Marble Falls, Texas 5/22/2012 10:32 AM
Ms Chavez-Thompson emphasized how important it is to turn out the local Democratic Party vote, and how disassociated the Republican elite are from the regular citizen. She opened the Spirit of Texas Democratic Party Rally with a letter* from US Rep. Lloyd Doggett condemning ‘Perrymandering’, and complimenting his friends and fellow Democrats in the Texas Hill Country for demonstrating cross district unity. Ms Chavez-Thompson pointed out that with the Citizens United Supreme Court decision affecting politics, the everyday family needs to make the sacrifice and contribute to local candidates. She added “this is the only way to offset the ‘money = vote’ and ‘corporation = person’ court decision.”
Jim Riley from San Angelo was the second keynote speaker and official Guest Host of the Event. Riley is running for US Congress, 11th District of Texas. Jim Riley crossed District lines to speak to the Burnet County Democrats and Highland Lakes Democratic Women’s groups, demonstrating Democratic Party unity in Texas. He also spoke in Llano before the rally in the park, and concluded the long day with a Dinner for supporters at the Badu House, back in Llano.
Ten speakers officially addressed the intimate gathering of around fifty Democratic Party members, friends and supporters, including many of the candidate names on the current ballot for the Burnet County Democratic Party Primary. Guy Stuart, Chair of the Burnet County Democratic Party acted as the local Host of the Event, sharing the role of Master of Ceremonies with Hostess Mary Ann Raesener, Secretary of the Highland Lakes Democratic Women, and newly elected Meadowlakes City Council member.
List of Speakers:
Linda Chavez-Thompson, former Democratic Party candidate for Texas Lieutenant Gov and nationally recognized labor leader
Jim Riley, candidate for US Congress, 11th District of Texas
Elaine Henderson, candidate for US Congress, 25th District of Texas
Candace Duval, candidate for US Congress, 21st District of Texas
Diane Henson, candidate for Justice, Texas Third Court of Appeals, Place Six.
Keith Hampton, candidate for Justice, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
Karen Watkins, candidate for Justice, Texas Third Court of Appeals
Andy Hathcock, candidate for Justice, Texas Third Court of Appeals
David Von Os, representing Rachel Von Os, candidate for Texas Democratic Party Chair
Georges Banks, Honored Viet Nam Veteran, representing US Armed Service Veterans
In attendance, demonstrating support for the event, also were Judge Gilberto Hinojosa, from South Texas, candidate for Texas Democratic Party Chair and Bryan Case, Travis County Director of the Appellate Division in the District Attorney’s office and candidate for Justice, Texas Third Court of Appeals.
Michael Steenbergen, Communications Committee, Burnet County Democratic Party and Event Director, Spirit of Texas Democratic Party Rally
2208 Belaire Dr
Granite Shoals, Texas 78654
Guy Stuart, Chair of the Burnet County Democratic Party and Host, Spirit of Texas Democratic Party Rally
P O Box 1145
Burnet, Texas 78611
Mary Ann Raesener, Secretary of the Highland Lakes Democratic Women and Hostess, Spirit of Texas Democratic Party Rally
(Contact information available through Michael Steenbergen or Guy Stuart)
*Digital Copy of Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s letter opening the rally
Doug Molof, Doggett Re-election Campaign
1713 E 7th St
Austin, TX 78702