I, Audrie Lawton Evans, Secretary of the Harris County Democratic Party, having been informed that Lillie Schechter, Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party, intends to resign her position as Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party, effective at 11:59 p.m. on June 16, 2021, and I, Lillie Schechter, Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party, have called, and do hereby notify all Democratic Party Precinct Chairs of each election precinct within Harris County, Texas, of a meeting of the Harris County Democratic Party (HCDP) County Executive Committee (CEC) to be held on Sunday, June 27, 2021, via Zoom, commencing at 7:00 p.m., for the purposes of (1) electing a Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party and of the Harris County Democratic Party County Executive Committee to succeed Lillie Schechter in those positions, (2) approving various Resolutions incident to the election of a new Party Chair, (3) considering passage of a Resolution to maintain and approve spending at the same levels as the current budget for a period of sixty (60) days after expiration of the current budget on June 30, 2021, and (4) considering and acting upon such other business as may properly come before the meeting.
In accordance with Texas Election Code § 171.025 and Texas Democratic Party Rules Art. III(E)(5)(a), we hereby designate Rose Salas, Democratic Chair of Harris County Election Precinct 575 to serve as Temporary Chair to call the meeting to order and to preside until the permanent Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party is elected by the Committee.
The following individuals have applied for Harris County Democratic Party Chair. The candidates are listed in the order they applied.
Charles Onwuche - Rescinded his application on 6/10/2021 via email
Who is eligible to nominate and elect the next Chair at the CEC meeting?
Only current Precinct Chairs may nominate and elect a Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party at the June 27 CEC meeting. The Texas Election Code requires 50% of precinct chairs to be present at the meeting to elect a new chair, so persons seeking the nomination should do everything possible to encourage all precinct chairs to participate in the meeting.
What are the nomination and election processes?
Persons seeking to be selected as the chair cannot “self-nominate” themselves (unless they happen to be a precinct chair). Candidates can be voted on only if nominated by a precinct chair at the June 27, 2021 meeting. Nominations to be the Chair must be made by precinct chairs during the meeting.
The HCDP Steering Committee is scheduled to meet on Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 6:30 PM to set procedures for the conduct of the election (such as length and order of nominating speeches and speeches in support of candidates).
To become the next Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party, an individual must receive a vote of a majority of the CEC members (eligible precinct chairs) voting in the election. If no candidate receives a majority vote, a runoff election will be held immediately between the two nominees receiving the largest number of votes in the first round of voting.
How do I apply to be considered for Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party?
For any person interested in being considered for nomination, they must email Audrie Lawton Evans, Secretary of the Harris County Democratic Party at email@example.com with the following information attached:
- Preferred contact information
- Completed application form
Precinct chairs will receive the information ahead of the meeting by email and will be available to the public on the Party’s website.
Party Chair Informational Meeting
On Monday, June 21, 2021 at 4:00 PM, the HCDP Chair and staff will host an informational meeting for potential Party Chair candidates via Zoom. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.
Questions concerning this process can be addressed by calling the party office at 713-802-0085.