Current Chair: James Barron
We have updated the structure and general functions of our Outreach Committee within the Democratic Party. The Outreach Committee now consists of a number of different subcommittees, each headed up by a subcommittee chair. These subcommittee chairs are responsible for holding separate meetings to discuss and tackle the issues facing their specific subcommittee. Additionally, all subcommittees will work together with the party on large-scale outreach projects within the county.
If you are interested in serving on one of these subcommittees either as a chair or just as a member, please contact Griffin Winkworth at Griffin.Winkworth@Gmail.com. The Outreach Committee and all of its subcommittees are open to anyone who is interested and willing to serve.
Voter Registration Subcommittee
Chair: Dotty Oelkers
This subcommittee oversees voter registration activities, which includes event planning and community outreach as it relates to reaching out to new prospective voters. The subcommittee chair is responsible for keeping an updated list of volunteer deputy registrars within the county and working with the local elections office to retrieve materials for voter registration drives. The subcommittee works with local businesses and schools to facilitate registration drives and maintains contact with deputized volunteers regarding registration events.
LGBTQ Outreach Subcommittee
Chair: Regina Neely
This subcommittee strengthens relationships with members of the LGBTQ community by fostering trust and support. The subcommittee chair is responsible for establishing committee meetings and working closely with the LGBTQ Senior Advisory Council Representative. The subcommittee assists in formulating events, mobilizing volunteers, and tracking participation efforts related to issues facing the LGBTQ community.
Millennial Outreach Subcommittee
Chair: Shannon McNamara
This subcommittee serves to connect our younger generation of voters and future voters to the political process through political experiences and engagement. The subcommittee chair oversees committee meetings and works closely with the Young Democrat Senior Advisory Council Representative. The subcommittee is responsible for millennial recruitment and retention through various social activities and politically affiliated events pertaining to issues millennials find important.
Hispanic Outreach Subcommittee
Chair: Gordon Lopez
This subcommittee facilitates the interactions in the Hispanic community by building trustworthy relationships. The subcommittee chair is responsible for committee meetings, establishing contacts in the Hispanic community, and working with the Senior Advisory Council Representative. The subcommittee actively works within the Hispanic community by planning events and recruiting volunteers to work on various projects and issues relevant to the community.
Democratic Women’s Outreach Subcommittee
Chair: Susan Hillebrandt
This subcommittee serves to encourage women involvement and active participation in local, state, and federal politics. The subcommittee chair oversees committee meetings, and maintains contact with other organizations that support women’s issues. The subcommittee is responsible for creating events regarding important issues for women within the county, attending events outside the county when possible to build a more formative base of knowledge, and actively recruiting women to participate.
Multi-Cultural Outreach Subcommittee
Chair: Vajih Khan
African American Outreach Subcommittee
This subcommittee serves to strengthen relationships in the African American community and bring more people into the political process. The subcommittee chair is responsible for committee meetings, increasing points of contact in the African American community, and working with the Senior Advisory Council Representative. The subcommittee assists in creating and implementing community-engaging events and actively recruits volunteers to participate in party affiliated events.
Veteran Affairs Subcommittee
Chair: Kevin Thompson
This subcommittee builds a foundation of encouragement and support within our community of Veterans. The subcommittee chair facilitates committee meetings, and establishes contacts within the county regarding Veteran services. The subcommittee identifies issues pertinent to Veterans, plans events to engage Veteran voters in the county, and attend events outside of the county regarding Veteran Affairs when possible.
Legislative Affairs Subcommittee
Chair: Phillip Faseler
This subcommittee is responsible for tracking bills from the Texas Legislature and Congress in order provide better information to members of the party. The subcommittee chair coordinates bill tracking efforts, schedules committee meetings, and keeps the Senior Advisory Council informed on various issues. The subcommittee assists in these tracking efforts and mobilizes volunteers for local responses/ calls-to-action regarding legislative happenings such as calls or mailings to representatives, and organizing individuals for town hall style events.
Chair: Sue Reese
This subcommittee is responsible for finding speakers for various party events and fundraisers.