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Abby Whitmire for Humble ISD Board of Trustees

Abby Whitmire for Humble ISD Board of Trustees

The May 6 election is just around the corner and progressives across Texas are stepping up.  Since they’re fighting for us, let’s support them by volunteering, spreading the word and getting out the vote.

Here is a candidate statement by Abby Whitmire, in her own words, about why she feels compelled to run for election.  To learn more, just click on the link to get to her website.

Abby Whitmire – Humble ISD Board of Trustees, Position 4

Humble ISD covers over 90 square miles of northeast Harris County, including the communities of Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Fall Creek, and Eagle Springs. The population in the district is expected to rise from 40,500 to approximately 52,000 by 2025 – necessitating the construction of six new schools by 2022, including one high school, the seventh for the district. The district is 19.1% African American, 34.1% Latino, 40.9% White, and 5.9% Other. Almost nine percent of Humble ISD are Limited English Proficient and almost 34% are considered economically disadvantaged.

In the summer of 2016, the school board hired a controversial superintendent who had helped implement a private school voucher program in her previous job. The hiring of Dr. Liz Fagen as Superintendent was done over the very vocal objections of a large segment of the district. Many people in the district are still upset about that, and upset about how the board handled her hiring and how they tried to explain it to the public. A group of parents organized against this hire, and while we were ultimately unsuccessful in that objective, we have continued to serve in the role of watchdog for board and general district matters.

I believe all children in Texas deserve a great, well-resourced school with respected and empowered teachers, regardless of where they live or how much money their family makes. I’m hoping to earn the votes of concerned parents in the district who want to protect public education.

We know what works in education: Small class sizes, rich curriculums, experienced and accomplished teachers, and a system of support that helps to manage problems when students lose focus or fall behind. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. If I am elected to the school board, these will be my priorities.

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Let’s Turn Texas Blue!

The only way for us to turn Texas blue is to volunteer, knock on doors, get the word out and get friends and family to vote in the May 6 election.

Click here to find out when and where to vote.

If you do volunteer, send us your photos!  March On! Texas will share them across our social media to help promote progressive candidates.

Resist, insist, persist, enlist!

March on y’all!

Elect Stirling Morris for Plano City Council

Elect Stirling Morris for Plano City Council

The May 6 election is right around the corner.  Are you ready to turn Texas blue?

Today we are highlighting Stirling Morris, a progressive who is running for Plano City Council, Place 8.

If you’d like to support him, just click on the link to his website below and volunteer, donate and get the word out!

And now, here’s Stirling, in his own words.



Stirling Morris – Plano City Council, Place 8

A native Texan, I was born in San Antonio, raised in Central Texas, and married in Lewisville. Shortly after the birth of my son in Grapevine, my family moved to Plano. I’ve spent a lot of time in North DFW, and now I’mready to serve our community.

There is so much to love about Plano, and I want to be on the ground, with my sleeves rolled up, helping to keep Plano beautiful and vibrant. I want to help our city be the best possible version of itself–a city in which all its citizens, from the elderly, to the young; the religious to non-religious; the immigrants and minorities—proudly call home.

I’ve spent the last fifteen years in the construction industry, working with developers, architects, contractors, and even cities to build various projects that benefit and enhance communities. I’ve worked on projects that were added to the National Register of Historic Places, and I understand what goes into preserving our community treasures as well as how new development impacts existing infrastructure and the environment. I’ve served on non-profit boards, volunteered for charitable organizations, and been part of executive steering committees.

Beyond my work life though, I’m qualified for this position because I’m a citizen of Plano. I live and shop here. I eat here. I form relationships and friendships here. While I’ve never held a political office, I’m a firm believer that government should always be, as Abraham Lincoln put it, …of the people, by the people and for the people. As citizens, we should all feel empowered to add our voices to the government, and that often starts locally. Not everyone comes from politics, but everyone should have an opportunity to add their voice to the conversation.

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Let’s Turn Texas Blue!

The only way for us to turn Texas blue is to volunteer, knock on doors, get the word out and get friends and family to vote in the May 6 election.

Click here to find out when and where to vote.

If you do volunteer, send us your photos!  March On! Texas will share them across our social media to help promote progressive candidates.

Resist, insist, persist, enlist!

March on y’all!

Elect David Sray for Georgetown City Council

Elect David Sray for Georgetown City Council

The May 6 election is right around the corner.  Are you ready to turn Texas blue?

Today we are highlighting David Sray, a progressive who is running for Georgetown City Council, District 2.

If you’d like to support him, just click on the link to his website below and volunteer, donate and get the word out!

And now, here’s David, in his own words.


David Sray – Georgetown City Council, District 2

My name is David Sray and I’m running for Georgetown City Council, District 2. Georgetown is a thriving city that is bursting with potential, and I want to see it realized. I believe that city council needs to carefully manage our economic growth, while maintaining support for the arts and promoting our uniquely historical downtown areas that make Georgetown a great place to call home. I also believe that our government needs to be transparent, accountable, and open to new ideas that help improve our community.

Georgetown has many wonderful neighborhoods and parks, but the explosive growth over the last several years means prices have skyrocketed. The city should require developers submit plans with creative solutions that promote affordable workforce housing options and provide incentives that benefit the community such as streets, schools, and sidewalks and bike paths. We also need to make sure we’re planning for and adopting smart, common-sense measures that enhance the travel experience for everyone, whether that’s additional lanes, considering roundabouts in place of traffic lights, looking into diverging diamonds, or reviewing public transportation options. I’m excited to see the city rolling out a fixed bus route this year, and hope our residents will find it a welcome additional mobility option.

With 17 years of experience in the high-tech sector, I know the importance of working with many different people to come together to create solutions. I’ll work to ensure that city council promotes economic planning and development, encourages programs that make city services accessible to all residents, and keeps our neighborhoods beautiful and safe for our families.


Let’s Turn Texas Blue!

The only way for us to turn Texas blue is to volunteer, knock on doors, get the word out and get friends and family to vote in the May 6 election.

Click here to find out when and where to vote.

If you do volunteer, send us your photos!  March On! Texas will share them across our social media to help promote progressive candidates.

Resist, insist, persist, enlist!

March on y’all!

Volunteer Opportunities!

Volunteer Opportunities!

Here are some volunteer opportunities forwarded to us from Round Rock candidates Hilda Montgomery – Mayor Round Rock, Tammy Young – City Council Place 1 and Tracie Storie – City Council Place 4.

Hilda Montgomery – candidate for Mayor of Round Rock

Get Out the Vote – Saturday
Saturday, April 22 starting at 10:00 am
1201 Lacey Oak Loop, Round Rock, TX 78681
– Blockwalk: 10:00 am
– Blockwalk: 2:00 pm
**Come at the listed times or whenever works for you.
Contact: Allison Heinrich, 713-297-1650 or by email

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Elect K.D. Warach for Frisco City Council

Elect K.D. Warach for Frisco City Council

The May 6 election is just around the corner.  It’s time to help get progressive candidates elected!

Below is a candidate statement from K.D. Warach, in his own words. If you want to find out more information, donate, or volunteer, just click on the link to reach his website.

K.D. Warach – Frisco City Council, Place 6

My platform includes standing with the working people of Frisco, income equality, fair tax structure where wealthy and corporations in Frisco pay their fair share, equal rights for everyone, top notch public schools for our children and diversity for people of all races, religions, genders and sexual orientations. Priorities:

— Make Frisco a vibrant community where everyone feels welcome to live, work and play

— Solve traffic problems by relieving congestion and making commute an enjoyable experience for Frisco residents

— Celebrate and promote our diversity by providing a safe and fun atmosphere for every resident and encourage their participation at every level

— Be a good steward of our existing resources and infrastructure

— Build a reliable public transportation system for Frisco

— Plan responsibly for our future by keeping up with Frisco’s rapid growth

— Support a fair and balanced budget that maintains core city services and protects the most vulnerable

— Keep Frisco affordable while providing essential services to all existing and future residents

— Encourage high quality public education that focuses on early childhood development and parental involvement

I am running because I truly love Frisco and want to contribute to the growth of this amazing city. I’ve been living in Frisco for almost 4 years now with my wonderful wife Amna and 3 great children. My volunteer services include coaching my son and daughter’s youth soccer teams and speaking at FISD career day, among others. I have been a practicing engineer for 20 years. My experience in heavy civil infrastructure construction management field has prepared me to tackle the problems of Frisco’s rapid growth. My problem solving and analytical skills make me a perfect candidate for Frisco City Council.


Let’s Turn Texas Blue!

The only way for us to turn Texas blue is to volunteer, knock on doors, get the word out and get friends and family to vote in the May 6 election.

Click here to find out when and where to vote.

If you do volunteer, send us your photos!  March On! Texas will share them across our social media to help promote progressive candidates.

Resist, insist, persist, enlist!

March on y’all!

 

Help Elect Progressives in Carrollton!

Help Elect Progressives in Carrollton!

Do you, or someone you know, live in Carrollton, Texas?  Here are some Marcher-identified progressive candidates.  They need your help!

Click on the links to their websites and ask them how you can support their efforts.  Typically, candidates need help:

  • Stuffing envelopes
  • Knocking on doors
  • Asking for donations

Below is more information about who they are, where they stand on the issues, and why the feel compelled to run in the May 6 election, in their own words.


Michelle Beckley – Mayor, Carrollton

Diversity and Inclusion – I have an inclusive vision of how the City of Carrollton should represent and work to the benefit of ALL of its constituents equally – regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender-identity or economic status. I want to engage in a two-way conversation with our community, to hear everyone’s ideas and concerns, and to represent all of Carrollton’s citizens.

ROI and Accountability – All taxpayers who contribute to the City’s revenues should expect to receive a Return on Investment (RoI). Carrollton’s citizens should expect the City to spend their tax dollars wisely and equitably across the whole spectrum of the community. We should not spend municipal funds on federal programs. There must be accountability for any expenditures which do not benefit the community, or which benefit only a small sector of the community.

Simplification – In speaking with business-owners and residents alike, it is apparent to me that there are too many City ordinances which do not serve the best interests of the community. Unnecessary and cumbersome red tape needs to be addressed, and ordinances which prove to be harmful to residents and business-owners, and which provide little or no benefit to the community, must be rewritten or scrapped. But let me be clear; I fully support ordinances which protect the health and well being of the citizens of Carrollton.

Transparency – The City Council works on behalf of the citizens of Carrollton, and therefore the details of all of its decisions, policies and actions should be information which is freely- and widely-available. I want to improve and expand upon the existing information framework, and open two-way channels of communication to ensure all perspectives are heard. By increasing transparency, we increase accountability, which is a cornerstone of public engagement and confidence in the City’s civic leaders and the departments they oversee.

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Get Progressives Elected in Plano City!

Get Progressives Elected in Plano City!

Are you ready to make a change?  So are the progressive candidates below!  And they need your help:

  • Volunteer!  Click on their website links and offer your assistance.
  • Spread the Word!  Share this post with your friends and family in Plano City and tell them why their vote matters.
  • Make a Voting Plan!  The election is on May 6; some areas have early voting too.  Click here to find out where and when to vote.

Here is some more information about who they are, where they stand, and why they feel compelled to get involved, in their own words.


Trish Patterson – Plano ISD Board, Place 6

I’m committed to making your voice heard with Plano Independent School District.  Like you, I want to play an active role in making our schools the best possible place to educate our children, and making our community a great place to raise them.  Currently, I am the President of Plano Community Forum, a 501c3 that gives scholarships to PISD students, and the Co-Chair and Organizer of Plano’s Martin Luther King Day celebrations.  In addition, I am a substitute teacher for PISD and an adjunct professor for Richland College.

Every child deserves an opportunity to realize they have that “something special” to give to their community and a chance to reach their fullest potential.  As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  As a PISD School Board Trustee, I will listen to students, parents, teachers and staff, and taxpayers, while acknowledging the diverse needs of our children and our communities.

BE PROUD, BE STRONG, BE PLANO, VOTE TRISH PATTERSON FOR PLANO ISD BOARD PLACE 6!!

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71 Progressives, 45 Women

71 Progressives, 45 Women

Hey Marchers,

Are you excited?  Well you should be!  If you followed the special elections in blood red Kansas and Georgia you noticed that the grassroots progressives came just shy of flipping those reps from red to blue.

Here in Texas, we are ready to go even farther.  Let’s get results!  No more close calls, this is too important.  Here is a map of 71 progressive candidates running for the local May 6 elections and 45 of them are women!

It’s crunch time y’all!  These candidates need your help!  Here’s what you can do:

  1. Find a progressive candidate near you.  (See above map or check out this nifty candidate Excel spreadsheet we made.)

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Get Progressive San Antonio!

Get Progressive San Antonio!

Are you ready to get some progressives in positions of power?  We are too!  Looks like the San Antonio races are heating up.

Here are the candidates with links to their websites and as well as any candidate statements given to us.

Find the person who fits your values and why not take it a step further by offering to volunteer?

Ron Nirenberg – Mayor, San Antonio

I’m running for mayor because I want you to have the city you deserve – a place you’d choose even if you could live anywhere else on earth. It should be an exciting place where all sides of town can say. “I love it here.” The way I see it, the city you deserve delivers good-paying jobs, rewarding careers, safe streets, beautiful parks, museums, clean water, fewer traffic jams … It should be a place where our children flourish. You deserve a city that listens to you, that treats you with respect, that spends your tax dollars responsibly and openly. You deserve a city whose leaders are ethical and accountable and a mayor who has a vision for a bright and successful future. These are all things I’ve fought for as District 8 Councilman. These are things you shouldn’t have to wait any longer for.

 

 

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Trump’s Taxes Make Me Furious!

Trump’s Taxes Make Me Furious!

Every year around April 15th I start to get very patriotic.  Because that’s when my taxes are do and if I didn’t think about how great America is I’d be really ticked off I had to pay so much.

Usually, I’d say nice calming things like:  libraries, social security for grandma, Medicaid, food stamps, public schools for all, and then I’d gladly write the check to the IRS.  (OK, I wasn’t glad but I wasn’t angry about it either.)

But this year?  Holy Tax Evasion Bat Man!  Why do I have to kill myself to fill out all this paperwork when Donald Trump bragged during a debate that not paying taxes makes him smart!?!

Any why won’t he release his taxes?  Even Richard-I’m-Not-A-Crook-Nixon released his taxes!  The Republican rubber-stamping congress could order him to release his taxes as part of the inquiry into Russian business relationships, but they don’t seem interested at all.

Clearly his refusal to release his tax returns got a lot of people angry. Thousands of people in over 200 cities attended the Tax March yesterday.

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