February 2018 Campaign Events

Primary Rally Stephanie

February 20–Stephanie spoke about choosing a candidate at the Kerr Democrats Campaign Rally.  Candidates for Congress, statewide offices, Court of Appeals, State Representative and County Chair were all featured in the lively event, moderated by Jerry Vaclav of Fredericksburg.  Note the “Build that Wave” poster on the podium.

February 15–Talk about the campaign memoir, “Running on Trust and Rainwater” at Kiwanis lunch meeting.

February 15, 2018–Nachos and beer with the Medina County Democrats and the ladies who have started the Medina County Chapter of Texas Democratic Women at Hermann Son’s Steakhouse in Hondo.

February 11-13–Lutheran Legislative Event in Austin; learning about issues and lobbying the offices of Legislators.

February 9-11, 2018–State Convention for Texas Democratic Women in Austin.  Friday evening entertainment, Saturday morning business meeting, Saturday noon Star Award given to Stephanie and leaders of other chapters.  Stephanie will also speak when all candidates are given a couple of minutes to  talk about their campaign.

February 6, 2018–Hill Country Chapter of Texas Democratic Women luncheon meeting, with “It’s Your Turn!” program to explore the challenges of being a Democrat when family and friends do not share your political opinions.  Stephanie will give a talk on the reasons to vote in the Democratic primary.

February 3, 2018–League of Women Voters at Tivy High School

February 3, 2018–Democratic Party Rally in Marble Falls, sponsored by Burnet County and Llano County Democrats.  Large turnout for two counties of Democrats to hear candidates all up and down the ballot.




January 2018 Campaign Events

♦Hill Country Chapter of TDW Luncheon Meeting on January 2–Briefing the group on campaign activities, Kroc Center, 11:15 am.

♦Bandera County Democratic Club January 13 Meeting at Bandera Electric Coop Building on Hwy 16 in Bandera to hear Jeffrey Payne, candidate for Governor in the Democratic Primary–lunch at 11 am.

♦Medina County Democrats Forum in Hondo on January 20, 1:00 pm.

♦TX21-Indivisible Weekly Meeting on January 24, 9:00 am at Pint & Plow in Kerrville.

♦Highland Lakes Chapter of TDW January 25 Luncheon in Marble Falls at 11:15 am.

♦League of Women Voters Candidate Fair at Bandera High School on January 27, 10-12 am.

Running on TRUST and Rainwater, my campaign memoir, will be available free at all events; signs, bumper stickers, etc. also available at all events.

Also attending the Medina Lake Conservation Society/Save Medina Lake Committee meeting on January 6 at 6 pm  (not a campaign event).


Book Launch at Kerr Democrats’ September 19 meeting

Kerr County Democrats will meet on September 19 at 6:15 p.m. for an interview and book signing with Stephanie Lochte Ertel, author of a memoir of the 2016 campaign for State Representative.  Stephanie’s objective is to show that running for office can be fun and exciting, so that more Democrats will file and run in 2018.


“We Miss You, Ann” is a hit at the Kerr Democrats’ fundraiser.  Dressed in white as a visitor from “another dimension,” Stephanie performed her one-woman show based on Ann Richards’ famous 1988 speech to the Democratic National Convention.


Stephanie Ertel plays the part of Ann Richards returning from another dimension to remind them that Democrats can win and to  encourage Democrats to run for office.

Kerr Democrats’ Fundraiser on June 20

Stephanie is excited about reprising her role as Ann Richards in “Ann Richards: Backwards & in High Heels” as part of the Kerr County Democratic Party fundraiser at Roddy Tree Ranch on June 20.  The cash bar opens at 5:00 p.m., dinner is at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at 7:00 p.m.  There will also be a silent auction to help raise the funds needed to keep the party office open during the next election cycle. Tickets are $40 each–send checks to PO Box 290614,, Kerrville TX 78029.annrichards

Medina River Clean-up on May 6

Stephanie joined the volunteers who gathered in Bandera City Park, helping with registration for the 17th Annual Medina River Clean-up, an all-day affair that draws people from Austin, Houston, San Antonio and the Hill Country to walk, paddle and drive equipment to remove two dumpsters (one filled with metal and the other with all other trash) of trash from 50 miles of the Medina River.  Thanks to all for breakfast, lunch, dinner and great fellowship with a dedicated crew.

Bandera County Democrats

Stephanie will be one of several candidates speaking at the April 8 meeting of the Bandera County Democrats at the Bandera Electric Co-op Building starting at 11:00 a.m. Tom Wakely, candidate for U.S. Congress, is expected to appear.

Kerr County Democrats

85th Legislature’s Agenda is the topic for the April 18 meeting of the Kerr County Democrats at 6:15 p.m. in the party Headquarters, 2640 Junction Highway.  Our new “election grief” action group, the Fire Ants, will meet at 6:00 p.m. on April 11 at Headquarters.

Relay for Life of Kerr County on April 21

Come to the Ag Barn at 6:00 p.m. on April 21 to join Stephanie and the Dems for a Cure Team in Wizard of Oz costumes as we invite children to “Paint the Yellow Brick Road to a Cure”.  Donate online at Relay for Life of Kerr County and purchase Luminaries to honor loved ones.

Let’s show the community how much the Dems for a Cure Team cares about cancer.

Women’s March on Washington/Austin

Stephanie Ertel, along with many Democratic Women (and a few men) from Kerr and surrounding counties, marched in Austin on January 21 with 50,000 or more Texans who participated in the Women’s March on Austin, a sister march to the Women’s March on Washington planned for the same day.   The March followed a 14 block path down Congress, west to Lamar and back to the Capitol on 11th street.  The purpose of the March was to express opposition to the discriminatory policies and attitudes pronounced by President-Elect Trump and show solidarity with all groups who are threatened by the Trump Administration proposals and attacks.


District 53 is larger in square miles than many states in our country.  Stephanie will be driving through the counties west of Kerr County from May 18 through 20 to learn about this district first hand.  Watch for a white Prius and wave–meeting people in the District and getting to know people who,share concerns about education, health care, rural economies and water resources is very important to Stephanie.

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