23rd Annual KickAss Awards


Thursday, September 7th, 2017, 5:30-7:30 PM

St.David’s Episcopal Church, 301 E. 8th St.

We will post photos from the event in the next few days, so check back!

View the 2017 awardees below.

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Capital Area Progressive Democrats by purchasing a sponsorship or a ticket. Sponsorships included a 1 year CAPD membership:

  • Ann Richards Sponsorship
    • Hon. Sheryl Cole
    • Ken Craig
    • Hon. Lloyd Doggett
    • Hon. Donna Howard
    • Sean & Catherine O’Neil
    • Hon. John Lipscombe & Hon. Jan Breland
    • Mark McCulloch
    • Joe & Janis Pinnelli
    • Hon. Eddie Rodriguez
    • Gerard Washington
    • Hon. Kirk Watson

  • Lady Bird Johnson Sponsorship
    • Gary Cobb
    • Hon. Karin Crump
    • Matt Curtis
    • Hon. Raul Gonzalez
    • Hon. Sally Hernandez
    • Hon. Gina Hinojosa
    • Laura Kolstad
    • Hon. Aurora Martinez Jones
    • Catherine Mauzy
    • Hon. Amy Clark Meachum
    • Hon. Elliott Naishtat
    • Hon. Tamara Needles
    • Hon. Eric Shepperd
    • Sean Swords
    • Hon. George C. Thomas and Jolsna Thomas
    • Hon. Kim Williams
    • Nancy Williams
    • Hon. Todd Wong

  • Molly Ivins Sponsorship
    • Hon. Alison Alter
    • Rich Bailey
    • Hon. Cliff Brown
    • David Butts
    • Hon. Jim Coronado
    • Cecilia Crossley
    • Hon. Nick Chu
    • Hon. Elena Diaz
    • Hon. Elisabeth Earle
    • Hon. Bruce Elfant
    • Bianca Garcia
    • Hon. Delia Garza
    • Vikki Goodwin
    • Eva Gonzales
    • Maya Guerra Gamble
    • Greg Hitt
    • Hon. Nancy Hohengarten
    • Sylvia Holmes
    • Hon. Scott Jenkins
    • Micah King
    • Jack Kirfman
    • Mark Littlefield
    • Elliott McFadden
    • Craig Moore
    • Hon. Margaret Moore
    • Hon. George Morales
    • Hon. Laura Morrison
    • Hon. Brandy Mueller
    • Hon. Dolores Ortega-Carter
    • Mary Patrick
    • Hon. Leslie Pool
    • Hon. Velva Price
    • Beverly G. Reeves
    • Ruby Roa
    • Virginia Schilz
    • Hon. Brigid Shea
    • Hon. Randall Slagle
    • Hon. Jan Soifer
    • Hon. Susan Steeg
    • Hon. Tim Sulak
    • Dona Avery Tabrizi
    • Saurah Tabrizi
    • Hon. Jeff Travillion
    • Hon. Kathie Tovo
    • Lesley Varghese


Capital Area Progressive Democrats have been an integral part of the Austin community for the past 23 years. We support and help Democrats get elected up and down the ballot and support progressive issues that impact all residents of Austin, Texas, and the nation.

2017 Awardees

Emma S. Barrientos Lifetime Achievement Award

Honorable Glen Maxey

2017 Awardee Glen Maxey
Glen Maxey was elected to the Texas House of Representative in 1991 as Texas’ first openly LGBTQ representative. Glen would go on to represent the people of east Travis County for the next 13 years and would be recognized as Best Legislator nine times by The Austin Chronicle. When Glen is not raising hell at the Texas Legislature he is working for the Texas Democratic Party as its County Affairs and Legislative Affairs Director. Glen is currently serving his second term on the Democratic National Committee and was recently named Best Civil Rights Activist by The Austin Chronicle.

This award is given to an individual whose body of work over their lifetime best demonstrates both the mission of CAPD and the selfless and enduring nature of Emma S. Barrientos’ actions on behalf of the people of Travis County.


Legacy Memorial

Shirley Johnson

Shirley Johnson was a lifelong progressive Democrat who was well known in Austin for her activism and support for affordable housing. Shirley would often work the polls during early voting so that she could have money to support Democratic candidates. Additionally, Shirley would take two or three buses in order to make phone calls for the election efforts of Congressman Lloyd Doggett and President Barack Obama. Her activism did not stop there, you could often catch Shirley walking her neighborhood drumming up support for local candidates. Although Shirley has passed away, she leaves behind a strong legacy.
Awardee Shirley Johnson

This recognition is given in remembrance of deceased members of CAPD who had a profound impact on the legacy of our organization.


KickAss Award

Honorable Donna Howard

2017 Awardee Donna Howard
Representative Donna Howard has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2006. She is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and serves as Vice Chair of the Calendars Committee. A native of Austin, Donna earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She has worked as a critical care nurse at Brackenridge and Seton and served as Austin’s first hospital-based Patient Education Coordinator. Donna has served on the boards of Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, Common Cause Texas, Texas Freedom Network, and the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. She now serves as a board member of the Expanding Horizons Foundation, supporting low-income housing and education.

This award is given to a Democrat who is making a difference in our community.


KickAss Award

Honorable George C. Thomas

George moved to Austin in 2004 after graduating from The University of Houston Law Center and served the City of Austin as a prosecutor for four years and served Travis County as a prosecutor for six years at the Travis County Attorney’s Office. In 2014, he was appointed as a Judge to the Municipal Court of the City of Austin. When George took the bench, he became the first Indian-American judge in Travis County history. George is the current Chair of the South Asian Bar Association-Austin, President of the Indian American Coalition of Texas, and board member of Ballet Austin. Previously, George served on the board of the Travis County Asian American Democrats and was an active Central Austin Democrat member.
Awardee George C. Thomas

This award is given to a Democrat who is making a difference in our community.


KickAss Award

Honorable Celia Israel

2017 Awardee Celia Israel
Representative Celia Israel has served in the Texas House of Representatives since 2014. As Vice-Chair of the Elections Committee and a member of the Transportation Committee, Celia focuses on congestion relief, public safety, multimodal innovation, and making it easier for Texans to vote. Raised in El Paso, Celia moved to Austin in 1982 to attend The University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, she served in Gov. Ann Richards’ administration. Celia’s public service did not end there, she went on to serve on numerous boards and commissions tackling issues such as growth, food scarcity, school safety, and the empowerment of young women. Celia has been named Freshman of the Year, Champion of Equality, and Progressive Champion by numerous groups. When Celia is not fighting for us at the Capitol, she spends time with her long-time partner, Celinda Garza, and their two dogs, Lucy and Kia.

This award is given to a Democrat who is making a difference in our community.


KickAss Award

Tommy Wyatt

Tommy Wyatt is the founder and owner of The Villager. Founded in 1973, The Villager is an Austin staple and an integral part of African-American history. Before becoming the founder and owner of the The Villager, Tommy was a member of the United State Army and was the co-owner of Anderson-Wyatt Insurance Agency. Tommy has served on the Austin Tomorrow Planning Committee, Austin Cable Commission, East 11th Street Village Association, National Newspaper Publishers Association, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats, Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce, and the Black Austin Democrats. Further, Tommy has served as President of the Texas Publishers Association three times.
2017 Awardee Tommy Wyatt

This award is given to a Democrat who is making a difference in our community.