Next County Executive Committee (CEC) meeting:
Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM | Register Here!

Because of the resignation of Diane Trautman as Harris County Clerk and the withdrawal from the November ballot of Andrea Duhon as the candidate of the Democratic Party for the office of Harris County Department of Education School Trustee, Position 7, At-large;

There are now two Democratic nominee vacancies on the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot for the following races:

  • Harris County Clerk - Unexpired term, through 2022

  • HCDE Trustee, Position 7, At-Large - Full term

Under state law, precinct chairs from each political party nominate a candidate for the races above to appear on the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot. The HCDP Precinct Chairs will vote at a County Executive Committee (CEC) meeting to be held virtually (conducted by computer, rather than in-person) on August 15, 2020, at 11:00 AM.
 

Who is eligible to nominate at the CEC?

Only the “new” county executive committee, which will assume office on August 3, may nominate a candidate for County Clerk and HCDE Trustee at the August 15 CEC meeting.

To clarify:

The only precinct chairs who may nominate candidates at the August 15th CEC meeting are those chairs who timely filed an application for the office of precinct chair during Fall 2019 and were either:

  • Elected at the March 3 Primary

  • Elected at the July 14 Runoff

  • Filed and drew no opponent

To view a list of eligible precinct chairs, please click here.
 

What is the nomination process?

By state law, a majority of the CEC’s members must be in attendance during the meeting for a quorum to be established, so persons seeking the nomination should do everything possible to encourage all precinct chairs to participate in the meeting.

Persons seeking to be selected as the Democratic Party’s candidate 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 August meeting. Nominations to be the Democratic Party candidate on the November 3 General Election ballot must be made by Precinct chairs during the August 15 CEC meeting.

The HCDP Steering Committee set the following procedures:

  1. The HCDP Chair will open the floor for Nominations
  2. One Eligible Precinct Chair will nominate (no speech)
  3. First three recognized Precinct Chairs will have an opportunity to speak for 1 minute in favor of the nominated candidate
  4. The nominated candidate will have an opportunity to speak for 1 minute
  5. Once nominations are complete - HCDP Chair will open the Zoom Polling for 1 min (By state law, proxy voting is not allowed at any CEC meeting)

To become the nominee of the Harris County Democratic Party, an individual must be eligible to hold the office in question, and 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.

Is there an interest form for the nomination?

It is requested, though not mandatory, that persons interested in being considered for nomination to either of these positions fill out an interest form to the Harris County Democratic Party below to be included in all communications or potential debates, forums, and events.

Fill Out Interest Form Here!

Precinct chairs will receive the interest form results ahead of the meeting by email and will be available to the public on the Party’s website.
 

FAQ

Is there a filing fee?

There is no filing fee to be considered for selection as the Party’s candidate by the CEC or the state.

Do interested persons need to file a Campaign Treasurer?

While seeking the nomination of the county executive is generally not considered to be a public declaration of candidacy, anyone intending to raise or spend money seeking this nomination should file the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer form (CTA) with the appropriate filing authority.

What if I’m currently in public office?

Making a public inquiry to run for a new position might lead to consequences of resignation for persons who hold public office. Officeholders should make an independent determination of the applicability of those provisions on their situations prior to taking affirmative steps to seek the nomination.

What happens once a candidate wins the November 3, 2020 General Election?

For Harris County Clerk:

Unlike other positions on the ballot, the person elected Harris County Clerk at the November 3, 2020 election will assume office immediately upon completion of the official canvass (approximately November 13, 2020).

For HCDE School Trustee, Position 7, At-Large:

The candidate elected for HCDE School Trustee at the November 3, 2020 election will assume office January 1st, 2021.

 

Questions concerning this process can be addressed to DJ@harrisdemocrats.com or by calling 713-802-0085.