How to serve as a Texas Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention

921326_10153837037074802_1530584217470596307_oStep One: Register to attend your county or senate district convention with the Texas Democratic Party. Registration will begin on November 14th, 2015 via a link on the TDP website.

Step Two: Vote in the March 1st, 2016 Democratic Primary. If a person does not vote in the primary, they must sign an affidavit of affiliation to the Democratic Party before their county or senate district convention.

Step Three: Attend your county/senate district convention; which will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Specific times and locations will be on the TDP website no later than January 31st, 2016.

Step Four: Be elected to be a state delegate by your precinct or at-large by your county or senate convention. Each county/senate district will send one delegate to state for each 175 votes cast for the Democratic nominee for Governor in 2014. The State Convention is June 16-18 in San Antonio.

Step Five: The Texas Democratic Party will post, following the March 1st primary, the official allocation for each presidential candidate of delegates for each senate district based on the percentage of the vote in that district. TDP will post the at-large allocation for each presidential candidate based on the statewide vote. Additionally, the TDP will state, according to the Rules,how many delegates of either gender can be elected by each presidential candidate caucus.

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Get Involved – Run for Office

Texas CapitalWhat qualifications do I need to meet?

All candidates running for office in Texas need to meet basic requirements for the position, including age, citizenship status, residency and other requirements.

Important documents:

Where do I file?

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 one county, you file to run for office with your local county Democratic county chair.

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 to set up an appointment.

Paperwork and the fee for running for office must be submitted by 6 pm December 14, 2015.

Important documents:

Name a Treasurer

Before you raise or spend a single dollar for your campaign, you must file a campaign treasurer.

If you are running for U.S. Representative or U.S Senate, you file with the Federal Election Commission.

If you are running for an office that represents more than one county, you file your treasurer with the Texas Ethics Commission. You can file online.

If your office is a countywide or county district office, you file your treasurer with the County Clerk in person.

Important documents:

BCDP Issues Press Release Supporting the Military and Jade Helm


Press Release

July 7, 2015

The Democratic Party of Bastrop County, Texas is proud to welcome to Bastrop County, Texas all the members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America who are participating in the Jade Helm training exercise. We salute these citizen soldiers who have volunteered to serve their country, just as their brothers and sisters through history have defended the Constitution of the United States with their very lives. During this two-hundred and thirty-ninth birthday of our great nation, we are constantly reminded of their sacrifice, their valor, their loyalty and the high honors that they have secured for themselves, without which we would not enjoy the blessings of that liberty that we hold so dear.

Bastrop County has over 70 years of history as a training location for our military, dating back to the days of the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division at Camp Swift in 1942. In this long tradition, we extend to our visitors a warm Texas howdy. We pray for their safety and well-being and offer a heart-felt thank-you for a job well done.


Ed Skarnulis, Chair

Bastrop County Democratic Party

1009 Main St., Bastrop, TX 78602



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