Club Endorsements Pile Up
Multi-club meeting scheduled for Jan. 30
By Brandon Watson, Fri., Jan. 31, 2014
With battle lines already drawn and column inches filled, the endorsements of Democratic clubs, labor groups, and other organizations may seem to be more about bragging rights than actual campaign momentum. Nonetheless, every year the mailers start to arrive with a roll call of partisan merit badges, perhaps only damning if left blank.
In majority Democratic Travis County, it is also a good way to gauge front-runners. Organizational membership often signals a higher degree of engagement. Rain, sleet, or snow, club voters tend to turn up on voting day in greater numbers than their less-involved counterpoints. Add organizational muscle, and the club nod can propel a win.
The list at right is culled from campaign websites, Facebook, Twitter, club sites, and communication with the candidates, but is in no way complete. A multi-club candidate forum will be held today (Thursday, Jan. 30), hosted by the Travis County Democratic Party, Austin Young Dems, Capital Area Progressive Democrats, Black Austin Democrats, and the South Austin Democrats. Then on Saturday, the Central Austin Democrats, University Democrats, and the Progressive Alliance will be holding a joint forum. This list will be updated online as more endorsements are confirmed. Please send any additions to email@example.com.
TRAVIS COUNTY JUDGE
Sarah Eckhardt: Capital Tejano Democrats, Yeller Dawg Democrats, Laborers International Union of North America Local 753, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees 205, Faith Action for Women in Need, Austin Sierra Club
Andy Brown: North by Northwest Democrats, Circle C Area Democrats, Northeast Travis County Democrats, Stonewall Democrats of Austin, AFSCME Local 1624, Austin Firefighters Assoc., Austin/Travis County EMS Employees Assoc., Travis County Sheriffs' Law Enforcement Assoc., Travis County Sheriff's Officers Assoc., Austin Police Assoc., Central Texas Building Trades Assoc., Austin Central Labor Council, Education Austin
TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PCT. 2
Richard Jung: Capital Area Asian American Democrats, Education Austin, Network of Asian American Organizations
Brigid Shea: AFSCME Local 1624, Clean Water Action, Central Texas Building Trades Assoc., Austin Sierra Club, Austin Firefighters Assoc., North by Northwest Democrats (split)
Garry Brown: Stonewall Democrats of Austin, Northeast Travis County Democrats, North by Northwest Democrats (split)
TRAVIS COUNTY COMMISSIONER, PCT. 4
Margaret Gómez: Austin Central Labor Council, Travis County Sheriffs Law Enforcement Assoc., Travis County Sheriff's Officers Assoc., Austin Police Assoc.
Darla Wegner: Elroy Neighborhood Association, Friends of Formula One
Note: Last week, our sources advised that County Treasurer candidates Ramey Ko and Dolores Ortega-Carter split the North by Northwest endorsement. NxNW President Paul Labuda clarifies that, "Neither candidate garnered 60 or more votes in our 100-vote endorsement, and we do not dual-endorse in two-way races."
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