The Donkey Speaks – The Tortoise and The HareFebruary 17th, 2015 by Nancy Sommerman
The Donkey Speaks
by Deborah Peoples, Chair TCDP
The Tortoise and The Hare
I know you have all heard the story of the Tortoise and the Hare. In case you haven’t, the story is all about a Hare who ridicules a slow-moving Tortoise. Sick of the Hare’s boastful behavior, the Tortoise challenges him to a race. The hare soon leaves the tortoise behind and, confident of winning, takes a nap midway through the race. When the Hare awakes however, he finds that his competitor, crawling slowly but steadily, has arrived before him.
The race for 2016 has begun and we at the TCDP continue to move steadily toward our goal of turning Tarrant County BLUE. Our work did not end on Election night in 2014 and it certainly does not start on Election Day in November 2016, nor the March 2016 Primary, nor in November 2015 when filing starts. It started on November 5, 2014 when we woke up and started analyzing our results. That day we promised to learn from our defeats, celebrate our wins and, most importantly, affirmed that we are in the fight for the long haul.
You are not resting and we are not resting either. We held planning meetings in December. In January we started the year with strong resolutions and an even stronger RESOLVE. We pledged to continue working to elect great Democrats. We have 22 months and 4 days before we elect our next President, and we don’t want to waste any time.
On January 24th we held our TCDP Strategy Summit, where over 70 dedicated activists came together from across the County to focus on key areas of opportunity. Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, and Representatives Chris Turner (HD101) and Ramon Romero (HD90) joined us. Chairman Hinojosa urged us to get back to our core Democratic values, to stay focused on the work our party has done to improve the lives of millions of Americans. He urged us to stay focused on our goals and not turn back or BE turned back! The work we did that Saturday allowed us to chart the road for changing the face of Tarrant County politics.
A huge part of our plan is getting our message out. In February we launched our values committee to help craft our message. Our third Wild Women’s Luncheon was on February 7th, where the dynamic Executive Director of Annie’s List, Patsy Woods Martin was our Guest Speaker. Her lively speech with question and answer session focused on 2014 results, but she spent much of her time looking forward, sharing her thoughts about winning in 2016. Those in attendance walked away uplifted and eager to start volunteering now.
On March 11 we will hold our quarterly CEC meeting, where we will share the results of our January session and plans for the coming months. All Democrats in Tarrant County are welcome to attend.
So the next time you look at the shenanigans in Austin and Washington, don’t despair! Remember the story of the Tortoise and the Hare and know we are moving steadily forward.