Runoff Election and CAPD Holiday Happy Hour at Donn’s Depot, 5pm – 7pm

Hello CAPD!  Congratulations to all of the CAPD-endorsed candidates that were elected into office.  Please don’t forget to vote in the Run Off Elections.  Early voting starts today, Dec. 1!  You can visit the Travis County Clerk’s Office for polling locations.

December 1 – 9 is Early Voting
December 13 – Run Off Election Day

CAPD proudly endorses Sean Hassan for ACC Board of Trustees, Place 4 and Alison Alter for Austin City Council, District 10 in the Run Off Election.  Please vote for Sean and Alison!

December 6, 2016 at 5:00pm – 7:00pm – CAPD Holiday Happy Hour at Donn’s Depot.  Instead of our regular club meeting we will celebrate the end of the year and the holidays on Tuesday, December 6 at Donn’s Depot located at 1600 W. 5th Street.  We hope to see everyone there!  HH starts at 5:00pm!

January 3, 2017 at 5:30pm – Next scheduled club meeting, but we may need to reschedule since this will be after a long weekend –  so look for more details to come later.

CAPD Endorsements for November 2016 General Election

CAPD is proud to endorse the following candidates and issue for the November 2016 general election:

City of Austin Endorsements:
City of Austin Transportation Bond – Yes
Delia Garza
Greg Casar
Jimmy Flannigan
Leslie Pool
Alison Alter
AISD Endorsements:
Jayme Mathias
Ann Teich
David Quintanila
ACC Endorsements:
Sean Hassan
Thomas Miranda
Nora de Hoyos Comstock

Congratulations to the above candidates.  We are truly appreciative to all of the candidates for stepping up and running great campaigns.  At the end of the day we’re all Democrats and we will work together to make Austin and Travis County a better place for everyone!

September Events

CAPD has a busy schedule in September. We have our regular monthly meeting, our annual KickAss Awards, and a special endorsement meeting. So, get your calendar out and mark these dates!

August 28 – Membership Deadline for Endorsement Meeting
According to our bylaws, new members must have joined by August 28th to vote in the September endorsement meeting. If you have any questions about your membership status, please contact You can join online here.

September 1 – Individual Tickets Become Available to KickAss Awards
On September 1st, individual tickets for our Annual KickAss Awards will go on sale! We’ll send out additional information at that point. We look forward to seeing you at the Awards!

September 6, 5:30pm – Monthly Club Meeting
We will be holding our regular monthly club meeting at the AFL-CIO building. Speaker TBA.

September 20, 5:30pm – KickAss Awards Event
Our Annual KickAss Awards will be a night to celebrate Democrats who are making a difference in our community. Sponsorships and host committee memberships are now available. More information can be found here.

September 27 – Endorsement Meeting
We will be holding our endorsements meeting on the 27th. The endorsement committee is preparing for this event. Additional information will be sent out soon. Location TBA.

October 4 – Cancel October Club Meeting
Finally, we will NOT be holding our regular club meeting in October. Our endorsement meeting the prior week will replace this club meeting.

July Club Meeting

Please join us for our July Club meeting. We will have important updates from the Bylaws committee & the Nominations committee, in addition to regular club business and a speaker.

Tuesday, July 5th, 5:30pm

1106 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX 78701

We are fortunate to have Jan Soifer as our speaker for Tuesday’s meeting. She is our next 345th District Court Judge and Hillary Clinton Delegate to the Democratic National Convention. Jan’s involvement in the Whole Women’s Health case will allow us to gain expert insight about the recent Supreme Court ruling in that vital abortion rights case, and where we are currently in the struggle. Members and non-members alike are encouraged to attend and bring a friend to learn from Jan’s valuable insight. And if that weren’t enough she has also agreed to share her views as a national delegate on the convention season.

Nomination of New Officers:
The Capital Area Progressive Democrats’ Nominations Committee, chaired by Ken Craig, is recommending the following individuals for the following CAPD offices for the upcoming year:

Rick Cofer, Chair
Catherine O’Neill, Vice Chair for Membership
James Nortey, Vice Chair for Endorsements
Edward Garris, Secretary
Deena Estrada-Salinas, Treasurer
Eva Gonzales, Editor, CAPD Editorial/Opinion Webpage and on CAPD Facebook page(Newsletter)
Ken Craig, Programs Chair
Barbara Rush, Fundraising Chair
Sean O’Neill, Counselor
Lorena Watson, Youth Coordinator
Vacant, Communications Chair

Proposed Changes to the Bylaws:
The Capital Area Progressive Democrats’ Bylaws Committee, chaired by Rick Cofer, is recommending the following changes to the bylaws:
Proposed Amendment to the Capital Area Progressive Democrats Bylaws

June Club Meeting – Rail Initiative

Join us for our monthly meeting. JD Gins, Executive Director for the Travis County Democratic Party, will be our featured speaker. He will be speaking to us regarding a potential rail initiative.

Tuesday, June 7th, 5:30pm

1106 Lavaca St.
Austin, TX 78701

May Membership Happy Hour

Membership Happy Hour

Tuesday, May 3rd
5:30 – 7:00pm

Donn’s Depot
1600 W. 5th Street

Memberships for 2016 are due in May. Join us for a happy hour, bring your $10 membership dues, and bring a friend! Instead of our normal club meeting, we are holding a membership happy hour. Are you a member? Or want to see what CAPD is all about? Are you a Democrat? A believer in progressive causes? We look forward to seeing you on May 3rd.
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April Meeting

We will be returning to our old home, the AFL-CIO, for our April meeting. We look forward to seeing you there!

Jacqueline Conn of the Second Chance Democrats will speak to us about Fair Chance Hiring, both the practice and the ordinance recently passed by the Austin City Council. We are finally beginning to address a serious civil rights issue, ending employment discrimination against our neighbors who have been previously incarcerated.

Tuesday, April 5
1106 Lavaca St