Monday, September 12, 2011

Strength of the El Paso Democratic Party is with Clubs

For the longest time, the power structure within the Democratic Party was essentially vested in one group, the Paso del Norte Tejano Democrats.

For a variety of reasons, most of which have to do with personality conflicts, other clubs started organizing. At first it was just sort of tolerated. But within the last year or so, the organization of auxillery clubs has taken off so much that the power of the Democratic Party no long really lies with a select few.The influence of the party is now spread out and lest centralized.

All of which happened organically, not strategically. Which in my opinion, is a good thing.

The El Paso Young Democrats were reborn over the last year and made a big impact right away considering the lifeblood of the party, is volunteers. A big chunk of the volunteers for campaigns joined the Young Democrats.

The Black El Paso Democrats, who have actually been around for a long time, have steadily grown in strength over the last four years and now their annual dinner is probably the most-attended Democratic Party event of the year.

The West El Paso Democrats is now a large organization now and have probably had the quietest growth within the party.

Stonewall Democrats has organized within the last year and has accomplished what a couple of the other clubs have done...became a PAC. There is a Stonewall subchapter of the Young Democrats being organized now and will be having their organizational meeting this week.

Eastside Democrats, which actually meets this evening at 6 at Muggs on Montana, have started outreach over the last election cycle and are preparing for the 2012 election.

The Chair of the El Paso Democratic Party recently made the controversial decision to close the executive committee of the party to clubs. There is no indication as to why the decision was made, but one thing is for sure, if the clubs ever got the idea to organize together, and/or become precinct chairs they would have the votes to basically do whatever they wanted within the party.

Included decide who the next Chair of the party will be.


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