Join John Marez as he announces the kick off his campaign for Nueces County Commissioner, Precinct 3 Thursday, November 19at 5:30pm – 8:00pm at Executive Surf Club. Stay for the after party!
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President of the United States isn’t the only office on the ballot in 2016. Depending on your precinct over 50 offices at all levels could be on the ballot.
Who is going to run for President 8, 16, 24 years from now? It could be you! But it’s time to start building your resume. Candidate filing for the 2016 Democratic Primary opens Saturday, November 14, 2015. The primary date is Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Early voting begins on Monday, February 15, 2016. Yard signs may be erected as soon as Wednesday, December 1, 2015.
All candidates running for office in Texas need to meet basic requirements for the position, including age, citizenship status, residency and other requirements.
Who you file with, and where the paperwork goes, depends on the office you are running for in Texas.
If you are running for an office based in Nueces County, you file to run for office at the Nueces County Democratic Party administrative office 3765 S. Alameda Street, Ste. 324, Corpus Christi, TX 78411. The Nueces County Democratic Party is open from 10 – 4 weekdays and 10 – 1:30 this Saturday to accept filing paperwork. Sunday appointments available by request; email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
If you are running for an office that represents more than one county, such as a statewide office, district attorney and many state senate and representative seats, you file with the Texas Democratic Party, 1106 Lavaca St #100, Austin, TX 78701 by mail or in person. The Texas Democratic Party is open from 9 – 5 weekdays and 10 – 2 on Saturday to accept filing paperwork. Sunday appointments available by request; email JBoynton@txdemocrats.org to set up an appointment.
These offices file in Corpus Christi: Texas House (District 32 & 34), Nueces County Court-at-Law Judges, Nueces County Constables, Nueces County Attorney, Nueces County Tax Assessor, Nueces County District Judges, Nueces County Sheriff, Nueces County Justice of the Peace, Nueces County Commissioner (District 1 & 3), Chair Nueces County Democratic Party, and Precinct Chair.
These offices file in Austin: President, U.S Congress (we are represented by District 27), Texas Railroad Commissioner, Texas Senate, Texas House (District 43), Texas State Supreme Court (3 seats up), Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (3 seats up), Texas 13th District Court of Appeals, Texas State Board of Education (we are represented by District 2), District Attorney (105th Judicial District)
City council, board of trustee, and board of regents elections for the 21 local city, town, and school governments in Nueces County are non-partisan. Filing for those offices runs from July 25 to August 16, 2016.
Paperwork and the fee for running for office must be submitted by 6 pm December 14, 2015.
Before you raise or spend a single dollar for your campaign, you must file a campaign treasurer.
If your office is a countywide or county district office, you file your treasurer with the Nueces County Clerk in person.
If you are running for an office that represents more than one county, you file your treasurer with the Texas Ethics Commission.
If you are running for U.S. Representative or President, you file with the Federal Election Commission.
Since the Texas Constitution was adopted in 1876, voters have authorized 484 separate constitutional amendments, this year another 7 issues are on the ballot. The last 10 amendments, in the 2013 and 2014 elections, passed with an average support of 77%; however, that support only came from the 8-9% of registered voters that actually showed up to the polls. That’s (sadly) about what you’d expect from a state that ranks so poorly in voter turnout.
You can boost that turnout by voting early (from Monday, October 19 to Friday, October 30) or going to your local precinct on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 7am to 7pm.
All the propositions on this year’s ballot are:
The constitutional amendment increasing the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public school purposes from $15,000 to $25,000, providing for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for those purposes on the homestead of an elderly or disabled person to reflect the increased exemption amount, authorizing the legislature to prohibit a political subdivision that has adopted an optional residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation from reducing the amount of or repealing the exemption, and prohibiting the enactment of a law that imposes a transfer tax on a transaction that conveys fee simple title to real property.
The proposed amendment would raise the amount of a homestead exemption from $15,000 to $25,000 on ad valorem, or property, taxes, for public school purposes beginning January 1, 2015. For a person 65 or older or a disabled person, the proposed amendment would also grant an additional $10,000. The amendment would require the state to offset any school property tax revenue losses resulting from the additional homestead exemption amount. The Legislative Budget Board estimates this would be over $1.2 billion for 2015-2016.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for an exemption from ad valorem taxation of all or part of the market value of the residence homestead of the surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran who died before the law authorizing a residence homestead exemption for such a veteran took effect.
Proposition 2 in conjunction with its enabling legislation, HB 992, would amend the Texas Constitution, Art. 8, to extend the current homestead property tax exemption to include the surviving spouse of a totally disabled veteran who died on or before January 1, 2010, and who would have qualified for the full exemption on the homestead’s entire value if it had been available at that time. In 2011, voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow a surviving spouse of a 100 percent or totally disabled veteran an exemption from property taxation from all or part of the market value on the disabled veteran’s residence homestead, as long as the surviving souse had not remarried. The amendment passed in 2011, however, did not apply to surviving spouses of veterans who died before January 1, 2010. Proposition 2 would extend the homestead exemption to include these spouses. According to estimates by the comptroller, extending the exemption would allow roughly 3,800 surviving spouses of totally disabled veterans to claim this exemption.
The constitutional amendment repealing the requirement that state officers elected by voters statewide reside in the state capital.
When the Texas Constitution was initially adopted in 1876, Article 4, Section 23, required the comptroller of the General Land Office, the attorney general, and any statutory state officer who was elected statewide to reside at the capital during their terms of office. Proposition 3 would amend the Constitution by removing that requirement.
The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to permit professional sports team charitable foundations to conduct charitable raffles.
The Texas constitution, Art. 3, Sec. 47 prohibits lotteries and gift enterprises, with a few exceptions. One exception is an amendment adopted in 1989 that permits charitable raffles conducted by a qualified religious society, a volunteer fire department, a volunteer emergency medical service or a non-profit organization. This provision requires that all proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets be spent for charitable purposes of the organization and that the charitable raffle be conducted and promoted exclusively by the members of the organization. Proposition 4 proposes an amendment to Texas Constitution, Art. 3, sec. 47, to include another exception and allow a professional sports team charitable foundation to conduct charitable raffles under the terms and conditions imposed by the law. The law could authorize the charitable foundation to pay reasonable advertising, promotional and administrative expenses with the charitable proceeds. These raffles could only be conducted at games hosted at the home venue of the professional sports team associated with the charitable foundation.
The constitutional amendment to authorize counties with a population of 7,500 or less to perform private road construction and maintenance.
An amendment to the Texas Constitution was adopted in 1980, giving rural counties with less than 5,000 inhabitants the right to construct and maintain private roads if the county imposes a reasonable charge for the work. Proposition 5 would amend Texas Constitution, Art. 3, sec. 52f, to increase the statutory population cap to 7,500. It would update the Constitution to reflect the population growth in Texas counties over the past 35 years and include an additional 21 counties.
The constitutional amendment relating to the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife subject to laws that promote wildlife conservation.
Proposition 6 would change Article 1 of the Texas constitution by adding the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife using traditional methods. The proposed amendment maintains that this right is subject to regulations that conserve and manage wildlife. The proposed amendment is not intended to affect existing laws relating to trespass, property rights, eminent domain, and municipalities’ right to prevent hunters from using their guns to hunt in populated areas. Arguments Neutral
The constitutional amendment dedicating certain sales and use tax revenue and motor vehicle sales, use, and rental tax revenue to the state highway fund to provide funding for nontolled roads and the reduction of certain transportation-related debt.
Proposition 7 proposes an amendment to the state constitution to dedicate a portion of the revenue derived from the state sales and use tax and the tax imposed on the sale, use, or rental of a motor vehicle to the state highway fund. Under current law, these funds are deposited to the General Revenue Fund. The amendment would dedicate $2.5 billion of revenue from the sales and use tax annually to the State Highway Fund starting on September 1, 2017. This allocation would expire on September 1, 2032. Beginning September 1, 2019, 35 percent of revenue from the sales and use tax on motor vehicles exceeding $5 billion would be dedicated to the State Highway Fund annually. For example, if $6 billion came in from this tax, then 35 percent of $1 billion, or $350 million would be dedicated to the State Highway Fund. Currently, this tax is about $4 billion, and it goes directly to the General Revenue Fund. The new revenue for the State Highway Fund would be used only to construct, maintain or acquire rights-of-way for public roadways, but not toll roadways, or to make payments on general obligation bonds issued by the Texas Transportation Commission. The Texas Legislature would be allowed to reduce the amount of sales and use tax revenue allocated to the State Highway Fund if two-thirds of legislators agree to do so. The legislature would also be permitted to extend these revenue allocations beyond their expiration dates for 10-year periods if a simple majority of legislators agree to do so.
As one of the most famous and celebrated Latinas in the US, Dolores Huerta has been an advocate for social justice, women’s rights, and reproductive freedom and LBGT civil rights. She continues working to develop community leaders to advocate for the working poor, immigrants, women and youth through her work with the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She speaks at universities and conference forums on issues of public policy, social justice, and advocacy influencing thousands of young people to serve their communities.
Friday, October 23 at 6:00pm
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The 2015 Coastal Bend Social Forum brings together diverse populations to discuss issues and ideas that directly impact people’s quality of life.
|Victories & Challenges Over the Last 50 Years||Dawson Barret (Moderator)
Dolores Huerta (Foundation of Hope)
Becky Moeller (past President of the Texas AFL-CIO)
|Hunger and Homelessness in Corpus Christi||Patty Clark (Corpus Christi Metro Ministries)|
|The Modern Cannabis Reform Movement||Kyle Holscher (NORML-Corpus Christi)|
|#BlackLivesMatter||Elle Hearns (#BlackLivesMatter)|
|On your own|
|Detention Rights are Human Rights||Adriana Piñon (senior attorney for the ACLU of Texas)
Dr. Olivia Lopez (social worker, formerly on staff at the Karnes City detention facility)
Jennicet Gutierrez (GetEqual)
|Immigrant Deaths in the Wild Horse Desert||Eddie Canales (South Texas Human Rights Project)|
|Stop the Silence of Family Violence||Susan Trevino (Executive Director of the Women’s Shelter of South Texas)
Laura Jimenez (Nueces County Attorney)
Judge Nanette Hasette (District Court 28)
Judge Inna Rogoff Kline (Chief Municipal Judge for the City of Corpus Christi)
|Shut It Down: Training for Nonviolent Resistance||Jakob Ozias (Get Equal)|
Help Re-Elect Judge Joe Benavides at our Night Court Comedy Fundraiser, starring Emmy Award Winner Mike Robles and Vatos Locos of Comedy. Join the fun. call 361-633-9308 for more information.
Saturday, October 10 5:30pm – 9:00pm
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JOEL MUMPHORD: Moving Nueces County Forward
Meet Joel Mumphord Candidate for Nueces County Commisioner Pct. 3
Thank you for your contribution
$25 Silver | $75 Gold | $250 Platinum
All Democrats are invited to Abel Herrero’s 13th Annual Shootout! Saturday, August 29, 2015 12 noon ’til dark
PLATINUM SPONSOR $2000 Eight (8) Event Tickets
GOLD SPONSOR $1000 Six (6) Event Tickets
SILVER SPONSOR $500 Four (4) Tickets
INDIVIDUAL $100 Per Person
*All contributions include entry to venue, food, and beverages
Please make all contributions (corporate contributions prohibited by law) payable to:
Abel Herrero Campaign
P.O. Box 2923
Corpus Christi, TX 78403