul 29, 2023Liked by Michelle H. Davis

as a strategy......at least in our city , CC and Mayor's candidates pretty much let everyone know they were Maga

why not run paritsan City Council and Mayor candidacy's? Alot of folks might run as City Councilman opposed to State Rep. R's do in every race...School boards? Come on now! Maga rmagnets and they are loud and proud to run Maga candidates in these and other non-political local races.

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Jul 27, 2023Liked by Michelle H. Davis

Yes, Schwertner ran unopposed for the Texas Senate here in the Williamson County area.

The implicit message we convey is that we won't even put up a fight. We would rather lose by not showing up, than even try. Losing respectably is better because we gain momentum, and learn how to improve for the next race. The energetic youth are dissuaded from participating if there's no local campaign to volunteer for and learn from. Winning is a mindset, before it ever becomes an outcome.

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Jul 27, 2023Liked by Michelle H. Davis

Great piece Michelle. I've gotta catch up on reading some articles I've missed.

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Aug 13, 2023Liked by Michelle H. Davis

Due to gerrymandering, District 106 was an open seat in 2018. I ran against Jared Patterson (one of the MOST evil of the Rs) and got about 43% of the vote. We ran someone against him in 2020 and got 42% of the vote. Nobody ran against him in 2022. I believe this hurts turnout among Democrats. But with no real infrastructure or support, we make it SO hard to run in red districts. It's expensive and exhausting, and most don't want to do it twice. If we could build in some infrastructure to support these candidates, we might be able to run someone more than once, thereby increasing our chances.

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