2017 In Review

 

Blue Wave in Texas

2017 has been a whirlwind of a year for us in the Montgomery County Democratic Party. While some people took breaks after the 2016 election, Democrats in Montgomery County had something else in mind. Like so many other people across the country, they wanted to fight.

A new group of Democratic Party activists were born after the events of November 2016. These activists would end up shaping not only the Democratic Party, but they would form a part of what has been called ‘The Resistance.” Groups like Indivisible and Pantsuit came in to 2017 swinging hard. They have held town halls and organized protests across the state and across the country that have made a significant impact on elected officials in every single level of government.

I am more inspired than ever before with everything I have seen in Democratic Party politics over the last year. We have more volunteers working with us than at any point in recent history.  Candidate recruitment initiatives in Montgomery County have also been a huge success.

We have 9 local Democratic Party candidates that will be on the ballot for Montgomery County in 2018. That number does not include statewide candidates. There haven’t been that many democratic candidates in Montgomery County in over 3 decades.

If you weren’t sure before, let me assure you that the tide is turning, and things are starting to change. That change is not limited to Montgomery County though. Counties across Texas have had a similar surge in activity and involvement over the last year. The state party has experienced a similar phenomenon. “Texas Democrats are already making history in 2018. We set a new record for the number of candidates recruited for Congress, Texas House, and Texas Senate in modern history,” reports the Texas Democratic Party.

100% of Congressional races in Texas have at least one Democratic Party candidate. 89% of Texas House seats have at least one Democratic Party candidate. 88% of Texas Senate seats also have at least one Democratic Party candidate.  The Texas Democratic Party has also been expanding their staff and are constantly working to improve their ability to provide support and resources to all counties in Texas.

Our Path Forward

Despite all of this, we know that there is still a lot of work to be done and a long way to go. We are taking steps forward and we need everyone’s ideas to help us build a better future and a better Party. We move forward together, or we don’t move at all.

Changing local politics will be how we prepare for 2018 and especially how we prepare for 2020. Now is the time. We may not have an opportunity as ripe as this for a long time. Let’s take advantage of it. Let’s build a better Democratic Party.

I am in our Party headquarters almost every day.  The reason I am here is to help, inform, and encourage people to be a part of this process and to be a part of this movement. I invite you to join me and all our volunteers as we blaze a new trail in Texas politics.

You can reach us in the office at (936) 242-3367. You can also call my personal cell phone and I will be happy to talk with you. We also encourage you to stop in and visit with us. Our address is 1712 North Frazier St. Ste 117. Conroe, TX 77301.

Have a happy holiday and we will see you in 2018.

Sincerely,

Griffin Winkworth
Party Secretary
Montgomery County Democratic Party
(936) 263-2764

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