From The Texas Newsroom:
Texas Democrats say there’s enough momentum to flip the governor’s seat and make some gains in the state Legislature.
But, many acknowledge it’s an uphill battle — one that can only be successful if Texans who traditionally vote Republican cross over to the Democratic side this midterm election.
This was the mood permeating the Texas Democratic Party’s biennial convention last week in Dallas.
“We need to talk to everybody,” Jasmine Crockett, a Dallas Democrat in the Texas House of Representatives who is running for Congress, told convention-goers. “We gotta talk to common sense Republicans that know that what we are seeing right now — this isn’t the Republican Party. This is some Trump something that’s going on.”
With that outreach, Crockett said it’s possible for Texas Democrats to win in November.
Betting on local races
One of the main topics at the convention was the importance of focusing on the congressional races such as Crockett’s. But Democrats are also targeting local elections, such as county commissioner and school board races.
Erica Lawrence, the president of the Democratic Club of The Woodlands, said local party leaders need to continue educating voters about these smaller elections in order to make gains in the long term.
“Many people don’t even realize that there’s an upcoming election on the ballot, especially if it’s just a local election, which is where a lot of our elected officials get started,” Lawrence said.
Building a so-called “blue bench” is another item Democrats seem to be focused on.
During the first day of the convention, people had the option to join a day-long training from the National Democratic Training Committee on how to run successful campaigns.
“It’s all about local organizing to me,” said Daniel Yates, a college student from Weatherford who attended the training.
“The best way to do that is to make sure that the party has good candidates who know what they are doing, running in every part of the state, even if those parts of the state are extremely red,” Yates said.