Rather than try to shoe-horn this information into this morning's post as an update or add it in the Comments, I figured that it would work best as a separate entry. It was originally going to be confined to just two paragraphs, but I decided to give this entry the breathing room it deserves.
DBC and the Four Chairs
First, while casually glancing at the list of Democratic precinct chairs for Harris County, I noticed some familiar names: four in particular, two of whom I have known for a long time but didn't know that they were currently serving in that capacity.
However they may have voted in 2016—and Willies was fairly passionate about convincing Progressives to vote for Hillary Clinton here in Deep Red Texas—these four guys' progressive bona fides is pretty sturdy. I disagree with their notion of changing the Democratic Party from within, but I give them points for trying.
Here is a point that I hoped to raise last night when the Houston Area Progressives were discussing the whole issue of Democratic precinct chairs in Harris County, but my raised hand was never recognized before we left the meeting. Precinct chairs sometimes elect our representatives in state and county government.
I might have blogged on this subject previously, but I can't find the entry. Here's a summary of something peculiar that happened in Harris County last year, some of which you may already know if you follow this stuff.
As I mentioned here back in November, literally half the state House seats in Harris County had unopposed races in 2016. Without Owens's opposition in this heavily Democratic district, Thierry would have been elected to the state House by a majority of the 27 precinct chairpersons who showed up for a special caucus.
The corollary to this Election by Chairs fact of life is that precincts with no chair have no representation in special caucuses to nominate replacement candidates.
So I urge progressive Democrats in Harris County to investigate running for precinct chairs, especially if your precinct does not already have one, but even if it does. Just bear in mind that if you're doing the job right, precinct chairing is a ton of work, sometimes very frustrating work. But it's very necessary work and can also be great fun—especially if you're upsetting a lot of establishment donkey carts.
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