HAPPENINGS

Upcoming Happenings

Wednesday November 11, 2020 at 6:30 PM join us for a happy hour on Zoom!

Past happenings

Sunday October 11, 2020 from 4-6 PM Meet & Greet

Candidate and Bond Forum with County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir on voting, Darren Webb on the School Bond Issue, Ann Howard for Travis County Commissioner, Rep. Vikki Goodwin for TX House, and Julie Oliver for US Congress.

Saturday October 10, 2020 from 4-6 PM Meet & Greet

Lago Vista City Council Candidates with Chelaine Marion, Paul Prince, Kevin Sullivan, Timothy Collins, DiAnn Tjon-Joe-Pin, and Rob Durbin. 

Sunday September 13, 2020 from 4-6 PM Meet & Greet

Get Out the Vote!

Andy Brown — Democratic nominee for Travis County Judge
Katie Naranjo — Travis County Democratic Party chair

Carl Jones — Turn Rural Texas Blue

Sunday July 12, 2020 from 4-6 PM Meet & Greet on Zoom

Speakers: 

Candidate for US Senate: Royce West (live) and MJ Hegar (by pre-recorded video)

Candidates for Travis County Attorney: Laurie Eiserloh and Delia Garza

Candidates for Railroad Commissioner: Chrysta Castañeda and Roberto "Beto" Alonzo

House District 47 Representative Vikki Goodwin

Wednesday, June 3 2020

North Shore Democrats hosted a forum with two other clubs, Austin Young Democrats and Capital Area Democratic Women.

Saturday May 30, 2020 Austin American-Statesman Letter to the Editor by NSD member Sandra Paschall

Democrats believe in capitalism with oversight

I am a Democrat and not a socialist. I am tired of Republicans trying to define what being a Democrat means. I believe in capitalism, but it requires a lot of government oversight. Capitalism does not work unless the government requires that workers make a livable wage, have a safe work environment and good health care. The government should prevent monopolies, discrimination and damage to our natural resources. It should provide equal and respectable free education for all. This defines, in my mind, successful capitalism.

Capitalism under the Trump administration has gone amok. No environmental oversight, no livable wages, no concern about health care or the well being of workers or concern for our educational system. I have covered the very basics of what I think it takes to be a successful Democratic capitalist country. — Sandra Paschall, Lago Vista

https://www.statesman.com/opinion/20200530/letters-to-editor-may-30-2020

Sunday April 19, 2020 at 4 PM

ONLINE Annual Meeting and Election of Officers

Sunday January 19, 2020 from 4-6 PM Meet & Greet

Travis County Commissioner Pct. 3: Sheri Soltes, Ann Howard, Valinda Bolton, Shiloh Newman

Travis County Sheriff: John Loughran, Elizabeth Donegan, Sally Hernandez (incumbent) 

Lago Vista, Texas

Sunday November 10, 2019 4-6 PM

Judicial Meet & Greet

Aurora Martinez Jones 126th district court, David Wahlberg 167th District Court, Dayna Blazey 167th District Court, Jessica Mangrum 200th District Court, Maggie Ellis 200th District Court, Tim Sulak 353 District Court, Tamara Needles 427th District Court, Amy Meredith 460th District Court, Selena Alvarenga 460th District Court, Kennon Wooten 53rd District Court, Maria Cantú Hexel 53rd District Court

Lago Vista, Texas

Sunday October 13, 2019 from 4-6 PM Meet & Greet

Travis County DA candidates Margaret Moore (incumbent), Erin Martinson, and José Garza

Lago Vista, Texas 78645

Thursday August 1 at 6:30 PM

The North Shore Democrats of Travis County are pleased to welcome Texas House District 47 Representative Vikki Goodwin to Lago Vista on Thursday August 1 at 6:30 PM. Representative Goodwin will provide an update on the recent legislative session. She is a member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety as well as the Urban Affairs Committee. Come and interact with your State Representative while enjoying coffee and dessert.

Lago Vista, Texas 78645

Sunday July 14, 2019 from 4-6 PM Meet & Greet

Guest speakers:

Kennon Wooten - candidate for 53rd District Judge

Bruce Elfant - secretary of state debacle and voter registration, 

successes of his office,  VDR training

Judge Mike Denton - Travis County's Domestic Violence Court, Veteran's Court and Prostitution Diversion Court

Following the Meet & Greet, Mr. Elfant will conduct VDR training for anyone interested in becoming a Travis County Voter Deputy Registrar.

LVPOA Activity Center Bluebonnet Room

2601 American Drive, Lago Vista, Texas 78645

Refreshments provided!​

Sunday April 14, 2019 from 4-6 PM Meet & Greet

Our speaker was Dana DeBeauvoir, Clerk of Travis County, who talked about the development and planned 2019 premier of the new STAR-Vote, a Secure, Transparent, Auditable, and Reliable voting system.

“Dana looks forward to speaking with the North Shore Democrats during their Meet and Greet, and sharing with them details about the new Voting System that we will be using in Travis County starting with the November 2019 Election.  The new system, ExpressVote, manufactured by Election Systems and Software (ES&S) is an electronic voting system with a paper backup.  Travis County is adopting this new system in response to the community’s desire to have a paper trail associated with their election process.  This development will allow individual voters to review their choices on paper before they cast their ballot and it will allow for post-election audits of the election results, which fulfills Dana’s longtime goals of transparency and auditability in Elections, and will further enhance the security of the election process and voter confidence in democracy.”

Grande Pavillion at Bar K Park

6701 Bar K Ranch Road, Lago Vista, Texas 78645

Refreshments provided!​

Tuesday April 9, 2019 The North Shore Democrats endorsed HR 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019.

Sunday January 13, 2019 from 4-6 PM Meet & Greet "Common Ground"

"Liberals and Conservatives Mingle over Topics of Mutual Interest"

     It was a jam-packed Bluebonnet room last Sunday at the Lago Vista POA Activity Center, where an eclectic set of presentations on the environment, outdoors, and depolarization appealed to an enthusiastic audience. 

     The first speaker, Dr. Cyrus Reed of the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club said “I expected to talk to 10 or 12 folks and instead it’s a full house!”  Dr. Reed encouraged his listeners to pay attention to the many environmental bills facing the 2019 Legislative Session.  Regardless of feelings about climate change, he says, local issues faced by all Texans include rebuilding and planning for future hurricanes, clean air, water, and energy, oversight of oil and gas operations, and funding for public lands and wildlife. 

     Next, Carl Dieckmann spoke on The Turnback Canyon Trail Conservancy.  Carl stunned the audience with his vision of 20 miles of trails connecting Lake Travis, Lakeside, Lago Vista and the Balcones Canyonlands NWR.  Dieckmann’s enthusiasm was contagious, especially as he concluded “after 18 months in a conference room, we’re anxious to get out there and start building our first trails”.

     The evening concluded with a presentation on depolarizing political discussion in America by Steve Saltwick, Republican, and Michael Seay, Democrat, of the Better Angels Organization.  They explained the group’s “rule of balance”; that in any gathering, and at all levels of leadership, the participation is half red, half blue.  On the spot, 17 volunteers of both parties signed up to bring this club to the North Shore.  Ann Murrow, Republican, and Anna Johndrow, Democrat, volunteered to lead the fledgling group.

     NSD President Anne Ochoa remarked “opening the meeting to members of all parties was an experiment, but one that seems to have worked!” 

Tuesday November 6, 2018 Election Day

Sunday October 14, 2018 Meet and Greet at 4 PM “UPDATES AND CANDIDATES”  

Thursday October 11, 2018 at 6:30 PM Phone banking

September 23, 2018 from 1-4 PM Phone Bank for Beto

Lago Vista, Texas 78645

September 9, 2018 Fundraiser for Democratic candidate for 

U. S. House district 25 Julie Oliver in Jonestown

August 2, 2018 6:30 p.m. North Shore Democrats Training Session

“Organizing 101” presented by the Travis County Democratic Party

"In all my travels I have never seen such a great and enthusiastic ! What a wonderful evening,  I hope North Shores Dems enjoyed it as much as I did! I am really excited to see your growth and your potential is inspiring, keep it up and you will have a very Blue North Shore!" — Saundra Ragona, Volunteer Coordinator Travis County Democratic Party

July 15, 2018 Meet and Greet at 4 PM

Topic: “Path to November”

Glen Maxey, Kathi Thomas, and Beau Harris, Field Organizer for Beto

     Three speakers graced our presence on July 15, 2018 at our quarterly Meet & Greet in the Bluebonnet Room LVPOA Activity Center. “One senate vote matters!” said Beau Harris a field organizer for the Beto O’Rourke Campaign. "Texas is not a red state but a non-voting state. We need to inform our neighbors, knock on doors, start a texting program heading toward November."

     Glen Maxey is in his 50th year of political service,  150 campaigns. Maxey was a six-term TX legislator. “Democrats had stopped talking about values that mattered” stated Maxey. He helped revitalize the Texas Democratic Party. Now there are Democrats running in 36 Congressional Districts after 138 Democrats came forward and three races are in the National spotlight. 

     Our third speaker, Kathi Thomas is a dear friend to NS Democrats having graced our LV July 4th Parade twice. As a political activist she says “We need to get out of our comfort zone”, to do the things that need to be done. She spoke of her interest in education, healthcare,environmental and most concerning to Kathi, immigration. She suggested we each tell our story when we walk, call, talk and write. Our club gave Kathi a gift of thanks with a bouquet of flowers. 

   The club business continued with the club’s data, digital and phone captains introducing themselves and asking for volunteers to sign up. “Organizing 101” training will be on August 2 at 6:30 pm. To attend call Anne 512-535-8006. The next quarterly Meet & Geet is scheduled for October 14, 2018 at 4 pm in the Bluebonnet Room 2601 American Drive.

4th of July Parade

Lago Vista 4th of July Parade

April 22, 2018 NSD Social at 4-6 PM

Social at the Home of Linda and Wayne McCullough 

April 15, 2018 Meet and Greet and Election of NSD officers at 4 PM

Guests: US District 25 Chris Perri v. Julie Oliver, State Representative District 47 Elaina Fowler v. Vikki Goodwin, 459th District Judge Aurora Martinez Jones v. Maya Guerra Gamble

April 7, 2018 Cajun Fest in Jonestown

February, 18, 2018 at 4 PM

Guests: Democratic candidates for U. S. House District 25 Kathi Thomas, Chetan Panda, Julie Oliver, Chris Perri, West Hansen and 459th District Judge candidate Aurora Martinez-Jones

January 14, 2018 at 4 PM

Guests: 47th Texas House District candidates (Sheri Soltes, Vikki Goodwin, Elaina Fowler, Candace Aylor) and 459th District Judge candidate Greg Hitt

October 15, 2017 at 4 PM

Guests: 47th house district candidates (running against Republican incumbent Paul Workman) Candace Aylor and Will Simpson; candidate for the new 459th district court Maya Guerra Gamble

October 12, 2017 at 6 PM

Social for Texas Senator Kirk Watson

July 16, 2017

North Shore Democrat Quarterly Potluck, Bruce Elfant conducted training for Deputy Voter Registrars.

Guests: Kathi Thomas running for Congressional District 25, Vikki Goodwin running for Texas House District 47

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