The Battle is Joined
Make no mistake: Texas, with its 38 electoral votes, is now a battleground state. More and more political analysts, incumbents and candidates are seeing Texas as a tossup in 2020. The parties and the major donors are poised to funnel significant resources into Texas once the dust settles from the primaries (unlike in previous years where Texas was used like an ATM machine to fund campaigns out of state). And like the state itself, Galveston County is at a tipping point; come November 2020, we will be in a dead heat with the Republicans. Victory will go to the party that works the hardest, the smartest, and turns out the vote. Our chances have not been this good for decades.
How Can We Lose?
So, how can we lose? We can only lose by not showing up, by forfeiting the election. Obviously, if our voters don’t bother, we will lose, but this is not likely to happen. We are fired up, energized and motivated by the events of the past 2 ½ years. The worst possible way we can lose is by simply not fielding a team. Nothing would be sadder than to win the popular vote, but lose county races because we did not have candidates. Many Republican incumbents have never faced a serious challenger. All across Texas, we are seeing these incumbents not standing for reelection because they see the handwriting on the wall: They cannot win. But if they go unchallenged, they can win by default This would be a disgrace and totally unacceptable.
The Good News
The good news is that we already have a slate of great candidates who will be highly competitive. At the state level, we have no less than eight candidates vying for the U.S. Senate. We have three candidates competing for U.S. House district 14, and a very experienced candidate declared for State Senate district 11. We also have candidates for District Judge and Sheriff. That’s the really good news. The other side of this that we still have a number of county races for which we need good Democrats to step up. This is very likely to be our year. We cannot, we must not, lose by forfeit.
Below is a list of offices for which we still need candidates. Filing for a place on the ballot begins Saturday November 9, and ends at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 9.
District Judge, 10th Judicial District
County Commissioner, Precinct 1
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4
Constable, Precinct 1
Constable, Precinct 2
Constable, Precinct 4
If you’d like to run for one of the offices listed above,
contact John Young.
2020 Offices with Democratic Candidates
US Congress, Texas CD-14
District Judge, 56th Judicial District
District Judge, 405th Judicial District
County Tax Assessor-Collector
County Commissioner, Precinct 3
Constable, Precinct 3