Not gonna lie: It could have gone better. But it could also have gone a lot worse. I'm happy with the process and results, despite some bumps. I'm happy to get a chance, however virtual, to see old comrades and meet some relatively new ones.
We had about 32 delegates, representing eight Texas counties, show up at the Green Party of Texas's first-ever online convention. We also had a lurker to two. Among the best news that I can report is that personalities that have clashed at past state meetings remained not just civil but amicable to each other and the rest of the delegates.
Final tallies have yet to be released, but here are some things we know:
The List of Nominees
This is a long way from the Occupy the Ballot era of 2012-14, when we could scare up about 50 candidates for various offices. The list below is large a rerun from previous entries; however, now that the Texas Green Convention has affirmed the statewide candidates, it's worth presenting them again.
Counties of residence are in parentheses, and an asterisk (*) indicates that a candidate paid the state filing fee to run.
US Senate: David B. Collins (Harris)
State Supreme Court, Position 1: Charles Waterbury (Dallas)
Railroad Commission: katija gruene (Travis)
Tom Wakely (Bexar), CD-21
* Hal J. Ridley, Jr. (Orange), CD-36
Julián Villarreal (Bexar), SD-26
katija gruene (Travis), HD-51
* Brody-Andrew Mulligan (Tarrant), HD-92
Antonio Padrón (Bexar), HD-119
Mulligan is not only raising money for his campaign, he's spending some too: He just bought yard signs.
Not everyone will emerge from this convention completely happy with the way things went. There was some awkwardness in discussing some resolutions (proportional to the awkwardness of the wording of the resolutions themselves) that might leave a bitter taste in the mouths of those who proposed them. It didn't help that we squeezed what could turn into an all-day affair into a 45-minute agenda item. To my way of thinking, resolutions are low-priority items by default, unless they address an item of immediate concern or propose massive changes in The Way We Do Things.
Given that literally hundreds of alienated Texas Berniecrats have been knocking on the Green door, I am earnestly looking forward to more of these—preferably in person because I look old af in my Zoom box.
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