The child abuse at the Texas border must stop.
The current immigration crisis caused by the Trump administration family separation policy will be my topic for discussion at the June meeting of the Medina County Democrats in Castroville. Starting in 1989, I represented Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and refugees from Somalia before the Immigration Court in Dallas, TX. My experience tells me that our laws do not require the extreme measures taken by our Department of Homeland Security in the last six weeks.
On July 4, hopefully this bad policy will be history and we can all celebrate our country’s birthday, instead of feeling angry and ashamed for the terrible actions of our government on the border. We will be joining the Medina County Democrats for the Castroville Historic July 4 Parade, and the Bandera County Democrats for BBQ in the afternoon on July 4.
We’ll be heading to Bandera this Saturday, May 5 for the annual Medina River Cleanup, to help with registration and distributing equipment to the many volunteers from near and far who come with pickups and kayaks to cover 50 miles of river, looking for trash. In past years we have filled at least two big dumpsters! Such a fulfilling day (and filling, too, with breakfast, lunch and dinner provided for volunteers).
Join Stephanie and other members of the Dems for a Cure Team (impersonating DEVO) at the Hill Country Youth Event Center for Relay for Life of Kerr County on Friday night, April 27 starting at 6:00 p.m. Relay brings together the entire Kerr County community, as everyone is touched by cancer. Lots of activities for all ages as we walk, dance, race box cars, honor loved ones with the Luminaria Ceremony and choose the most glamorous Ms. Relay.
Early Voting has begun in the Democratic Primary election. We have covered the district with ads in weekly newspapers and given speeches at rallies in Hondo, Marble Falls and Kerrville. Now it is time for Democratic voters to choose their candidate for the big showdown with Andrew Murr in November. Please choose a candidate who is committed to taking the Democratic Party message to every corner of District 53–please vote for Stephanie Lochte Ertel on or before March 6, 2018.
Everyone is welcome to the Primary Campaign Rally in Kerrville on Tuesday, February 20. Over a dozen candidates from Senator, several Congressional, some statewide, some judicial, State Representative (Stephanie and her opponent) and County Chair will all be putting on their best campaign persuasion (5 minutes each) starting at 6:15 pm in the UGRA Auditorium, 125 Lehmann Drive, near the DPS office on Sidney Baker South.
Stephanie will join other candidates for office from all parties at Bandera High School for a Candidate Fair starting at 10 a.m. The event concludes at 12 p.m. Local candidates as well as candidates for higher offices will be manning tables where they will interact one-on-one with community members who attend.
Thanks to wonderful groups who care about elections, the remaining January campaign calendar is brimming with opportunities. On Wednesday, January 24, TX-21 Indivisible welcomes Stephanie for a short campaign speech. Stephanie will bring copies of her 2016 campaign memoir, Running on TRUST and Rainwater, to entice the group to engage in retail politics.
Highland Lakes Texas Democratic Women meets on January 25 in Marble Falls, where Stephanie will be joining them for lunch and company. A time to renew friendships and bring campaign materials for Llano County supporters to distribute.
The Hill Country chapter of the League of Women Voters–TX has already gathered in candidate questionnaires and information to post on their Vote411.org internet site. The League will take it one step further in Bandera on January 27 with a Candidate Fair at Bandera High School from 10 to 12 in the morning. The public is encouraged to come and meet candidates. The League even provides possible questions to ask candidates in order to make comparisons.
In 2016, Stephanie began her campaign with a kickoff event at the Hondo Senior Center in Hondo, Medina County. It was so meaningful to be back in Hondo on Saturday, January 20 for the 2018 Candidate Forum, with candidates for Governor, Congressional District 23, 4th Court of Appeals and State Representative District 53. District 23 has five counties that overlap with District 53, but the counties that don’t overlap, starting with part of Bexar County, contribute so many Democratic votes that Congressional District 23 is considered “competitive,” meaning that Democrats have a good chance of winning an additional Congressional seat in 2018.