Sierra Club Endorsement

The Sierra Club has endorsed Stephanie Lochte Ertel for State Representative. Stephanie is so proud to receive the support of the Sierra Club, a major force in the effort to fight climate change, protect our water resources and sustain our environment so that we can all enjoy the blessing of planet Earth.  My goals are closely aligned with the Sierra Club and I look forward to working in the Legislature for the future of Texas’ natural economy.


Joining Medina County Democrats in Castroville Tuesday, June 19 and July 4

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.

Medina River Cleanup on May 5

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).IMG_3136

Relay for Life of Kerr County on April 27

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.

Home Stretch for the Primary

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.

Kerr County Campaign Rally Feb. 20

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.

Campaign Calendar Fills Up in January

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 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.





Meet the “other Stephanie”

  In Fredericksburg on January 18, Stephanie met another Stephanie:  Stephanie Phillips, from Comal County, running in the Democratic Primary for State House District 73, currently held by the infamous Kyle Biederman of “Freedom Caucus” fame.  Stephanie Phillips does not have an opponent in the Democratic Primary, so she has lots of time to get ready to face the winner of the Republican Primary in Gillespie, Comal  and Kendall counties.  We are so proud of you, “other Stephanie” for taking on the Republicans in a district that has gone several cycles without a Democrat on the ballot.

Primary Campaign Begins

2018 has dawned with the Democratic Primary looming ahead–early voting begins on February 20.  The first event of 2018 will be in Kerrville for the January 2 luncheon meeting of the Hill Country Chapter of Texas Democratic Women.  The meeting starts at 11:15 a.m. at the Kroc Community Center.

Stephanie joined TDW eleven years ago, and led the group as President for two years in 2009-11. It’s great to start the serious Democratic Primary campaign on home base.

We have already made many visits to Democratic Party events in Kerrville, Llano, Castroville, Bandera, Natalia, Hondo, and Devine, including four Democratic Party Christmas Parties.  Yes, Democrats say Merry Christmas!  And Happy New Year, cheerfully bidding farewell to 2017.