HCGP 2020 County Convention, 14 March

The Harris County Green Party will hold its 2020 nominating convention at Midtown Bar & Grill on Saturday afternoon, 14 March 2020, from 2 until 5 pm. All the delegates to the county convention have been chosen from the Consolidated Precinct Conventions held on Tuesday 10 March; however, observers are welcome.

The convention is scheduled to last three hours, but it is unlikely to run that long.

For convention-nominating parties such as the Green and Libertarian Parties of Texas, county conventions are held primarily for the purpose of confirming the nominations of candidates for offices with jurisdictions entirely within a county. For 2020, however, no candidates in Harris County have filed to run as a Green for any countywide offices, State Legislative seats, or State Board of Education seats.

A second purpose is to select delegates to the Green Party of Texas state convention, which this year happens 18-19 April at a location still to be determined. Due to the small number of delegates in this rebuilding year for the Harris County and Texas Green Parties, all delegates to the county convention will be eligible to participate in the state convention. The process includes advancing the representation of delegates' preferences for the Green Party's presidential nomination.

Delegates may also present resolutions and state platform amendments for adoption by GPTX at the state convention. Resolutions and amendments approved by consensus at the county convention will be passed on to the state meeting in April.

The culmination of convention season is the Green Party's Annual National Meeting and Presidential Nominating Convention, held this year at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, 9-12 July.

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Orange County and CD-36 Conventions Scheduled

UPDATE: NEW LOCATION AND TIME

Green Congressional candidate Hal J. Ridley, Jr. has announced times and places for conventions in Orange County and Texas Congressional District 36. Ridley is currently the only active Green Party member in Orange County, but any county or district resident who has not voted in the Democratic or Republican primary elections is welcome to participate in these conventions. This is an opportunity to find voters with Green outlooks in a solidly Republican county and district.

In his notification to the GPTX co-chairs, Ridley indicated that he would post notes on the Orange County bulletin board this week.

Orange County Precinct Conventions: The combined precinct conventions for all of Orange County will take place on Tuesday, March 10th, 7-9 pm, at Lions City Park, 1802 Main Avenue, Orange TX 77630.

County Convention: The full Orange County convention will occur the following Saturday, March 14th, 5-7 pm, also at Lions Park in Orange.

TX-36 Convention: The convention for Congressional District 36 will happen Saturday, March 21st, 4:00-6:00 pm, at Nokturn Coffee Shop. Nokturn is located near the Johnson Space Center, at 17062 Saturn Lane, Houston TX 77058.

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Preliminary Injunction Filed in Lawsuit against TX-SOS

GPH member Laura Palmer and The Green Party of Texas are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Texas Secretary of State's Office. The suit challenges, on constitutional grounds, the new requirements for candidates to pay filing fees to the state or submit petition signatures in lieu of the fee.

Plaintiffs' attorney Oliver Hall filed a preliminary injunction Thursday, with the intent of stopping the Secretary of State's Office from enforcing these new provisions of the Texas Election Code as amended through HB 2504 this year. You can read the entire injunction here.

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Candidate Application for 2020 Now Available

The Texas Secretary of State's Office has released the application to file as a candidate with any convention-nominating party, such as the Green or Libertarian Party. See this page for a link to the application (PDF), as well as the table of filing fees or petition signatures in lieu thereof.

For all statewide offices, and for districted seats that encompass parts of two or more counties, applications must be submitted to the appropriate state party chairs. For county offices, or any districted office entirely within one county, candidates should submit their applications to the appropriate county party. For example

  • US House Districts 2, 7, 18, and 29 lie entirely within Harris County, so candidates should file with the Harris County Green Party.
  • US House Districts 8, 9, 10, and 36 lie partly within Harris County, and partly within neighboring counties, so candidates should file with the Green Party of Texas.
  • The State House districts in Harris County—126 through 150 with the exception of 136—are all within Harris County; therefore, file with HCGP.
  • State Senate Districts 6, 7, and 15: file with HCGP; Districts 4, 11, 13, and 18: file with GPTX.

As of now, the official petition sheet for 2020 candidates is unavailable. The explanation given is that a lawsuit against the state concerning the constitutionally of the filing fees under recently enacted HB 2504 is still pending. Plaintiffs in that suit include the state's Green, Libertarian, Constitution, and America's Parties, as well as some individuals connected to them.

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