Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Texas Green Party Announces Convention Dates

For you progressives who just don't feel comfortable in the Democratic Party, the Green Party is always an alternative -- and they have just announced their convention dates for those who wish to participate. Here's the announcement:

As we begin the 2016 election cycle, GPTX candidates are now filed and we look ahead to the convention nominating process. Texas Election Code sets the date of our precinct conventions on March 8thcounty conventions as March 12thdistrict as March 19th , and state as April 9th. As core GPTX volunteers, it is our role to help our membership and Green voters become familiar with our candidates so they can optimally participate in the convention process. Most of our races are uncontested, but the party still has an important duty to approve each candidate as a GPTX representative by conferring its nomination. Five candidates recognized by GPUS contest the presidential nomination.
Ideally, we would hope to see each GPTX region meet or host a forum with their applicable candidates before the precinct conventions, even if this needs to be accomplished via video chat. GPTX SEC must ask co-chairs & key volunteers for your assistance in arranging the particulars that are right for your area. A complete list of candidates is provided here.
County parties should plan now where to hold their precinct & county conventions. GPTX will provide ballots & convention procedures to support you in this effort, but local volunteers will be needed to operate each convention, where delegates are nominated to subsequent conventions. District conventions will be held via teleconference. We are also continuing to plan for the state convention & meeting in San Antonio on April 9th & 10th.  Please inform the state co-chairs of precinct & county convention locations as soon as they are determined so that they may be posted on txgreens.org.
If your county party has not fully developed, now is an excellent time for volunteer organizers to call supporters together for the conventions & to give voters in your area an opportunity to vote Green.
Several positions on GPTX State Executive Committee are open and coming up for election at April’s state meeting in San Antonio. At-Large, Secretary, Treasurer, and Co-Chair slots will all be determined by the delegates to the state meeting on April 10th, after we have concluded the candidate nomination activities of the convention on April 9th. Nominations for officer elections should be sent to the state co-chairs for listing in meeting agenda materials. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor.
Laura Palmer
co-chair GPTX SEC

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