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Texas Coalition of Black Democrats Conduct Straw Poll of State Wide Candidates

By Floyd Miller

 

 

Black Democrats Split Their Preference in Several Key Texas Races Candidates for state and national offices on the March 2nd Texas Democratic primary ballot met with the Texas Coalition of Black Democrats on February 6, 2010 to compete for votes in this year’s TCBD Straw Poll.{{more}}The meeting, which took place in the historical St. James Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, was headlined by Houston Mayor Bill White and hair care mogul Farouk Shami who are both fighting for the Democratic nomination for governor. The meeting featured Senator Royce West , who spoke in his capacity as the Democratic National Committee member representing the Democratic Party’s Black Caucus. Texas Democratic Party Chair, Boyd Richie, State Representative Barbara Mallory Caraway of Dallas and District 26 Congressional candidate, Neil Durrance of Denton County were also in attendance. In all, 14 state-wide candidates spoke before the organization to discuss their platform and field questions regarding their vision for Texas. Dr. Karl Eschbach, the Texas State Demographer, addressed the changing demographics of Texas and factors influencing population change. Dr. Eschbach also provided a statistical snapshot of the African American population and answered questions regarding the relationship between the 2010 Census and the upcoming redistricting proceedings, which will affect political district boundaries on the state and national level. “The TCBD was proud to offer an opportunity for African-Americans to voice their concerns, needs and expectations on issues like the economy, job creation, healthcare and education to the candidates who seek to lead the Democratic Party into the future,” stated Daniel Davis Clayton, State President of the TCBD. “It’s time to hold our state’s political leaders accountable for their commitments to the black community through the power of our vote,” Clayton said. The straw poll, which gauges voter political preference, revealed fierce competition for the black vote in each of the contested races. The results of the straw poll are listed below. GovernorBill White – 41% Farouk Shami – 35%Clement Glenn – 24% Lieutenant GovernorLinda Chavez-Thompson – 56%Ronnie Earle – 44% Land CommissionerBill Burton – 62%Hector Uribe – 38% Candidates receiving 100% of the Straw Poll VoteJohn Sharp for U.S. SenateBarbara Ann Radnosfky for Attorney GeneralJeff Weems for Railroad CommissionerHank Gilbert for Agriculture CommissionerKeith Hampton for Court of Criminal Appeals-Place 6Jim Sharp for Supreme Court Justice-Place 3Bill Moody for Supreme Court Justice-Place 5Blake Bailey for Supreme Court Justice-Place 9 The Coalition of Black Democrats was founded in January 1979 by a small group from Arlington, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Grand Prairie who first met at the home of Mrs. Sally Moore of Grand Prairie, Texas. They gathered to discuss the possibility of establishing a political network between African Americans in the DFW Metroplex. The group met for about six months and later decided to call a meeting of African American grassroots leaders from across the state to share their ideas. Subsequently, the first state conference was held in Austin on February 22-24, 1980 with an impressive three-hundred fifty-six registered delegates in attendance. Today, the TCBD consists of 13 chapters across the state of Texas and serves as the state’s only African American state wide political organization. For 30 years, the TCBD has been focusing on issues surrounding family, education, multigenerational health care, civil justice and the development of African American economic power through political involvement.

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