Please clear your busy social calendars to make room for these important upcoming events:
- Tuesday 8 March, 7-9 pm: Harris County Consolidated Precinct Green Conventions, La Granja Disco y Cantina, 5505 Pinemont Dr. (just east of Antoine Dr. in the Near Northwest)
- Saturday 12 March, 3 pm: Harris County Green Convention, same location
- Saturday 9 April, all day: Green Party of Texas Convention, Kyle TX, actual venue still TBD (delegates may also attend online)
Skip down to the bottom of this entry for a list of important things to remember about attending the conventions.
Other Houston-metro counties (Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Montgomery) may have a consolidated county convention in the near future. Watch txgreens,org or Green social media for details.
Why are these conventions so important? you may be asking, along with Why would I want to attend? The 2021 state meetings, held online, were pretty unbearable; the 2020 conventions were considerably less contentious, which bodes well for the conventions this year. The main reason odd-year meetings are such knock-down-drag-outs is that they involve platform and by-law amendments, which tend to bring out shall-we-say strong feelings in attendees.
I'm not exaggerating even a little when I say that healthy attendance at these conventions will not only help shape the future direction of the Green Party in Texas, but will also determine whether there will even be a Green Party in Texas going forward.
Also, if you want to play a role in deciding whether our three statewide candidates will be nominated to appear on the November ballot, you need to be part of the conventions process. Those candidates are:
- Delilah Barrios (Hays County) for Governor (Twitter: @DelilahForTexas)
- Hunter Crow (Tarrant County) for Railroad Commission (Twitter: @CrowRailroad)
- Alfred Molison (Harris County) for Commissioner of the General Land Office (Twitter: @AlfredMolison and @copyhinge1, but he doesn't tweet much)
Important things to remember about these events:
- Anyone wishing to serve as a delegate must not have voted in the 2022 Democratic or Republican primary, and must pledge not to vote in any primary runoffs.
- RSVP to the events on txgreens.org (linked above) if you plan to attend.
- Bring your voter registration card so it can be marked; you should have received your new registration card for 2022-23 in the mail recently.
- Attending the Precinct Convention is not necessarily a prerequisite to being chosen as a delegate to the County Convention; however, in-person attendees will get first dibs.
- Attending the County Convention is a prerequisite for selection as a delegate to the State Convention; Harris County is entitled to as many as 18 delegates at State.