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Well, it was exciting, energizing, well-attended (and quite quick!) endorsement meeting. We opened with a few candidates from races we were not endorsing in (yet), and then straight to the 3-minute ‘Why me’ talk from the candidates. Most of these candidates have been dropping by meetings for literally months (Barrera, Lipscombe, Hatchcock, Hurley) and we have had excellent discussions, so these presentations were mostly re-caps of previous experiences. (There were a few brand new candidates who were welcomed to speak about why they merit the endorsement, but honestly it is a steep hill to match multiple discussions in one 3 minute deal.)
Then, the candidates left the room, and we had ourselves a caucus. That’s right a good old-fashioned stand for your candidate, let’s open the floor for anyone who wants to sway others to join them caucus. This is probably my favorite part of the pre-season: its open, transparent, gets people literally to stand for their guy or gal, and gets people talking. All of which is both good practice for the presidential caucuses, or more importantly for when someone says ‘What’s the deal with so-and-so? should i vote for them?’ you know its no big deal to throw in your two cents. And, before you know it, ordinary people are talking about why politics has an impact in their lives.
Also, it is important to know that we have many great candidates and while you can work to help a few, you still can only vote for one. This is, i think, a healthy competition, and, in the end, we are all on the same team.
So the results, with detailed descriptions of the discussion and analysis in a follow-on post:
427th District Court
Judge Jim Coronado
98th District Court
Judge Andy Hatchcock
Travis County Court #8
Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector
Like I mentioned, look for an additional post or two about why these candidates prevailed, but feel free to leave your two cents on these candidates in the comments.
But now on to the punchline:
A candidate waiting in the hallway during the caucuses told me after that as soon as we started, one person zoomed past them toward the exit. The candidate stopped the person, ‘Where are you going?!’ ‘oh sh*t,’ came the whispered reply, ‘I told them both they had my support!’ ahhh, little d democracy meets politics!